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Ugly Sweater Gingerbread Gang and Joy Holiday Mantle Décor

Gingerbread Gang Garland 

Kathy Beymer Bright MindBY KATHY BEYMER
  Merriment Design


Bring joy into your holiday season with my gingerbread gang in ugly sweaters using ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers!

This ugly-cute DIY paper garland features gingerbread friends sporting colorful knitted sweaters with festive details such as reindeer, trees, snowflakes, hats, and Scandi details. Start by making golden brown gingerbread friends, add eyes, mouths, and icing, then dress them in playful ugly sweaters with knitted details. 

Next, make a gingerbread cookie JOY sign with sweater cuffs to add extra color and cheer to your mantle. Finally, create as many coordinating knitted ornaments as you want to complete the look.

My whimsical ugly sweater gingerbread paper garland is a fun and easy paper craft that takes just a few supplies that you probably already have at home. Grab the kids and make a whole gang of gingerbread friends to decorate your home for the holidays. Try making one to represent each family member both near and far.

Deck your walls with a friendly gingerbread gang and start a new ugly holiday tradition!

Gingerbread Gang in Ugly Sweaters Garland

Gingerbread Gang Garland Supplies


  • Kathy’s gingerbread gang and ugly sweater templates (PDF)
  • Astrobrights® cardstock paper in Solar White, Husk, Grocer Kraft, Blast-Off Blue™, Re-Entry Red™, Rocket Red™, Lunar Blue™, Gamma Green™, Martian Green™, Sunburst Yellow™, Galaxy Gold™, and Pulsar Pink™
  • Paper scissors, craft knife, self-healing cutting mat
  • Glue stick
  • White rick rack to hang
  • Hole punch or painter’s tape

Step 1: Print templates onto Astrobrights cardstock paper: gingerbread shapes on Husk, eyes and mouth on Grocer Kraft, icing on Solar White, and ugly sweater pieces using your favorite vibrant Astrobrights colors.

Ugly Sweater Paper Template

Step 2: Cut out gingerbread pieces, sweaters, and knitted decorations. Use a craft knife and self-healing mat for small details.

Step 3: Glue eyes, mouth, and icing to the gingerbread shapes.

Gingerbread Ugly Sweater

Step 4: Add sweaters and ugly sweater details; secure with glue, and let dry completely.

Step 5: Punch holes in hands and string onto white rick rack, or skip the punch and attach the gang to white rick rack using painter’s tape, and hang.

 Ugly Sweater Gingerbread Garland

JOY with ugly sweater cuffs and knitted ornaments


Step 1: Print Kathy’s templates onto Astrobrights Papers.

Step 2: Cut out the JOY letters, sweater cuff pieces, and knitted ornaments.

Joy Holiday Letters

Step 3: Glue sweater cuffs together, let dry, then trim off any extra bits. Next, glue the sweater cuffs to the JOY letters and let dry.

Step 4: Glue white snowflakes to sweater ornaments and let dry.

Paper Ornaments

Step 5: Lean against the mantle using painter’s tape to secure. Or you can make it into a garland too by punching holes and stringing onto white rick rack.

Paper Joy Mantel Decor

I hope that you enjoy making your own DIY paper Christmas decorations featuring my gingerbread gang in ugly sweaters. Hooray for a warm and cozy winter!

Ugly Sweater Gingerbread Gang and Joy Holiday Mantle Decor

Colors To Use: