Learn how to build an easy DIY pallet Gingerbread man to add to your display of Christmas décor! This Gingerbread man is simple to build and can be dressed for all occasions.
Here is another fun pallet project the family can enjoy. Building this Gingerbread man doesn’t require any running around, just a little time and a few odds and ends. This little guy is great with the DIY Pallet Christmas Tree and DIY Pallet Snowman for your own upcycled winter wonderland!
This tutorial will guide you through the process of building a pallet wood Gingerbread man. There is even a video to help show you the process.
Materials needed for this project:
- Tape measure
- Circular Saw
- Caulk gun
- Pencil or chalk
- Drill with bits
- Paint or stain (optional)
How do I build a Pallet Gingerbread man?
- Get a pallet that has a solid surface or fill in the gaps with slats from another pallet.
- Remove the slates from the back of the pallet.
- Mark the outline of the Gingerbread man pallet. I just so happen to have a grandaughter who was happy to be our Gingerbread model.
- Measure the length of the legs and attach supporting boards to secure the legs to the middle stringer. These boards were ripped from a pallet stringer and cut at a 40 degree angle.
- Remove the top deck slat that will give you access to cut the middle stringer just below the two leg supports.
- Using a saw of your choice, I used a jigsaw but a recipicating saw will also work well.
- Reattache the deck slat and begin cutting along the outline of your Gingerbread man.
- The arms will probably be made up of two of the deck slats if so they will need to be secured to one another with small taps.
- I brushed the Gingerbread man off with a wet brush to lift as much of the chaulk as posible.
- Decorate to your hearts desire. I used white caulk for the frosting, be sure and get one that is paintable if you would like more color choices.
Do you need a free standing Gingerbread man?
- Gather a few scrap pieces. You will need two pieces about 23 inches long
- I used deck slats.
- Lay the Gingerbread man face down, wait until the caulk and paint has dried or add the stand first.
- The two 23 inches pieces will need to be attached to the stringer on the pallet, two screws per piece.
More Pallet Wood Projects
If you have pallets laying around there are so many uses for them! You can see how to easily disassemble a pallet without breaking the wood in this tutorial. Some other pallet related projects are: