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.