Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Grubby Gingerbread Men

Nicole and I came across some ornaments where they dipped Salt Dough shapes in melted wax and coffee grounds to give them a primative, grungy, look.  I thought I'd give it a try.  I didn't put holes to string them, so I instead put these guys in a little basket with burlap.  Cute.  This was a lot of fun!

Here's the way I made them...through trial & ERROR!
Roll out and cut
find and OLD pan or metal can
find some coffee grounds
chop up ANY old candle
you can pre-dye your dough...or make a mistake and figure it out later and PAINT them instead!
BAKE 325 until hard
Mix melted wax on low heat on stove and add coffee grounds
DIP and dry! (I dipped more than once after wax set)

**Nicole informed me that the original grubby wax men were not made from salt dough, but rather real gingerbread.  I have seen some salt dough for ornaments made with spices and cloves that would naturally darken the dough?  Then there would be no painting involved.**
(If you want ornaments...I suggest using a straw to poke a hole into them BEFORE you cook them :))
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Michelle Hughes said...

how fun! I love them all grouped together!


Anonymous said...

They look great! ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Angie Holden said...

The coffee grounds are a great idea! Look up cinnamon dough ornaments. There is a dough with cinnamon and glue that would work great!

Dena Pickle said...

Awesome! The really look good the grub!

Charity said...

I love these, they would look great on my kitchen tree. Thanks for sharing. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

megan said...

Those are so cute! This is my first time to your site, and I can't wait to look around. i love crafty stuff. I'm not great at it, but I think it's so fun - especially during the winter months. :)

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