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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.

And now that you know the backstory:

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.

And finally two more images, just because I like them...

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

Thanks for letting me share, I hope you enjoyed it!
« 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

« 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.

« 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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