Graveyard Fence Cookie Tutorial


This delicate cookie-and-royal icing fence might look intimidating (and, admittedly, it requires some careful handling), but it involves little more than outlining, flooding, and stenciling, and, as such, is a great beginner project. Crafted with the tools in Julia’s Graveyard Fence kit from her Kitchen Club, this cookie project was originally designed as a companion to the cookies made with her Halloween Tombstone and Halloween Coffin and Skeleton kits, both also in her club collection. And, indeed, this fence makes a wonderful addition to an all-edible graveyard scene punctuated with tombstone and coffin cookies made with those kits. But the applications of this video needn’t start and stop at Halloween. In the tutorial, Julia shares ideas for adapting this project to other occasions. Plus, the eight techniques used to make this fence can be applied to countless other cookie designs.

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For all of Julia’s companion products used in this video, see the “MORE LIKE THIS” links below or visit the project kit listing on her product partner Confection Couture Stencils’ site. The companion products are not included in the price of this tutorial, and can only be purchased on Julia’s partner’s site.


Skill Level: All, though particularly suited to beginners

Video Format: Professionally filmed and edited in studio setting

Video Length: 38:40

What You’ll Learn (8 Techniques):

  • Precision-cutting of 2-D cookies, to avoid misshaping delicate pieces and to ensure super-clean cuts with intricate, many-faceted cookie cutters
  • Sponging
  • Outlining and flooding, with tips to prevent warping of long, thin cookies and “cratering” (sinking) of icing in small cookie spaces
  • Over-piping details (i.e., line work with plain round and textured basketweave tips)
  • Rolling and cutting fondant supports
  • Oversized stenciled royal icing transfers (i.e., fence rails)
  • 3-D cookie/royal icing transfer assembly
  • Airbrush shading

What You’ll Receive:

  • Forever-access to video recording on this site
  • Detailed 26-page tutorial handout including:
    • recipes for gingerbread and royal icing (with consistency adjustments for outlining, flooding, beadwork, and more)
    • supply list with online sources
    • extensive airbrushing and stenciling technique tips
    • inspiration images, including 3-D edible landscapes that incorporate this project
  • Access to Julia via email or Superpeer for tutorial Q&A (at any time, though please allow 48 hours for a response)

Video Outline (Time Stamp):

  • Introduction (0:00 – 2:22)
  • Tool overview (2:23 – 7:45)
  • Cutting and decorating fence post cookies, including sponging, outlining, flooding, and over-piping details (7:46 – 18:47)
  • Cutting fondant fence post supports (18:48 – 21:03)
  • Stenciling fence rail royal icing transfer (21:04 – 28:30)
  • Assembling fence post cookies with royal icing rail, including airbrush shading (28:31 – 35:35)
  • Handling tips for edible graveyard scenes (35:36 – 36:42)
  • Closing remarks (36:43 – 38:40)

Purchase Agreement: Julia M. Usher and Julia M. Usher, LLC are the sole copyright owners of this video tutorial and handout. Reproduction, distribution, resale, and/or any other use for financial gain of this video or handout, in whole or in part, are strictly prohibited. However, as the purpose of Julia’s tutorials is to teach, any knowledge gleaned from this video and handout can be used to make cookies or other products for either personal use or sale. In purchasing this tutorial, you acknowledge that you agree to these terms of use.

Julia’s Return Policy: Due to the online nature of this tutorial, all sales are final.

Video Production: Two 5:7 North, September 2023

Music: Carefree by Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons license

Additional information

Tutorial Type

Video Tutorial

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


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