Brown Paper Bags from grocery store
The first thing you need to do is cut your grocery bags apart to make them lay flat, they can be slightly pressed if need be to remove any wrinkles. Next trace your gingerbread pattern onto the paper bag (printed side of the bag). Trace 2 patterns for each ornament. Cut these pattern pieces out, about 1/4 inch from the traced lines, this does not need to be exact.
Now put your pattern pieces together (printed sides together) and glue about a 1/4-1/2” in around all edges of the Gingerbread to seal. Leave a 1.5”- 2” opening at the top of his head for stuffing. Now you need to stuff your project to give it a more dimensional look. This will take a very small amount of stuffing, use a pencil or some other long skinny tool, to poke the stuffing around inside of the ornament and distribute it evenly in legs, arm and body. Once you have him stuffed glue together the opening. Now using your pinking shears (or other decorative edged scissors) re-cut around the edges of your Gingerbread to make his fancy edging.
Next cut a piece of wire approx. 12” long and wrap around a pencil to make your wire curly. The wire will be used to hang your Gingerbread. Pull wire apart slowly until it is about 6” long. Very carefully poke a wire end through each arm and twist to secure. Now it’s time to add any other decorations to your ornament that you desire. Eyes, Glittery trim work, artificial greenery, bows, and buttons work well as an added touch to these adorable ornaments. Just use glue gun to attach buttons, greenery, etc… There is no right or wrong way to decorate your ornaments, let your imagination run wild!
These are fairly simple to make, and while you may need to help the younger children with gluing pattern pieces together, it is a great project for the entire family. Also the kids will be proud to display their work on the Christmas Tree for everyone to see or to give as a special gift. So next time your bagger at the grocery store asks you if you want paper or plastic, be sure to tell them “paper”.
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