Gingerbread man prop tutorial – DIY

A gingerbread house theme decorations theme is not complete without a gingerbread man prop! On this post I'll share the steps I did to make this prop for this years Christmas theme.

Items you will need:

  • A printer with letter size paper
  • Scissors
  • 1" thick or thicker foam or rigid foam board
    (at least 24" x 48" on size)
  • Hot wire foam cutter
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic paints
  • Plastic spherical ornaments
  • A hack saw or dremmel
  • Hot glue
  • 2 PVC pipes about 36" long
  • Duct tape
  • Hammer


Step 1 - Tracing/cutting

I created this group of printable sheet that you will need to glue together by overlapping the printed edge lines with each other, here are the links for the needed templates and a reference pictures on how to put them together. Download the templates here:


template 1 | template 2 | template 3 |template 4
template 5 | template 6template 7 | template 8
template 9 | template 10 | template 11


After gluing your templates together using glue sticks you will need to trim the shape of the gingerbread man using scissors.

Place your cut shape on top of your foam board, if you are using white foamboard make sure the use the metal reflective end as your top surface since removing the metal like foam is easier than removing the transparent film from the other end.

Secure your template to the foam board with masking tape, then you can proceed cutting around the foam paper shape using the hot wire foam cutter.

Christmas gingerbread man prop DIY
Christmas gingerbread man prop DIY

Ideally you will want to cut the foam board on an open and spacious place, I  cut mine on my backyard using benches to place the foam board sheet.

Here is my amazon affiliate link for my preferred foam cutter I used on this tutorial

Christmas gingerbread man prop DIY

Step two - Paint + ornaments


After the foam shape has been cut the next step will be paint, make sure to use acrylic paints every time you intent to paint on foam board since solvents from other paint types can damage the foam by melting it.

Once paint has dried is time to glue the ornaments for the gingerbread eyes and buttons, I used Ø 2 1/4" gray ornament size for the eyes and Ø 3" red ornament size for the buttons.

I used a hack saw to cut these by hand, although at the end I ended up using the dremel to make it faster and finish the cutting, make sure to be extremely careful since both the hacksaw and dremel can hurt you really bad!


Christmas gingerbread man prop DIY
Christmas gingerbread man prop DIY

Here is my amazon affiliate link of various acrylic paint types you could use for this an any projects than involves painting on foam board.

Step three - install


I install the gingerbread man by inserting Ø 1/2" PVC pipe on my front garden, it had rained about 2 days ago and the ground was soft and it was easy to insert the PVC pipes to support the prop.

I inserted the pvc pipes on the ground using a hammer, leaving a space in between of about 8".

After the PVC supports were set I secure the propr to the pipes using duck tape, making sure I added tape at several locations to hold it for the entire seasson.


Christmas gingerbread man prop DIY

Disclosure: Product links and publicity banners on this post are my Amazon affiliate links, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you.

Here are a few pictures of the final result for this years Christmas gingerbread house theme decorations, let me know in the comments box if you have a question at any of the stages of this tutorial!

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