For the last two years, we have been trying to make homemade Christmas ornaments. One of the easiest that we have made so far was a needle felted gingerbread man. Making a gingerbread man in a wonderful beginning needle felting project for children.
To needle felt a gingerbread man, you just need a cookie cutter, a felting surface/foam, a felting needle, and some brown wool (plus small bits of wool to decorate your gingerbread man with). Completely fill the cookie cutter with wool all the way to the top, as the wool will get much flatter as you work. Put the cutter on top of your foam and start felting/stabbing away. Be sure to flip the cutter every few minutes or you will felt your gingerbread man to your foam. After a while, the wool will get denser and feel quite firm. Remove the gingerbread man from the cookie cutter.
Felt any loose fibers that are sticking out by poking them into the side of the gingerbread man. Roll a tiny ball of wool for the eyes and buttons. Stick the balls of wool where you want them and gently poke them on to the gingerbread man until they have felted to him. For the mouth, roll a small amount of wool into a tiny worm shape and felt it on to the gingerbread man just as you did with the eyes. I angled mine to make it a smiley face. Poke a threaded embroidery or sewing needle through the gingerbread man’s head and pull the thread, ribbon, or string throw to make a loop to use as a hanger to finish your lovely ornament.