Salt dough isn’t just for kid’s handprint ornaments! I’ll show you how to make a wreath out of a gingerbread version of salt dough that’s truly adorable!!
Thrifty Style Team Monthly
Every month the Thrifty Style Team brings you great thrifty decorating and styling ideas. This month the team is all about Christmas!! Wait until you see all the good ideas they have cooked up this month; I have all the links at the end of my gingerbread wreath tutorial.
gingerbread salt dough recipe
- 2 cup flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup cinnamon (I bought the cheapest one at Walmart) The more cinnamon the darker the “cookies” will be. You can even up the cinnamon to 3/4 cup if you want very dark ornaments.
- 1 ½ cups really hot water
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Make The Gingerbread Salt Dough
Mix the dry ingredients together, then pour the hot water in and stir well. Knead the dough until it is thoroughly combined and smooth.
I rolled out the dough on a silicone mat until it was about 1/4 inch thick before cutting out the gingerbread man shapes. I used this 2 piece gingerbread man set that I grabbed at Walmart for this wreath, it has a normal and a small cookie cutter (it’s in the holiday baking aisle).
Bake at 250° for 2 hours, turn the cutouts after 1 hour to speed up the drying process.
You can see a step-by-step tutorial on my How To Make Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments post from last Christmas.
I’m using the large gingerbread men to make ornaments. The medium and small ones are what I’m using to make this gingerbread wreath.
Decorating The Gingerbread Salt Dough
Once the salt dough was cooled it was time to decorate them.
I used red and white puffy paint. It’s so easy to use and you can pipe it on and it looks like icing.
The base of this wreath is one of those bamboo wreath forms from the Dollar Tree (it’s around 10″). I used 9 of the larger gingerbreads and 8 of the mini ones. I left an empty space at the top so I could add a ribbon for hanging.
Making The Gingerbread Wreath
I used my hot glue gun to attach the “cookies” to the wreath base. I used a pretty generous amount of the glue on the back of the gingerbread men and then held them onto the wreath to let the glue set up.
I glued on 2 of the larger gingerbread men and then nestled a mini one in between them.
I left a space at the top of the wreath so I could add a length of ribbon for hanging.
To make the hanger I tied a piece of narrow red ribbon around the top leaving a long enough loop for hanging. Then I tied a bow around the red ribbon using a thicker red gingham. Both ribbons are from Walmart…out with the Christmas wrapping paper and boxes… $2.58 a roll!
Finished Gingerbread Salt Dough Wreath
Isn’t it adorable??!! It’s perfect for my red and white kitchen Christmas decorations this year!!
100’s of holiday ideas in the bloggers’ 10 days of Christmas!!
- Day 1 – Christmas DIY Ideas
- Day 2 – Front Porch Decorating Ideas
- Day 3 – Christmas Tree Ideas
- Day 4 – Christmas Table Decor Ideas
- Day 5 – Christmas Cookies and Sweet Treats
- Day 6 – Christmas Decorating Ideas
- Day 7 – Christmas Hacks You Should Know
- Day 8 – Christmas Gift Wrapping Guide
- Day 9 – Wreaths & Front Door Decor
- Day 10 – Winter Greenery
Now Please Go Check Out What The Rest Of The Team Is Sharing Today!
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Sweet Pea – Painted Christmas Stocking
Lora B. Create & Ponder – Scrabble Holiday Art How To
The Tattered Pew –How To Make An Ivy Topiary From a Wire Hanger
Cottage On Bunker Hill – Make a Wreath Out of Gingerbread Salt Dough