How To Make Gingerbread Ornaments That Will Last For Years
Adorable little tree ornaments preserved to last for years!
Servings Prep Time
12-14cookies 3hours
Servings Prep Time
12-14cookies 3hours
Ingredients
  • 1batch gingerbread cookie doughI like this non-spreading recipe from The Kitchen Paper (http://thekitchenpaper.com/gingerbread-cookies-wont-spread/)
  • 1 drinking straw
  • 15 inch gingerbread man cookie cutter(you can also use gingerbread woman cutters, but I couldn’t find one to my liking)
  • 11 inch heart cookie cutter(I bought mine at The Bulk Barn)
  • silver ball trimmits(also from bulk barn)
  • holly berry trimmits(also from bulk barn)
  • 1\8meter christmas fabric(one side of the piece should be at least 12 inches long)
  • 1 small paintbrush
  • 1small bottle red craft paint
  • 2boxes Parawax
  • 1empty metal coffee can
  • thread
  • scissors
Instructions
  1. Start by making a batch of gingerbread. I like the recipe I mentioned above because it does not spread and the men keep a nice shape.
  2. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. I used icing sugar to roll it out instead of flour, so that the men didn’t have white powder all over them. I divided my dough in half before rolling.
  3. Cut out the men. I could usually cut out three men on the first roll out, two on the second, and one on the third.
  4. Move gingerbread men to a cookie sheet covered in baking/parchment paper.
  5. Use the heart cookie cutter to press partway down in the middle of each man. Be sure not to cut all the way through. You just want to be able to see the outline of the heart so you have a guide for painting after they are cooked.
  6. Add the trimmets. I use two silver ball trimmets for eyes and the holly berry trimmets to make a bow tie.
  7. Use a drinking straw to cut out a hole for the fabric tie near the top of each gingerbread man’s head.
  8. Cook the gingerbread men according to the instructions on the recipe.
  9. Allow the gingerbread men to cool completely.
  10. Paint each heart with red paint, and allow it to dry completely. Depending on the type of paint, you may need to do more than one coat. I had to do two coats in order to be satisfied with the coverage.
  11. Melt the parawax in the coffee can. The wax needs to be “double boiled” so it isn’t too close to the direct heat source. In order to do this, I put my can (I didn’t have a coffee can, so I used a cookie tin….bad idea…I don’t recommend it) over my pot of boiling water and allowed the wax to melt. It just so happened that my can fit perfectly, but I have also put the coffee can directly into a larger pot of boiling water in the past. You will just need to make sure the water doesn’t spill over the sides of the coffee can.
  12. Once the wax is completely melted, working quickly, string a piece of thread through the hole in a cookie, and quickly dip the cookie into the hot wax. Shake it a bit to take off excess wax and then hold it in the air for 15-20 seconds to allow the wax to completely dry. (I recommend laying a garbage bag or newspaper over your workspace unless you feel like scraping wax off of it for days). You only need to dip them once. Otherwise, they will start to turn whitish once the wax dries. If the wax is drying a whitish colour, your wax has cooled too much. Put it back over the water. Alternatively, you could just leave it in the water and it would never get too cool.
  13. Lay the men somewhere safe while you dip the rest.
  14. Once all of the gingerbread men are dipped in wax, take the fabric and make a small cut about 1.5 cm from bottom.
  15. Next, rip the fabric to make a long strip.
  16. Thread the fabric strip through the hole you made with the straw. You may need to use something to clean the excess wax out of the hole first. I used the end of my scissors.
  17. Use the cute little ornaments to decorate your tree. When the Christmas season is over, store them in an airtight container to keep them safe until next year!

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