Let’s make some Christmas Cork Decorations
Run run as fast as you can… it is time for a super duper cute Gingerbread Man Craft! A NON Edible Gingerbread Man Ornament that is. This one is for keeping! Whoop. This really is the season to get crafty with corks.
I seem to have gotten a little carried away with all our Cork Christmas Ornaments this year so many cute wine cork crafts to try out! But the thing is: Cork Ornaments are quick and easy to make and just SO CUTE! I think these Cork Christmas Ornaments are great for selling at Craft Fairs or school fairs, as well as fabulous for adoring gifts with this Christmas.
And today’s DIY Ornament??? Is this oh so cute Cork Gingerbread Man Ornament Craft. Aaaaah. Just so cute!! I need more Gingerbread Man Crafts here on Red Ted Art I think!
Cork Gingerbread Man Ornament – Materials
To make your gingerbread man decorations you will need the following supplies
- Ideally a champagne cork* or prosecco cork – but you can use an ordinary wine cork – one cork per gingerbread man decoration
- Brown paint (or brown and white in my case)
- Marker pens for features (we love Posca Pens – you can get them here US/ UK)
- Small buttons or again use your paints
- A little felt or card
- A little craft wire
- Hot Glue Gun
*I love to keep the wine corks or champagne corks from special celebrations, like a wedding or a big birthday and reuse these as the Christmas ornament.. giving the ornament extra meaning! You can add the occasion date to the bottom of the cork as a little reminder!
How to make Gingerbread Man Ornaments with corks
Watch our quick little video tutorial for this DIY project on auto play or read the instructions below!
Prepping the old wine corks & felt in the correct colour
Begin by painting your cork in a Gingerbread Man colour. I actually ended up painting mine twice.. as the first Gingerbread Man was too dark for me to later add features too! Doh. So I added a little white to my brown acrylic paint and thought that made a great Gingerbread Man decoration colour. To be fair.. it is only a little darker than the cork itself.. so I wonder if you can get away with decorating a cork without painting it first.. but you would have to make do with all the cork writing! Your call!
I took advantage of some excess paint and painted a piece of brown felt I had – this is so that the Gingerbread Man’s arms matched the body of the ornament better. It isn’t strictly speaking necessary.
Once all my painted corks had dried fully I used some Posca Pens to add features. If you don’t have these pens, you can use a fine paint brush or toothpick to add details in acrylic paint. I decided to make different Gingerbread Man faces – my daughter says she is super pleased that there will be Gingerbread Lady Ornament too!
Adding the final touches – I painted some white lines onto the Gingerbread Man’s felt arms. Found some small buttons and a little craft wire for hanging. If you can’t find small buttons – either make some out of felt (maybe even add a stitch to the middle) or use paint.
To secure the craft wire I used some scissors to make a hole in the top of the head, tipped the wire in glue and popped it into the head of the gingerbread man. You could actually add the craft wire at the beginning… that would give you something to hold onto when painting the corks!
I decided just one final detail was missing and that the Gingerbread Man Christmas Decoration needed a white band around its head.
And done… isn’t it the cutest?!? Now off to finish the other two Gingerbread Man Ornaments!!!
More great Christmas Cork Ornaments and Wine Cork Craft Ideas, here – over the years, the rainbow snowmen corks have been super popular! Wouldn’t they be cute made in “bulk” and turned into a wine cork wreath?:
See ALL of our DIY Ornament Craft Ideas here:
This mini video is also available on YouTube