Thursday, December 3, 2009

GingerBread CountDown

This year we decided to do something different for our countdown chain. Normally we do a paper chain, but I wanted to do something a little less wasteful. So we settled on a gingerbread boy countdown calendar. It's really quite simple to make and makes quite the site while hanging up as a bunting in the dinning room doorway too! Plus, who can resist eating a gingerbread? Not my kids! We made up a batch of our Honey Gingerbread cookies and once they were cool we set to work. I don't have pictures of all the steps we did because our hands were super busy tying ribbon and straightening out plastic wrap.

Getting a picture of the bunting hanging up was kinda difficult so you'll have to suffer with our funny pictures! If you want to make one you'll need 24 (if starting on December 1st) gingerbread people cookies. We used a medium cookie cutter. Then you'll need a long flat area to lay down 6 feet or so of plastic wrap. Don't panic if you don't have enough you can easily add more on! Lay your gingerbread boys in the middle of the plastic wrap leaving roughly 2-inches between the cookies.

Then you you'll need to fold one side of the plastic wrap over the gingerbread boys, and then fold the other side over so that you have one very long sausage. Start tying ribbons between each gingerbread boy. For the first and last one you'll also need to put an extra tie so they don't slip out. Then you're ready to hang them up! Each day you cut one gingerbread boy off and one lucky family member gets to eat it! To avoid excess tears the first few days I made up a couple of extra cookies..

1 comment:

Debbie said...

What a fun idea!!!