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Monday, December 14, 2015

Maybe you remember my Gingerbread Men...?


  GINGERBREAD MAN WREATH...
doesn't that sound delightful !!
I just LOVE little gingerbread men and boys...
every time I look at one, it warms my heart...just like most things that
take us back to our childhood does. 

SOOO, I wanted to make a 
GINGERBREAD MAN WREATH....
this Christmas.....
but my cookie cutters are PACKED...
my rolling pin is PACKED.....
and I am slowly but surely 
RUNNING OUT OF STEAM
so I borrowed THIS post from 2011 Christmas.
It is a pretty well known FACT that I am NOT crafty.....not one bit.
but every now and then, I THINK I am and have to try something simple.....
THIS one looked fairly simple so........


Here is  one that MARTHA STEWART did....
Well, believe me, I ain't no MARTHA...



Isn't hers just adorable....her little boys are smaller than mine.
AND.....
her little boys are REAL Gingerbread cookies......

This adorable one belongs to BEANSIE BABBLES
It is sooo cute !! She did an awesome job on it....love that pretty bow.
AND....her's is a "last a little longer" wreath......
A SALT DOUGH WREATH should last for several years...
 

Here is another one that turned out really nice and this is where you can GET THE RECIPE if you want a wreath that will last a few years.
It's over at Saving 4 Six
and it turned out sooo cute, too.
Looks like she added lots of "SUGAR" to her little men and they absolutely
look GOOD ENUF TO EAT, don't they.?
BUT....don't try it...
they are hard as rocks.

I wanted to make a WREATH,too..
and I am hoping mine will last a couple of years or so...
♥ ♥ ♥
...so I used the flour, salt and water method.
*
.......just out of the oven here and they all look
ANEMIC....
colorless....
too little cinnamon ???
Cinnamon is added for the COLOR and also....they smell
WONDERFUL.
I wiped all the flour off before baking....?

Ahhhhh, but I have a PLAN.




They need to be covered with a polyurethane and sprinkled with KOSHER SALT, (looks just like sugar....) so, I'll use my
Poly and Stain, all in one.
While they are wet, I will sprinkle the SALT on so that they will look all SUGAR COATED and delicious...and pretty.




oops....nearly forgot to show you up close how good the color of the poly stain made the little boys.....



THIS is where the fun STOPPED !
.....SEE that break...there by the STAR ?....bummer.
So out came the HOT GLUE GUN again.
Every single time I picked the little boys up, they broke somewhere...
I must have used 10 sticks of glue......

 ahhh.....but don't they look cute.....
from a distance !!!!




but...UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL,
they look pretty
B.A.D.


Hearts #1 and 2 show
PURE HOT GLUE....

oh well...
most of the time, if a person doesn't KNOW there's something wrong on something like a wreath, they never notice....
and besides,
no one is going to care.......but me. :(


I love my plaid ribbon more than the little boys....:)


.....those little guys on the left....their hands aren't even touching....
they both are holding a ball of HOT GLUE.....hahhhaaaa.....gotta love it...

I have to say that this was worth all the hot glue used....
I just break out in a smile every time I walk into my dining room and
see the little RING OF BOYS on my fireplace .......
besides, there's not much more that gets you in the mood for CHRISTMAS than making
handmade crafts.    ♥♥

If you decide to make one, I hope you have a little better luck
than I did when you start running ribbon thru.
I am not sure what I did wrong....may have cooked it too long.....and...the
little Ginger Boys were larger than any of the other wreaths I saw...
 
but I'm PRETTY sure it will be awhile, IF EVER, before making another.
(unless some of the grandgirls want to give it a try.....

*..my little wreath fell and little gingerbread boys were
SHATTERED to smithereens....
Gotta make another one....SOMEday....:) 
MAYBE...!!
 

27 comments:

  1. Great idea for a wreath - but still I think I'd rather eat those little guys! Xx J.

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  2. So pretty, and it was worth the effort. I can't see the flaws. xoxo Su

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  3. I love your wreath but I don't know that I'd have the patience to make one.

    Diana

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  4. I have made them using the cinnamon and applesauce mixture for cutouts and they held up well for several years.

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    1. My comment section is the only way to say THANKS for your visit and your comment. I will google the recipe...

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  5. It's really cute and no one will notice the flaws! I hope it stores well and you have it for years to come! (You are brave) lol
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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  6. this is a great idea,, well done!!!
    they are adorable,, perfection is over rated lol,,
    they are beautiful!

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  7. Oh BJ, I remember this! I still think it turned out great. Such a cute wreath and maybe with a different recipe it would be sturdier. Thanks for sharing this again :)

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  8. I bet it smelled wonderful.
    I applaud your tenacity in getting the job done. I wouldn't have lasted.

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  9. You did a great job. Those little flaws can not even be seen.

    God bless.

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  10. It looked pretty good before it fell.

    also Sinterklaas is the the Dutch version of Santa, you wouldn't believe how many variations of him there are.

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  11. it is really cute, but i'd never even attempt making one. :)

    i hope that your cookie cutters are just packed away and that you're not saying you are moving again. :) love to you and yours and many blessings wished to you, bj!

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  12. well, thats just as cute as can be.

    Merry Christmas ,BJ and to all your family also

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  13. I have never tried making a gingerbread wreath. I prefer my gingerbread men soft and to be eaten, lol. Hope if you make another one it will be easier sorry your first one got smashed to pieces. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  14. Totally, unbelievably adorable -- and I didn't "know" you in 2011 so it's all new to me! What a great idea!

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  15. BJ, If I were around...everyday a man would be missing till there would only be a ribbon hanging there. LOL.. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

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  16. As sweet as can be. I love how it turned out. Your plaid ribbon is the best!

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  17. Have admired this wreath for four years! The bow makes it!

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  18. Hi bj, just love this darling wreath. Love the plaid ribbon all around with the bow. Too adorable.
    Have a great week. xo

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  19. Your wreath is so cute. Sorry it fell and broke. You did a great job on it. Maybe next year make this out of something other than flour maybe a plaster so they won't break. It was cute while it lasted.
    Kris

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  20. I think it looked real cute and those gingerboys werent holding glueballs....those were snowballs!! Lol

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  21. Awww... I'm so sorry it fell! I thought it was really really cute, bj.

    Your home looks adorable for Christmas, but I wouldn't expect anything less from you, no matter what home you're in ;)

    love to you,
    rue

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  22. BJ, you have certainly done a great job getting it going, so sorry it didn't hold up. When we traveled in The Czech republic, we bought Christmas ornaments that had been created from bread and shellacked, and they have held up for a number of years.

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  23. I love the gingerbread boy wreath! So sorry it didn't work out for you. Merry Christmas!

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  24. Oh dear...it was so cute, so sorry it shattered! Good for you for going through with the project!

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  25. Love gingerbread men. And yes, no cable or local. Just a lovely big flat screen in the lemon Tart Room, that plays Netflix, Prime, DVDS and YouTube. But to spend good money on cable TV or basic cable, no thanks!

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  26. Oh gosh you American's where do you get your energy for Christmas? Love it!!! A gingerbread boy wreath looks fantastic sooo cute but they'd be uproar here if you couldn't eat it - haha!
    Have a lovely Christmas BJ if I don't get round to seeing you again before the big day :)
    Wren x

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xo bj