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Gingerbread and Candyland Ideas, NOT just Christmas. Fake Bakes (some Real), Crafts, Gnomes, SVGs and MORE
Pipe Cleaner Lollipop
This lollipop was made with pipe cleaners. I twisted 2 pink pipe cleaners together and then continued adding more in til I had a long strand. I then did the same with the white. Placed one end of each one together and rolled them together, gluing periodically to make the sucker. When I got the size I wanted I painted on a thin layer of Mod Podge and sprinkled it with Crystal Glitter. Glued on a painted dowel and added a bow.
I found this coiling ribbon at DT. It works great for Lollipops, simply coil it around gluing as you go.
This is just Chunky Yarn glued to a cardboard circle. The up side of this one is it works well for larger suckers. Although picture doesn't show it this one is good size (12" across). Add some Crystal Glitter and a bow and it's going to be really cute on my Gingerbread Tree
Spackling Candy Flowers
See the Fake Bake Page for the Spackling Instructions. Use a star tip and pipe dots on a piece of parchment paper. Let dry and paint whatever color you want. Let dry again and paint with Mod Podge and sprinkle with Crystal Glitter. I added a fake pearl to the center.
Remove the metal hanger upper thingy (yea that's the technical name for it) of a Christmas Meterball and replace with a dowel. Paint, Glitter and Decorate
If your going to make Fake Candies and Gingerbread Items these will really bring your projects to the next level. It's all about the SPARKLE
Click on 1st pic for instructions
Sometimes the Fake Bakes aren't very impressive til you start putting several of them together
Silicone Molds are a great, easy way to make fake candy, just fill them with Hot Glue, wait a few minutes and paint
Marshmallows for Hot Cocoa can be easily made from air dry clay
This is a great set for your Fake Chocolates.
6 Different Shapes
These cute little guys were made from the toy dice you can get at Dollar Tree. I simply painted them white and dripped hot glue over the top. I then painted the glue and covered it with Gloss Mod Podge to make it shiny. The faces were just drawn on with a marker.
See Our Chocolate Page For More Chocolate Treats
Candyland Gingerbread Ornaments
Fake Bake Cupcakes with Candy accents make really cute ornaments
See Our Fake Bakes Page for Instructions
A Candyland Tree needs Peppermint Candies right ? These are made with the Dollar Tree styrofoam disks. I just painted and wrapped with cellophane
I did some cupcakes a little less ornate. You need some of the more plain stuff so that the other ornaments will stand out.
Tip: I love these little party cupcake holders for my Fake Bakes but finding them to match whatever I want them for is tricky. These were an orange gingham leftover from my fall stuff. I covered them with felt or you can just paint them.
I found these Sweet Shop Gift Boxes at Dollar Tree. I added ribbon and glued the lid on for a quick easy addition to my Candyland Gingerbread Tree
How To Make A Bow
Bows can add so much to your tree, but they can also be pricey. I like to mix the expensive ribbons with some less expensive ribbons to give the bow a fuller look without breaking the bank. In this example the Gingerbread ribbon and the candy striped ribbon are wired. Wired ribbon is easier to work with because you can shape it after your bow is made. However these are also more expensive. The other 2 came from Dollar Tree, they are not wired but we're just going to use them for backing. You'll use a lot less of the pricey ribbon this way.
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Step by Step Instructions
Add some spackle and ribbon to a spatula for a really cute ornament. See Our Fake Bakes Page
Applesauce and Cinnamon Ornaments
You will need:
1 Cup Applesauce
1 Cup Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons White Glue (Optional)
Mix together ingredients to form a ball of dough. Roll it out to about a 1/4" thickness and use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes. Use a straw to cut a hole to hang them from. Place on parchment/wax paper and bake at 250 for 2-3 hrs. Let sit overnight to finish drying out. Add string to hang them. Leave them plain or decorate with a simple bow or add accents
He was made form the Gingerbread Crafting Foam Cutouts you can get at Dollar Tree. I used 2 of them together with a piece of cardstock between. (They're pretty thin by themselves.) Add Rick Rack, Felt, Puffy Paint, Stickers, whatever you'd like. This is a great project for young and old alike. Punch a hole at the top and add a ribbon and you have a fun tree ornament
Sometimes faces can be intimadating to crafters. One way is to start simple and add to it. In this case I started with a smiley face and added a nose. Then added eyelashes for the girl. Red glitter circles for cheeks. But what gives them personality is the white gleams. Gleams can be done several ways but if your not sure, remember the 10-2 rule. Gleams go at 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock or a variation of that.
Paint your pizza pan with Chalk Paint to prevent the paint from chipping
Pizza Pan Gingerbread Wall Hangings
The white frosting line around the perimeter is yarn I hot glued on. Added Mod Podge and Crystal Glitter and a fun bow
My nephew made these eyes for me. So Cute !!! Click on the pic to download the JPG file
Gingerbread Tiered Cake
The bottom layer is a DT plastic storage container I painted brown and covered it with hot glue for the drizzles. White spackling mixture and fake sprinkles are at the base to cover the lip of the container. The 2nd layer is a stryfoam cube I painted brown and dry brushed with white. The 3rd layer is a Layer Cake Slice (See directions of the Fake Bakes Page) The green candies are styrofoam balls I cut in half and painted green. The ruby gems are from DT. Almost everything is covered with Mod Podge and Crystal Glitter
Gingerbread Girl Sucker
Dollar Tree Styrofoam Disks (there's 2 in a package) are the bases for these cute gingerbread suckers. For this one I painted it brown and used yarn for the outline. I then dry brushed white around the edges. Mod Podged and Crystal Glitter. The eyes are felt, the nose a pom pom, the mouth a pipe cleaner and the cheeks I cut cardboard circles and material I stuffed with a little bit of polyfill. The stick is a painted dowel with a pom pom on the end. Then just added some ribbons and tulle. These are great Christmas Tree ornaments, party decor or fun to add as a cake topper to a fake bake cake
Inspired the Glittz and Glue
This guy stands over 4 ft tall. He is made from cardboard that we scored* and bent to make cyclinders. We then covered it in felt. His head is a Dollar Tree rubber ball. His hands are plastic storage containers. His shoes are again scored cardboard and we used a pop bottle for the toe area. Then we just added embellishments
* To score cardboard you only cut part way through leavin one side solid so it will bend.
Cardboard was free, We probably have $4 worth of felt squares into it. $1 for rubber ball head, $1 for hands, buttons are jar lids free, candy buttons are stickers $1, there is Dollar Tree Ribbon covering his coat and arms, hard to see but gives him some glitz in person $2, and we'll call it $1 for paint. So yea we have about $10 into him
Dollar Tree Toy Soldier Makeover
I liked the soldier but I wanted to eliminate the blue and give him a less of a Tinselly (Not sure that is a word) look. I glued green felt over the blue pants (Different texture) Replaced the pom pom nose and added fake candy. Don't forget the gleam in his eyes.
This is one of the round styrofoam blocks you can get from Dollar Tree. The ones where one side is larger then the other. I just covered it with felt and added some accents.
Candy Cane Gnome
(He is a sock gnome with arms and boots attached right to the body)
See Our Sock Gnome Page for Instructions and Ideas
Gingerbread Candyland Tree
When you start putting all the ornaments and candies together, this is what you get.
This was for a business, the 2nd pic is the view from their parking lot.
(He is a sock gnome with boots attached right to the body)
This one is REAL
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I added these to my Gingerbread Tree, so I thought it would be fun to have the oven mitts holding them
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