This year of all the years I'm very excited about the Holiday Season: Thanksgiving and Christmas. The music, the sights, and sounds all put a spring in my step. I'm already thinking about Christmas decorations. I created this Gingerbread People garland to remember the times of the smell of gingerbread cookies baking and the fun our family had decorating them.
- Glue Dots® Adhesives
- Continuous Line
- Glue Lines
- Easy Felt by CPE (AC Moores)
- Embroidery Floss (DMC)
- Christmas Fat Quarters
- Martha Stewart Flocking Powder
- Ribbon, buttons, rickrack,
- Lightweight and heavyweight Jute
- Burlap pieces
- Crochet Ribbon
- Pinking Shears (Fiskars), Razor Scissors (Fiskars), and Crop-a-dile (WeAreMemoryKeepers)
- Small Craft Apples (Hobby Lobby) and Cinnamon Sticks
- Using a pattern of a gingerbread man cut 9 shapes or what would fit the length of where you are going to put your garland.
- Stitch around the edges by hand using the embroidery floss.
- Place two Glue Dots® Adhesives Craft Dots as eyes and Glue Lines as a mouth. You can shape the edges of the mouth by carefully using a rub-on tool to make a bit of a curve on the bottom edges of the mouth. Sprinkle the flocking powder onto the Glue Dots® Adhesives and brush away excess with a soft brush.
- Cut skirts for ginger-“ladies.” Make the sides slant toward the top…like a skirt and leave enough fabric to wrap around the back. Place Glue Dots® Adhesives Continuous Line along the edge of the fabric and wrap it around the foundation gingerbread shape. Add the crochet lace across the waist with Glue Dots® Adhesives Continuous Line.
- Make your vests for the “men” leaving excess fabric to wrap around to the back. Add the Glue Dots® Adhesive Continuous Line to the fabric and wrap it around to adhere to the felt.
- Add buttons, ribbon bow ties, burlap collars, scarves, hair with Glue Dots® Adhesives Craft Dots and Glue Lines.
- Add rickrack and lightweight jute to the arms and legs leaving enough room to punch holes for the roping using Glue Dots® Adhesives Mini Dots.
- Punch holes with the Crop-a-dile on the arms. Ties ribbon around two to three cinnamon sticks, enough to go between each gingerbread figure. Use a small wooden dowel to push a hole through the Styrofoam apples.
- Cut the heavyweight jute the length you want your garland to be adding six inches to each side to tie on your garland and add another 6 to 8 inches to account for string everything together.
- Start with your first gingerbread figure and run the jute through the holes leaving the jute in the back of the gingerbread figure. String the jute through the ribbon on the cinnamon sticks, then through the apple. Continue to string the rest of your figures, cinnamon sticks and apples.
- Once everything is in place put a Glue Dots® Adhesives Craft dot between the cinnamon stick and apples to help secure them together on the roping.
Glue Dots® Adhesives adheres amazingly strong on fabric and felts!
Note: Using Glue Dots® Adhesives Craft Dots by the sheet and detaching two together gives a perfect distance for the eyes and makes it easier to place straight.
I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® design team.
1. me and Jim having a great time watching the football game together
2. God's continued provision for my family
3. excitement of the holidays
5. because of God's love for me my heart is full of love, nothing I've done, but all from God's unconditional love