Create Gingerbread Decor for Christmas without baking. Make ornaments, garlands, mantel decor, and more using a chalk marker with cardboard, brown kraft cardstock, brown grocery bags or chipboard. One of my favorite sasy DIY Christmas Decor ideas.
Gingerbread Decor for Christmas
Gingerbread Decor for Christmas is a very popular and budget-friendly way to make your home feel nostalgic and festive. I’m not using real baked gingerbread shapes, I’m making mine from brown kraft cardstock, or cardboard. Or I use cut chipboard with my Cricut Maker as I did for these Gingerbread Ornaments. You can make house shapes, hearts, trees, or stars like I did.
I created a banner for my kitchen window and my fireplace mantel, they look so cute hanging with my cedar garland. I love how organic and simple it looks.
Supplies for Gingerbread Decor
- Brown kraft cardstock, cardboard, grocery bags.
- Star Template – create your own or use the one I have for you located in the Printable Vault. Subscribers to TCL have free access. Subscribe here if you need to.
- Craft Scissors – I used my Cricut machine to cut my stars because it’s much faster, but regular craft scissors work great.
- Chalk Marker
- Hole Punch
How to Make Gingerbread Decor for Christmas
Create budget-friendly DIY Gingerbread Decor for Christmas like this pretty star banner.
- Brown Kraft Cardstock, Cardboard or Brown Grocery Bags
- Chalk Marker - fine to medium tip
- Craft Scissors
- Optional: I used a Cricut Maker to cut multiple stars at ones.
- Single hole punch
- Download the star template from the Printable Vault or hand draw your own.
- Cut stars from the paper you're using with scissors or a Cricut.
- Using the chalk marker, start designing your stars. I looked on Pinterest for gingerbread designs and went from there.
- Punch 2 holes across from each other near where a point starts.
- Thread string through with the string showing on the backside. I mixed up the star sizes for variety.
- Hang and enjoy.
Try making different styles.
- Black cardstock with a gold, silver or white marker.
- White cardstock with a silver or gold marker.
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Where to Hang Gingerbread Star Garland
I made two gingerbread star garlands. One to add to my fireplace decor and one to hang in my kitchen window with my cedar garland. I love the look of the brown paper with the real cedar garland for a natural organic holiday look. If you decorate with real greenery, you’ll find my article on How to Keep Your Garland Fresh very helpful.
How to Store Paper Star Gingerbread Decor for Christmas?
I like to save any DIY Christmas decor that I can so I can reuse it the next year. I store paper items like this star garland in a paper file folder so it doesn’t get bent and then I place the file folder inside a gallon zip lock bag to keep it from getting wet.
DIY Christmas Decor ends up being one of my most favorite ways to decorate.
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