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Gingerbread jumping jack decoration

I know it’s November but we got our Christmas decorations out of the loft at the weekend. I wanted to go through the boxes and have a sort out before the children start rifling through them, demanding we put up every Christmas decoration we own.

I took out all our Christmassy craft supplies as the children want to start making Christmas crafts too. We love gingerbread and gingerbread crafts so today we’re going to share our gingerbread jumping jack decorations. They are a really fun craft, can be decorated however you like, and look great hung on the tree or door.

Gingerbread jumping jack decoration

Equipment needed to make a gingerbread jumping jack decoration:
different coloured card
split pins
gingerbread man cookie cutter
embroidery thread

How to make a gingerbread jumping jack decoration:

First draw your gingerbread person shape, we used a large gingerbread cookie cutter and carefully drew around it with pencil. You need to make an extra pair of arms and legs as these are the parts that will ‘jump’.

gingerbread jumping jack decoration

I helped the children cut out their gingerbread people, then marked lines where we needed to cut the arms and legs off.

gingerbread jumping jack decoration

Your gingerbread person should look like this with a small overlapping area where you can attach the arms and legs with split pins.

gingerbread jumping jack decoration

Now comes the fun part where you can decorate your gingerbread person. Little Sis opted for a smiley face and buttons but you can decorate any way you like. Why not add real buttons and ribbon for a scarf? Or cover your figure with bright Christmassy papers.

gingerbread jumping jack decoration

When she had finished I lined up the extra arms and legs and attached them to the body with the split pins.

gingerbread jumping jack decoration

To make your gingerbread person jump you need to make small holes at the top of each arm and leg piece. You may find it easier to do this before you attach them to the body.

Thread a short piece of the embroidery thread through the two arm holes and knot. Do the same with the two leg pieces. With a third length of embroidery thread, attach it to the loop between the arms and again at the legs, leaving a long length to pull. When you pull the thread the arms and legs should jump!

gingerbread jumping jack decoration

These make sweet handmade decorations and please let me know if you try them at home.

Today I’m taking part in the 30 Days of Homemade Kid Ornaments organised by The Resourceful Mama. Pop on over to see what everyone else has been making.

30 Days of Homemade Kid Ornaments


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    November 14, 2015 at 8:38 am

    These are so cute, might have to give them a go myself 🙂

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      November 14, 2015 at 8:40 am

      I’m dreaming of a whole line of them hanging from the fireplace!

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    November 17, 2015 at 7:06 am

    This is so creative and fun! We do not have any gingerbread crafts planned yet this year. This would be a great one for us to try. Thank you for participating in Homemade Kid Ornament Series. If you like you can share your ornament in the Facebook group

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    Let kids be kids
    November 17, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Oh I love this idea, so much fun! My kids would love it.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

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    Coombe Mill - Fiona
    November 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    A wonderful Christmas craft for children. #LetkidsbeKids

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