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Gingerbread Candy Cups


Kids can help create these gingerbread men to hold candy treats at your holiday parties.


DecoArt Products Required
Patio Paint

  • DCP14 - Cloud White
  • DCP21 - Wrought Iron Black
  • DCP24 - Clear Coat
  • DCP42 - Fuchsia


  • #12 flat brush
  • #0 liner brush
  • Brown chenille stems
  • Low-temp hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1.9" standard terra cotta pots


Let dry between steps.

  1. Coat pots with Clear Coat.
  2. Use liner brush and Cloud White to paint wavy lines for frosting and mouths on both pots.
  3. Use liner brush and Wrought Iron Black to paint eyes on one pot. Use brush handle end to dot on buttons on the other pot.
  4. Use liner brush and Fuchsia to paint candy nose.
  5. With liner brush, highlight eyes with Cloud White and outline nose with Wrought Iron Black.
  6. Bend chenille stem loosely at center to form small loop (for hanger). Bend each end to form loops for arms. Twist ends at center. (This should resemble three-leaf clover.)
  7. Position chenille loops on body with hanger loop at back and secure with hot glue. (Refer to photo.) Immediately add more glue and press two parts of body together. Hold with pressure for minute or two until glue cools and sets.
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These would make adorable name place holders at the kids table for this coming Christmas. Maybe add a couple crayons and have a coloring table cloth that can entertain them while they wait. If you decide to write names on the cup they would be thrilled to know that they can take it home at the end of the day.

These are perfect as make and take projects for age appropriate kids parties. The supplies are not really expensive and these can be happy reminders of the awesome party they attended at your house. Made with large terra cotta pots would be adorable table decorations too for the festive holidays.


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