Create a cute DIY gingerbread banner to decorate your home for the holidays or for your very own gingerbread house party! This festive banner is made from paper and yarn. Grab the free pattern to help get you started!
Hello! This past weekend we hosted our annual gingerbread house party. The tradition started several years ago and is now something I look forward to every year. We invite our friends to come decorate houses while we listen to Christmas music and get in the holiday spirit! This year I added some fun decorations to jazz up the party – including a DIY gingerbread banner!
The banner is quick, easy, and I was lucky I had everything on hand – my favorite kind of project! This is a fun craft to do for the holidays alone or with a group. Decorating the paper gingerbread figures with paint is a lot like decorating cookies with icing. I had a lot of fun adding different faces and details for each one.
* Update: I have hung this DIY gingerbread banner up every holiday season for the past seven years! It is such a fun banner. Since then I have created a bunch of other fun gingerbread-themed crafts, printables, and projects. We have continued our tradition of decorating houses, even doing it virtually last year. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and these other fun gingerbread-themed projects.
- Gingerbread House Award Ribbons
- Color-Your-Own Gingerbread House Treat Box
- Gingerbread House Treat Box
- Gingerbread Cupcake Toppers
- North Pole Bakery Gingerbread Apron
- Gingerbread Magnets
- DIY Gingerbread Stuffies
- Gingerbread Paper Dolls
How to Make a Gingerbread and Peppermint Banner
- Free printable template – Link at the bottom of this post
- Green yarn
- Red, white and brown cardstock
- White acrylic paint and paintbrush
- Glue stick, scissors, and hole punch
Step One: Create the peppermints. Using the pattern, cut out one white circle and four red stripes for each peppermint. With your glue stick, glue the red pieces to the white circle. On some of the peppermints you may need to trim any red paper that hangs over the white circle depending on how you positioned them. Punch two holes in each peppermint on opposite sides.
Step Two: Create the gingerbread figures! Using a cookie cutter or my pattern, cut out the gingerbread figures. Punch a hole in each of the gingerbread’s hands.
Step 3: Decorate the gingerbread figures! This was the fun part! Using the acrylic paint and a thin paintbrush, paint on some fun designs. I made each gingerbread have a different expression and gave them different buttons or shoes.
Step Four: String the banner together. Tie the banner together using the green yarn. Alternate between peppermints and gingerbread figures as you string them on. Leave long pieces of green yarn on either end of the banner for hanging. The banner is finished!!
Hosting a Gingerbread House Party
For our gingerbread house party, we asked each guest to bring their own pre-built house (we don’t have enough patience to build our own!) and a candy to share. I dug out all the candy, icing, and sprinkles we had and set it out. I used a cupcake tin to hold some of the candy. I used a plastic tablecloth over the table and snowmen placemats for each spot. These are great because they just wipe clean. The banner added so much to the decorating area!
I made little gingerbread house treat boxes for each guest and set them at their place. They could fill them with all the leftover candy and treats once the party had ended.
My husband made hot cocoa which turned out amazing! This was our first time making it from scratch. He found the recipe from Crystal, over at Mrs Happy Homemaker. It was so good we are planning to make it again when his family comes for Christmas next week. My husband and his friends added Peppermint Schnapps to it and said it was delicious. I’ll have to take their word for it! I’ll give it a try when I’m not pregnant, but for now the plain version was so good I don’t think I’m missing anything!
*Update: We’ve since added onto our gingerbread house decorating party and added award ribbons that everyone gets to vote for. It is so much fun and a great for everyone to have a chance to admire everyone’s work. You can download them for free!
I also made these adorable North Pole Bakery Gingerbread Aprons for the kids to wear while decorating. They got to keep them and use them each year until they grew out of them.
Gingerbread houses are so fun to decorate and we had a blast. Do you decorate gingerbread houses for the holidays? I’m getting excited for this weekend – Saturday is cookie day with my family and we will be busy making all our favorite Christmas cookies!
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