Crafting Holiday Cheer: A Guide to Creating Hand-Painted Wooden Gingerbread Boys

Add the perfect blend of rustic charm and holiday spirit, to your holiday decor this year with these hand painted wooden gingerbread boys!

Add the perfect blend of rustic charm and holiday spirit, to your holiday decor this year with these hand painted wooden gingerbread boys!

As we approach my most favorite time of the year, I find myself busy in the kitchen, baking up a storm!

One of my favorite cookies to bake with my kids is my grandma’s recipe for Gingerbread Boys. Every year we hosted a Christmas Cookie decorating party, I would make dozens of these little gingerbread boys and girls and let all of our guests decorate them with my royal icing.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Claus has eaten too many cookies this year…so I needed to get my “gingerbread fix” in a different form. PAINTING!

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While I was our perusing the Christmas isles of Walmart, I came across this adorable $0.98 wooden gingerbread boy. For $0.98 I just knew I had to have him! So in the cart he went!

While finishing up my shopping, I was thinking about what I should do with this cute little wooden ornament. I recalled my blogging BFF, Kim’s Upcycled Wooden Gingerbread Row Houses … which reminded me of a Scandinavian/Bavarian look! And then it hit me! I needed to paint my cute little ornament with some European flare!

Thinking back to our Christmas trip to Germany, France, Austria and England in 2019, and all of the intricate and slightly feminine details on many of their ornaments, I figured out how I wanted my guy to look!

Over the past couple of years, I’ve created many Christmas tree wood slice ornaments using many of the products Dixie Belle paint has to offer. I made these DIY Wood Circle Ornaments Using Transfer Designs which were soooo cute! And before that, I had made these hand painted DIY Wooden Slice Ornaments using the Dixie Belle paint. So, if painting a gingerbread boy isn’t necessarily up your alley, one of these other ornament projects just may be!

Supplies Needed

Crafting Holiday Cheer: A Guide to Creating Hand-Painted Wooden Gingerbread Boys

How To Paint A Wooden Gingerbread Boy

Video Tutorial

YouTube video

Step 1: Pick the paint

My favorite type of paint to work with, for all types of crafts, is Dixie Belle Chalk paint. I just love it. Typically, you only need one coat, so that’s a win for me! Check out this post Why Choose Dixie Belle Chalk Paint to learn more about this amazing paint!!! Also, you can see so many of my larger-scale projects (like furniture makeovers!) in this post: Before & After Projects Using Dixie Belle Chalk Paint.

Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint barn red and Dixie Belle Silk all-in-one mineral paint whitecap | Gathered In The Kitchen

Step 2: Draw your design with pencil

How To Paint A Wooden Gingerbread Boy | Step 2: Draw your design with pencil

Step 3: Paint design using a very thin paint brush

How To Paint A Wooden Gingerbread Boy | Step 3: Paint design using a very thin paint brush

Step 4: Use a Sharpie marker to draw eyes

How To Paint A Wooden Gingerbread Boy | Step 4: Use a Sharpie marker to draw eyes

Allow your wooden gingerbread boy ornament to dry and then find a special spot on your Christmas tree and hang him up!

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8 Comments

  1. He is adorable and calorie free, that’s my kind of gingerbread, too! Thanks for sharing my little houses. I think that’s exactly where your gingerbread man would live! Hahaha!!

  2. From a distance, I thought it was a felt ornament! What a cute Walmart find!

  3. Such an adorable gingerbread boy! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial! Merry Christmas!

  4. I bet a European Christmas trip was amazing! Love the theme of these gingerbread boys.

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