Gingerbread (Part 3/3)

And here comes the third and final part of my gingerbread posts– Making a Christmas garland out of gingerbread men!
I did this last year for the first time over our kitchen window, and we got so many compliments… Plus, every time you walk into the kitchen, these smiling faces greet you.  What’s not to love about that??
To make a garland like this, here’s what you’re going to need:
 – yarn
 – thick floral wire (or Christmas ornament hooks)
 – needle nose pliers 
 – wire cutter
 – baked gingerbread cookies with holes in the tops (<– See this recipe to find out how to make the holes)
To start out, you’re going to need some hooks.  You can either use Christmas ornament hooks (the easy way), or you can do what I did and make some curly ornament hooks of your own!  Why do things the easy way when you could do them the hard way, right?  😉
Cut the wire into 3″ lengths using your pliers, curl one end into a wide circular loop, like so…

Then curl use the pliers to make a small hook on the other side.

Ta da!  Now set those aside, and get your piping bags and icing ready.  I decided to do this project with all of my younger siblings (there are 7 of them), so I got a few bags ready for everyone to share around.

Next, decorate the cookies however you so choose!  You can use candy, sprinkles, or whatever you want… But I chose to keep the ones for the garland all in the same color scheme, so they’re pretty much all plain gingerbread with white icing.  Allow the icing to dry (10 minutes-ish).

Once the cookies are dry, insert the large hoop of the hook into the hole in the top of the cookie. 

When that is done, pipe a little blob of icing around the hook on the back of the cookie, and smear it down with your finger to force it into the hole a little better (I recommend holding the cookie upright when you do this… I didn’t for these pictures because it was hard to take the picture with one hand, whilst holding the cookie, piping the icing, and smudging it down all at the same time with the other.  ;))

The reason for putting a bit of icing on the back is that the royal icing will dry completely hard– which will keep the hook from breaking through the cookie and your cookies all falling to the ground.  Yes, that can happen.  I know because it did last year, and when we fixed them up like this, they stayed up throughout the whole season without a problem.  🙂

Next, measure a strip of yarn to stretch tightly across the top of your window or door frame, tying it securely on either side.  Then, hang up your cookies.  So-CUTE!  😀

I love them. 

And that’s it!  Let me know how yours turns out, or share a picture to the blog page on Facebook.  I’d love to see it!

Oh, and hey… Check out my nerdy gingerbread man.  B-)  My best work, really.  😉

And that’s all for now!  I’ll be back Christmas Day with a short picture post, and then after that… More food.  🙂  So stay tuned.

In the meantime, Happy December 21, and remember– 4 days till Christmas!

Bye for now,

–Naomi

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