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Thursday, December 8, 2011
DIY handmade Christmas on a budget - gingerbread man paper bag ornament
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)
You will need a paper bag, white felt or fleece, a small ribbon, scissors, and a sewing machine.
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.