The Cutest DIY Gingerbread Man Sign and a Christmas Giveaway

I'm sharing how easy it is to craft an adorable clay gingerbread man canvas sign and you don't want to miss this $125 Christmas giveaway!

gingerbread man clay sign

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Welcome to the December edition of Thrifty Style Team. We decided to team up and offer a giveaway this year! Just a little way to spread some holiday cheer, which we are all so very much in need of this year! 💓

Last month we all shared a Christmas project, you can click here to check them all out!


Before we get to the giveaway, I want to share this sweet gingerbread man canvas sign that I made for my coffee/hot cocoa bar this holiday season.

This is my fifth Christmas canvas project this year! I'll be sharing a roundup of all the DIY canvas signs I made next week, and I'll be giving one of them away so please, if you're not already following me here on the blog, head to the sign up form at the bottom!

Gingerbread is one of my favorite holiday treats! I still remember my mom's gingerbread men, decorated with their icing faces, scarves and buttons. They were so cute and so yummy!

Well, the gingerbread man I made for this sign isn't edible. He's made from clay!

How to make a gingerbread man canvas sign

As with my other canvas signs, this one is made by deconstructing a canvas! You may not know that there's a really cute farmhouse sign hiding underneath a canvas! You can head here to see how easy it is to deconstruct a canvas.

Why canvas?

Simply put - it's readily available and cheap! You get the look of a farmhouse sign without having to buy or make a wood frame!

You do want to hang on to the actual canvas, as that will be the backdrop for our Christmas sign.

I decided to paint the wood frame for this sign using this duck egg blue chalk paint. This is one of my very favorite colors, it's so perfectly vintage...and it goes beautifully with red!

deconstructed canvas

Once the paint dried, I reassembled my frame, flipping the canvas itself around first so the matte side was on the front. I stapled it to the back of the frame.


I used a jumbo gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut out a shape using this air dry clay. If you've never worked with air dry clay before, this brand is so easy to work with. You just roll out a small portion like you would cookie dough, and cut out shapes using cookie cutters.


After cutting out the gingerbread man, I used this set of alphabet stamps to stamp the word 'MERRY' onto the clay. I also carefully made a hanging hole at the top of his head with a wood skewer.

The clay takes 2 days to completely dry (make sure to flip it over the second day so the back can fully dry).

Once my clay gingerbread man was dry, I mixed up some acrylic paints (brown, tan and orange) until it resembled the color of gingerbread, and I painted 2 coats onto my gingerbread man.

Once dry, I hand stitched him onto my canvas sign and tied a bow around his neck using my favorite red striped ribbon.

clay gingerbread man with red striped bow

At this point, don't ask me how, but I accidentally knocked one of his feet off! I was so upset with myself, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it forced me to think creatively! In the end, I think he turned out even cuter than if this accident hadn't occurred!

After gluing his foot back on, there was a noticeable crack that needed to be disguised so I decided to give him some painted Christmas boots!

painting Christmas boots


Once the paint dried, I added some faux fur with white puffy paint. It was the perfect disguise for his broken foot, and made my little gingerbread man so much more festive! 🎅


use puffy paint for faux fur

painted Christmas boots with fluffy trim

I also used my Silhouette machine to cut out a holiday sentiment stencil, and painted it onto the sign using acrylic paint and a stencil brush.


vinyl stencil

painted stencil

This sweet gingerbread man sign is the perfect finishing touch to my coffee/hot cocoa bar! I just love it!


Christmas cocoa bar

farmhouse Christmas kitchen with hot cocoa bar

Christmas tiered tray with gingerbread

My coffee bar is the first place I head in the morning after I let Millie out! It's so fun to prepare my morning coffee at this festive little spot and my gingerbread man sign looks right at home!

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clay gingerbread man sign

Okay, onto the giveaway!

Thrifty Style Team Christmas Giveaway

Thrifty Style Team Christmas giveaway

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

The Thrifty Style Team is giving away a $125 Amazon gift card!!! Wouldn't that make your Christmas shopping easier?

Entering the giveaway is super simple! Just leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite Christmas cookies are! Don't forget to leave your email address so I can notify you if you win! You can break it up like this example cindydiybeautify @ gmail dot com for privacy's sake.

As always, I hope that you'll choose to follow my blog, and follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!

Giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada who are 18 and older. Giveaway will end Friday, December 18 at 12 EST and winner will be notified via email.


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  1. Strawberry thumbprint cookies, or a simple sugar cookie.. cookies are all so good it's hard to pick just one!❤

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    1. I love those too Megan, but I like using raspberry jam!

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  2. Kellysusalla at gmail dot com, my favorite holiday cookies to make are Christmas Rocks. I make them for my dad every year to remind him of my grandmother. My favorite holiday cookies to eat are Russian tea cakes.

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    1. I've never heard of Christmas Rocks, but I too love making and eating Russian Tea Cakes (we call them Snowballs!)

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  3. My favorite Christmas cookie is anything with a Hershey Kiss in the center :) jmoegleinkendrick @ yahoo dot com

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  4. Sour cream cut out sugar cookies. Old recipe of my Mom's from our family's milk inspector...dairy families will know what that is ;) Thank you and happy holidays!
    a dot inskeep dot shelton at gmail dot com

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  5. My absolute favorites Christmas cookies are the traditional sugar cutouts in all different magical holiday shapes and sizes. It was such a tradition with my kids and I every year to make these, decorate them and leave them out for Santa on Christmas eve! In addition to tasting great, they are that much more special to me now that my kids are grown and have moved away. They are the essence of a family Christmas tradition. Happy Holidays! So enjoy your blog and your creativity! (maggie.disanto@yahoo.com)

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    1. Thank you so much for following my site! I love Christmas cutouts too, have some dough chilling in the fridge right now! The memories are definitely something I treasure!

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  6. First - thank you so much for the adorable decor ideas! I love the ingenuity!!
    Now - onto the cookies! I LOVE Cuccidati!! The fig is delicious and of course the icing isn't bad either! :) So happy that my daughter is a pastry chef so she can make them for me! Have a very Merry Christmas!!

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    1. Thank you Alicia! Oh wow, I've never heard of those but I'll bet they're amazing! Good luck.

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  7. My favorite christmas cookie is my grandmothers butter horns. I am so grateful to have her recipe to pass on to my granddaughter who loves to bake with me! Thank you for all your lovely decorating ideas!
    blizlady@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Gail! How wonderful to share your favorite cookies with your granddaughter, that is a special memory!

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  8. My favorite Christmas treat is not a cookie. I love Chocolate fudge with walnuts. My Aunt Wanda made Date Nut Bars every year at Christmas and they were great. The gingerbread sign is so cute,

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    1. Yum Susan! Aren't family treats the absolute best? I think it's the memories that come alongside that make them extra special!

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  9. Sugar Cookies are my favorite holiday cookie! My DIL makes them very yummy!

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    1. Ooh, you're lucky to have someone bake for you! I'm still the head baker over here 😄

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  10. My favorite cookie is Butterscotch Haystacks. Yummy.

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    1. I've never tried those but I do enjoy the chocolate version!

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  11. Definitely classic chocolate chips cookies! traci dot kulesa at gmail dot com

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    1. Mr DIY would definitely agree, those are his all time favorites!

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  12. That sign is SO adorable! Thanks for sharing, and for the giveaway. I would have to say my fave cookie is a tie between a snickerdoodle and peanut butter (homemade, of course!) Hugs!

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    1. Hmmm, I think you have my email... just in case... julie@myweeabode . com

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  13. My favourite Christmas cookies are simple sugar cutout cookies.
    pd4tmartin@telus.net

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  14. My favorite Christmas cookies are sugar cookies with frosting! kimrosaleo [at] gmail [dot] com

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  15. I love shortbread cookies for the holidays.

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  16. Cindy, my favorite Christmas cookies are my sister-in-law's specialty, "Christmas Crack"! They are so salty, sweet and delicious and don't last long in our fridge! crysandjeff @ gmail dot com.

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  17. Merry Christmas, Cindy! Crunchy thin Ginger Snaps and Snickerdoodles! It just sounds like Christmas, doesn't it? terhanathome at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Terry, those do sound just like Christmas!! Merry Christmas and good luck! ❤

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  18. Merry Christmas Cindy! I just love your gingerbread man canvas sign! My favorite Christmas cookies are thumbprint cookies, love the buttery cookie with sweet strawberry jam in the middle and I will be making those next week and hopefully by Christmas there will still be some left for everyone else!
    Thanks for all your creative posts and hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!
    Jan

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    1. Thank you so much Jan, I love thumbprint cookies too!!

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  19. My go to Christmas cookies are chocolate chip. My sons love them and they do not last long!
    Vickiela3@hotmail.com

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  20. Your gingerbread man sign is adorable and it looks great displayed with your hot chocolate bar in your kitchen. So cute!

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    1. Thank you so much Paula, it was a fun sign to make!

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  21. Pinned the sign and sent to a friend who is looking for a cute sign for her Coffee bar. I love any cookie with cranberries and nuts! My kids don’t like them so there’s more for me! Happy Holidays!🎄islandgal1950@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for sharing the project Cecilia! And I love your baking ethic, LOL! I made shortbread just for me 😉 Merry Christmas and good luck in the giveaway!

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  22. So cute!! I'm boring, my favorite Christmas cookies to eat are sugar cookies, but my favorite to make are holly cookies! Fun!!

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    1. Sugar cookies aren't boring!! What are holly cookies? I haven't heard of those!

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  23. So adorable, Cindy! I've never worked with clay like this before; now you've got me thinking...

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    1. Thanks Lora, I figured it would last longer than a cookie 😉 I want to try to make a wreath this weekend!

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