Handmade Gingerbread Boy Ornament

Gingerbread Boy ornamentHere’s a fun project just in time for Christmas. I made this gingerbread boy Christmas ornament with a Styrofoam gingerbread shape. The items I used for this project are:

Gingerbread Boy ornament supplies

First I inserted an eye pin into the top of Styrofoam shape. I used a material called Apoxie Paste to secure the eye pin to the Styrofoam. After the Apoxie Paste hardened, I covered the Styrofoam with the Sculptamold (the red/yellow bag shown in the photo above). This material gives a textured surface, perfect for a cookie texture. When using Sculptamold, you add water to the dry material and then apply the mixture to the surface of your choice. It does not shrink and it is like a combination of working with plaster, papier mache and clay. It can be messy to work with, but that is the fun part.

Back of Gingerbread Boy ornamentWhen I applied the Sculptamold, I added it in sections to the gingerbread shape. First I added it to the front side of the Styrofoam and allowed at least a whole day for it to dry out. After the first side was dry I added the Sculptamold to the second side. Once both sides were covered, I looked over the piece to see if there were any spots I missed. After filling in the bare spots and allowing time for it to dry completely, I painted the surface with a paint color called Spice Tan by Ceramcoat. It’s a perfect color for Gingerbread.

The Gingerbread Boy ornament close-upNext I added the frosting details using these paint pens called Puffy Pens. Now that I added the frosting details, the next step was the most important step, adding the Dazzlers #D29 Confection glitter. I squeezed an ample amount of the Designer Dries Clear adhesive to the front side of the gingerbread boy, making sure to avoid covering the frosting details. To help spread out the adhesive, I used a paint brush to cover the entire front surface. And then I sprinkled the Dazzlers Confection glitter over the adhesive. It took awhile for the glue to completely dry and look clear because of the deep textured surface. Prior to applying the adhesive and glitter, the surface looks highly textured, but the glitter and adhesive helps subdue the rough surface and makes it look more “cookie-ish.” I waited in anticipation for the glue to dry so I could see the Dazzlers Confection glitter in its sparkly brilliance.
The Cute Gingerbread Boy ornamentOnce the entire gingerbread piece was covered in the glitter and it had time to dry, I attached a jump ring to the end of the eye pin at the top of the ornament and added a piece of ribbon to hang the ornament with.

Happy Glitter Days Greeting!Please stop by my Etsy store, Lilly Bug Boutique, to see the Gingerbread Boy Ornament and my other hand-crafted items for sale.

The Gingerbread Boy ornament at Etsy

About christine

A watercolor and sculpture artist and avid crafter/designer. Working creatively with my hands is what gives me joy and contentment and makes me want to get up in the morning.
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3 Responses to Handmade Gingerbread Boy Ornament

  1. Caroline says:

    Love this little gingerbread guy! So cute and realistic looking! Good enough to eat! I now want to use these materials! Great fun project for everyone!!!! Good job glitter gal Christine! Love it love it love it!
    Caroline

  2. christine says:

    Thank you, Caroline!!! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it. :0)

  3. Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

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