Last week we posted about the Walt Disney World Resorts holiday gingerbread displays and in particular, how inspired we were by the Mary Blair style Frozen themed exhibit at the Contemporary resort. I absolutely LOVE the mid-century modern and Scandinavian aesthetic that is reflected in that piece. Looking at the characters’ cute little faces, I was so inspired that I started working on a project the minute I got home! Since it is the holiday season, I decided to make a pattern for ornaments derived from the design of the giant gingerbread cookies of Olaf, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Sven. I have made the pattern available for free to my readers, with a link at the bottom of this post.
Textile art is my mainstay, so I usually work in terms of fabric and thread, but this pattern can be used with a number of different crafting techniques. The only real limitation for this project is your imagination. These could be made as flat ornaments if you use starched felt. The pattern size can be increased and you could make them as woodcuts, use foam board to make standees or cotton fabric as part of a quilt. You could use the pattern to make actual cookies with fondant (like the cookies on the display) or you could make them with specialty papers as paper-stack art for cards and frameable art pieces. If you don’t like to sew, you can still make the ornaments as I did, just use a hot glue (but be careful!) to attach the pieces instead of thread. I mounted the characters on a brown background to mimic gingerbread, but you could use any color, making it just a normal ornament. You could add these little appliques to cardigans, purses, tote bags, pillows, etc., etc. The list of possibilities goes on and on.
I tested out the patterns by completing a full set and have to say they pieced together beautifully. Once I had them all finished, I wasn’t really sure what to do with them. I like a more traditional glass ornament tree myself, so I really had no need to keep these little guys. Instead of just packing them in a box and letting them take up space, I took them on a little trip to Epcot Center’s Norway pavilion yesterday. After posing them for some photos, we did an artdrop or Disneydrop as I call it. Many artists and crafters hold artdrops at the different Disney properties. You simply take your item to Disney with a tag on it, explaining that it is free, “hide” it somewhere and then post a photo of it on social media letting people know where they can find it. I posted mine to our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
I hope that all of the ornaments found loving homes! I did keep Sven for myself, though, I thought he was just TOO cute and I couldn’t bring myself to part with him. If you liked this project and would like to make your own, you can find the patterns in this PDF file.