A jumbo Gingerbread Man Bunting is a fun and festive project to make with the kids.
1) For this craft project, you’ll need a roll of brown kraft paper. Depending on where you’re shopping, you can either find this by the wrapping paper, or by mailing supplies like envelopes and packing tape.
|Gingerbread Bunting template|
The dotted lines on the Gingerbread Man’s hands and feet should align with the edge of the paper; so the tips of his hands and feet will hang off the edge. These are the points where the gingerbread men will be connected, so they won’t be cut.
The more folds you make, the longer your bunting will be. Do your best to keep the folds neat and aligned.
Now it’s time to decorate! Kids will love giving each gingerbread man his own personality. I had a hard time deciding which pens or markers to use, so I raided my Sakura stash and used them all!
On regular paper and card stock, the ink from these pens puffs up a bit as it dries. However, the kraft paper is pretty absorbent, so it soaked up the ink instead. Still, I like the milky, pastel finish, it reminds me of whitewash paint.
Gelly Roll Stardust®
Next up: Gelly Roll Stardust® pens. These pens have glitter in the ink for a bit of sparkle. Perfect for this gingerbread girl!
Gelly Roll Moonlight®
Gelly Roll Moonlight® pens are specially made to show up on dark surfaces, making them ideal for use on kraft paper. The ink show up beautifully, and kids will love the bright neon colors.
Permapaque® Marker, Dual-Point
I’m also trying out Sakura’s Permapaque® pens. These pens have a paint-like finish, and the Dual tips mean it’s easy to do detail work, or color large areas.
Finally, Sakura’s Microperm® pen is perfect for outlining. A fine tip gives you control in small areas, and the ink won’t bleed, even on this absorbent paper.
Make it Dimensional
If you’d like your bunting to stand out more, you can make it 3-dimensional by stuffing it.
Remember, glue guns are hot enough to cause serious burns, so have an adult do this part.
However you decide to decorate your Gingerbread Man Bunting, it will look adorable hanging in your home
Show it off!