Create these fun little gingerbread people to adorn your tree, give as gifts, or use as name tags & gift toppers! Made with polymer clay, bake your gingerbread to last!
What you need:
- Polymer Clay in desired colors (I used Terracotta for my gingerbread)
- Liquid Sculpey – I use translucent
- Chalk Pastels – dark brown, to give your gingerbread a toasty look!
- Elmers glue
- Clay tools – roller, toothpick, etc.
- Small black seed beads for eyes (or use clay instead)
- Cookie Cutters – any shape, instead of people you could make stars, ornaments, etc.!
- Small paint brushes
Step one: Gather your supplies and work your clay to soften it! I’m using a craft mat to protect my surface and create my gingerbread on – you can also use parchment or wax papers.
Step two: Roll your clay out to approx. 1/8″ – 1/4″ thick.
Step three: Use your cookie cutters to cut out gingerbread people!
Step four: Scribble your chalk pastel on some scrap paper and grab a soft paint brush!
Step five: Rub your paint brush onto the scribbled pastel to pick up the “dust”. Lightly brush pastel dust on to your clay to add a “just toasted” look to your gingerbread cookie! Concentrate on adding more around the edges of your cut-out.
Step six: Now your cookie is ready to decorate! Make sure the pastel dust is off of your work surface and fingers before moving on! Use liquid sculpey as a glue for any of your decorations – I used a toothpick to apply my liquid sculpey!
Step seven: Continue to add your decorations to your cookie, using liquid sculpey to securely hold everything in place! Create bows, ties, hats, scarfs, mittens, boots, clothing, hearts, etc.!
Step eight: If you’re using seed beads as eyes, apply some liquid sculpey and press the beads into place!
Step nine: Use a toothpick or skewer to make a hole in your cookie for hanging or to add a ribbon (make sure your hole is large enough for the ribbon you plan to use).
Step ten: Once you have all your clay elements complete, it’s time to bake your gingerbread! Bake for 5-15min. @275*F depending on size and thickness (check your packaging for directions).
Step eleven: Once your gingerbread has cooled off use a small brush to apply Elmers glue to any areas you want to add glitter!
Step twelve: Add your glitter and knock off any access, add your ribbon and your gingerbread is ready to go!
Have fun and get creative with your gingerbread cookie ornaments! Check out other Holiday projects your can do here!