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Gingerbread Wreath DIY

I adore gingerbread cookies, so I thought I would create a gingerbread wreath for my kitchen.  The colors and theme will be perfect for my Christmas decorations. 

My first idea was to make a gingerbread cookie wreath, but I would only get to use it for one year. Then it hits me why not use my felt gingerbread ornament in place of cookies.

DIY Gingerbread Wreath with red and white check bow hung on a wall

Christmas Gingerbread Wreath

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How to Make a Gingerbread Wreath 

Making hand-sewn felt ornaments seemed like a daunting task; therefore, I decided to tweak my method for making the gingerbread ornaments for the wreath. 

Gingerbread wreath supplies on a cutting/craft mat

Wreath supplies

Wreath Supplies

After gathering my supplies, I printed out my gingerbread man pattern on card stock. 

Creating The Gingerbread Man

tracing the gingerbread men on the felt

Tracing the template

For this wreath, I used seven pairs of felt gingerbread men and seven gingerbread cut out of fusible interfacing

I used paper scissors to cut out my pattern. Then I placed the pattern/template on my felt fabric and traced around the template with a sharpie.

Next, using fabric scissors, I carefully cut out the gingerbread men along my sharpie lines.

I traced the pattern seven times to make 14 gingerbread men (seven pairs).

 Next, I repeated the same process for seven fusible interfacing gingerbread men.

Note: I cut the interfacing a scant smaller than the felt pieces.

Fusing the Interfacing

Then using a steam iron, I fused the interfacing to the felt pieces with the sharpie lines. 

Note: Following the fusible interfacing manufactures instructions. 

Felt Gingerbread man with the fusible interfacing place on the backside of the felt cutout sitting in the pressing mat with the iron

Fusible Interfacing on felt cutout

Decorating the Gingerbread Man

Decorating these gingerbread men is going to cinch since no piping bag is required.

I began by adding the eyes and smile using white dimensional paint.

Note: I used a toothpick to manipulate the paint into the shape I wanted. 

Then I added two red circles for the buttons.

After four hours of dry time, I added the rickrack to the wrists and ankles of the ornaments using fabric glue. 

For his bow tie, I am a simple bow made with a red and white check ribbon. 

I attached the bow-ties with hot glue. 

Adding rick rack to the gingerbread man

Rickrack trim

Gluing the ribbon bow tie to the gingerbread man

Attaching the bow tie

Assemble Felt Gingerbread Man

I used hot glue to assemble the gingerbread front pieces to their back pieces placing the hot glue on the interfacing. 

Attaching the gingerbread front and back pieces together with hot glue

Attaching the fronts to the back

Preparing the Gingerbread Wreath Form

Wreath form, green paint and paintbrush on a craft mat

Wreath supplies

I planned to add some fun greenery to the wreath form; therefore, I used green paint to match the foliage. 

After the paint dried, I used hot glue to attach the greenery to the wreath form.

Using hot glue to attach the greenery to the painted wreath form

Add greenery

Assembling the Gingerbread Wreath 

Before assembling the wreath, I placed the gingerbread men on the form to determine the design I wanted. 

Wreath form with gingerbread felt pieces design layout

Wreath layout

 

Then I used hot glue to attach the gingerbread man to the wreath form. 

Attaching the gingerbread man to the wreath form with hot glue

Glue the gingerbread man to the wreath

Next, I added the perfect bow.

Decorating with a Gingerbread Wreath

You can find more ideas for Christmas wreaths in this earlier post

Side view of the gingerbread wreath hanging on the wall

DIY Gingerbread wreath

More Gingerbread Decor Ideas

Salt Dough Ornaments

You can make these fantastic salt dough ornaments with supplies you probably have in your pantry. This recipe is a no-bake salt dough recipe by Chauking up Success. 

Painting salt dough ornaments on a table

Salt dough ornaments

Gingerbread Nativity 

Create a gorgeous Nativity Gingerbread House to celebrate Christmas. Free template included with the tutorial at Dapper Darling Life. 

Cookie nativity with the holy family on a tray under the Christmas tree

DIY Nativity

Gingerbread Floral Picks

Make these fun, festive gingerbread house planter picks for your floral arrangements. See the full tutorial at Sustain my Craft Habit

Porch planter filled with free pine branches and DIY gingerbread floral picks

DIY Gingerbread floral picks

Poinsettias are a traditional Christmas flower that everyone loves. Add some fun gingerbread floral picks for a new twist with this classic Christmas arrangement. Learn how to make this classic European Christmas arrangement at From Farmhouse to Florida.

Christmas floral arrangement with gingerbread floral picks on a table on the porch

Floral arrangement 

 

Gingerbread Garland

Create an adorable gingerbread garland with wooden cutouts, ribbons, and laces from A Life of Balance. You can use this gingerbread DIY garland to decorate your mantel, Christmas, buffet, etc.  

This garland would be perfect for my red and white Christmas tree.

 

Gingerbread garland made with wooden cutouts and ribbons hanging

Wood Cutout garland

Another easy gingerbread garland DIY made with paper and markers by My Family Thyme. You could use paper grocery bags for almost free Christmas decorations. 

Paper Gingerbread garland decorated with paint markers and Christmas ribbons. Hung over the windows.

Easy Paper garland

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Allison

Thursday 24th of February 2022

I just love how this came out. I'm an especially huge fan of your use of rick rack on the wrists and ankles of the gingerbread men, it give them such a classic look. Great tutorial :)

Elizabeth

Friday 17th of December 2021

Where is the gingerbread pattern please?

Lynne

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

This wreath is adorable! Merry Christmas, Kippi!

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Sunday 5th of December 2021

Your gingerbread man wreath is adorable!

Kippi Ohern

Thursday 9th of December 2021

@[email protected], Thank you so much. Merry Christmas

Kimberly Snyder

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

Such a cute wreath! It is adorable! Thanks for sharing the how to! Merry Christmas!

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