Christmas

Personalized New Home Gingerbread House Ornament

We always have so much fun putting up the Christmas tree every year. Every year we try to add a new ornament to reflect on something that happened that year.  Sometimes it’s a trip, maybe a new pet, one year was our wedding. This year, it was moving into our home, which is when we came up with this sweet gingerbread house ornament.  It’s also a great gift if you know someone that has recently moved into a new home.

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Gingerbread house ornament hanging on a tree by Champagne and Sugarplums

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What You’ll Need:
  • Parchment Paper (wax paper or tin foil will also work)
  • Oven Bake Clay
  • Gingerbread House Cookie Cutter
  • Snow-Tex Paint
  • Silver Acrylic Paint
  • Brown Acrylic Paint
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Clay Working Tool or BBQ skewer
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • House Key
Cutting clay with a gingerbread shaped cookie cutter by Champagne and Sugarplums

Press into the cookie cutter mould on top of the parchment paper, pushing it into all of the corners. Carefully push the clay out of the cookie cutter.

Collage of stamping a key into a clay gingerbread house by Champagne and Sugarplums

Take a house key and press it firmly into the clay on one side of the house. Use a flat blade or putty knife to gently lift the key out of the clay and then make two holes in the chimney of the ornament for the ribbon to hang the ornament.  Bake in a 275 oven for 30 minutes (or follows the directions on the clay packaging).

Painting a key stamp silver on a Gingerbread house ornament by Champagne and Sugarplums

After cooling, paint the key impression in silver and then let dry.

Painting a gingerbread house ornament brown with white embellishments by Champagne and Sugarplums

Paint the rest of the ornament brown and then add snow to the roof, chimney and ground using Snow Tex. Try dabbing the Snow Tex onto the clay rather than brush, to get a texturized snowy look. Paint the door shape around the key impression and a window beside it. Lastly, add the date above the door as the house number.

Adding ribbon to a gingerbread ornament by Champagne and Sugarplums

Cut a length of ribbon and thread though the holes in the chimney. 

Gingerbread house ornament hanging on a tree by Champagne and Sugarplums

Either hang your gingerbread house ornament on your tree or wrap it up to give to special someone to make this Christmas a little extra merry, happy crafting!

Happy Holidays written on a white background

For more personalized DIY ornament inspiration check out our Wedding Invitation Ornament.