Gingerbread Mug Toppers

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These Gingerbread Mug Toppers are perfect for decorating for the holidays!

Do you have a collection of Rae Dunn Christmas mugs in your kitchen or other adorable festive mugs you like to display?  This Gingerbread Mug Topper is a sweet addition to dress up your mugs and show off on your counter, coffee bar, tiered stands, or any spot you want to add some holiday cheer.  They are so easy and inexpensive to make. You’ll become addicted to making them and want to create a couple for all your friends too! What a fun holiday gift paired with a set of Rae Dunn mugs!

Gingerbread Mug Toppers

These make wonderful homemade gifts that are inexpensive to make. You can get most of the supplies (if not all) at your local Dollar Tree store. A set of these would make an absolutely darling gift for anyone who enjoys using their coffee bar at home! It’s a great way to get that coffee bar looking and feeling festive this year. And I promise you, they aren’t hard to make!

A sweet little gingerbread man peeks out from behind a mount of faux whipped cream on top of a Christmas mug in this Gingerbread Mug Toppers project.


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Gingerbread Mug Toppers

Fun faux mug toppers for the holidays!
Active Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Craft: Crafts, DIY
Season: DIY
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • Aluminum foil
  • Spackling (from Dollar Tree)
  • Tube of confetti
  • Silver glitter
  • Paper straws
  • Puffy fabric paint
  • Brown clay (air dry or bake)
  • Small gingerbread cookie cutter 
  • Pastry bag (with tip you like best)


  • Collect all your supplies.
  • Roll out a small amount of brown clay, you just need enough to be able to cut out the top half of your gingerbread cookie cutter. Make it just a bit thinner than you would real cookie dough. Bake or air dry according to package directions.
  • Use fabric paint with the fine tips to create eyes, a mouth, buttons, and white icing around the edges of your half gingerbread man, allow the paint to dry completely.
  • Flip your mug upside down on the aluminum foil and trace around it to get the shape.
  • Add a teaspoon of white paint to your can of spackle and a bit of silver glitter if desired to give it some pretty shine, stir well with a craft stick.
  • Open your pastry bag and slip it inside your mug, fill with spackle.
  • Start in the middle of the circle you traced on your aluminum foil and create a pretty pile of whip cream, stopping higher in the center, make it just slightly larger than the circle you traced.
  • Sprinkle red and green tube confetti on your “whipped cream” for sprinkles, you don’t want to use real ones even though they look nice because they will decompose over time and also attract bugs. 
  • Cut a straw down and slip carefully into one side of the whipped cream.
  • On the other side slide in your hardened gingerbread cookie towards the back at a slight angle, you will need to prop it up with something to hold it in place while it dries.
  • Let your topper dry in an undisturbed area for 24-48 hours, it may take a bit longer for the underside to completely dry.

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