I got really excited when I saw the enchanted objects challenge but couldn't figure out what to make. To weed through the options I made some priorities. 1) It needs to be something fun for my kids, and 2) It should provide a purpose.
After much thought and careful introspection I decided to make one of our favorites - Gingy from Shrek. Yes. That's right people. A REAL life gingerbread man. That you eat. For food. Heh, I've got you excited already, don't I?? And if that wasn't enough I'm going to show you how to clone him and then bring him to life.
So if your into some mad crazy science, controversial kind of stuff, then follow these instructions and prepare to blow minds. Or to feed people.
This tutorial will show how to make a Gingy cookie cutter from scratch. Then I will show you how to make my delicious gingerbread cookie recipe. Last but not least for a little fun I will bring him to life in his very own music video using simple stop motion animation.
Step 1: Making the Custom Cookie Cutter
26 gauge sheet metal
1/2 inch copper wire
A piece of wood
A print out of selected shape
Making The Cookie Cutter -
First you will glue or tape your image on a block of wood. Measure the
entire border of you image and add one inch. This will be the length of metal that you need.
Cut a one inch strip of metal with the tin snips. Make sure the length matches your image border measurement. Sand down the sharp edge.
Now add nails into the pivoting areas. They will help guide the bends. Start your metal where you want it to end, this will be where it overlaps later so choose wisely. I chose the crotch area.
Guide the metal along the image. When you get to curves I recommend bending the metal around something round. I used a dowel for the hands and feet. Small glass votives can be used for the head. Anything to make the shape smoother. If you mess up and it looks wonky pound out that area and do it over.
When you are finished molding it overlap the edges and drill small holes big enough for the wire to just slip in. Place one side over something hard and pound the copper into the hole. You might need to warp the cutter a little to pound the copper which you can mold back later.
Step 2: Making the Gingerbread
This recipe is my go-to gingerbread every holiday season. It bakes nicely, isn't very temperamental, and tastes delicious. Here's what you'll need:
2 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
6 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
*I used a royal icing recipe from here.
First mix and whisk all of your dry ingredients together and place on the side.
Cream butter and sugar. Add your egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Now add your molasses and mix until evenly combined.
Slowly add your dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until all of the flour is incorporated. Form into a ball and wrap with Saran Wrap. Let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
You can refrigerate it or freeze it if you'd like but be sure to let it come to room temperature before rolling.
For best results when rolling the dough I recommend using two layers of wax paper. One for under the Dough and one on top. Cover the wax paper liberally with the flour every time you begin to roll. Make sure to add flour to the top of the dough also. The more flour the better.
As far as thickness goes always remember the thinner the dough the harder the cookie. The thicker it is the softer it will be. I like it both ways but find that 1/4 inch is preferred by everyone I feed.
So now you are ready to bust out your custom cookie cutter. Dip it in flour EVERY single time to cut one out. It can only help. Use a spatula to remove the shapes carefully.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Do a practice batch and adjust accordingly.
Step 3: Gingy Stop Motion Music Video
I love stop motion animation and thought it was a great project with my 7 year old daughter. I have never done this before and barely knew what I was doing but it sounded fun so why not?! Basically any amateur with a camera and basic computer can do this.
Here's how I prepared:
First my Actors- I used my cookie cutter to make Gingy shapes. Before they were baked I molded them into different positions and after they were baked I decorated them with different mouths.
Moving lyrics- I went high tech and cut out a bunch of letters from my Black Friday newspaper I had lying around.
Back Story- Well being the holidays and all Gingy is dealing with a lot of stress. If dodging a hungry Santa wasn't enough, his family members are being devoured everywhere he turns. So that being said, what better way to let it go than to "Shake It Off"!
Making the Video- I used a white foam core board as my background and taped it down. Then I took a series of pictures using my different Gingy shapes. I moved them a little every picture and also added lyrics one picture at a time. Using Windows Movie Maker I add the photos I took and placed them in order to match the song. Then I adjusted the timing according to the song. And that's it, pretty simple.
Disclaimer- I did this with cookies and in a couple hours so I hope your expectations are super high.
Step 4: Gingy From Shrek Covers "Shake It Off"
Click here to watch :) - A real life Gingy, starring in his own music video!
Overall this was really fun to do. Now that I have a better idea of how these work I'm so excited to make another one. And maybe actually plan it out, haha. This instructable led to a lot of firsts. First stop motion animation. First cookie cutter from scratch. First itunes download(lol), and first youtube upload.