The holidays are one of the best times of the year to host a fun get-together with friends and family. Let’s be honest, everyone could do with a little merry-making this time of year--and by merry-making, I mean craft-tastic festivities and hot cocoa! I thought it would be fun to share these Mini Gingerbread Cookie Garlands as a Holiday Crafting Party craft that’s perfect for all ages so that everyone can join in on the decorating fun!
What I love about these Mini Gingerbread Cookie Garlands, aside from the fact that they add an amazing cinnamon/ginger smell to your home, is that the end result can look like whatever you want it to by using different cookie cutter sizes and shapes as well as whatever colors of paint you’d like! Before we get into the actual how-to of making these adorable little garlands first let’s talk about the festivities of a holiday decorating party!
HOLIDAY CRAFT PARTY IDEAS:
Food: Depending on the time of day you host your party you might need to lean more towards an actual meal or snacks. If you’re looking to serve a meal I think a waffle bar would be absolutely amazing for a craft party! It’s almost like a bonus craft! Especially if you’re going to be decorating these too-cute-to-eat cookie garlands you’re going to want something to satisfy that sweet tooth! If snacks are more in the cards for you, you can never go wrong with cookies at a holiday party. I would suggest gingerbread cookies but I’d hate for any confusion; maybe if you planned on using a totally different size for both the garland’s cookies and edible cookies.
Drinks: For drinks, I feel like we can all agree that no holiday party is complete without cocoa. Cocoa is a holiday party must-have! Not to mention, it’s fairly easy to set up a cocoa bar where guests can mix up their own chocolatey drinks. For my cocoa needs, I use my new Vegan Candy Cane Cocoa Mix. Other great options for non-alcoholic holiday drinks could be apple cider or a holiday fruit punch.
Party Invites: By sending a party invite you’re giving your guests a sneak peek of the festivities and giving them any relevant information they need to know. Like whether or not they should be wearing ugly Christmas sweaters; they can reference your invite instead of having to double check with you. I’m in love with Paperless Post’s selection of customizable cards and invites. For a holiday craft party like this one I’d send out this invite for sure!
Do-overs: For any group crafting, with or without kids, it’s good to have extras on hand. That way, if anyone needs a “do-over” they can just grab another and continue to happily craft. I feel like having extras takes the pressure off the guests and you won’t have to feel bad about someone being unhappy with their finished project.
Music: Although it would be super fun to put on a holiday/Christmas movie during the crafting, some guests could get distracted so music might be a better option. Plus it allows everyone to hang out and talk more throughout the decorating process. For music, you could use Pandora, a fun Spotify playlist, or even look on Youtube for a super long mix of holiday music. If you use Youtube you might want to listen to the whole video once before the party to make sure all of the songs are party appropriate.
Craft Table: For this party, you're going to want to cover your crafting surfaces with paper, wrapping paper, newspaper, or anything that will protect your table so there aren't any mishaps. As far as supplies go you really just need a fun selection of puffy paint and glitter glue as well as some different kinds of string. I got my puffy paint and string from my local craft store and my glitter glue from a dollar store but you can find puffy paint, string, and glitter glue all on Amazon. You might want to have some toothpicks on hand to help manipulate the puffy paint. I used two little glass bowls, one to hold the clean toothpicks and one covered in plastic wrap to hold the used toothpicks. Scissors and tape would also be helpful to have at hand.
MINI GINGERBREAD COOKIE GARLANDS
Okay, now we’re onto the actual crafting! I can’t get over how fun it is to craft with a bunch of people and slowly watch everyone turn what started off as the same thing into something completely different and unique! For these garlands, I made about 4 batches of the cinnamon ginger dough recipe listed below. I then cut out my shapes using these Wilton Holiday Mini Cookie Cutters and stuck paperclips into the tops of them for hanging. I put them in the oven until they were fully dried. The whole making/drying process is super easy and can be done the day before if you're tight on time. Next comes the best part: the decorating with puffy paint/glitter glue! Below I’ve included step by step pictures showing you how I made these cute Mini Gingerbread Cookie Garlands!
Cinnamon Ginger Dough
- ¼ + 2 Tbsp Applesauce
- ½ Cup + 2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp Ground Ginger
- Mini (or regular) cookie cutters
- Mini paper clips
- Wire cutters to cut paper clips
- Plastic wrap
- A rolling pin
- Puffy paint / glitter glue
Using your hands or a wooden spoon combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well until you’ve formed a ball of dough. If your dough is sticky add more cinnamon, if your dough is crumbly add more applesauce a little at a time and mix well.
Evenly roll your dough out between two sheets of plastic wrap until it’s about ¼ inch thick. Cut your gingerbread shapes out using mini (or standard) cookie cutters.
Cut the smaller bend of the mini paper clips and insert it into the top of the cookies so you’ll be able to hang them. Otherwise use a straw or skewer to poke holes in the tops of your mini ornaments.
Set oven to 200F, 100C. On a lined cookie sheet bake your cutouts for about two hours, flipping them over every 30 minutes or so. Once fully dried and cooled, decorate your cookie shapes with puffy paint and glitter glue!
Start by adding the ground cinnamon to a large bowl.
Next add the ground ginger and whisk to combine.
Add the applesauce and mix well using a wooden spoon or your hands until you have a ball of dough.
The ball of dough is firm but pliable without being sticky.
Lay down your plastic wrap and put your dough on top, then cover with another sheet of plastic wrap.
Roll out your dough to about a quarter inch thick.
Next get your cookie cutters ready! I love the mini ones for this project because you get so many little cookies verses a few of the bigger ones.
Just like you would with flour, I put cinnamon in a little glass dish to coat the cookie cutter before cutting out a cookie shape so it won't stick to my cookie cutters.
What a cutie! Don't mind any rough edges, once they're done baking you can rub them off with your fingers, like sand paper.
Now take your mini paperclips and bend them open. Use your wire cutters to cut the smaller bend away from the rest of the paper clip.
This is roughtly what you should be left with.
Stick your mini paperclip peices into your cookie cutouts.
This whole tray is prepped with paperclips and ready to be baked!
Now they're fully dried and ready for decorating!
Decorate to your heart's content!
They're so cute!
To string them up I cut a section of string and wrapped tape around one end of the string so it wouldn't fray while threading on the ornaments. After each cookie piece is threaded, tie a knot over the paperclip so it stays in place. Space them out however you'd like!
I absolutely love decorating gingerbread cookies every year and giving each cookie a different look or personality! It’s so nice that these Mini Gingerbread Cookie Garlands will stay nice and last for years to come! What's your favorite thing to craft during the holidays? I'd love to hear! I hope you guys have a great weekend and get a chance to have a fun craft-tastic get-together with family and friends! Happy crafting!