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Gingerbread Angels


Gingerbread Angels

This project was recently updated.  Please take a moment to view the revisions here:  Valentine Gingerbread Angels Revisited

I made these little Gingerbread Angels for my Valentine’s Garland but I plan to make more for my Christmas tree. I used punches to create mine but you can just as easily cut these out freehand or use a stencil to create a pattern.

ALTERNATIVES:

  • PAPER/CARDSTOCK:  You can also use sandpaper for the gingerbread shape.  When doing this punch a second shape from brown cardstock and then glue it to the back of the sandpaper one.  You can sandwich a hanger between the two shapes.
  • PUNCHES:  Make paper rick-rack by taking a about a 2”x2” scrap (a little longer than twice the length you need for each arm/leg) of white cardstock.  Then using zigzag scissors trim one edge closely to start the pattern.  Then move the scissors about one half the blade’s width to the left and make a second cut.  By keeping the piece of cardstock small you can cut the entire length with one scissor’s stroke (thus keeping the width from wandering all over the page) and by making it double the length needed for each arm/leg the rick-rack on each arm/leg will be the same width.  Savvy?

 

Materials

  • Light brown cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Narrow rick-rack or other trims
  • Narrow ribbon

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • EK Success Large Slim Paper Punch – Gingerbread Man
  • Heart punch (1.5 inch)
  • Small diameter hole punch (1/4th inch)
  • Glue stick, Elmer’s purple

Alternative/s

  • You can also use sandpaper for the gingerbread shape.  When doing this punch a second shape from brown cardstock and then glue it to the back of the sandpaper one.  You can sandwich a hanger between the two shapes.
  • Make paper rick-rack by taking a about a 2”x2” scrap (a little longer than twice the length you need for each arm/leg) of white cardstock.  Then using zigzag scissors trim one edge closely to start the pattern.  Then move the scissors about one half the blade’s width to the left and make a second cut.  By keeping the piece of cardstock small you can cut the entire length with one scissor’s stroke (thus keeping the width from wandering all over the page) and by making it double the length needed for each arm/leg the rick-rack on each arm/leg will be the same width.  Savvy?

Photo Tutorial

Assemble materials. Punch all shapes needed. Punch the number of gingerbread men needed from brown cardstock. Save the “faces” to use on another gingerbread project. Punch new faces for each from white cardstock. Punch two “wings” (hearts) from the scrapbook paper of your choice and a second set from the brown cardstock for each angel.

Glue the patterned and brown wings together (pattern side out).

Glue trim to the arms and legs on the front of the gingerbread shape. Allow the lace (paper rick-rack, etc.) to hang over the edges of the arms and legs. Trim to fit when dry and before attaching the wings.
Glue on the eyes & mouth and buttons and bow. By using a disappearing purple Elmer’s glue stick you can coat the entire face and then run a line down the front, see where to stick the pieces and it will dry completely clear and you can’t see it!

Glue the wings to the back of the gingerbread shape (between the “shoulder blades”) with the points touching. Turn angel over and check wing placement. Move around until you are satisfied with the look of the wings. Allow to dry.

Check wing placement and adjust as necessary.

Punch a hole in the top of the ornament and thread lace or ribbon through it to create a hanger. Or glue a hanger to the back.
Glue on a halo from narrow ribbon, string of pearls, etc.
Allow to dry completely before hanging.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

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