These sweet little DIY Gingerbread ornaments are a great addition to any tree with their simple design and smiling face. Handmade ornaments just add something special to the holidays and this one is simple enough that even smaller children can make their own and take pride in seeing their creation hanging up there with the rest. Make one or a dozen, these are also adorable tied onto gifts, strung up on twine for a unique swag, or make one for an ornament exchange.
Cute Gingerbread Ornaments DIY Project
DIY Gingerbread Ornaments Supplies Needed:
- plastic ball ornament
- brown spray paint
- bakers twine
- white paint pen
- red paint pen
- black paint pen
- painters tape
How To Make Gingerbread Ornaments
Wrap painters tape around silver hanging portion of ball ornament to protect from paint.
Wipe down the ornament quickly with alcohol to remove all oil and fingerprints, giving paint a better surface for it to adhere.
Lightly spray ball with an even coat of brown spray paint, creating a tack coat. The easiest way I have found to paint ornaments like this is to hang them up in a tree outside, this allows you access to all sides and lets it dry more evenly.
Let paint dry for 5 minutes, then add 1-2 more coats, drying each time until desired coverage has been reached. If you prefer you can also paint it with acrylic paint and a brush.
After you have painted on final coat wait at least an hour before putting on details.
Draw “icing” in a circle on the front of your ornament with a fine tipped white paint pen to define the face of your gingerbread man.
Use paint pens to add button eyes, a sweet smile, and red cheeks.
Add a bakers twine bow to the top for a girl, or make a bow tie for a gingerbread boy.
Allow paint to dry fully, add a ribbon for a hanger.
Don’t forget to personalize your gingerbread ornament with the name of the maker and the year!
I know I have special memories of making Christmas ornaments and garland with my family as a child and I hope to pass that holiday tradition on to my kids. Do you think you will try this DIY gingerbread ornament with your family?
These DIY gingerbread ornaments are great for your own Christmas tree or to give as little holiday gifts. You may also enjoy making this DIY gingerbread sugar scrub to get into the holiday spirt!
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