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Another great online tutorial hosted by Tunde Dugantsi, I would classify it as a more advanced project because some assembly is needed. As you might see from my write-up, the sizing of the panels can make or break the design. I urge you to do all the proper filing and adjusting BEFORE you decorate the panels, and also make sure the base is large enough to accommodate the sides, leaving enough space around it so all the nice piping will show well.
Tunde provided all the templates to cut the cookies by hand, and the base was made with a large cookie cutter, which I happened to have in my basement. She also provided the little templates to pipe the designs: envelope, birds, and cupcakes. Not many colors were needed, pink, red, white, and light brown, all in small amounts, as the cookies are not fully iced. Some colors are needed in piping and flooding consistencies.
Each panel has a different design, which I find absolutely adorable… Then comes the assembly adventure, and that’s when things did not work very well for me. I ended up with a box in which the four corners weren’t meeting together nicely, and it was not possible to do the beautiful piping Tunde planned for the corners and bottom. I also stuck my finger into the envelope, and was quite upset about it. The box, as I first made it, just did not look good. I tried to ice the base after assembly to hide the imperfect junction, and that was the outcome…
I was truly unhappy with it, so I did the only sensible thing to do. Took a deep breath, separated all the pieces, removed the icing from the base, flipped the cookie to use the other side facing up, and painted it gold. These are all the pieces, after filing them, re-adjusting and waiting to be re-assembled.
And that clumsy finger disaster? Was taken care of with a strategic placement of heart sprinkles…. Sneaky Sally strikes again!
So here are the four sides of my little box, once all the cosmetic surgery was done…
I guess the main lesson of this project is to not give up, and if you feel there is a way to improve what you did, go for it. Work around the boo-boos, and that will make you ready for a next time in which you won’t make the same mistakes.
You can adapt the box to any special celebration by using different designs on the side panels, and filling the box with different cookies, or you can just make your life easier and buy candy at the store.
I learned quite a bit through this cute box project, and will definitely make it again, perhaps at Easter…. Stay tuned!
Tunde, thank you once again for coming up with such gorgeous work!
ONE YEAR AGO: Gingerbread Heart Cookies