Chalkboard gingerbread men place settings

January 16, 2012

Place Setting

Just before Christmas I read this great guest post over on the fantastic crafts blog Whip Up. Helen from Curly Birds came up with the great idea of decorating wooden gingerbread shapes with blackboard paint and gluing some twine on the back. Children can then decorate their own gingerbread person to hang on the Christmas Tree. Other great suggestions she made were to use them a gift tags or stocking fillers. I loved these ideas and also thought it would make the perfect place setting for Christmas Day.

I ordered the shapes online from Craftshapes. The larger ones cost £2.65 for a pack of five and the smaller ones were £2.57 for six. I didn’t order enough of the larger ones to make place settings for everyone but it worked out perfectly as we needed eleven, so I just used one of the small ones for Rowan. This would work really well with some of their other shapes too like hearts, flags or snowflakes. The chalkboard paint was from the funky colours range at B&Q but is only available in store. It only took one coat and dried quickly.

Chalkboard gingerbread family

If you lay the table with some plain paper and put out some pots of crayons and chalk then the children can keep themselves entertained at the table, either decorating the gingerbread men or using the shapes as templates to draw round. I think we will be using these all year round, not just at Christmas.

Casper drawing

Casper drawing 2


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  • Reply thelittleloaf January 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    These are so cute! I’m thinking real gingerbread men could also be really lovely as a place setting…you’ve inspired me!

    • Reply Laura January 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Pleased to hear it. Real gingerbread men would be lovely although I think my children would think they were the starter.

  • Reply Becca January 21, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Those are so sweet! I had seen the same post and put those on my “to-do” list with the boys, but we ran out of time. Maybe next year!

    • Reply Laura January 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

      We ended up doing them Christmas Eve so nearly didn’t manage it. They didn’t take too long in the end though.

  • Reply Mary January 23, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I love this idea! may have a go!!

  • Reply Iota December 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Beautiful idea. Really fun.

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