This is a great activity to do with your grandkids at your family Christmas party. It doesn’t take much of your time to prepare for it. It is super inexpensive. And it’s easy to make.
In fact, I predict that your grandkids would want to make a whole flock of them since they are so easy and fun to make!
If your grandchildren are very young, you might want to cut out the gingerbread men in advance. Little ones won’t have the skills needed to cut these fellas out.
Trust me. I know.
You can avoid meltdowns by having them cutout in advance.
Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
Free printable for the puffy gingerbread man
White cardstock paper
Glue gun and glue
Mini red rick-rack
First cut out the gingerbread men.
Next, cut a 3-4 inch length of rick-rack. Put a dab of hot glue on the backside of one gingerbread man. Press the ends of the rick-rack in the glue and quickly put the other gingerbread man on top of the glue. (This will keep the rick-rack solidly in place so you can hang your ornament from a Christmas tree.)
Hold firmly until glue cools.
Staple together at the sides of his head, the ends of his arms and along his sides.
Tear the paper towel into small-ish pieces. (Not teeny tiny. Just small)
Stuff the pieces inside. Use a pencil to push the paper up into the head.
When you decide that it’s stuffed enough, staple the legs and feet and you are done!
You might have noticed in one of the first pictures, there are two varieties of gingerbread man — a ‘modern-day’ one and a vintage one. Repeat the same process with your vintage one. Here’s the free printable for the vintage gingerbread man.
When you are finished, hang them on your Christmas tree!