I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
Today, my best friend and matron of honor, Liz, is sharing her gingerbread wreath and a tutorial.
Liz and I met way back in college when we were both in the same sorority. Since then, she graduated, I graduated, then we both graduated again, she got married and I moved to Chicago. Liz is a speech language pathologist, and she and her husband just bought a house right by my parents.
|Liz and I at her 2010 wedding. Isn't she a beautiful bride?!|
Here is Liz's tutorial...
Gingerbread Man Wreath
I am so excited that Katie has invited me to share this craft with you. Katie and I have been friends since college. She is an amazing friend and blogger. I, on the other hand, am not a blogger, but I love to look at the creative ideas people write about. “Katie Stories” is my favorite blog of course. So when I found the inspiration for this wreath on Pinterest I knew which crafty friend to turn to. She made an adorable wreath. I wanted to make a version for my home. I think that the wreath was originally made out of cookies; I wanted something less ephemeral. This is what I came up with, using felt. I hope you enjoy!
- 7 9X12 felt sheets in cashmere tan – I bought 10 sheets in total since they were on sale at Michael’s and I made the extra gingerbread men into Christmas ornaments. I might even attach a few men to gifts for people I really like J
- Puffy paint in winter white
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Polly fill
- Gingerbread man template – 3 in tall
- 3 bells
- Red ribbon
- Trace gingerbread man onto felt. I used a white crayon.
- Cut out men. You should have 40. (makes a 20 piece gingerbread man wreath)
- Hot glue wrong sides together leaving head open.
- Stuff men with polly fill spreading evenly though arms and legs. I used just enough polly fill to make plump men. I wanted them to look like real cookies.
- Glue closed.
- Fluff men.
- Trim any ends that don’t match.
- Carefully outline a boarder on the gingerbread men with the puff paint, and then create a face and buttons. I found this to be easiest for me but you could paint the face and buttons, then do the outline.
- Let dry overnight.
- Hot glue hands and feet together. Hands should just barley overlap. Feet will overlap about ½ inch. Make sure the men are forming a circle.
- Thread bell though ribbon.
- Hot glue to the back of a gingerbread man.
- Make a bow and glue to the front of the wreath.
- I did not use a wreath form for this project. I didn’t want it to be visible through the gingerbread men so I used wire to make the wreath steady. Hot glue wire behind the gingerbread men taking care not allow it to show in any open spots.
I will see you all tomorrow :)