A museum is calling for crafty creators to unleash their Christmas spirit by taking part in its festive display.

Forge Mill Needle Museum needs help decorating the grounds and buildings with gingerbread-style characters created and donated by visitors.

They can be gingerbread men, women, children, elves, Santa, reindeer or any other creative concepts using the stereotypical dots, dashes, cute buttons and other embellishments associated with traditional gingerbread decorations.

The twist is that these creations will be made of a range of craft materials to suit the creators and can be knitted, crocheted, sewn, stuck, coloured, moulded or any other type of art or craftwork with the only rule being no edible gingerbread.

Museum learning and access officer, Debbie Lakeman, said: “We’d love as many people as possible to help us transform the museum into a gingerbread wonderland.

“This project is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages and craft levels to have a go whether you are part of a knitting club or just want to have some festive fun with your family, we want to see your incredible creations.”

The museum will be running some free drop-in sessions for families over the next two weekends from 10.30am until 2.30pm on November 18, 19, 25 and 26.

Crafters have until Thursday, November 30 to submit their final masterpieces showcasing their artistic skills and adding a bit of personalist festive fun to the museum in time for Christmas.

Submissions can be sent in by post or dropped off at the museum during opening hours.

Rubicon Leisure Managing Director, Ben Clawson-Chan, said: “Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or just starting out, we encourage everyone to get involved and share their unique creations with us.

“Don’t miss the chance to be part of this creative community project.”