How to Make Gingerbread Ornaments

Two Methods:Baked gingerbread ornamentsWooden gingerbread ornaments

Gingerbread tree ornaments have been made for many centuries. They're easy to make at home and it's a whole lot more fun making shapes that you want instead of buying the fake ones from the store in shapes they have chosen for you. This article provides a gingerbread dough ornament method and a wooden gingerbread lookalike method to making your own gingerbread ornaments for the tree.


Method 1
Baked gingerbread ornaments

  1. 1
    Make the gingerbread dough. Gingerbread dough for cookies or for making a gingerbread house is fine to use.
  2. 2
    Draw a template for your gingerbread design. A gingerbread person is easiest but you can draw an angel, an animal, heavenly bodies and so forth, depending on what you'd like. Draw the template onto card, then cut it out in readiness for using on the dough.
    • You can print off a simple outline image from online if you find that easier than drawing a design freehand.
  3. 3
    Line the baking sheet or tray with parchment paper. This must be done before making the dough shapes, so that you have a place to transfer the ornaments to after cutting. Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF.
  4. 4
    Sprinkle a little flour on a work surface. Roll the gingerbread dough to a thickness around 6mm (1/4 inch).
  5. 5
    Place the template on the rolled-out gingerbread dough. Using a sharp kitchen knife, carve around the template design in the dough. Lift out the gingerbread shape and put it on the lined sheet or tray.
  6. 6
    Continue making the remaining ornaments from the rest of the dough. Each time that there is no more space to press out ornaments, bunch up the dough and roll it out again. You may also need to sprinkle fresh flour on the workspace.
  7. 7
    Place the gingerbread ornaments into the oven. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until firm.
  8. 8
    Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the wire cooling rack.
  9. 9
    Glue the curtain rings to the back of the ornament, as close as possible to top center. Tie ribbon around the ring when it has dried in place, and make a loop from the ribbon. It's now ready to hang.
    • Alternatively, pierce a small hole in the center top of each ornament. Use a skewer or similar item for this. Thread ribbon through the hole. Tie in a firm loop.
  10. 10
    Hang the gingerbread ornaments from the tree or anywhere else suitable.

Method 2
Wooden gingerbread ornaments

  1. 1
    Place a wooden cutout onto the cutting mat.
  2. 2
    Choose the "top" of the cutout to carve a small hanging hole into it. Using the exacto knife, carefully carve a hole into it. It should be large enough to thread the yarn through, for hanging.
    • Repeat for as many cutouts as you're making.
  3. 3
    Paint the cutout on both sides. Repeat for as many cutouts as you're making. Allow all cutouts to dry fully on one side before painting the other side. Alternatively paint both sides and dry the cutouts standing up in something, such as in the holes of an egg carton.
  4. 4
    Decorate the gingerbread ornaments. There are various ways to do this, such as:
    • Paint on facial features for the gingerbread person. If it's a different sort of shape, paint on the relevant features.
    • Add glitter glue. This can be used simply to add sparkle or you can use it to make buttons, clothing and even facial elements. Allow to dry fully.
    • If using other decorative elements, glue them on now. For example, a small ribbon bow or a piece of ribbon for a belt.
  5. 5
    Thread the yarn through the hole. Tie in a firm knot to create a loop. The decoration is now ready for hanging from the tree. Repeat for each gingerbread ornament you're making.
  6. 6
    Hang the decorations on your tree.


  • Craft items such as wooden cutouts, yarn and acrylic or spray paint can be found in your local craft store.
  • For the gingerbread dough ornaments, you can glue on features using beads, ribbon, sequins, buttons, etc. Or, use piped frosting/icing to make designs.


  • The gingerbread ornaments are inedible, including the dough version. If you wish to make edible gingerbread, bake the gingerbread cookies as normal and do not add any craft items or glue to them.

Things You'll Need

Baked gingerbread ornaments:

  • Thin card
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Flour, for dusting
  • Rolling pin
  • Kitchen knife
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet (tray)
  • Wire cooling rack
  • 10 curtain rings
  • 1 metre/1 yard of ribbon

Wooden gingerbread ornaments:

  • Wooden cutouts in people shapes or other suitable shapes, purchased or made at home
  • Yarn
  • Exacto blade
  • Cutting mat (self-healing)
  • Brown spray paint or brown acrylic paint and a paintbrush
  • Other paint colors for adding features
  • Sponge brush
  • Glitter glue (optional)
  • Decorative elements, as desired

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