Iced Gingerbread Cookies

Iced Gingerbread Cookie

I spent way too much time over the last couple of months thinking about gingerbread. After the houses I naturally thought about making some gingerbread men, but I couldn’t crack a new or interesting way to make them since tutorials exist all over the internet, including this one which might just be untoppable.

I was also still deeply in love with that puffing fabric paint and looking for another excuse to use it. So here’s what I came up with.

Iced Gingerbread Cookie, Step 1

I drew up a pattern for an iced gingerbread cookie and cut the shape out of fun foam, which is fast becoming one of my favorite craft mediums. Make sure you punch a hole for the hanger to go through.

Iced Gingerbread Cookie, Step 2
Draw on your “icing” with the puffy paint. I’ll include my pattern of course, but you could go wild and do anything your heart desires. Or let the kids do what they desire. Just as you would during a cookie decorating marathon.

Iced Gingerbread Cookie, Step 3
Hit the paint with a heat gun. My happy little discovery in this process is that the fun foam melted a bit too. You have to be a little careful – you can end up burning your cookie – but it turned the color from an anemic tan to a beautiful toasted color, and took off some of the smoothness of the foam to look far more like an actual cookie.

Iced Gingerbread Cookie, Step 4
I did a line of icing around the outside too, just to hide those square edges that make it look too fake.

Iced Gingerbread Cookie Pattern
This project ended up being really cheap – I’d guess each ornament ended up costing about 12 cents – so it could be a great thing to put your kids in front of while you’re frantically making Christmas preparations. Christmas multitasking at its finest.

One more ornament tomorrow and then it’s time for reveals!!