If you'd like Norbert to visit you this holiday, whip up a batch of your favourite gingerbread dough, mix royal icing by the bucket load and get ready to have yourself a very beachy Christmas!

( ) Templates (see step 2)
( ) Your favourite gingerbread dough
( ) Royal icing
( ) Food colouring
( ) 1 package of gummy candies or equivalent
( ) Caramel popcorn, candy pieces or other
( ) Black thread
( ) Silicone baking mat
( ) Piping bags and tips (or plastic bags with the corners cut off)
( ) Bamboo Skewer
( ) Plate or tray on which to set the scene
( ) molten candy glass or melted hard candies
( ) light brown sugar or other for sand

1. Make the gingerbread dough.

2. Print and cut the templates.

 3. Cut and bake the cookie pieces.

4. Make the icing pieces.

5. Glaze windows with candy glass.

6. Decorate the walls.

7.   Attach decorations to the walls.
Note: Icing pieces need to dry for at least 24 hours before they can be lifted from the mat and attached to the scene. Don't skimp! when it comes to drying time, more is more. 

8. Make the popcorn palm.

 9. Put up the walls. 
Use royal icing to glue the walls together and to the base. Work in sections. Support with cups or cans until the icing hardens. 

10. Attach the side panels (optional).
These are strips of hardened icing used to cover the seams (found on template). 

11. Attach the roof (see note on 12)

12. Decorate the roof.
Shingles can be made from broken strips of hardened royal icing strips and attached after the roof is in place. Alternatively, the roof can be decorated with the walls and left to dry before being attached. 

13. Use royal icing to glue tree, fence and surfboards into place.

14. Add sand and container plants.

15. Pour the candy glass sea.

16. String lights along the roof. 

17. Attach palm leaves with royal icing. 

And it's done! 

Happy Holidays from Tara and Norbert!