5-Ingredient Gingerbread Dough Ornaments That Last

Deck the halls with the sights and scents of the season by crafting your very own gingerbread ornaments.

A Gingerbread Christmas Ornament With White Icing

Decorating With Homemade Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments

The homemade gingerbread Christmas ornaments are a great way to add a personalized touch to your Christmas decorations. With only five ingredients, this simple gingerbread dough is made to last for years while offering the signature look and smell of real gingerbread.

Photo by: Belle Fall

Belle Fall

Crafting your own homemade Christmas ornaments is an easy and fun way to give your tree a personal touch while making memories with your loved ones. However, traditional gingerbread ornaments tend to only last one season, and salt-dough alternatives, while strong and sturdy, lack that signature gingerbread look and smell. Though it won't make for a tasty treat, this five-ingredient gingerbread-style dough will last for years to come, along with the memories you make while crafting it.

Materials Needed

  • mixing bowl
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 4 tablespoons white glue
  • 2 tablespoons allspice
  • 2/3 cup cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup nutmeg
  • spoon
  • parchment
  • baking sheet
  • rolling pin
  • metal straw
  • assorted Christmas cookie cutters
  • string or twine
  • scissors
  • 3D fabric paint

1. Combine the Ingredients

Grab a mixing bowl and add 1/2 cup apple sauce, 4 tablespoons white glue, 2 tablespoons allspice, 2/3 cup cinnamon and 1/4 cup nutmeg.

The first step in creating these long-lasting gingerbread Christmas ornaments is to combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl

DIY Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments: Combine the Ingredients

The first step in creating these long-lasting gingerbread Christmas ornaments is to combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl

Photo by: Belle Fall

Belle Fall

2. Mix the Ingredients

Using a spoon, mix the ingredients together. Once the mixture begins to tighten, begin mixing with your hands, squeezing the mixture together as you go. Once it holds together, roll it into a tight ball.

Mixing Gingerbread Ingredients in a Mixing Bowl

DIY Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments: Mix the Ingredients

The second step in creating these gingerbread Christmas ornaments is to mix the ingredients until thoroughly combined.

Photo by: Belle Fall

Belle Fall

3. Roll Out the Dough

Place the ball onto a piece of parchment and slightly flatten it using your hands. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a 1/4-inch-thick sheet.

Rolling Out Gingerbread Dough on Parchment

DIY Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments: Roll Out the Dough

The third step in creating these homemade gingerbread dough ornaments is to roll out the dough on a piece of parchment.

Photo by: Belle Fall

Belle Fall

Pro Tip: If the dough sticks to the rolling pin, place a second piece of parchment over top of the dough to aid in rolling it out.

4. Cut the Ornament Shapes

Use assorted Christmas cookie cutters to cut ornaments out of the dough. Once you run out of space, repeat the balling and rolling process to cut out more ornaments. Use a straw to cut a perfect hole for hanging the ornaments, being careful not to get too close to the edge, as this will compromise the strength of the dough.

Cutting Gingerbread Dough With a Cookie Cutter

DIY Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments: Cut Dough With Cookie Cutters

The fourth step in creating this homemade gingerbread dough is to cut the dough out using Christmas cookie cutters.

Photo by: Belle Fall

Belle Fall

5. Bake the Ornaments

Bake the ornaments at 200 degrees F for 45 minutes, then let cool.

Placing Gingerbread Ornaments on a Baking Sheet

DIY Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments: Bake the Ornaments

The fifth step in creating these homemade gingerbread dough ornaments is to place them on a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees for 45 minutes.

Photo by: Belle Fall

Belle Fall

6. Decorate the Ornaments

To “ice” your ornaments, add festive swirls with 3D fabric paint and let dry.

Decorating Gingerbread Ornaments With Fabric Paint

DIY Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments: Decorate With 3D Fabric Paint

The last step in creating these gingerbread Christmas ornaments is to decorate them using a 3D fabric paint pen.

Photo by: Belle Fall

Belle Fall

7. Deck Your Halls

Finish each ornament off with a circle of twine or string to adorn your Christmas tree.

A Gingerbread Christmas Ornament With White Icing

Decorating With Homemade Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments

The homemade gingerbread Christmas ornaments are a great way to add a personalized touch to your Christmas decorations. With only five ingredients, this simple gingerbread dough is made to last for years while offering the signature look and smell of real gingerbread.

Photo by: Belle Fall

Belle Fall

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