These are the traditional Czech perniky made for holidays, everything from:
original wood carved "stamped" perniky (some molds are centuries old!)
holiday shapes elaborately decorated with royal icing
small houses for display- or to hold additional cookies when opened
3D "photo type frames"
Yes, some years ago I began to see "stand up" cookie cutters around Christmas, but here in the U.S., most people will just make and decorate traditional cut out cookies and houses. I recently posted my recipe for the Czech Perniky (gingerbread), and although this isn't a video tutorial, (and I obviously have missed some steps with the pics), at least you can get some idea of how to do one for yourself! I simply took my cutters, and stood them on top of different plates, etc., to try to guage the size of the base I needed for each piece. There's no "right" or "wrong" way of doing one- it's really just about getting creative, and having some fun if you enjoy this medium. (Clearly, my bunny looks a bit large in comparison to the church, but at least you get the picture!)
Here's what you will need:
Baked and cooled perniky pieces (base, mini cookies, larger cookie(s), pre-cut pieces for a house or building, etc.)
pastry bags, & various sized tips
Begin by decorating all of your pieces separately if you are making a 3D photo type piece. When ready to assemble, (all pieces must be completely dry!), use more royal icing as the "glue" to attach your pieces together. If using a smaller cookie towards the top, attach that one first, and allow to dry flat before attempting to place straight up. Make sure you have a smaller piece of cookie to support the piece from the back end, since the front will be heavy. The royal icing used for the "glue" must be good and stiff! If it's thin, it will not hold well.
Same concept applies if you are assembling a house or 3D holiday scene! Decorate all of your cookies separate first for your scene. Then, using a thinner royal icing colored for the base, begin to fill or cover the base. Place your individual pieces on the base where you would like them to go, and hold for a minute or two. Again, use cardboard to prop up against the back of the pieces, (if necessary), to help keep them in place until dried. If using candies, do this last, and simply use the royal icing to attach the candies where you would like them to go!
If building a house, begin attaching the main structure of the house or building to the base- and use boxes, containers, or anything that may fit in that space, to help support the pieces while they dry- before adding the roof pieces. (Obviously, make sure to remove the support items prior to finishing the building!) Decorate the outside of the house, and the base as you would like when the structure is completely dry, using royal icing to pipe on the designs, as well as to attach any candies you would like to use! This is an amazingly fun project to do with your kids as well!
Have fun, and have a wonderful Easter!