DIY Gingerbread Man Ornament - Christmas Kid Craft

DIY Gingerbread Man Ornament - Christmas Kid Craft

So these little gingerbread ornaments have been in our lives for many, many years.  A retired teacher I know showed me hers and I have tweaked it and have made a class set each year for my students and children. They make sweet little parents or grandparents gift, even package toppers! The above picture is my sample.
I pre-make the gingerbread and they decorate.  I set out ribbon, buttons, markers, and sometimes glitter glue.  Their creations are so much more creative and interesting than mine!  I love when they add bows and bow ties, make button mouths, draw on a necklace and more.  I show them mine and let them know that they can use the same ideas, but that I would really like to see a gingerbread boy or girl with more creative decoration. (Then I hide my sample from view so that they use their own ideas, not mine)

Materials Needed

paper bag,
white felt or fleece,
a small ribbon,
a sewing machine and

What to Do:

1.Trace a gingerbread shape on the paper.
2.  Layer 2 pieces of the paper bag and the white felt and cut the gingerbread shape through all layers.
3. Zig zag around the edge slipping the ribbon in at the top.
4. Hand it to your child and let them decorate any way they choose.

DIY Gingerbread Man Ornament - Christmas Kid Craft

Parenting Tip:

It is ok and preferred if it doesn't end up looking like mine!!!!

For more ideas on hand-made ornaments, Mom to 2 Posh Divas has some great posts up here and our pinterest board has many more too!

DIY Gingerbread Man Ornament - Christmas Kid Craft


CountryFunMaine said...

I love this gingerbread ornament. Made a cloth version years ago with my children and still hangs on the tree each year. It's nice to see older ideas being shared.

Sarah @ Baby Bilingual said...

Just in case CountryFunMaine doesn't want the free sample....I can barely sew on a button and don't own a sewing machine, but would love to have Griffin try this!

Maybe I can talk one of my friends into sewing some if I give her the materials, and then all the kiddos can decorate them at playgroup....

Amanda said...

Thanks! I've been making a version of this with my students for the last 10 years, my mentor teacher had used her vision with kids for many years before too. It is an oldie, but a goodie! You are our gift-away of the day recipient and I commented on your blogs most recent post with info!

Dawn said...

Hi! Love this! Stopping by and following from BSN. Would appreciate you following me back. Blessings!

Amanda said...

Glad to have you here Dawn! Sarah - I am softie and can't resist sending these cute little crafts out to your kiddos. I'm sending you an e-mail right now. My pinking shears is on loan to a friend for the weekend, so it should arrive back home on Monday!

Brimful Curiosities said...

Those gingerbread men are adorable. I need to find my pinking shears! I'm pinning this one.

Ali said...

They are so sweet and I love the idea of hiding your sample so the kids do their own thing.

Stacy@{share and remember} said...

Cute idea! I might have to make some of these today! :)

Robyn said...

These are delightful! I'm so glad to know about this wonderful blog now- I'm liking on FB right away!

Little Wonders' Days said...

These gingerbread ornaments are just too cute!

Brooke @ Let Kids Create said...

What a fun idea, my 7 year old would love to try and sew these herself. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

Raising a Happy Child said...

What a neat idea to combine paper and felt. I agree - children' ideas are so much more creative that what we can come up with!

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