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.
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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 man pattern
- Red dimensional paint
- White dimensional paint (for faux icing sugar)
- Fusible interfacing
- Hot glue (I use this one. It’s cordless)
- Wreath form (these are similar to the one I used)
- Green paint
- Fabric glue
- Red and white check ribbon for bow-tie
- Wreath bow ribbon
- Wire cutters (these are my favorite)
- Mini iron
- Pressing mat
After gathering my supplies, I printed out my gingerbread man pattern on card stock.
Creating The Gingerbread Man
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.
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.
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.
Preparing the Gingerbread Wreath Form
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.
Assembling the Gingerbread Wreath
Before assembling the wreath, I placed the gingerbread men on the form to determine the design I wanted.
Then I used hot glue to attach the gingerbread man to the wreath form.
Next, I added the perfect bow.
Decorating with a Gingerbread Wreath
You can find more ideas for Christmas wreaths in this earlier post.
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.
Create a gorgeous Nativity Gingerbread House to celebrate Christmas. Free template included with the tutorial at Dapper Darling Life.
Gingerbread Floral Picks
Make these fun, festive gingerbread house planter picks for your floral arrangements. See the full tutorial at Sustain my Craft Habit.
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.
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.
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.
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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 :)
Friday 17th of December 2021
Where is the gingerbread pattern please?
Tuesday 7th of December 2021
This wreath is adorable! Merry Christmas, Kippi!
Sunday 5th of December 2021
Your gingerbread man wreath is adorable!
Thursday 9th of December 2021
@[email protected], Thank you so much. Merry Christmas
Thursday 2nd of December 2021
Such a cute wreath! It is adorable! Thanks for sharing the how to! Merry Christmas!