Bring joy into your holiday season with my cute DIY gingerbread Christmas decorations in ugly sweaters! Keep reading to see how to make your own paper garland and Joy sign to decorate your home for Christmas.
There’s no doubt that 2020 has been an ugly year. End it on a cute note with this cheerful gang of gingerbread friends wearing funny ugly Christmas sweaters made using ASTROBRIGHTS Papers.
Astrobrights asked me to design an original Christmas decoration project for them to share on their website. Astrobrights is my favorite paper and I decided to use not only their bright vivid cardstock paper but also their natural Husk and Grocer Kraft natural colors to make my DIY Christmas decor.
My cute gingerbread garland DIY is full of fun and cheer. Keep reading to see how to download my free printable template to make your own gingerbread garland with funny ugly Christmas sweaters.
My kids love these cute little gingerbread friends so much that I’m going to make more. Deck your walls with your own friendly gingerbread gang and start a new ugly holiday tradition!
Easy and cute paper Christmas decorations
My DIY gingerbread Christmas decorations feature gingerbread friends in colorful knitted sweaters with festive details such as reindeer, trees, snowflakes, hats, and Scandi details. First, download my free templates at Astrobrights.com and print them onto Astrobrights Papers. Then glue the eyes, mouths, and icing to golden brown gingerbread friends and dress them in playful ugly sweaters with knitted details.
Next, make a gingerbread cookie JOY sign with sweater cuffs to add extra color and cheer to your mantle. Finally, create as many coordinating knitted ornaments as you want to complete the look.
My whimsical ugly sweater gingerbread paper garland is a fun and easy paper craft that takes just a few supplies that you probably already have at home. Grab the kids and make a whole gang of gingerbread friends to decorate your home for the holidays. Try making one gingerbread friend that represents each family member both near and far.
Visit Astrobrights.com for my printable templates and full instructions.
I hope that you enjoy making your own DIY paper Christmas decorations featuring my gingerbread pals in ugly sweaters. Hooray for a warm and cozy winter!
How to make paper gingerbread garland in ugly Christmas sweaters, Joy sign with sweater cuffs, and paper ornaments
Supplies and Templates:
- Kathy’s gingerbread garland and ugly sweater templates (download at Astrobrights.com)
- Astrobrights cardstock paper Spectrum Pack and the Astrobrights cardstock paper Naturals pack – I used Solar White, Husk, Grocer Kraft, Blast-Off Blue™, Re-Entry Red™, Rocket Red™, Lunar Blue™, Gamma Green™, Martian Green™, Sunburst Yellow™, Galaxy Gold™, and Pulsar Pink™
- Paper scissors, craft knife, self-healing cutting mat
- Glue stick
- White ric rac trim to hang
- Hole punch or painter’s tape
Instructions for making gingerbread garland:
Step 1: Print templates (download them at Astrobrights.com) onto Astrobrights cardstock paper: gingerbread shapes on Husk, eyes, and mouth on Grocer Kraft, icing on Solar White, and ugly sweater pieces using your favorite vibrant Astrobrights colors.
Step 3: Glue paper eyes, mouth, icing, and sweaters to the gingerbread shapes using a glue stick.
Step 4: Add paper sweaters and ugly sweater details; secure with glue stick, and let dry completely.
How to make a JOY paper sign with ugly sweater cuffs and knitted ornaments
Supplies and Templates:
- Kathy’s printable JOY with sweater cuffs templates (download at Astrobrights.com)
- Astrobrights Papers cardstock in Husk, Re-Entry Red™ and Pulsar Pink™, plus Solar White and assorted colors for ornaments
- Paper scissors
- Glue stick
- Painter’s tape
Instructions for making a JOY paper sign with ugly sweater cuffs and paper knitted ornaments
Step 2: Cut out the JOY letters, sweater cuff pieces, and knitted ornaments using paper scissors.
Step 3: Glue sweater cuffs together using a glue stick, let dry, then trim off any extra bits. Next, glue the sweater cuffs to the JOY letters and let dry.
Step 4: Glue white snowflakes to sweater ornaments and let dry.
Astrobrights cardstock paper for my full tutorial and printables to make my gingerbread garland wearing ugly Christmas sweaters. I hope you have an ugly Christmas!
Be sure to pin my cute DIY Gingerbread Christmas Decorations in Ugly Sweaters craft project:
And see more of my paper crafts that I’ve made for Astrobrights including:
- Holiday Mittens Printable Gift Card Holder
- Paper beads jewelry craft
- Pretend campfire and s’mores paper playset
- Bomb Pops DIY Patriotic Printables
- Paper Easter baskets template
- Printable locker decorations
- Mother’s Day DIY Paper Wreath
- Father’s Day tie garland
- Geometric Dinosaur Birthday Party
- Valentine’s Day Jokes Cards
- Valentine’s Day heart bracelets
Yeah, that’s a lot of paper craft projects. Can you tell that I really like working with Astrobrights paper? It’s truly my favorite colorful paper for all kinds of holiday crafts!
Copyright stuff: You’re more than welcome to use this free project and tutorial for personal use. Contact me for commercial use and Etsy sales.