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« on: January 04, 2013 05:57:29 AM »


Every year, a big Christmas Circus comes to our town, and pitches its tents by the river that flows through the city.

While I will probably never visit it for several reasons (one of them being my boyfriend's strong dislike  well, downright abhorrence of clowns Grin), I still like to see the tents and wagons with all the colorful decorations and blinking lights, which fit the holiday season so beautifully.
So when I saw that the circus had returned again, inspiration struck, and I decided to make a circus-themed gingerbread house.

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Come one, come all and see my vintage gingerbread circus wagon!



The body of the wagon, the base of the roof and the wheels are made of gingerbread, and the roof is tiled with very thin, round wafers that I cut in half.
I also built a piece of pavement for the wagon to stand on it consists of generic Oreos that I cut in half and glued down with icing.


As you can see in this picture, I also put lighting into the wagon, by cutting a hole both in the ground as well as the base of the wagon, and then threading a short string of Christmas lights through the holes.
You can also see the little coach box, which I think is my favorite detail  Smiley


Except for the small purple details (icing), all the colored decorations are made of marzipan. I tinted the marzipan with food coloring, then rolled it out and cut it to the desired shape. Everything is held together by white icing, and the snow consists of coconut flakes.

I made the "Circus"-writing by first piping icing onto a piece of Saran-wrap, letting it dry completely and then gluing it onto the wagon with icing. All the other white decorations are also made of white icing.


Here's another view of the door. I painted it with melted chocolate, so it would stand out more from the plain gingerbread.
The window panes are made of leaves of gelatin.


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So, that's it - C&C are very welcome.

Thanks for letting me share, I hope you enjoyed it!
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2013 06:14:23 AM »

Nicely done! This is so beautifully delicate and precise. I truly admire your skills and patience!
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2013 06:46:34 AM »

This is so precious!  I love the amount of detail you packed into it, while at the same time, keeping it small and simple.  It's a work of art!
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2013 06:58:06 AM »

Fabulous! Love the wee road Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2013 07:39:24 AM »

Oh, it is so lovely - I want to go traveling with it!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2013 09:05:24 AM »

I want to live in it!! It's so sweet... in more ways than one Smiley.
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2013 10:47:00 AM »

very original and very well executed.
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2013 10:59:56 AM »

I love it! So clever!
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2013 02:42:27 PM »

Wow, I am starting to love this challenge. I love the oreo road. I'm ready for a sweet road trip.
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2013 05:51:19 PM »

Very sweet! I love your story too (your boyfriend is not alone!).
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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2013 06:58:46 PM »

So AWESOME!!! Love it!
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« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2013 06:11:58 AM »

wow! I love it!
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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2013 04:06:05 AM »

... wow. I am very nearly struck speechless, all of the little details just blow me away! I now really want to try my ahnd at gingerbread crafting!
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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2013 04:14:10 AM »

This is epically awesome!!!
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« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2013 08:58:28 AM »

beautifully done!  so much precision in the details!  Almost too pretty to eat! (but I LOOOOOOVE gingerbread!  Wink)
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« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2013 03:47:40 PM »

You've brought to life what seeing the vintage circus wagon must be like. Love it!
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« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2013 04:51:34 PM »

wow! the windows are awesome!
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« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2013 05:49:16 AM »

I absolutely love this. Your attention to detail is fantastic. The gelatin windows, the beautiful line work around the corners, everything is so clean and crisp. I think you did an amazing job. I also love the idea, it's very orginal and it is just gorgeous execution. Well done!
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« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2013 05:51:57 AM »

this is AH-MAY-ZING, and i am voting for it as soon as voting opens Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2013 11:08:37 AM »

That is really nice

Thanks for sharing
I love the details you have put into it

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« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2013 02:54:08 PM »

This is amazing, cant believe all the neat details you've got in! Smiley
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Just beautiful! Especially loving the wheels. Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2013 05:54:18 AM »

love the attention to detail on this - wow!
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« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2013 02:10:38 PM »

Wow, very skilled work and creative too.  Next year you should find a friend to go the circus!
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« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2013 03:13:17 PM »

Thank you all for your lovely comments!  Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2013 03:30:52 PM »

Cute as heck!
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« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2013 01:34:19 PM »

This is wonderful!
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« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2013 07:31:32 AM »

Fantastic!
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« Reply #28 on: January 13, 2013 10:48:15 AM »

This looks so good...Wouldn't want to break into it!

Well done =)
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« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2013 04:32:11 PM »

Congratulations! You did an exceptional job and deserve a lot of praise for creating something so  pretty and meticulous. you provide a lot of inspiration through it.
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« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2013 01:48:53 PM »

Congratulations! A very well deserved win, your waggon is so imaginative and well made!
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« Reply #31 on: February 04, 2013 03:15:41 PM »

Congratulations on the win!  I'm so happy for you, and your wagon deserved it!
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« Reply #32 on: February 04, 2013 04:40:56 PM »

That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.Pure Christmas.
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« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2013 12:47:42 PM »

I love this circus wagon! I love the circus... I love gingerbread! What could be better than a gingerbread circus?
Congratulations on a job well done. Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: February 15, 2013 06:56:28 PM »

Man...You ROCKED this Gingerbread project!

Brings me back to the old Betty Crocker kiddie cookbooks of the 60's & 70's...LOVE what you've done!   Cheesy
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