Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gingerbread Men Ornaments

Today is the 3rd day of the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash (see button to the right of my side bar) and today it's all about Christmas Crafts. If you'd like to see other ideas, head on over to Blue Eyed Blessings and catch the fun!
I started making gingerbread men ornaments last night after discovering that most of the ones I had made last year were busted up and falling apart. I needed to make more for my kitchen which always has a gingerbread theme. I'm also going to be making a wreath later. I keep my 'men' simple. I just make a dough (recipe follows), dry them for a few days and hang then as a garland in my doorway between the kitchen and DR/LR area. I don't have a photo of the finished project yet as they're still drying.

(Makes 6 ornaments)
1/2c Applesauce
1/2c Cinnamon
2T Household glue

Mix all ingredients together and roll on wax paper to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut out the shapes of the intended ornaments. Poke a small hole in the top of the ornament using the end of a straw, knife, chopstick, small dowel, pencil, or similar object. Allow ornaments to air dry for 1-3 days. When ornaments are ready to be decorated they will be completely dry and very hard.

I doubled the recipe because I needed more than 6. I did get about 13 ornaments.

**If you plan on using them as a garland, don't forget to poke holes in the 'hands' instead of at the top of the head. When adding the ribbon or fabric, insert from the front of "g-man's" right hand (your left), pull to the back (being very careful) and then come up through to the opposite hand. Continue in this fashion until you have the look and length you want.

I let the gingerbread men sit on a cookie sheet overnight and then transferred them to a drying rack so the air can circulate around them and (hopefully) dry them quicker. Be VERY CAREFUL transferring from cookie sheet to the rack as they may crack of fall apart. Good luck!

I did have two small garlands of gingerbread men salvaged from a few years back. Not the greatest pic, but it shows what you could do with them.

Good luck creating your own "G-Men".


Sandra said...

I haven't made these is the longest time...thanks for sparking the idea again...Happy Christmas!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I love the way you hung them!

Serendipity said...

They look wonderful! TFS :)

Autumn said...

So cute! Love your tree. Mine is very similar, filled with handmade ornies from friends and my children. Merry Christmas to you!
~ Autumn Clark

Amanda said...

I love gingerbread ornaments, yours are so cute!