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Get Crafty This Holiday With A Cricut Gingerbread Cookie Project

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The holiday is just around the corner, and everything is set! The Christmas tree is lit up, and the socks are all in place. But what is Christmas without gingerbread cookies? In this episode, Kim Wojtalewicz shares her experience crafting this Cricut gingerbread cookie project. The gingerbread cookie is not only a simple circle but with a snowflake on top of it with the names of all the kids. Two out of three things Kim is trying to accomplish in the cookie project worked! Tune in to this episode and learn how to craft your amazing gingerbread cookie!

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Get Crafty This Holiday With A Cricut Gingerbread Cookie Project

WCA 14 | Gingerbread Cookie Project

 

In this episode, I am going to be sharing with you my Cricut gingerbread cookie project. I’m excited about this project. The inspiration behind the project is something that my family had done ever since I can remember when I was a little girl. That is making a gingerbread house as a family around the holidays, building it out of gingerbread, using icing to hold it together, and decorating it with tons of different fun candies, accessories, gingerbread cookies, and things like that.

WCA 14 | Gingerbread Cookie Project

 

This project is going to be a little bit different than some of my other episodes. That is because I’m going to share with you my Cricut piece of this project, which is creating templates and some stencils to create one-of-a-kind custom gingerbread cookies that are going to accent the gingerbread house that my family is going to be making over this break.

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We’ve got a week off now, so we’re going to be in the mountains. I am lucky enough that my brother and his family will join us as well as my mom and stepdad. This will be a big crew. My brother and I were talking. He was like, “I don’t know if you can do it. Is there a way for you to try to incorporate your Cricut into our gingerbread tradition and see what you can come up with?” I thought about a lot of different things. The first thing I thought about was maybe I could make the gingerbread house template with the Cricut. The more I looked into that, and the more I researched that, there are already so many great gingerbread templates that are already out there that I didn’t think that was the direction I wanted to go.

I did read that unless you’ve got a specific food-safe mat and cutting machine, you don’t want to be cutting a lot of food items with your Cricut. That led me to my idea of personalizing and customizing some of these gingerbread cookies that we’re going to use to decorate around the gingerbread house. My nieces will be up there with my boys and my whole family. It got me thinking, “How about I try and come up with some unique templates for gingerbread cookies using my Cricut maker?” That is what this part of the episode is about. I’m going to share that experience with you.

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Because we haven’t created the gingerbread house yet, that’s coming up later. I will be putting together another short little episode or add-on to this episode that has how the decorating of the gingerbread house went and what the cookies looked like as accents around the house, that kind of thing. I’m going to focus primarily on the cookies, templates, and stencils I created with my Cricut maker to enhance our family gingerbread experience.

Gingerbread House Templates

In preparing for this awesome gingerbread cookie-making experience, along with our gingerbread house-making experience, I wanted to share with you the gingerbread house templates that I am using. I went on to Etsy, which is one of my favorite places to find lots of different things for crafting. I found a seller called GingerbreadJaney. She had three PDF templates that looked fun to me. I did purchase those three templates. One is called the Christmas Cottage. One is called the Christmas Mansion. The third one is a Tree Template that I thought looked fun to make out of gingerbread as well. I did purchase those. The cost for all three of those templates for the gingerbread houses and the tree is about $13 total, with tax included.

I did think about making my own templates. We have done that in the past, but I loved how GingerbreadJaney’s templates looked. One thing I loved about it as well was that she has what she calls a foolproof gingerbread recipe as part of your bundle when you buy the template for the gingerbread house. That intrigued me. I thought, “Why not try a new gingerbread recipe?” In the past, I’ve made gingerbread in Colorado. We live at a high altitude, which can mess with your baking. If you live at a high altitude and you’re a baker, you will know what I mean. It is not very straightforward. Things just come out a little bit different than they do when you’re at sea level. I thought it would be fun to try her gingerbread recipe and see how it worked not only for the gingerbread house but the gingerbread cookies and also if it passed the taste test of my family.

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Personalized Cricut Design

That was why I decided to go with purchasing some gingerbread house templates. The next part of what I was going to do was start thinking about how I wanted to use my Cricut maker to enhance this gingerbread cookie and gingerbread house project. The best way that I thought I could do that with my Cricut was to personalize some of the cookies that were going to be part of this project and surrounding the house and also to see if I could find some unique and fun images in Cricut design space that then I could have Cricut cut into cookie templates and also stencils.

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I’ve talked about Cricut design space a lot before and how I can get sucked into finding the images. There are so many options when it comes to looking for what I wanted to put around the gingerbread house or what cookies I wanted to make for the kids and the family, not only to put around the gingerbread house but to eat while we were making the gingerbread house. I ended up finding 4 or 5 unique cookie template images that I decided to go with. I thought it would be fun to have a gingerbread sign that was for the North Pole to go out in the yard or something like that next to the gingerbread house. One of the images I chose was a cute sign that looks like it has some snow icicles coming down.

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I thought that would be a pretty good template for Cricut to cut, so I chose that. I chose an elf Santa that I thought would put somewhere around the house, maybe hiding in the snow somewhere, something like that. I chose some elves because it’s always fun to have elves peeking around. I also chose a yeti, a Big Foot, because not only is that an image that my boys and my husband love, but I thought it was fun. We’re in Colorado in the mountains. Let’s put a yeti in the yard of the gingerbread house. The last thing I decided to do, bringing in that personalization that Cricut is awesome for, was to create some round cookies. It’s a simple circle, but on top of that circle, I wanted to use a snowflake template, use the stencil font in the Cricut design space, and personalize those snowflakes with the names of all the kids.

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Design Materials

I wasn’t sure that those would end up in the scene with the gingerbread house and the yard and all of that, but I did think that it was a fun way to not only test out my stencil-making process with Cricut but to personalize those cookies for the kids to have while we’re up in the mountains. That’s what I chose to do. The next part was deciding what material I wanted Cricut to cut out these templates and stencils with. This was funny because I looked all over the internet, and there are so many different stencil materials that Cricut can cut. I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go, so I tested a few different materials. The first thing I thought I would try was actual stencil material that is made by Oracal.

 

 

It’s like a blue stencil, and it’s actually sticky. I did try that, and that was a big fail. I stuck the wrong side down to my mat. It completely stuck to the mat.

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After I had cut it, I realized I didn’t want to be sticking a sticky material onto the cookies that everybody was going to be eating. Quickly, the material I decided would be a no. I then thought, “How about freezer paper, parchment paper, or wax paper, something like that that was a little more made to be with food?” which is what I was going to be using it for was on those cookies. I did try using a freezer paper. I bought a big roll of Reynolds freezer paper. 

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I had read that I should try to use that and have Cricut cut that at the washi tape setting and that people have had a lot of success with that. I went ahead, tried that, and did okay for the big silhouette pieces of this project for the cookies. The detail part didn’t work well, so I went ahead and decided I was not going to use freezer paper.

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In the past, I have had a lot of success cutting card stock with my Cricut. I thought, “How about I make these templates and the stencils I was trying to make out of card stock?” In the end, card stock won out for me.

 

 

It is flexible enough that it can be placed onto the cookie dough or the cookies after they are baked, but it is also not going to stick to the cookies. I thought that it would last more than just one use. When I was going to have Cricut cut out some details for the cookies, I thought it would do a pretty good job based on my experience with cutting card stock in the past. Card stock won out for this project in terms of my cookie template and stencils.

 

 

Cricut Design Ideas

I did want to share with you a little bit about some of the ideas I had going into this project and how it actually went in the real world when I tried it. I had a couple of different ideas I had talked about before, like the template for the actual cookie shape. By that, I mean when I want a gingerbread cookie that looks like the North Pole sign that I used from Cricut design space, I was going to have my Cricut and Cricut cut out that North Pole sign that then I was going to use with the raw cookie dough to make that unique cookie shape. That was the first idea on how I was going to use my Cricut.

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The second was I found some cute details that went on top of the Santa elf, the elves, and the Big Foot I was using. By that, I mean some thin-cut lines. If you can imagine, I’ve got the template of the Santa elf. On top of that template is another layer of a cut file, but that has Santa’s hat that’s maybe red with a little white pompom at the bottom.

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It’s all of those detail lines that I thought in my head, and in theory, I would have Cricut cut that detail line out of card stock. When I was decorating the already-cooked gingerbread, I was going to put that little detail line on top and put my frosting in between. I was thinking I wanted to use that detail cut as a guide for decorating my cookies. The third way I would use my Cricut was to create that snowflake template with the stencil of each of the kiddos’ names. We are going to have four kids up there. I put each of their names. First, I found this cute cut file in Cricut design space with a snowflake. In the middle of the snowflake design was a blank spot for somebody’s name, a monogram, or something like that.

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I did use that image of the snowflake with that blank spot in the middle so that I could personalize each cookie with that stencil font. That was the third way I used Cricut to personalize these cookies for this project. The cool thing about Cricut design space and the fonts is reading up on doing different kinds of stencils. I kept reading about bridging the image, so it comes out well as a stencil. I wasn’t sure what that meant when I started this project, but now I understand that it means putting some little lines or gaps through the closed areas of the images you are making into stencils.

I do not know that much about it. I read and watched a good YouTube tutorial on it. I am beginning to start using my Cricut for any kind of stencil activity or project, which is this is my first one. I depended on my Cricut design space font to be the stencil font. I did not have to bridge any of the fonts that I used because Cricut has them already bridged for us in the Cricut design space. That was very cool. After learning a little bit about stencils by researching different places on the internet, the only thing that was ever bridged that I used in my gingerbread cookie template project was the names, letters, and fonts to personalize cookies for each of the kids.

The reason for that is 1) I don’t know enough about that piece of making stencils I felt comfortable doing for this project. 2) I wanted to have the cookies done and ready to go to be part of the gingerbread house-building project. I’m limited on time. I’m working on the weekend to create these gingerbread cookies and get everything ready for the house building. I didn’t have a lot of time to do enough research that I felt like I would do it well or be able to explain it to you and do it justice. As I said, I relied on Cricut for that part.

 

 

Project Results

I want to talk about the experience of my ideas and what happened when I made the cookies using my Cricut to help me with the templates and stencils. First off, the template. The card stock template that I had Cricut cut to be the shape of the cookies, just like a cookie cutter that you buy anywhere, except I got to create exactly the shape that I wanted for our gingerbread project, that went great. It cut well. When I had my cookie dough all rolled out, I was easily able to put the card stock down onto the cookie, trace around it with the sharp knife, and bake it, and they came out awesome. All of the shapes I used came out well. They look good.

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I will tell you that gingerbread is absolutely delicious, so I highly recommend it. The template piece is awesome. The next one that worked well that was super cool was the snowflake, personalizing the cookie after it is baked.

 

 

Now I’m talking about just my round circle cookies that I wanted to make into the snowflake using the template of the snowflake that has the space in the middle for each kiddo’s name. That worked well, but it worked well with one kind of decoration. What I quickly learned was that the template with the stencil worked great with this. It’s an edible cake decorating spray. I chose silver because I thought it would look cute.

 

 

I thought it would show up on gingerbread, and it does. It’s not too bright, but it’s bright enough that it adds that silver shimmer to go along with the whole feel of a winter wonderland gingerbread house scene. Spraying that using the template worked great. Those cookies are fun with the snowflake and each child’s name on that cookie.

 

 

Here’s where my idea of what I thought was going to go well didn’t. In using my templates, I was talking before about those detail lines that I was excited to try when I was decorating the cookies after the cookies were cooked. What happened was I would put the design line on top of the cooked cookie and make royal icing.

I did three different colors. I did white, red, and green. This was going to be my trial run to see if what I was thinking it would do worked before I was decorating cookies with my nieces and my kids for the actual gingerbread house project. I was so disappointed because the little detail lines didn’t work the way I wanted it to work. I probably can do a much better job freehand decorating the cookies. What ended up happening, as you probably can imagine and probably thought was going to happen when I said I was going to use card stock to help with the design, is that the frosting would stick to the card stock.

Some of the designs came out cute. I tried the Santa elf. I used red for the hat, white for the pompom, and white for his big mustache. It’s different pieces of the design that I thought would look so cute by using that card stock cut detail image. When I pulled it off the cookie with the icing, it didn’t work, which was disappointing.

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Overall, 2 out of the 3 things I was trying to accomplish in this cookie project did work. The templates were awesome, and the stencil was awesome when I used that cake decoration spray. The other one that came out great is the North Pole sign. I did do stencil letters that said the North Pole.

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That was the only other cookie that I did a word stencil using that stencil font from Cricut design space. That came out cute. I’m so excited to put that in the yard of the gingerbread house. It’s great.

 

 

The stencil with the cake spray and the cookie templates, if you can’t find a cookie cutter for what you’re wanting to use or make with your gingerbread, which is the only thing I’ve used them for so far, it’s a fun option. Those two worked well.

 

 

Unfortunately, the detail with the icing and being able to use those thin little cut lines of card stock that had the design cut out to help bring those cookies to another level in my mind didn’t work. That was a fail, which is a bummer.

Crafting Keepers

That’s okay because we’ll still use the cookies, and I will still use the templates and the word stencils to individualize the cookies. The cookies taste great. They’re really cute. They’re ready to go for the gingerbread house construction that will happen soon. I’m going to give you my crafting keepers for this episode. The first crafting keeper for this episode is going to be that stencil font in the Cricut design space.

 

 

It’s the first time I’ve ever used it. I am happy with how it cut. I’m happy with how it looked on the gingerbread cookies. That I will be going back to in another project. The second crafting keeper is those gingerbread cookie templates cut from Cricut on card stock or maybe a different stencil material if you’ve had more experience or have a favorite material that you make stencils out of. Being able to go through Cricut design space, pick any image that you want, and have it be a template for a cookie, how fun is that? That is another one of my crafting keepers.

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Gingerbread Cookie Project: Bigfoot cookie from Cricut Design Space Template.

I’m going to give you my satisCRAFTion rating for this crafting project. I’m going to go with the four. The reason I am going with the four is because I am super excited to be with the family doing this gingerbread house, bringing these gingerbread cookies into the project, making that connection between the Cricut and personalizing things, and bringing it all together with the family to create something fun. I’m looking forward to that. It did not get a five because it just didn’t go exactly the way I wanted it to.

It is super exciting to be with the family doing this gingerbread house and bringing these gingerbread cookies into the project. Share on X

I didn’t get those awesome results for decorating with the royal icing. I didn’t get the result I wanted. Because of that, it’s going to stay at a four. I will tell you that I will post a little follow-up. I’ll make sure I take some pictures and videos to show you how the houses come out and how I incorporated these fun gingerbread cookies that Cricut helped me create and design into that project. I am looking forward to putting this all together and following up soon about how it went. Other than that, have a great week. Until our next crafting adventure, take care.

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This is a little follow-up check-in about how the gingerbread cookie and gingerbread house project ended up going, and it was awesome. The gingerbread cookie is just a follow-up. Everybody enjoyed them. It was super yummy, and I had the opportunity to make some more cookies with my niece Vanessa while we were up in the mountains.

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Gingerbread Cookie Project: Vanessa using the Santa Elf Cricut Cookie Template.

She enjoyed the elf cookie template and the Santa cookie template. The Santa cookie on our gingerbread house is the cookie Vanessa cut out with me and that she decorated all by herself. It was super sweet. It looks great in the gingerbread winter wonderland.

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Gingerbread Cookie Project: Vanessa’s decorated Santa Elf Cookie on the right of the gingerbread wonderland.

The other cookies were all enjoyed. The ones I sprayed with the cake decor spray got eaten that we used with the stencils. That was fun. The fan favorite that ended up part of the gingerbread house project was the Big Foot and the North Pole sign. The Santa elf, Big Foot, and North Pole sign all ended up being part of our gingerbread winter wonderland.

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Gingerbread Cookie Project: North Pole Cookie and Bigfoot Cookie in the gingerbread wonderland.

The others did not, but they are being eaten, decorated, and enjoyed. Let me tell you about this gingerbread house construction and project. I had cut out one of the houses out of the gingerbread and traveled with it in the mountains. The other house, I made with my niece Vanessa up in the mountains. Of the ones we traveled with, a couple of them did break on the way up to the mountains.

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I will tell you that it’s very convenient to have industrial designers and engineers as part of your family when you are constructing gingerbread houses. Some of them break. You’re putting them together with frosting and trying to get the project going. My brother and mom were a huge help in that department.

I have tons of pictures. A few highlights, one I want to mention was we used this awesome recipe called seven-minute icing. That is what we used as our glue to construct the house and keep it together. We’ve used it ever since I was little, and it is awesome. The glue that holds the house together is our seven-minute icing.

 

 

We did put the houses together. I did not end up using the tree template, but I did use the two house templates, and they’re very cool. They’re good. We used the window option on one of the houses.

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My mom and sister-in-law were working very hard to create these glass windows out of sugar. I’m not sure if it was the altitude or something else.

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Gingerbread Cookie Project: Candy windows up.

The windows are up, and they’re melted down. It was an awesome attempt, but it didn’t stop us from completing this project. It still looked very cool.

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Gingerbread Cookie Project: Candy windows melted down.

We covered the melted candy windows with some white frosting template that looked like snow. The construction of the houses was the most challenging part, especially because some of our pieces broke in transit.

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Gingerbread Cookie Project: Getting creative to keep the broken gingerbread together before decorating the houses.

Other than that, the experience of decorating and creating this gingerbread house winter wonderland with my family was awesome. It was three generations.

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Gingerbread Cookie Project: 3 generations decorating the gingerbread houses.

The kids and I enjoyed it. What started out looking like a pretty iffy gingerbread house project turned out pretty amazing.

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Overall, I would highly recommend the gingerbread recipe. I would recommend the templates that I have listed. It’s well worth the minimal amount of money to purchase that and create something pretty amazing for the holidays.

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I hope this inspires you to get crafty. Use your Cricut to create some stencils or templates for some gingerbread cookies or Christmas cookies. Create a fun gingerbread house activity and enjoy it with friends and family. It was a nice way to spend time with my family. Now we have a cool gingerbread house winter wonderland to enjoy this holiday season. Until our next adventure, take care.

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SatisCRAFTion rating: 4

 

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