Tomorrow is Halloween. To celebrate I made Nightmare Before Christmas Gingerbread House.
This year’s Christmas House theme has been also decided and I’m going to make Grinch Inspired House. I’m super excited about this one but also feel the pressure to make it a justice. I hope to start working on it really soon.
To make Nightmare Before Christmas Gingerbread House you need
Edible Markers – Black Super fine tip edible marker
Needle Tool or tootphicks
Start by decorating with main color, which is purple.
If possible I always like to include at least one character from movie in my gingerbread house design. With Nightmare Before Christmas I included several, starting with Jack Skellington. This could be front of back panel.
I airbrushed the edges of purple base panels with purple airbrush food coloring. Airbrushing adds dimension and little more drama to the whole design.
Sally panel includes grave yard iron gate, pumpkins and Sally in the window. Iron gate is probably my favorite part of the house aside from the roof, that started as experiment gone awesome!
Royal icing roses are not really that important in this gingerbread house design but it doesn’t hurt to know how to pipe them for future or if you’d like to make my Beauty and the Beast Gingerbread it might come really handy.
I used Petal Tip #101 or if you’d like the rose a bit bigger you can use larger petal piping tips. Use stiff icing and let the piped roses dry completely.
I wanted to include Sally’s dress in my design because it’s just so colorful, it would be shame not to include it. It creates a nice eye catching detail. In the past I implemented similar idea in my Harry Potter Gingerbread House. I used the chimney shape to make the cauldron.
To make the snake I shaped the gingerbread dough before it was baked, gingerbread dough for centerpiece is really good for this as it holds it’s shape really well even when exposed to heat.
Shutters represent Jack Skellington.
I have to admit I struggle with roof designs, usually it’s the very last thing I decorate. I wanted to create something with texture but not too symmetrical or organized. I wanted chaos on the roof, so to speak. I spread black royal icing on a wax paper sheet. I used stiff royal icing and an icing bomb to create texture. I let the panels dry(you’ll need 2 panels, see the picture for the size reference) and then broke them up into smaller pieces. It worked like a charm and I can’t wait to use this technique again. Imagine the possibilities.
When all the panels and decorations are ready you can glue the base panels together. Your glue icing should be stiff but not so stiff that you can barely push it out of the piping bag. If icing is too stiff the adhesion will be compromised. If using icing that is too fluid you’ll find yourself trying balance front panel while the sides are sliding and catching the pieces as they will most like keep falling down. I always let the base dry overnight to make sure everything is sturdy before I add the roof panels.
I let the roof dry at least 5-8 hours before I put any pressure on it.
Iconic curly ground thing had to part of my design. I hand cut it using a template. You can find the template below.
Look at all the details. Obviously you can simplify your design, it’s all up to you.
Here is the template for the Curly Thing