Gingerbread decorations that look good enough to eat
- Cost50-100 £
- Duration1-3 h
These particular gingerbread men are not intended to be eaten, rather to be used as Christmas decorations.
It should go without saying that your safety is paramount at every stage of the project. Make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. You can find everything you need to know about the protective clothing required for each type of tool in our guide.
Let's go - step by step
Draw out the gingerbread man shape
To start, print and cut out the template. Then transfer the template onto the MDF board using a pencil. To make it easier to saw, use a cordless drill/driver, and a 10 mm wood drill bit to pre-drill at the tight curves between the legs and next to the head.
Cut out the gingerbread man
Time to cut out the gingerbread man using a cordless jigsaw. Once cut out, sand down the edges using the cordless multi-sander for a smooth finish.
Drill holes for the eyes
As marked on the template, use a cordless drill/driver and a 10 mm wood drill bit to drill the eyes, buttons and both corners of the mouth on the sawn-out gingerbread man.
Saw out the mouth
Now saw out the rest of the mouth using a cordless jigsaw with the help of the drilled holes.
Attach the gingerbread man to its stand
Sand down the edges using a cordless multi-sander to get a smooth finish. Then glue the gingerbread man onto the middle of the sawn-out board using a hot glue gun.
Add the finishing touches
Now just to add the finishing touches to the gingerbread man. Spray the gingerbread man using a paint spray system and a brown acrylic paint. Once dry, decorate the gingerbread man with either a red ribbon or paint small dots around the edge. To make a bigger gingerbread man, have the template enlarged in a copy shop and buy a larger MDF board accordingly.
Your decorative gingerbread man is now complete.