Hi friends, are you ready for a little sweet holiday wreath eye candy?
I grew up in a home with a grandma who loved (and lived) to bake. I was that kid in the school cafeteria whose sandwiches were on homemade bread and came home from school whining that ‘I want my sandwiches on store-bought bread like all my friends.’
Needless to say, I got smarter as I got older and have a deep appreciation for the love and labor that went into each of the loaves of perfectly baked bread to this day; there is nothing that beats a piece of bread, just from the oven, slathered with real butter! Oh my.
And while she baked ALL year, she really brought it at Christmas.
My mom and I carried on that tradition, and now my daughter and I do all the baking in our home.
The wreath I created was inspired by our family baking tradition, with gingerbread men and gingerbread houses.
Creating this wreath was simple bliss.
And it didn’t hurt that my home was redolent with the aroma of cinnamon as I baked these ‘gingerbread men’ and gingerbread house’ ornaments.
All my ‘candies’ were easily made with Sculpey clay and a little glitter…because, well…glitter.
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The candy cane was simple and turned out so darned cute!
I made the green and white ‘spearmint’ candy by making equal size half-moons out of both the green and white and then cutting each half-moon into 4 pieces. I then pieced the 8 pieces back together to form the mint candy. I apologize for the lousy images. They are the only ones I have.
The ribbon candy was easily made by laying a white, red, and white Sculpey strip next to each other, rolling it out, and then trimming the sides. Fold it and punch a hole with a straw.
The Gingerbread men and houses were made from applesauce and cinnamon dough. Equal parts of each with or without a little bit of white glue. I used 1 1/2 cups of each and then added about 2 tablespoons of white glue. I rolled them to about 1/3,” and then I cut out the shapes with a cookie cutter. I cut the image out of cardboard for the houses and then traced around it.
Sprinkle cinnamon on your counter if it is sticky when rolling out your dough.
I poked pieces of wire into the dough before I baked it to create the hooks.
Outlining the gingerbread houses and gingerbread men in White puffy paint really mimicked the icing look. I sprinkled some very fine white glitter onto the ‘icing’ on the star.
UPDATE: This little wreath has now been hanging in my kitchen for 7 years! It is stored in the attic with all of my Christmas decor and I am pleasantly surprised that everything has held up to the summer heat just fine. It looks as cute as it did 7 years ago!
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