Tuesday, December 1, 2015


I did a post about this a year or two ago.

Several people said 

they had never seen anything like it.

I thought I would post before it

gets any later in the season

in case you want make these for 

your own home.

I have been doing this since my

own kids were small.

You know how a front door says 

when you come in?

Those sleigh bells are off the horses my 

father drove as a young man.

So -there's my 

Happy Hello!

BUT I like my door to say


when someone leaves, too.

And I like to say it NICELY

Unlike some people that will say-

Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

How do I do that?

I let my visitors take a little memento

of their visit with them.

It is called 

Cut and Run Take

Here they are my sweet little


hanging in a row.

Here's how to make this sweet little door hanging.

Roll out Saran Wrap about 2 feet longer 

than the side of your door.

Lay your Gingerbread Boys in a line 

on the center of the plastic wrap.

leaving about 4-6" between them.

You could also do this with any sturdy

cookie- like a sugar cookie cut 

like a snowflake or star.

Flip them upside down making sure that they

are still in the center

Pull the plastic wrap to the back

overlapping it so they are enclosed 

all the way around.

Gently flip them over and using ribbon

tie a knot above and below EACH one.

Hang some children's scissors on

some curly ribbon from the top

to cut the saran wrap.

When you cut them apart 

you will cut between the ribbons 

leaving each one fully encased in plastic wrap.

Here I am making a cut between the ties.

You start with the bottom one and 

each person can cut off a gingerbread boy 

to take along when they leave.

I hung them on a nail hidden on top of the door jamb.

shhhhh-MyHero hates nails anywhere

I dressed the top with some greenery and red balls.

I love  Gingerbread Boys, don't you?

Sometimes I feel sorry for them though.

Poor things.
pinterest image

The one on the right hears about like 

MyHero does-especially when it comes

to trying to get a chore done!

Now- get in that kitchen and start baking!

As for me..

I will be pushing the gingerbread "boys"

around at the VA this morning

and then meeting my good friend,

Ellie Mae Clampett for coffee

and a few laughs 

at someone else's expense.

Have a great Tuesday! 

your photo name


Susie said...

Diana, I am almost a cookie monstrer...so I might have to hang a row of cheese and crackers.....cause I would probably be cutting down a gingerbread boy every day. Hope you have a fun time with your friend. Be safe. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Stephen Andrew said...

Such a cute idea! Love it! And haven't ever seen it anywhere else! Enjoy your day!

Kim said...

Super cute. I remember when you shared this last time and I swore I was going to do this...and I didn't! ;) Maybe this year!!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Aww I love your cute gingerbread boys Diana!! What a fun and cute idea.
I hope you have a wonderful day and week. Julie xo

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

That is the cutest idea ever..... I intended to do that at my front door the last time you showed us...never did! This year for sure....hugs...

Chatty Crone said...

You impress me as well as your sleigh bells from your father to the very cute gingerbread cookies. I have to say my husband hears like that guy too. Your home is just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This is one of the best ideas I've ever seen. Brilliant actually! I actually bought a set of sleigh bells but they aren't the real thing. They are a reproduction and every time the door opens my dog nearly has a heart attack! I love the sound though. Hopefully she will get used to it. Blessings to you Diana...happy holidays!

Ana said...

Oh Diana,
I love that you incorporated your father's sleigh bells to your wreath and that gingerbread boy idea is so original...I love it! Thanks for sharing. Happy December my friend.


Sylvia said...

I remember that post, Diana,and I loved it then and today too! May try this next year, Lord willing, and if I remember, You may need to repost it next year,my memory isn't always good.
Have a great day 'pushing' those 'boys' around!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Such a sweet idea!

Laurie said...

I love that idea!

Wild Oak Designs said...

Did you make those cookies?? You are amazing! Such a labor of love....
Have a great day!

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

I love these and remember them from last year. Such a great idea. xo Laur

Art and Sand said...

What a cute idea!

White Lace and Promises said...

I remember this post and loved the idea! Problem is, I'm sure the cookies would break. I'm just not a baker. I love the old sleigh bells. What a treasure!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

This is one of my favorite ideas! So easy and yummy too. I still have a one legged gingerbread man ornament on my tree that my now 16 year old ate (right off the tree) when he was 1! It's one of our favorite ornaments. :) Enjoy your day!

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a fantastic idea Diana - and beautiful too !
I've never seen anything like it but just love the idea of a gift on the way out !

Lorrie said...

That is a very sweet idea! And there's time to do it this year! Thanks for posting it early. We have some old sleigh bells from my husband's grandparent's farm that I like to hang up each year. They make a lovely ring when the door is in motion.

silvioafonso said...

Adorei seu blog, por isso eu
vou segui-lo.
Siga o meu também, vai!

Beijos e bom natal.


Launna said...

This is such a cute idea Diana... I am not that creative but I like this... what a sweet thing to do for the people that visit you around the holidays xox

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

I remember the post from last year Diana and thinking how adorable that idea is and make a mental note to make for next year. Well.... I forgot so thanks for the reminder, love the sweet idea.

Debby said...

A great idea. You must not have dogs, hah. Mine would be glad to eat everyone plastic and all. Hope you day with the boys brings them sunshine. Hugs

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I love this idea, Diana! What a nice way to say goodbye and Merry Christmas to friends! xo ♥

Anonymous said...

I love this!! Such a great idea.


Pom Pom said...

What a cute idea! So generous! You're so peppy! I love it!

Junkchiccottage said...

This is just too cute Diana. Love this.

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

What a great idea! I love it :) You are the "Hostess with the Most-est...for sure!

carolann said...

Brilliant idea Di but I cannot stand the taste of Gingerbread's. I do like your Welcome and your good bye. The door closes both ways. Now it it was shortbread.
I would eat you out of house and home my Mom used to say.

Kathleen Grace said...

What an adorable idea!

camp and cottage living said...

I missed this last year, Diane, so glad you posted it again. Love it!

Anonymous said...

Hi, This is such a cute idea. Makes your guests feel special. My problem is that I would be the one to eat them all! lol

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a cute idea!! I love it! I usually make gingerbread men as part of my cookie making but I wasn't going to this year. I have cut way back on the baking and I am the only one that eats them. I just may have change my mind and do this for New Years Day, when we have a few friends over. So cute!!

Missy George said...

What a sweet idea...I'm afraid if I i that they'd be pretty stale by the time I had enough traffic..Very cute..Thanks for the laughs DIana..I can always count on you..

Kelly said...

What a cute idea! I've never seen this done before and it makes both a cute decoration and sweet gift.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Diana, I've always loved this idea you do. So glad you shared it again. Love it.Happy December! xo

Heaven's Walk said...

What a cute idea, Diana! Love it! Almost like visiting Santa and Mrs Claus' house! :)

xoxo laurie

Nellie said...

Oops! I am behind schedule baking my gingerbread men! This is such a cute idea! xo Nellie

RuthAnne@ mayfairecottage said...

How very creative and clever! I'm sure your guests love it!

Renee said...

Love your wreath and the bells. That gingerbread cookie idea is great.

I have the cookie cutters in the other picture. Mine is a set of 3, one with a missing head, one a missing arm and one a missing leg. A friend sent them to me for my granddaughter because we made gingerbread cookies. (That friend died just a couple months before my mom so it is even more special to keep up the tradition of making them).

tammy j said...

i do remember that cute and delicious idea!
i dearly love your front door and window. ♥

Sweet Tea said...

How cute is that?!!
Love that idea!!
Now I just need to make some friends here so I'll have someone to come visit me!

Carla from The River said...

Love the idea. :-)
My boys keep asking me when we are going to bake Christmas cookies. :-)

Rose L said...

That is a cute idea! If I get some energy going I may try it for my party on Dec 19th! Or you could cook them for me and do it! Hmmmm????

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Great idea. I missed this post last year, so I'm glad you posted it again.

Janice Kay Schaub said...

what a great idea. This year will be a quiet Christmas but that would be a nice thing to do for any occassion. Hmmmmm a box with small gifts in it, or a toy chest for kids to grab something on the way out.
I enjoyed visiting your blog again. I have been slow lately busy sewing. So I am doing the rounds now so to speak.
Hugs Janice


I remember that post and it's a wonderful idea. Don't have enough company to do something like that.

Adam said...

I don't think I've ever had a real gingerbreadman outside of the little debbie version

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Seriously I wish I was leaving your home right now so I could walk outside nibbling my gingerbread cookie! Its a great idea! I also thinks it a great way to get some to leave too, you know give them a reason to want to leave :-{

Consider It All Joy said...

I totally remember this post from last year and am so glad you re-shared it because I am going to do this, this weekend! So much fun! Be Blessed! Cindy xoxo

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Diana, what a sweet and wonderful idea! Love it. XO Jo

Blondie's Journal said...

This is an adorable idea...I'm going to try it!! Do you have a good recipe for gingerbread? Mine is always crumbly!!

Jane x

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

That is the cutest idea ever! You are a truly clever lady and I love your sense of humor. Thanks for your sweet compliment xo

Alex said...

Brilliant idea...your grandkids have a very thoughtful generous and fun Nana!

Alex said...

Brilliant idea...your grandkids have a very thoughtful generous and fun Nana!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

I remember those from last Christmas, Diana. Really a great idea but so far I haven't made any. But, I'm hoping to!! xo Judy

Feral Turtle said...

This is just a brilliant idea Diana! I would copy you but I personally like to verbally tell someone about the door hitting them in specific places. Nah not really. but I am definitely pinning this one for next year when our renos are all done....hopefully! Cheers.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love this idea! I even have windows on each side of my front door like yours. I just don't have many visitors! Maybe I could just do some kind of banner. You're giving me all kinds of ideas! Have FUN! Hugs, Diane

Hartwood Roses said...

This is such a crazy awesome idea!!!

Red Rose Alley said...

This is such a sweet idea, and I LOVE GINGERBREAD! The kids must have fun taking one of the wrapped gingerbread when they leave your house. You are such a fun grandma, Diana.


oh yes, there's something about the gingerbread that makes us feel sorry for them. They are so darn cute and we don't want to eat them, but so yummy at the same time. : )

Kimberley Seasideave said...

Oh my gosh, what a great idea!
I want to come to your house...right now...'cause now I am craving gingerbread! ;)
You are the hostess with the mostess...because cookies are better than anything!
Hugs, Kimberley

Mindy said...

I remember this one, too. So damn cute.

Gypsy Heart said...

I remember seeing this and thanks so much for the reminder! I plan to bake tomorrow ~ at least get a start on the things I enjoy doing. I love this idea!


Bethany Carson said...

That is an awesome idea! I think I'd enjoy being a guest at your house (even if I did have to leave). Neat that the sleigh bells have been in the family!

cynthia lee designs said...

What a great idea!!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I love this idea and wanted to make them before but never got around to it. Must do it this year because it is a great treat and decoration!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I love this idea and wanted to make them before but never got around to it. Must do it this year because it is a great treat and decoration!

Cranberry Morning said...

Diana, I always make gingerbread boys but hang them on the tree so they can get dusty. Lol. THIS is brilliant!!! So glad you shared it with us. Hope things are going well at your house and that Lulu is starting to feel better.