Gingerbread Men & Minnesota Semi-Homemade Ornaments

December 11, 2019
 Today's two projects will be the last blog installment in my 2019 Semi-Homemade Ornament Series.  Why semi-homemade ornaments?  Because they are inexpensive, quick and easy! 

Earlier this fall, I purchased this package of two gingerbread Christmas Craft ornaments at Hobby Lobby.  Even though they were $2.99, I got them at 50% off.

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 The ornaments are formed paper with gold string hangers.  (That I removed.)

 I then painted them with one coat of Fusion Mineral Paint in Algonquin. 

I also distressed the edges of the gingerbread men with 220 grit sandpaper.

I dabbed round eyes on the gingerbread men with black craft paint, using the pointy side of an art brush.

I dabbed a little Aleene's Tacky Glue on the threads of a small eye screw and twisted it into the gold string hanger hole.  I threaded a jute string through the eye screw for a hanger.

Painter's tape worked to make stripes with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Walnut Noyer.

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Two buttons were glued on the gingerbread men with Aleene's Tacky Glue.  A thicker jute cord was tied around their necks.

I waxed the gingerbread men with Dixie Belle Big Mama's Butta.
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Gingerbread man with star buttons.

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Gingerbread man with snowflake buttons.

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I made a couple of ornaments from the checked fabric contained in these bags from Dollar General.

I cut one of the bags apart and ironed HeatnBond UltraHold Iron-On Adhesive onto the fabric.

I traced the Minnesota shape from my Artminds Home State Stencil Pack from Michaels onto Heat and Bond.  (You must flip the shape before tracing.)

After cutting out the fabric, Minnesota shapes, I pulled the paper backing off my fabrics and ironed them onto Pellon Extra Firm Stabilizer.   

I then cut the Pellon around the state shape.  The Pellon adds stiffness and body to the checked fabric.

I hot glued the fabric state ornaments to a weathered clothespin.

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I glued white heart buttons on at two cities in the state.

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We love our buffalo checks here in Minnesota!

To visit the other semi-homemade ornaments posts, click the link HERE.

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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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