christmas wreaths - gingerbread men

Thursday, 15 December 2011

I adore gingerbread and this wreath is probably one of my favourites this year. So utterly simple, all you need do is wind and hot-glue ribbon around a foam wreath form (gluing at back only) and tie the ribbon in a hanging loop.

Buy or make little gingerbread cookies that are long-baked for crispness. Be sure to measure your wreath form for cookie size.

When hot-gluing the gingerbread men, secure the first on one side of his body only - ie: at his arm. For the second and subsequent, daub glue generously on both arms (on the flip side!) and start overlapping them. As you go, the gingerbread men may start leaning outwards towards the perimeter of the ring, so gently push them downwards so they remain relatively parallel to the wreath form. You'll see what I mean as you go along.

When you've finished gluing them all and return to your original fellow, lift the unglued side of this first little man and tuck your last man underneath.

Spray all the gingerbread men with clear sealant or lacquer, in a well-ventilated area, trying not to saturation the ribbon. Spray the back of the men, too - whatever you can reach. You could even lacquer the men in advance and wait til they're dry before gluing. This will mean they last longer.

See also:
book page wreath
looped white card wreath
tissue paper wreath
fringed paper wreath
hula hoop greenery wreath
pompom wreath


Rachel said...

I'm going to have to make one of these - love it! :)

Tania McCartney said...

And it's SO EASY, Rach! x

Silverdragon said...

Tania - do you think you could make this closer to Christmas and stick the gingerbread people on with plenty of icing instead of glue, so they could be pulled off and eaten?? Maybe it would work best if the wreath form was wrapped with paper ribbon (instead of satin) as the icing might stick better to a rougher surface. Thoughts?

Tania McCartney said...

I think this icing idea would work beautifully! I think ribbon would work really well for the base though, as the icing would still stick well. Worry that paper ribbon would tear off and stick to gingerbread. I reckon a few days out in the air wouldn't do the gingerbread any harm at all if it's baked til crisp. Love it!!

Silverdragon said...

I might try it with nose-to-tail reindeers if I get time!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Most inspired Tania!! Love this idea - sweet and fun.

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