Make a Life-Size Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter

Traditional holiday door decor gets a playful upgrade with this charming DIY aluminum gingerbread man that resembles everyone's favorite seasonal treat.

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You can easily find the supplies to make this gingerbread-man door hanging.
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Materials Needed

  • 2 pieces flat bar aluminum stock (1 1/2" x 1/8" x 96")
  • (4) 12" clamps
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • 1-gallon paint can
  • 1/2" self-drilling screws (#8 pan head Phillips)
  • cordless drill with Phillips bit
  • 7/64" drill bit
  • winter scarf

Create Head

Center one piece of aluminum stock above a 5-gallon bucket, then bend around it to create the head. Use a clamp to bring each side back together at the neck.

Step 1: Create the Head

Step 1: Create the Head

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Flynnside Out Productions

Bend Outward at Neck

Underneath the clamp, bend each side back out to create the top of the arms.

Step 2: Bend Outward at Neck

Step 2: Bend Outward at Neck

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Flynnside Out Productions

Finish Arms

Approximately 12 inches down from the neck, place a 1-gallon paint can and, using your foot for leverage, bend stock around it to make the hand and bottom side of the arm. Repeat on the other side.

Step 3: Finish Arms

Step 3: Finish Arms

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Flynnside Out Productions

Tighten Neck

Once the arms have been made, set the gingerbread man on its head and push stock together at the neck. The top of the gingerbread man is now complete. Set aside until later.

Step 4: Tighten Neck

Step 4: Tighten Neck

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Flynnside Out Productions

Start Legs

Take the remaining piece of aluminum stock and bend sharply in the middle by stepping on it or using a clamp. Once bent in half, it should measure 4-feet long.

Step 5: Start Legs

Step 5: Start Legs

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Flynnside Out Productions

Bend at Feet

Measure 12 inches down along the bent aluminum stock and bend outward around the 1-gallon paint can to create the foot. Repeat on the other side. The bottom of the gingerbread man is now complete.

Step 6: Bend at Feet

Step 6: Bend at Feet

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Flynnside Out Productions

Bend Top of Legs

Measure and mark the outer leg 4 inches down, then use a clamp to bend the stock outward at 90 degrees. Repeat on the other side.

Step 7: Bend Top of Legs

Step 7: Bend Top of Legs

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Flynnside Out Productions

Join With Screws

Pre-drill holes through the overlapped pieces of stock and join together using pan head screws. Repeat on the other side.

Step 8: Join Top & Bottom With Screws

Step 8: Join Top & Bottom With Screws

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Finish With a Scarf

Add festive color to your gingerbread man by tying a scarf around his neck (Image 1) before hanging on the door (Image 2).

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