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Gingerbread Craft Title:
gingerbread clip art
Craft Medium:
Craft Directions or Sayings:
Submitted by:
ann reeves
Gingerbread Craft Title:
A Christmas Cottage Craft
Craft Medium:
Poptarts, Frosting, & Candies
Craft Directions or Sayings:
You'll find my directions at:
http://oldfashionedliving.com/holidays/cmascottage.html

I also have a "Gingerbread Unit Study" in the Homeschooling Forum at Old Fashioned Living, in which this website was posted. You may visit at:
http://oldfashionedliving.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7942
and a thread begun "4 Gingerbread Enthusiasts" in Brenda Hydes' holiday forum. You'll find it also at:
http://oldfashionedliving.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7703

Come visit sometime!
Submitted by:
Rush'd Lady
Gingerbread Craft Title:
Rolling Pin Magnet
Craft Medium:
Craft Directions or Sayings:
2" piece of 1/2" wooden dowel
2 pushpins of matching color
1/4" x 1" magnet strip
sandpaper
paint

Directions:

Cut a 2" piece of wooden dowel. Lightly sand as needed. Sand one side enough to flatten. Paint design of choice on the
rounded side. One suggestion is "I Love Gingerbread."
push one pushpin into each end to make a rolling pin. Add magnet to the back with rubber cement.
Submitted by:
Nettie
Gingerbread Craft Title:
Left Over Christmas Bag
Craft Medium:
Paper
Craft Directions or Sayings:
~BAG
~GLUE
~WIRE
~JUTE STRING
~PATTERN
CUT 2 STOCKING,GLUE AROUND THE
STOCKING BUT LEAVE TOP OPEN.THEN
GLUE CUFF,BOW AND WIRE HANDLE TO
THE STOCK.YOU CAN PUT A CANDY CANE
OR MONEY IN IT. IT CAN ALSO BE USED AS A
ORNAMENT.
Submitted by:
Ann
Gingerbread Craft Title:
Gingerbread Dough Ornaments
Craft Medium:
Food & Paints
Craft Directions or Sayings:
3T vegetable shortening
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c molasses
1t baking soda
3 1/2 c flour
1t each of ground cloves, cinnamon and ginger
3/4 c water

Use gingerbread dough and your favorite cookie cutters to make gingerbread men garlands, gingerbread ornaments and houses. Heat oven to 350. Beat shortenting and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in molasses. Sift
together dry ingredients. Stir them into the shortenting mixture in 3 parts, alternating with a 1/4c water each time. The dough will be stiff (no joke). *Refridgerate overnight.
Cut the dough into 3 pieces. Knead to warm it slightly, then roll each piece out about 1/4 thick (I usually make it a little thicker--gb men seem to hold up better if they are thicker.)

Cut out cookie with pattern of your choice. Use a straw to punch a hole at the center if you plan to hang these ornaments. Place cookies on a baking sheet. (I usually LIGHTLY spray an old sheet) Bake for 20 min, turn off oven and let them cool. (I don't do this, because I usually double the recipe and have more to bake; I just let them cool a little on the sheet and then on a wire rack). Remove from sheet and place them on a rack to dry for about 3 days. Yields about 6-10 cookies purely fordecorative purposes...not to be eaten! (I can ususally get at least 12 or more gbmen out of a double recipe). If you wish,
you can seal the cookies with 3 coats of clear acrylic and decorate with colorful acrylic paints when dry. Here are a few tips from me: If you spray the sheet, it keeps them from
sticking and makes the back of the cookies smooth. I had to
experiment with the recipe a few times to get my desired thickness. They can turn out skinny or fat--which ever you
like. Also, it doesn't matter how much flour you get on them when rolling and cutting, once they're baked and cooled, you can dust it off. I do let them cool completely before
putting ribbon through or anything--have had them break if not.

Last year we hung some on the tree the day we made them. Perfect for drying! And I promise, if you make some
this year and put 'em in a gallon ziploc after Christmas, next year when you open them they will still smell great if you haven't varnished or painted them!
Submitted by:
Shelly
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