Building gingerbread houses isn’t the more popular Christmas tradition. But I have no doubt that there will be a lot more construction works after people check out what Aaron Keeling and his family is competent to. “My family have been constructing gingerbread houses for as long as I can recollect, ” he told Bored Panda . “But until about 10 years ago they were always very modest, tamed, and traditional. Then one year we made a ski chalet with a running ski lift and ever since then we’ve been trying to outdo ourselves each year.”
2015: Gingerbread Overlook Hotel from’ The Shining’
“We’ve made a working carousel, and a working windmill, and a working ferris wheel, as well as gingerbread scenes with operating Kool-Aid streams. The past few years we’ve decided to focus less on moving parts and more on interior scenes, and we’ve also been leaning into recreating iconic horror movies. It’s been a explosion! ”
Walls are covered with fondant and icing, the roof is covered with quinoa and powdered sugar, windows are made of melted jolly ranchers
“We’ve had a lot of crazy notions, like Main Street USA in Disneyland, Neuschwanstein Castle, and Times Square. In the end it’s usually a pretty last minute decision, and then we have the fun chore of scrambling to get the whole thing planned and finished before Christmas( which doesn’t always happen, sometimes it’s a few days into the new year before we’re altogether done !) ”
There are five interior rooms that depict scenes from the movie!
The first room is the hallway with the creepy little girls
“We use all sorts of materials to build our gingerbread scenes, and pretty much everything except the base and the lightings are edible. There are pounds and pounds of gingerbread, as well as several pounds of icing and fondant, melted hard candies for the windows, chocolate, rice krispie treats, etc. etc. Recently we’ve started incorporating edible newspaper with images printed in edible ink which has been a lot of fun as well.”
“Come and play with us Danny…” Wallpaper published on edible paper!
Another interior room on the side of the hotel
Jack and Wendy in the bathroom!
“Here’s Johnny! ”
“My brother and I love horror, and have experience generating indie horror movies and immersive theater experiences. While not directly related, the down and dirty DIY experience of the work we do definitely intersects over to these creations. Meanwhile, my daddy can build anything and my mama can make anything look beautiful, so it’s definitely a group endeavor. It’s a lot of work, but with everyone contributing it almost always turns out pretty well.”
The building is almost 4 feet long
Carpet and images published on edible paper!
Jack standing in the bathroom doorway
Jack is frightened!
The decaying old woman in the tub !!!
Jack and the dead female … imagine the creepy laugh from the movie
“Typically a few weeks to scheme and cook and cut the pieces, and then about a solid week of building and decorating. As I mentioned earlier, by the end we’re fairly worn out. There’s usually a declaration of’ never again’ from my mom, and I doubt I’ll ever ate gingerbread again. But it’s a really cool family tradition and we’re always very proud of the result.”
Here’s the three story ballroom
Wendy and a bunch of skeletons and cobwebs!
Dead people everywhere!
Check out those cobwebs! And appear, even the dead are celebrate Christmas!
View from the top floor
And of course , no gingerbread Overlook Hotel would be complete without the blood spilled in the elevator
The blood is made use of melted jolly ranchers
RUN AWAY DICK HALLORANN !!!
View of the maze from above. Stimulated solely from green Rice Krispie Treats
Danny runs out of the maze
Frozen Jack in the middle of the maze
All work and no play builds Jack a dull son !!! Made solely out of gingerbread, icing, fondant, candy, and Rice Krispie Treats!
“We keep it on display for a few months until it starts to fall apart, and then we usually take it outside and get our frustrations out by bludgeoning it with an ax or baseball bat. Regrettably this year we’ll be traveling for the holidays, so we won’t be making a new gingerbread creation. But we’ll be back next year, hopefully with something bigger and crazier and more elaborate than what we’ve already done! ”
The making of:
We’ve also generated A gingerbread Bates Motel from “Psycho” complete with five interior rooms depicting scenes from the movie in 2016
Notice mother’s silhouette in the upstairs window!
That neon sign, though…
Norman peeping through the hole in the wall into Marion’s room! Fun fact, the painting on the floor is the same one from the movie!
Shower rod made from painted noodles, curtain made from clear gelatin! And notice the tiny chocolate chip shower head!
A bit of a darker opinion to get a better idea of how the neon Bates Motel sign glows!
And in 2017 we made a Gingerbread Christmas Song village
Five houses, a church, a pond, and a spinning Christmas tree!
The church with marble-fondant walls.
‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’
Santa’s sleigh taking off!
The village illuminated up at night!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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