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Cardboard Gingerbread Star Ornament

A gingerbread ornament for kids to make and decorate to look like a real gingerbread cookie.


  • thin cardboard i.e. cereal box
  • paint red, green, and 3 shades of brown
  • paintbrush
  • white yarn
  • colourful buttons or sequins or craft gems
  • glue or glue gun
  • scissors
  • metallic thread
  • tape


  • Trace or draw a star (approx. 4 inches wide) on your cardboard. 

With your scissors, snip into the star (about a half an inch in) and cut out the center to make a smaller star. 

This will leave you with a half inch outline of a star and a smaller solid star. 

Tape the larger star together where you made the snip. 

Trim your smaller star to be a bit smaller yet so there’s a gap between the two stars when you put them together.
  • Paint the stars a gingerbread colour and pounce on a darker brown and a lighter brown colour for texture and dimension.
  • Join the stars together with a bit of metallic thread and some tape or your glue gun.
  • Glue white yarn “icing” along the the front of the larger star,
and glue buttons or sequins or craft gems to the points of that star. 

Dab the smaller star with a thick layer of white paint.

Let dry.
  • Use the handle end of a paintbrush to add dots of red and green paint to the smaller star.
  • Glue or tape some thread to the back of the ornament for hanging.