Need some ornament ideas for the holidays?
You’re in luck because today I’m part of a Handmade Christmas Ornaments blog hop!
Take a look at all of the ornaments you can learn how to make for the holidays:
What a great collection, right?
You can click on the links to each of these ornament DIYs at the bottom of this post.
But first, here’s how to make my DIY Gingerbread Men Ornaments!
I bought these foamie gingerbread men online at Consumer Crafts, not sure what I was going to do with them. Once I saw them in person, I knew they’d make adorable ornaments! They are the perfect “gingerbread” color and a nice size too.
Foamies Gingerbread Men – Consumer Crafts
Ivory/Pearl Buttons – Buttons Galore & More
Baker’s Twine – my own stash
Natural Hemp Twine – Beadsmith
Black adhesive gems – Recollections (Michael’s)
Pink Candy Apple glitter paint – Martha Stewart Crafts
Glue Dots – both mini and large sizes
Step 1. Use a small hole punch to make an ornament hanger hole at the top of each gingerbread man.
Step 2. Decide on placement of buttons to decorate each gingerbread ornament.
This was the hardest part of putting these ornaments together: having to decide which of the gorgeous buttons to use to dress up my gingerbread folks. I like these ivory pearl buttons, as they remind me of decorative icing you’d find on a gingerbread man cookie!
Step 3. Attach the buttons with adhesive of your choice. I find using Glue Dots makes quick work of attaching buttons to foam material.
Step 4. Decide what kind of scarves your gingerbread folks will wear. I like the baker’s twine I used because it’s bright and includes aqua, which is an accent color in our home. It was easy to get the edges to fringe out just by rubbing them between my fingers.
Step 5. Attach the eyes, nose and smiling mouth to each ornament. I used tiny adhesive-backed gems for this purpose, which conveniently came in three different sizes within one package. I used the largest ones for the eyes, smaller ones for the noses, and then the tiniest size to make the smiling mouths.
Tip: use tweezers to help you grab and position small gems, if you find your fingers are getting in the way like mine were!
Press gently on the gems to make sure they’re attached well.
Step 6. Add blush to the gingerbread folks by dipping a small foam stencil brush into some pink glitter paint, pouncing it first on a scrap piece of paper, then pouncing once on each side of the faces. Go over them again if you want a bit more blush. I did mine very lightly, three times. It’s easier to build up color slowly than to glop it all on at once! Let dry.
Step 7. Add an ornament hanger. I used some off-white hemp twine to match the buttons. You could also use ribbon, baker’s twine, string, twine or wire.
Step 8. Hang on your tree and enjoy!
For more ornament tutorials, click on the links below. There’s so many creative ideas, you’ll find yourself pinning them to Pinterest like I did!
Happy holiday crafting!