Fearless Friday, Gingerbread!

Let’s talk gingerbread!



I am going to be making gingerbread houses with the kiddos tomorrow,




I confess that even though HHjr and I debated about making the real thing, we caved and bought kits at Target and assembled the houses ahead of time.   An eager 3, 4, and 8 year old don’t have much patience to let the foundation dry and set

They will be able to start right in with the good stuff, you know CANDY!  🍬

I might not be able to bake gingerbread, but I know an easy way to paint gingerbread people




To paint a gingerbread person start with large dots




1 dot for the head,  and 2 dots for the feet, spacing the feet about 2 dot widths below the head dot




Add 2 dots for arms, a little closer to the head than the feet

Stroke down from the head to one foot, and repeat stroking down to the other foot

A gingerbread man is born!




Once the body is dry add the trimmings anyway you like

Use the tip of the brush handle to add dots and a small brush to add wavy lines




If you’re painting a circle of them, around a bucket, a jar, a glass or a bowl,  and want to space them evenly, start by doing 1, then adding the second one directly opposite, then it will be easier to space the rest equidistant to each other




I used a medium brown caramel color, mixed with a little lighter brown to give the color more depth




A smile stroke of red for the mouth




Black dots for eyes and buttons




Pink cheeks and dots for the girls




Green trim and a bow tie for the boys






And a few sprigs of holly




Make a stroke and then a mirror stroke, either slightly curved or straight, and then add another set of strokes right below the first set




Add red dots for berries




Dress them up any way you like!




Easier than baking!



I made the bowl* to serve Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip

It’s going to be part of our Christmas Eve Lunch with Santa 

Have fun and Be Fearless!

*Note: when painting things to be used for food, use curable paint for glass and only paint the surfaces that will not come into contact with the food.  Look for wide bordered plates, platters and bowls like the one pictured.  Good sources for white ceramic pieces are Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Old Time Pottery

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17 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Gingerbread!”
  1. Jodi says:

    So sweet! Have a blast with the grands making houses. I think you made the right decision! 😉👍

  2. Mary says:

    Adorable Jenna! Have fun with your gingerbread house decorating with your merry band of elves! Assembling the houses ahead of time is definitely the way to go 🙂

  3. Jenna, that is just precious! What a wonderful heirloom you have created, something the kids can bring out every year, then fight about later, LOL! Maybe you need to do a few more. You make it look so easy.

  4. Jenna, I wish I had just a touch of your creative gene, this painting is a great project. Yep, I know the impatience of waiting on the gingerbread kits to dry while assembling! This is a great way of making memories with a keepsake. Have fun!

  5. You’re a wonderful teacher for the artist in all of us who think we are NOT!

  6. Jenna, how much fun to make gingerbread houses with your grands! I love your painted gingerbread people…you are just so talented! Wishing you a joyous weekend!

  7. Ellen says:

    You always make it look so easy! the gingerbread man is too cute, and even I might be able to do this one following your instructions.

  8. Simply adorable! I bet the Santa lunch will be too too cute and so much fun!

  9. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    There’s enough cuteness in this project for ten different families! Gingerbread is actually one of my favorite desserts.

  10. Judy says:

    Such a cute idea. We just finished our gingerbread housed with our grandsons. We had a great time with them. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  11. Oh you sweet ginger people are a delight! Be sure to share your finished houses. This year we made a log cabin gingerbread house. May all the blessings of the season be yours.

  12. JESS44903 says:

    How cute!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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