Here’s a fun Christmas ornament for kids to make! Use felt to make some adorable gingerbread men. If you want, you can give your ornament a funny twist and create a gingerbread man with a BITE taken out of him!
This is a fabulous beginning sewing project for kids! If your child is old enough to safely use a needle and thread, they will be able to stitch around the edge of these gingerbread men. Sometimes the thread gets a little tangled, but learning basic sewing is so valuable for kids!
If you love making Christmas ornaments, be sure to check out our collection of Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make – there are so many fun options!
We decided to make one of them with a big bite out of his head. (Yes, we live in a boy-heavy house!) Gresham wants to make one with a bitten off arm, but we haven’t gotten to that one yet. 🙂
Here’s what you need to make them:
- Felt – I found this nice brown gingerbread color at Michael’s.
- Needle and embroidery thread in red and white
- Hot glue gun
- Fiber fill stuffing
Gresham (age 9) and I worked on these gingerbread ornaments together. Before we started, I printed a gingerbread pattern, reduced the size on our printer, and cut several out of felt.
I stitched on the mouths, but Gresham was able to hot glue his own buttons and to sew around the edge of his ornament (with just a little bit of help when the thread got tangled!).
As you stitch around the edge, sew in a loop of ribbon between the layers for hanging the ornament.
(Like Gresham’s Pinterest shirt? LOL. I got it at a blogger dinner. 🙂 )
We stuffed the ornaments with some fiber fill stuffing when we had stitched all the way around except for one leg. It doesn’t take much! Just enough to give them a 3D look. Use the eraser end of a pencil to push the stuffing into the arms and legs. Then sew up the remaining hole.
So fun! We’re planning to make more to give away. What will you do with them? 🙂
Need more Christmas crafting ideas?
Be sure to check out these 20 Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make.
We’ve also got some fun Printable LEGO Christmas Building Cards. Make 8 different Christmas mosaic designs.