buggalcrafts

Crafts from my heart to yours!

Archive for the category “crafts”

Duck, Duck, Duck, Goose: Ducky Handmade Greeting Card


010I’ve revamped my duckie punch art and made a really cute card.

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 20: Cookie Shaped Note Pad


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 20: 

Cookie Shaped Note Pad

Make a one of a kind note pad using a cookie cutter as a template.  This is a great craft for kids and a great rainy day activity.  Vary the size of the cutter to make a purse sized to a full sided notepad.  This project can be personalized for recipient or season.  For example, add a glitter heart to make a plain notepad Valentine worthy or use a plain paperbag to make a recycled notepad.

Materials

  • Base material for front & back of note pad: craft foam, heavy cardstock, fabric, brown paper bag, etc.
  • Embellishments, buttons, craft foam scraps, etc.
  • Plain paper or large index cards

Also needed

  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Cotton swab or paint brush
  • Cookie cutters

Instructions

Photo 1: Assemble supplies. First consider the shape and size of the notepad you want to make and choose a cutter. A simple design would be the easiest to cut. Choose a base material for the front & back covers: reinforced fabric, craft foam, cardstock, etc.

Photo 2: Trace the cookie cutter on the base material and cut it out.

Photo 3: Next cut paper for the pages and a piece of thick cardboard (or another piece of foam, etc.) for the back cover all in the same shape as the front.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 4: Assemble the note pad. If you would like to be able to add pages to the notepad consider punching holes and using binder rings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 5: Staple pad together or punch holes and use binder rings, ribbon, elastic, etc. to join the note pad together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 6: Decorate the front cover of your special notepad,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

buggalcrafts

 

 

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 19: Cookie Cutter Shaped Note Cards


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 19: 
Cookie Cutter Shaped Note Cards

Make a one-of-a-kind note card to send to a friend or create a set of cards for a unique, inexpensive, quick & easy gift. 

This is a great craft for adult and kids alike.  On the next rainy day let your young ones make several sets of unique handmade greeting cards for your last minute gift stash.

  • Versatile & Inexpensive: Your imagination and whatever arts & crafts materials you have lying around the house are the only limits in making and decorating these cards!
  • Easy to Customize for the Holiday and/or the Recipient:  Make a dog bone shaped card for the dog lover on your Christmas card list.  Use ribbon roses, buttons, and lace to make a Victorian heart for your old fashioned Valentine. “Bake” (make) up a batch of sugar cookies for your baking obsessed friend. 
  • Recycle & Reuse:  Give old Christmas & other cards and other cardboard materials a new life.
  • Easy & Fun For All Ages:  This project can easily be adapted to any skill level, from beginner to experienced card maker.  Create a simple shaped note card or a more complex card with inserts in the middle. 

 Materials

  • Blank note card
  • Unlined index card
  • Cardstock or old Christmas/other cards
  • Trims & embellishments
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Stickers, glitter, tissue paper, etc.

Also needed

  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Stick glue
  • White glue
  • Decorative scissors
  • Large cookie cutter

Instructions

The photo tutorial below is for a “sandwiched” or a three layered card created with a blank note card and an index card.

Photo 1: Assemble materials. You will need a blank note card (red) and an unlined index card to make the middle of the card (white). Choose the biggest cutter that fits on the card. Insert the white card into the red outer card. Place the top of cutter along the folded edge of the card and trace the cookie cutter.

Photo 2: Use deckle scissors or pinking shears to cut out all three layers at one time.

Photo 3: Punch two holes in the top of the card through all three layers. Then thread trim through the holes and tie off.

Photo 4: Decorate front as desired and then write your message on the white inner card. Repeat as needed to make the desired number of cards.

Photo 5: Glue tan or brown cardstock on the front of a blank card. Then trace and cut out a gingerbread boy. Next add a white “icing” decorations made with white cardstock to create a gingerbread cookie card.

Photo 6: Write your message on the inside of the card.

Photo 7: Recycle an old Christmas, birthday, etc. card by tracing a shape on the front of the card.

Alternatives

  • Alternate “Sandwich” Card:  Another method of creating a three layered card is to use two SEPARATE pieces of colored cardstock for the outer layers (instead of a colored blank card) and unlined index card (for the inside layer).  Stack the three pieces of cardstock.  Trace the cookie cutter on the top layer. Then cut out the three separate layers at one time.  You will then need to join the layers.  Punch two holes in the top of the card through all three layers at the same time with a two hole punch.  Then thread trim through the holes and tie off.  Decorate front as desired and then write your message on the white inner card.
  • Recycle Old Cards:  Recycle an old Christmas, birthday, and etc. card by tracing a cookie cutter shape on the front of the card.  Pair it with a piece of plain cardstock or other white cardboard for the back card and cut out the two layers at the same time.  Punch holes in the top of the two shapes and join them together with ribbon or other trim.
  • Create Your Own Blank Note Card:   Instead of using a pre-made card make your own by taking folding a half sheet of cardstock in half.
  • Inserts:  Have more than one sentiment to express?  Then don’t limit yourself to just a single middle layer!
  • Decorating Suggestions:  Attach small pieces of party streamers or tissue paper in a pattern to create a mosaic.  Make a “Sugar Cookie” Cookie Cutter Card by cutting a shape from a tan or brown card as a base and then cutting a slightly smaller white icing shape from white cardstock.  Glue it on top of the tan card and then decorate with paper “sprinkles”.
  • Materials:  Use crayons, markers, stickers, alphabet stickers, glitter glue, etc. to decorate the card.  Consider using craft foam to create and/or decorate a card.
  • Sandpaper Gingerbread Man Card:  For directions on creating a gingerbread man out of sandpaper click on this link:  http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/mr-sandman-661508/

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

buggalcrafts

My Take On “Heart’s On A Stick” Via Dollar Store Crafts


HEARTS ON A STICK

I saw these hearts featured in a Dollar Store Crafts post – “15 Black & White Wedding Ideas” – and just KNEW how I was going to decorate the tables at this year’s Valentine Supper for my Wednesday’s night kid’s group at church!

http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2012/02/black-white-wedding-ideas/

I followed the link back to Rebecca’s site “As Simple As That” and found a blog filled with wonderful ideas, tips, give aways, and all kinds of tuff I can’t wait to try!  These are so easy that a tutorial is really not even needed, but I will share a few tips on making these with you (below).

http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/2011/02/friday-craft-day-hearts-on-stick.html

CONVERSATION HEARTS ON A STICK

I call my hearts “conservation” hearts because I used them as message boards to the kids and as they  were to be used at a church function, I used religious messages like “God is (heart)” and Jesus (heart) u”.

This would be such a great, and cheap, way to decorate for every holiday!  Stick one or three in a floral arrangement or group five together in a vintage bottle – – - turkeys, hearts, stars, shamrocks, and pumpkins galore!

This is the perfect craft for kids – and a great rainy day activity – make a bouquet of flowers for the table or for mom on Mother’s Day.

MATERIALS

  • 1 inch scrapbook letters
  • Assorted heart stickers
  • Buttons, assorted sizes
  • Assorted valentine scrapbook paper and cardstock
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors – plain & decorative edge
  • Heart shaped cookie cutters
  • Assorted bottles
  • Assorted trims
  • Charms (for bottles)
  • Transparent tape

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Use heart shaped cookie cutters of assorted sizes to trace hearts.
  2. Next cut around the heart in a square (cut 2 pieces).
  3. Glue the two pieces of paper together patterned side out ONLY at the top.
  4. Then cut out the hearts.  Use plain or decorative edged scissors.
  5. If you are writing on the hearts, do it now.
  6. Snip the pointed end off the skewer.
  7. Holding up one heart apply glue to the inside of the bottom heart.
  8. Insert the skewer and glue the two hearts together.
  9. Decorate both sides of the hearts.  Make these as elaborate or plain as you want.
  10. Allow to dry.
  11. Group five together and tie them LOOSELY together with raffia, yarn, etc.
  12. String a charm on a length of trim and tie around a bottle.
  13. Tape the bottom of the hearts on a stick LOOSELY together with transparent tape.
  14. Arrange the hearts so that some are higher than the others.
  15. Inset the sticks into a bottle and arrange the hearts in a pleasing manner.

Photo 2

Photo 3

Photo 4

Photo 5

Photo 6

Photo 7: Here they are all grouped together!

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 18: Kid’s Cookie Crafts & Activities


Decorate a box to resemble as stove. Fill box with kid sized baking utensils.

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 18: 

Kid’s Cookie Crafts & Activities

Don’t limit the cookie cutter just to food!  It can also be the world’s greatest craft item & toy! 

Think of the sheer range of uses – - -

  • from simply making pretend cookies (a favorite past time of my kids as toddlers) to using a cutter as a stencil for drawing; 
  • from cutting shapes from clay with a mini cutter to coloring shapes traced with a jumbo cutter;

- – - your cookie cutter never has to stop working! 

Even your youngest can use cookie cutters to play – - – give your 2-year-old a ball of pretend “cookie dough” (modeling clay) and a cookie stamp and watch them go into the bakery business!

 

Uses For Cookie Cutters, Kid’s Style

Here are some ways for kids to use cookie cutters and some web sites that feature cookie cutter crafts for kids that I have found in my internet wanderings. 

  • Up first are a few project ideas I have found just listed.  I have developed them more thoroughly  and may in the future create tutorials for each.  
  • Next up are tutorials I have found since the internet craze.  These tutorials are so great that I cannot improve on them and am simply sharing the links with you.
  • Also you will find some ideas included that are not technically crafts but are neat uses anyways!

A FEW CRAFT & ACTIVITY IDEAS

Here are a few craft & activity ideas that I have found a brief mention of in my years of collecting.  These did not have tutorials associated with them.  I hope to do a photo tutorial on some of these projects in the future. 

Bean Bags:  Use cookie cutters to create a pattern for super cute bean bags for your pre-school children to play with.  Trace a cookie cutter onto newspaper or tissue paper.  Pin it to doubled fabric (patterned side out) and cut out two matching shapes.   Sew together (patterned side in) leaving a gap to turn the fabric.  After turning, stuff the shape with beans and sew the gap shut.  Glue on embellishments: tail on animals, hair on people, rick rack on a gingerbread boy, spots on a ladybug, etc.   An alternative to machine sewing is to use felt for the beanbag and then whip-stitch the back and front together.

Bubble “Wands”:  Use mini cutters to blow bubbles.  To create a bubble wand glue the cutter to the end of a dowel.  Dip the cutter into the bubble solution being sure that the entire base of the cutter is covered.  Lift and blow.  To make your own bubble solution:  Mix together 2 C. warm water, 1/4 C. good quality dish soap (i.e. – Dawn), a little food coloring or paint/Kool-Aid powder, and 2 Tbsp. glycerin or corn syrup.

Clay Bead/Pendant: Use a mini cutter to make a clay bead/pendant for a necklace.  Knead and roll out air dry clay per package directions.  This bead will have a hole so it needs to be thick enough to “drill” a hole through without breaking.  First let the shape sit to slightly harden.  Then drill a hole through the “bead” with a toothpick.  Lay flat to dry completely.  Next paint the “bead” and allow it to dry.  Then string with other beads.

Counters & Sorters:  Place cutters in a box and let your pre-school children count them or sort them by color, shapes that go together, size, etc.  Use cutters to teach children sounds – animals, trains, etc.  Older children can use them to hone their addition and subtraction skills.

Felt Lollipops:  Make some durable lollipops by tracing a large round cookie cutter on felt.  Cut two shapes from felt and one from cardboard for each pop.  Trim the cardboard shape down slightly.  Glue one round shape to the circle of cardboard.   Trim a wooden skewer (or craft stick) to the desired length and paint it white if desired.  Turn shape over and glue the wooden skewer in the center of the cardboard.  Then apply a thin layer of glue to one side of the other circle and glue it in place.  Next decorate the pop – - – add hair, eyes and a mouth to make a “people pop”, add felt hearts or some felt swirls.   Another option to this craft project is to use a gingerbread boy cutter to make the pop.  Decorate with felt rick-rack, googlely eyes, etc.

Homemade Rattle:  String a few plastic cookie cutters on a length of soft ribbon and tie it securely for a rattle babies and toddlers will love.  Always supervise baby during use of this rattle.

Kid’s Kitchen Baking Box (pictured above):  Keep a box of baking supplies on hand in the kitchen to entertain children while you cook.  I decorated my box to look like a stove.  To make the faux stove I used a photo storage box but you could just as easily cover a sturdy shoebox with freezer paper or brown paper.  Next trace a large circular object to create two burners out of black cardstock.  I used some aluminum foil punches I made sharpening my circle punch as dials and then mounted them on black cardstock.  I drew in “on”, “off”, and “oven temps” with a gold metallic permanent maker (I found mine at Wal-mart and got 2 for $1.  These are the best thing to write on black or dark paper that I have ever found!).  I also added a black rectangle for an oven door to the top.  Then fill the box with kid sized baking goodies: miniature cooking utensils, a plastic cereal bowl for a mixing bowl, several small cookie cutters, small baking sheet, etc.  I used a purchased kit from Bed, Bath, & Beyond that is super, super cute.  I also linked a tutorial to making a homemade kid’s baking kit below (Felt Cookie Making Kit For Kids). Place the finished box in the kitchen.  Your kids will then be able to cook right alongside you.

Cookie Cutter Lacing Cards: Trace a jumbo cutter on heavyweight cardstock and trim around the shape leaving about a two-inch border. Punch holes over the xs. Lace with a shoestring.

Lacing Shape:  On a HEAVYWEIGHT piece of cardstock or cardboard trace a jumbo cutter.   I glued 2 pieces of cardstock together to get the desired thickness.  Go over the trace line with a marker.  Mark an “X” about every inch on the traced outline.   Trim around shape with pinking shears leaving about an inch to an inch and a half border.  Punch holes where the “X”s are.  Depending on your shape you may need a long reach punch.  Use hole reinforces (I found clear ones at an office supply store) to give the lacing shape more durability if desired.  Measure out a piece of yarn long enough to thread through the shapes, dip both ends in white glue and twist then allow to dry.  You can also use a colored shoestring.  Your lacing shape is now ready to use.  The shape can be laminated to make it more durable.

Macaroni Necklaces With Construction Paper Cookie Cutter Shape Pendant:  Have your children cut out shapes and decorate them.  Then punch a hole in the top of the shape and tie on a yarn “jump ring”.  Next string the pendant on yarn along with colored macaroni to create a kid inspired unique necklace!  To make colored macaroni place dry pasta shapes in a zipper lock bag, add a little alcohol, then drip in food coloring until you reach the desired shade.  It will dry lighter.  Mix the pasta and colorants well by shaking the bag.  Put on your favorite song and shake till it’s done.

Mobile:  Use cookie cutters to trace and cut out shapes from paper or cardstock to create.   The shapes can all be related (all animals, only sea creatures, etc.) or a mixture of shapes.  Punch holes in the top of cookie cutter shapes.  Cut ribbon or yarn in varying lengths and the tie one to each shape.  Tie the loose end of the ribbon to an embroidery hoop in staggered lengths (from short to long).  Suspend the hoop from the ceiling with 3 ribbons.

Recycle Window Clings:  Use as a pattern to create vinyl window or wall clings from old, tired widow clings.   Simply use a cutter smaller than the window cling to trace and cut a shape out.  Adhere to glass and enjoy!

Refrigerator Magnets:  Create refrigerator magnets using cookie cutters. Using mini cutters trace and cut out foam or felt shapes.  If needed reinforce them with cardboard glued to the back of the foam.  Use layers to create a 3D effect.  Attach a magnet to the back.  Embellish the front with fabric paint, glitter glue, etc.

Sand Shapes:  Use cutters on the beach and in the sandbox (or mud!) as sand shapers.  Pack moist sand into the cutter then lift and you have a sand shape ready to decorate with tiny shells, leaf flags, and pebbles.

Shrinky Shapes: Use as a stencil to make shapes from shrink plastic.  Color and bake per package instructions.

Sidewalk Chalk:  Use a jumbo cutter as a stencil for sidewalk chalk or as a mold to create your own sidewalk chalk.   For a “recipe” on how to make it, take a look at this post by MadMaggiesDesigns!

Sun Pictures:  Instead of a rainy day activity, this is a sunny day activity!  In the morning place a dark piece of construction paper on a flat surface in the sun.  Place various baking objects (cookie cutters, spatula, wooden spoon, etc.) flat on the sheet.   Late in the day remove the objects from the paper and see your shapes bleached by the sun!

Zipper Pull:  For a creative backpack zipper pull attach a sturdy cookie cutter to the zipper.

WEB SITES OF INTEREST

Listed below are links to websites I have found over the years. 

I also have pinned those with a photo tutorial to my board “Uses For Cookie Cutters” on Pinterest.  Also you will find a lot of “non-kiddie” crafts there too.  I’d love to hear from you if you have a blog, store, etc. with alternative uses for cookie cutters.

http://pinterest.com/buggal1989/

Baking Party:  This site gives details of an entire party centered around baking!  How neat is that?  Pretty neat if you ask me!

Cookie Cutter Stamping:  Make your own cookie cutter stamps out of Styrofoam or sponges. Then dip the shapes in paint and stamp on plain gift bags or brown paper creating your very own unique kid made wrapping paper!

Cookie Cutter Crayons:  I have found several ways to make these.  One involves melting the crayons on the stove top and then pouring melted crayons into a cookie cutter placed on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.  Another just uses a muffin tin.  In yet another method you melt crayons on a jelly roll pan in the oven. Then while the wax is still warm use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the wax layer.

Cookie Jar Tote:  Here’s another craft to make for your kids.  Make this cute tote with a vinyl cookie jar on the front.  Fill it with handmade felt cookies.  So cute!

Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar:  Use a cookie sheet to create a unique Advent Calendar that the kids will love!  Instead of using 25 random magnets shown in this tutorial, how about making a set of 25 scrapbook paper-backed mini cookie cutter magnets and use scrapbook letters to number each.  It might be hard to find 25 different Christmas shapes, but non-seasonal shapes can be used or just use shapes over again with lots of different paper as the backing. Another possibility is to use toy cookie cutters.   Mini copper cutters would add extra gleam to this project! Or try your hand at making some sugar cookies out of air dry clay!  See my tutorial (link below) for instructions on making scrapbook paper-backed cookie cutters.

Dough Shapes:  Use cookie cutters and cookie stamps to cut pretend cookies out of Play Dough and modeling clay.   You can even make your own homemade modeling clay.  This site also has a few other uses for cookie cutters.

Felt Cookie Making Kit For Kids:  This pair of fantastic tutorials show you how to create a felt cut-out cookie making kit for your favorite little baker – complete with rolled out felt “dough” for the little baker to “cut” cookies from.   The kit also has “icing” shapes the child can use to decorate their cookies with.  Add a small baking sheet (Dollar Tree has some small ones or create one out of a disposable aluminum pan or a sheet of silver metallic poster board.), mini or small cookie cutters, and a miniature rolling pin and you have a kit that will entertain your little one for hours!

Fun With Food: Make up some fun with food with your kids using cookie cutters.  One suggestion is to cut a heart with a cookie cutter from a red apple and a green apple, then insert the red heart plug-in the green apple and the green in the red.  You can create the effect without the hassle of cutting a plug out of an apple simply by using a Fruit Roll-up and cutting a heart from it then “gluing” it to the apple with a little water.  In the fall use a caramel apple sheet and adhere shapes to the apple.

Fun With Food II:  Make up some fun dough for your kids to cut with their cutters.  This dough however isn’t edible, but it smells great!

http://www.danamadeit.com/2011/12/day-20-12-nutella-play-dough.html

Homemade Goldfish Crackers & Cutter:  This site has a great tutorial on making those perennial childhood favorites – - – goldfish shaped crackers!  It even has instructions on making your own cutter!

Homemade-Paper Stars:   Get your toddlers involved in the easy craft.  Recycle those old cards and used paper with this craft.  Make a paper pulp, tint it, and then press the paper pulp into star cookie cutters or other cutters of your choice.

More Cookie Cutter Crafts: From cookie cutter shaped magnets to cookie cutter shaped soap, this site lists several kid’s crafts that are sure to please kids of all ages.  There are even a few crafts for the home listed.

Paper Mache:  Use as a mold for paper mache shapes.  Make a mold by wrapping the bottom of the cutter with aluminum foil to create a mold.  Make paper mache and then lay strips of coasted newspaper in the cookie cutter mold.  Repeat until mold is about one half full.  Allow to dry, and then pop shape out and paint.

Shape Matching Game:  Simply trace various cookie cutter shapes on to a large sheet of heavyweight paper or poster board then go over the outline with a marker and then your little one can match the cutters to the shapes.  Laminate the paper for increased durability.  Great rainy day activity!

Soap Cookie Cutter Shapes: Use a cutter to make unique soap shapes.

State Cookie Map:  For an edible geography lesson roll out sugar-cookie or gingerbread dough and then cut the dough into the shape of your state with a cutter or a template and knife.   Make everyone their own cookie or make one big cookie map.  Decorate with icing and sprinkles and icing tubes, mark the capital and major cities (don’t forget to mark your town!) and roads & waterways.  Make it as simple or detailed as you wish.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed reading about crafts you can do with or for your kids. 

If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial description.   

If I missed your blog on cookie cutter crafts for kids, or have come across a blog post or website please take the time to comment below.

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

buggalcrafts

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 17: Hand Decorated Greeting Card


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 17:  Hand Decorated Greeting Card

Holiday Card

Lunch Box Note

Decorative Name Tag

Thinking Of You Card

Need a quick greeting card?  All you need is a blank card (or some cardstock), a couple of cookie cutters, and craft supplies that you probably have lying around the house!

Make one unique card to send to a special person or make a set of matching cards as a gift.

This is a great idea for any holiday: Valentine’s Day & Mother’s Day cards especially, lunch box notes or just any time you want to add a little something extra special to a note.

Easy for kids to make too!  Making a set of unique greeting cards for grandma or a special aunt or creating a set of can’t be purchased Christmas cards would be a great way to pass a rainy day.

Materials

  • Blank card/s or cardstock
  • Small piece decorative material:  glitter, dried floral, decorative sand, tiny shells, tiny confetti, etc.
  • Scrapbook paper, fabric, felt, etc.
  • Embellishments: beads, buttons, rhinestones, etc.
  • Ribbon and trim

Also Needed

  • White glue
  • Cookie cutters or cookie cutter die cuts
  • Cotton swab or paint brush
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers, glitter glue, etc.

Costs

  • Cards: $1 a package of eight at Dollar Tree or cardstock at about 22 cents and up per sheet.
  • Decorative material: on-hand or $1 and up.
  • Scrapbook paper: on-hand or 22 cents and up per sheet.
  • Embellishments and trims: on-hand or $1 and up.

Instructions

Photo 1: Assemble materials. If you do not have any small piece dried floral material on-hand crumple or cut larger pieces of dried floral into small pieces with scissors.

Photo 2 Place a large, simply shaped outline cookie cutter flat in the center of the front of the card. While pressing down firmly on the cutter apply a thin layer of glue inside the cutter using a cotton swab.

Photo 3 Then sprinkle the small piece decorative material evenly inside the cookie cutter. Tamp materials down with the wrong end of a large paintbrush.

Photo 4 Remove the cutter and wipe it with a paper towel to remove decorative material. Wash thoroughly in soap and water. Allow the glue to dry.

Photo 5: Then embellish the card with buttons, bows, etc.

Photo 6 Glue on a cookie cutter die cut and then embellish with bronze glitter glue stiches.

Photo 7 Use the cookie cutter as stencil and trace the shape of the cutter on the front. Then color in with markers, glitter glue, etc.

Photo 8 Use the cookie cutter as stencil. Press firmly down on cutter and apply a thin line of glitter glue just inside the cutter.

Photo 9 Allow the glitter glue to dry thoroughly.

Photo 10 Glue on a snowman cookie cutter die cut and then embellish with scrapbook paper, craft foam, buttons, etc.

Alternatives

  • Die Cut Embellished:  Glue cookie cutter die-cuts (cut from scrapbook paper, felt, fabric, tissue paper, used Christmas cards, etc.) to the front of the card.  Then embellish with an outline of dots or dashes around the die cut with glitter glue or markers.  Add ribbon, trim, etc. as desired.
  • Stenciled: Or simply use the cutter as a stencil and trace the shape of the cutter on the front.  Then color in with markers, glitter glue, etc.
  • Post Card:  You can also use an un-ruled index card to create a decorative name tag.
  • Attach a Small Gift:  Instead of using buttons & bows to decorate the front of the card, use a small gift: decorative erasers, necklace, earrings, etc. as the embellishment.  Cut out a cookie cutter die cut in a shape coordinating with the small gift to be attached (ex: heart shaped locket – use a heart shaped cookie cutter to create a die cut).
  • Stamped:  Another method of using cutters to decorate cards is to make a potato stamp.  You can also make a stamp from Styrofoam or a sponge.  Find the instructions at the link listed below:
  • Stationary:  Glue mini die cuts around the edges or in the corners of a sheet of blank paper to create a border for your own unique stationary.
  • Window:  Trace a shape on the front of the card and then cut it out with a craft knife to make a window.  Place a photo or a 3D sticker on the inside of the card where it shows through the window.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

SITE REVIEW: SHinDigZ


SITE REVIEW: SHinDigZ

http://www.shindigz.com

I got a new catalogue in the mail day before yesterday. At first I thought it was just another Oriental Trading Co. catalogue – it does look awfully similar – but it has some unique stuff inside.  So of course being the on-line kind of (bug)GAL I am, I just thumbed through it and at the first opportunity settled down to look at the on-line site and see what they have to offer.

Bet ya can’t guess what the first thing I looked up?  Well, you’re WRONG!

It was “Mardi Gras”, “cookie cutters” was the SECOND thing I looked at!  And do they have some cute ones, that I was looking for anyway: “ninja-bread” men, skeleton gingerbread man, and the “already been chewed gingerbread men!”.  Can’t wait to order these!  They also have lots of stuff for a baking party (which BTW I will be mentioning some great baking party tips in my cookie cutter series post on “Kid’s Crafts”.

The company, in existence since 1926, supplies all kinds of party supplies:  paper goods, party favors, party crafts, candy bars, banners, all kinds of personalized party supplies, decorations, gossamer fabric, and the list goes on and on!  I can definitely see myself placing an order soon.   It remains to be seen if they can replace good old OT in my heart.  But I’ll give them a fair shake and I ask that you do the same too.

There is mention on-line about “party hosts”.  It appears that you are a party consultant and work on commission.  Sounds interesting, will have to inquire about it, might be nice part time work.

They also have a GREAT GIVEAWAY going.  You can enter your idea to “make life more fun” for someone.  Enter it by “liking” SHinDigZ on Facebook and then writing a paragraph on whose live you would like to make more fun and why.  You can win a gift certificate.  Of course I have entered and if you could please run over to Facebook and VOTE FOR MY IDEA I’D APPRECIATE IT GREATLY!  You can only vote once in 24 hours. You can submit a new idea every week.  I am hoping to win a gc for my Wednesday night kids group.

http://apps.facebook.com/party-fund/?postid=652

Did you know they have a presence on wordpress?  Take a look at the link below.  Now, I wonder if this is how the catalogue found its way to me?   But it’s a happy addition to my on-line “family”!

http://shindigzparty.wordpress.com/

For signing up for e-mail offers I got a coupon code for FREE SHIPPING!  And the e-mail said I could share the promo code with my friends & family, so here it is for you to use too!

 

  • To FREE SHIPPING on orders of $65 or more, enter WSQ3RQ in the promotional code box at checkout. Offer is good for ground shipping within the continental United States only. Promo code is good through 02/01/12, 11:59 PM EST. Offer valid only for on-line orders from Shindigz.com. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer and does not apply to taxes, or duty charges. Not valid for prior purchases. Promotion is non-negotiable.

Thanks so much for reading this post.  I hope it can be of use to you.  Please do stop back in again.

Happy Crafting!

buggalcrafts

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 13: Cookie Cutter Die Cuts


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 13: Cookie Cutter Die Cuts

This is maybe my favorite way to use my cutters (besides baking that is).  There are so many ways to use die cuts in your everyday life!

I don’t have a personal die cut machine (yet!) so when I need a die cut shape I turn to my extensive collection of cookie cutters.  I have been collecting for over 20 years and have a wide variety of cutters both seasonal and “everyday”.

This is the perfect way to put that collection of cookie cutters to use outside the kitchen!

There are lots of different ways to use die cuts.  They are perfect for many arts & crafts projects and for use in the classroom.  Great for any season or holiday!

I’ve already covered some uses for die cuts in craft projects in previous “Not Just For Cookies” posts – gift tags and holiday decorations.  But there are lots of other ways to use die cuts.  Your imagination is the only limit to the number of uses.  The more you use your cookie cutter die cuts the more uses you will find for them.

  • Use cookie cutters to make heart shaped Valentine’s cards, shamrock shaped decorations for the windows for St. Pat’s Day, red & white & blue stars to hang in the windows for the Fourth of July, turkey shaped place cards for Thanksgiving, or gift tags at Christmas.
  • Think of how impressed your scrapbook friends will be at your Christmas Crop when you show off a double page spread with photos of you and your kids making cut-out cookies with a scrapbook border of the same shapes (in mini form) that you are cutting out in your photos!
  • Use jumbo shapes to make a die cut photo “frame” and then cut out a same shape smaller size photo to mount on the “frame”.  How cute would an elephant be with a photo of your child riding a elephant at the circus?
  • This is a great rainy day activity for kids.  Let them use cutters and paper to cover an entire wall with a storybook scene.  Or make stars for their bedroom ceiling out of heavy cardboard.  Paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint for maximum effect at night!

Bulletin boards

Cards

Gift tags

Party & holiday decorations

Photo frames or accents

Place cards

Scrapbooking

Themed name tags

And much more!

Materials

  • Acid free scrapbook paper and cardstock or construction paper
  • Thin cardboard
  • Embellishments 

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Pinking Shears
  • White craft glue
  • Cookie cutters

Die Cut Instructions

1)    Assemble materials.

2)    To make your own die cuts all you need to do is make a template by tracing around the cookie cutter on poster board or other thin cardboard and cut the shape out.

a)    The side of the cutter (cutting or blunt) you trace will determine whether you template is a fat simple shape or a more narrow detailed shape.  Experiment with both sides of the cutter to achieve the effect you desire.

b)    You can also trace the inside of an outline cutter to make a slightly smaller die cut in the same shape.  For example:  Trace the outside of the cutter on cardstock to make a photo “frame” and then trace the inside of the cutter on a photo to make a same shape smaller size photo to mount on the larger die cut.

c)    Cut as closely along the trace line as possible.

d)    If the cutter has intricate details use a small pair of scissors.

3)    Store die cut templates in a coupon organizer. One template is a lot easier to store and tote to that scrapbook crop than a lot of cookie cutters!

4)    When a die cut is needed, pull out the template and trace on acid free cardstock or scrapbook paper, then cut out and you have your very own handmade die cut.

a)    To avoid leaving trace lines on the front of your die cut, trace the template on the back of the paper.  Make sure you turn your template backwards to the way you want it to face so that the finished die cut faces the way you want it to.

5)   Embellish the die cut with acid-free pens & markers, stamps, glitter, buttons, stickers, trims, etc. to add detail to your die cut.

6)   Create special effects to your die cut: cover with vellum or tissue paper, layer with a smaller same shape die cut (this is where those nesting cookie cutter shapes come in handy!), etc.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Depending on the side (cutting or blunt) of the cutter you use determines if you have a “fat” shape or a thinner more intricate shape.

My Valentine Garland!


My Valentine Garland!

One of the projects that had been on my desk for a few weeks is completing my Valentine Garland. Well, it’s pretty much complete and if another idea occurs to me I will just have to remove one of two ornaments to fit the new one in!!! I have posted tutorials for a few of these ornaments (links below) and will endeavor to complete the tutorials on the others and get them published.

You may have noticed that this is only one half of the garland!  The other half is dedicated to showcasing my Mardi Gras ornaments (which I need to shake a leg and get a move on!).

Pastel Snowlflake, Leftoover Valentine Card Plastic Lid Ornament, Rusty Heart Clothespin, Rolling Pin $ Whisk Ornament

Pastel Snowlflake, Leftoover Valentine Card Plastic Lid Ornament, Rusty Heart Clothespin, Rolling Pin $ Whisk Ornament

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed it.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the post. 

I’d love to hear about your experience in working with clay and modeling clay. 

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

COOKIE CUTTERS: NOT JUST FOR COOKIES ANYMORE! POST #2: DOUGH ORNAMENTS


I made these sometimes in the late 1980′s. They last a long time too! Sand the back of the ornamment or “paint” it with cinnamon oil to renew the scent.
I made this ornament in 1990 and you can see it still looks great! Store these carefully and they will last a long, long time!

This continues my series of posts on crafty uses for cookie cutters. Today’s post is about making dough ornaments using non-edible dough. I have not tried all the dough recipes yet but will post my tried & true recipes and tips for salt and cinnamon dough separate posts.

I have not tried the applesauce dough ornaments yet but have bought some – and do they smell great! Here is a url of a site I found with 2 recipies plua a gingebread play dough recipe!

http://teachers.net/gazette/DEC08/archive/

I also haven’t tried bread dough either – but this recipie looks super, super easy!

http://crafts.kaboose.com/bread-dough-clay-ornaments.html

I’d love to hear your use and see photos of your projects with cookie cutters. Send photos to me at buggal1989@yahoo.com

Christmas Ornament, “Cut-Out Cookie”; Applesauce, Cinnamon, Salt, or Bread Dough:  Add some “cookies” to your “Cookie Cutter Christmas Tree”, wreath or garland by using cutters (mini are cute) to cut out some “homemade cookies” out of dough . 

  1. Mix up dough per instructions, roll the dough and then cut out with cookie cutters.
  2. Poke a small hole through the top of each one using a drinking straw and then bake or allow to air dry thoroughly per instructions (usually several days).
  3. Then decorate your ornaments with craft paints, rick rack, ribbons, sequins, small beads, etc.
  4. Let glue or paint dry overnight and then spray or paint with a multi-purpose sealer (do not seal applesauce or cinnamon ornaments).  Lightly sprinkle with glitter before sealer dries or use glitter spray if desired..  Allow to dry overnight and then string ribbon, jute, cord or raffia through the hole and hang to complete your “Cookie Cutter Christmas Tree, Wreath or Garland”!

Post Navigation

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 38 other followers

%d bloggers like this: