Distressed Gingerbread Man Gift Tags

I had a lot of fun making this project! (Don't I always?)

I began with recycled fabric from my workshop and a gingerbread man shape. 

I experimented with an iron-on fusing to create a thicker fabric for the gingerbread men that worked great! Use them as ornaments, gift tags, or place cards for the holidays. 

Let me show you how...

Gingerbread man gift tags in a row with overlay

I began with the now infamous old faded curtain fabric I've been recycling on craft projects for years! 

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I'm also using a dark rust color for the back of the gingerbread men. 

To fuse the front curtain fabric to the back rust colored fabric, I'm using an iron on bonding called Heat n'Bond ultra hold. 

heatnbond package

I just ironed it to one side of the fabric, removed the backing paper, then ironed the other piece of fabric right on top of the bonding material. 

curtain fabric on one side and rust color on other

The stick is amazing and just what I'm gong to need for this project. 

First I found a gingerbread man shape on the internet and I printed it out and traced it. The gingerbread shape was about 4" tall. 

I traced the gingerbread man shape onto a piece of scrap cardboard so I could use it as a tracer for all the ornaments I'm making. 

tracing cardboard gingerbread man shape

I traced the cardboard shape onto the curtain side of the fused fabric and cut out 5 gingerbread men. 

gingerbread man cut from fabric

The fusing was fabulous and the 2 layers of these gingerbread men seems like one! 

I punched a hole in the top of each gingerbread man with a heavy duty hole puncher that went through these fabric layers easily. 

gingerbread shape with hole in top

Once the gingerbread men were cut out, I used a dark brown stamp pad and a foundation brush to brush along the edges of each man.  

stamp pad and distressing gingerbread man

The dark edge color was the perfect distressing. 

Next, I used an ultra fine point permanent Sharpie marker to add dots and dashes around each gingerbread man. 

making dots around edge of gingerbread man

The next step is to add words to each man. 

Gingerbread boy with JOY

I used small alphabet stamps to stamp the words LOVE, JOY, PEACE, HOPE, AND NOEL. 

Noel gingerbread man

I used a small grommet inside the hole to finish it off then added string, ribbon, and twine for a hanger. 

metal grommet in hole on gingerbread man head

I added a tie to the hole in each gingerbread man, twine, macrame string, or ribbon. 

gingerbread man with ribbon and heart

gingerbread men with words

If you are going to make gift tags from these you may want to stamp a name on each. 

Circle of gingerbread men

These cute little tags are available in the HOMEROAD ETSY SHOP in limited supply! 

You may have also noticed on each gingerbread man I added a tiny heart with a thin red marker. 

gingerbread men with tiny heart

That's it! 

Row of Gingerbread men tags

Visit the Homeroad Etsy Shop to get a set of these cuties for yourself! 

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fabric gingerbread men tags pin

They are adorable and will look great on packages, on a small tree or to give as gifts! 

Circle of gingerbread man tags

You can make these ornaments in any shape; hearts, circles, snowmen...

double sided gift tags


gingerbread men on brick

I hope you'll give this iron on bonding a try, it works great!! 

These little cuties make great ornaments too! 

gingerbread ornaments on tree

These little tags are headed to the Homeroad Etsy shop where you can find scrapbooks, junk journals, tags and an occasional surprise! 


Christmas tree with ornaments

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gingerbread men on brick


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .