Paper Gingerbread Craft
What you will need:
- Thin cardboard or brown card stock
- Green card stock
- Large Christmas cookie cutters (gingerbread man and Christmas tree)
- White, red, and green Puffy paint
- Trace the outside of your cookie cutters onto your brown card stock (for your cookies) and use your scissors to cut your shapes out
- Trace the outside of your Christmas tree cookie cutters onto your green paper (for frosting) and use your scissors to cut your shapes out, and leave your gingerbread man as is
- Trim the edges of your “frosting” paper so that it is slightly smaller than your brown paper
- Glue your “frosting” paper onto your “cookie” paper
- Now use your Puffy paint to decorate your “cookies” and let them dry over night, especially if your kids used a lot of paint
*try this with other shapes, using white “frosting” for a snowman or yellow “frosting” for a star
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