A dreamy mobile, crafted from iced cookie cutouts strung from a painted embroidery hoop, is a simple, pretty lesson in the Scandinavian custom of decorating with gingerbread throughout the holiday season. We used a combination of light- and dark-colored gingerbread cookies, but you can make them in a single shade. Decorate cookies with royal icing.
Bedroom Mobile Materials and Tools
Gingerbread cookies (see above)
Templates or cookie cutters
Skewer or large plain round pastry tip (such as Ateco #10)
Pastry bag fitted with a small round tip (such as Ateco #0 or #1)
Red tempera paint
12-inch-diameter wooden embroidery hoop
Eight 12-inch lengths of red-and-white baker's twine
Screw hook in white
Four 1-yard lengths of cotton ribbon in red mini gingham or gingham
Bedroom Mobile How-To
1. Roll out cookie dough to 1/4 inch thick. Use templates and paring knife or cookie cutters to make 3 deer and 5 trees (use one of the tree templates twice). With skewer or large pastry tip, make a hole in each cookie as marked on templates.
2. Chill and bake cookies according to recipe. Let cookies cool completely.
3. Fill pastry bag with royal icing. Squeezing gently from the top of the bag, start just above deer cookies' surfaces and pipe dots for eyes; use a zigzag motion to create shadows on their undersides. Fill in ears of smaller deer, and make dots along deer backs. Pipe an outline on trees. Let icing dry at least 2 hours (preferably overnight); flip cookies, and pipe icing around their perimeters, then fill in. Let icing dry, as above.
4. Paint embroidery hoop, and let dry.
5. Fold 1 length of baker's twine in half, and pass loop through hole in cookie, from back to front; pass snipped ends through loop, and draw them upward. Repeat with remaining cookies and baker's twine.
6. To suspend cookies, start with 2 similar-size cookies at opposite sides. Tie snipped ends of twine around hoop, but do not knot. Adjust placement and twine lengths to balance cookies; this is easiest to do if a second person holds the hoop. Repeat, 2 cookies at a time. Add last pair, moving them as needed. Knot strings once balance is achieved.
7. Screw hook into the ceiling. Double-knot the 4 lengths of ribbon to hoop at equal intervals. Gather ribbon pieces, and tie them together around the hook, leaving 1 foot of ribbon to make a bow. If mobile isn't balanced, shift ribbons slightly.