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Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 28: The Series – Links to Posts


Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 28: The Series – Links to Posts

When I started collecting these ideas YEARS AGO I never imagined that I would have them all together in one place on the internet. Heck, at that time there WASN’T an internet per say!

Sometime around Christmas 2011 I started this blog and one of my first tasks was to undertake making tutorials from my list of cookie cutter craft ideas.  I really did not realize what a phenomenal effort this would require though!  So I began by updating my list by searching the internet.  When I first complied my list about 20 years ago I thought, “That’s ALL there is!” Well was I wrong!  I have found TONS more on-line! I have endeavored to make each of these taking photos as I went – and now the “Cookie Cutter” series is almost complete (for NOW!).

 I really hope you will take time to look at a few, see the gallery of photos below, and rate or comment on the tutorial so that I can improve them.  My later ones are definately better than the first.

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore:  The Series

Links to Posts

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #1: Cut-Out “Cookie” or Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament Garland

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #2: “Cut-Out Cookie” Applesauce, Cinnamon, Salt, or Bread Dough Christmas Ornaments\

Click here for my salt dough and cinnamon dough recipes and tips.

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #3: “Quilted” Cookie Cutter Shape Christmas Ornament

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #4: Scrapbook Paper Backed Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #5:  Not Just Another Cookie Cutter” Wreath

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #:6:  Gingerbread Cookies on Copper Cookie Sheet

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #7: Fabric or Felt Cookie Cutter Shapes Christmas Ornament

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 8: Paper Bag Backed Foam Cookie Cutter Shapes Christmas Ornament

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 9: Paper Bag Cookie Cutter Shapes Ornament

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10A: Construction Paper, Wrapping Paper, Scrapbook Paper & Cardstock, and Sandpaper Cut-out Cookies

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10B: Ephemera Cut-out Cookies

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10C: Craft Foam Cut-out Cookies

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 11: Clay Cutters

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 12: Cut-Out Cookies, Holiday or No Occasion At All & Make Your Own Cookie Cutters

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

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 14:  Emergency Phone Number Bulletin Board

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 15: Shaped Flash Cards

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 16:  Crafting With Food or Cookie Cutters As Food Shapers

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

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

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

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

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 21:  Package Decoration & Name Tags

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 22:  Party Favor

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 23:  Souvenirs & Special Occasion Reminders

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 24:  Simple Stencils

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 25:  Cookie Cutter Gift Ideas

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 26:  More Cookie Cutter Ideas & Links Found On-The-Web

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 27: Ladybug Cookie Cutter Pincushion

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore: Post # 28:  The Series – Links to Posts       

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 29: Felt Christmas Cookies

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I hope you found a cookie cutter craft or two that suits you.  I’d love to see your cookie cutter craft projects – either your version of these or a totally new one to me.  Send your photos to me at buggal1989@yahoo.com

Happy Crafting!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Cookie Cutters Not Just For Cookies Anymore Series


Cookie Cutters Not Just For Cookies Anymore Series

Only three more posts to go and then my series will wrap up.  I hope you have enjoyed reading my posts on alternative uses for cookie cutters.  I hope my love for everything cutters has shown through.  I have throughly enjoyed taking my sketchy notes and fleshing them out into tutorials and lists of ideas.  It has been a true challenge to create written and photo tutorials for each group of ideas. 

If you are a new reader and have missed some of the posts I have pasted the links below.

I have also searched the web extensively looking for new ideas, crafts, etc. and have started two boards about cookie cutters and crafts on Pinterest.  Please take a look and I think you’ll find some really impressive crafts and ways to use cookie cutters.  The first board consists of photos of crafts I personally made and the second is of posts, tutorials, etc. from around the web.  I hope you will enjoy taking a look at them.

http://pinterest.com/buggal1989/my-cookie-cookie-cutter-crafts/

http://pinterest.com/buggal1989/ways-to-use-cookie-cutters/

Links to Posts

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #1: Cut-Out “Cookie” or Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament Garland

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-1/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #2: “Cut-Out Cookie” Applesauce, Cinnamon, Salt, or Bread Dough Christmas Ornaments

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-2/

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/salt-dough-recipe/

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/cinnamon-dough-ornament-recipe/#comments

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #3: “Quilted” Cookie Cutter Shape Christmas Ornament

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/quilted-cookie-cutter-shape-christmas-ornament/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #4: Scrapbook Paper Backed Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-4-cookie-cutter-christmas-ornament/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #5:  Not Just Another Cookie Cutter” Wreath

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-5-not-just-another-cookie-cutter-wreath/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #:6:  Gingerbread Cookies on Copper Cookie Sheet

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-6-gingerbread-cookies-on-copper-cookie-sheet/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #7: Fabric or Felt Cookie Cutter Shapes Christmas Ornament

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-7-stuffed-fabric-or-felt-cookie-cutter-shape-christmas-ornaments/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 8: Paper Bag Backed Foam Cookie Cutter Shapes Christmas Ornament

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-8-paper-bag-backed-foam-cookie-cutter-shape-christmas-ornament/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 9: Paper Bag Cookie Cutter Shapes Ornament

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-9-paper-bag-cookie-cutter-shape-ornament/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10A: Construction Paper, Wrapping Paper, Scrapbook Paper & Cardstock, and Sandpaper Cut-out Cookies

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-10a-paper-cut-out-cookies-construction-paper-wrapping-paper-scrapbook-paper-cardstock-sandpaper-greeting-cards/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10B: Ephemera Cut-out Cookies

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-10b-ephemera-cut-out-cookies/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10C: Craft Foam Cut-out Cookies

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-10c-craft-foam-cut-out-cookies/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 11: Clay Cutters

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/1328/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 12: Cut-Out Cookies, Holiday or No Occasion At All & Make Your Own Cookie Cutters

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-12-cut-out-cookies-holiday-or-no-occasion-at-all-make-your-own-cookie-cutters/

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

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/1376/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 14:  Emergency Phone Number Bulletin Board

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-14-cookie-cutter-shapes-emergency-not-so-emergency-phone-number-bulletin-board/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 15: Shaped Flash Cards

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-15-shaped-flash-cards/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 16:  Food Shapers

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-16-crafting-with-food-or-cookie-cutters-as-food-shapers/

 

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

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-17-hand-decorated-greeting-card/

 

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

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-18-kids-cookie-crafts-activities/

 

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

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-19-cookie-cutter-shaped-note-cards/

 

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

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-20-cookie-shaped-note-pad/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 21:  Package Decoration & Name Tags

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-21-package-decoration-name-tags/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 22:  Party Favor

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-22-party-favor-party-ideas/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 23:  Souvenirs & Special Occasion Reminders

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-23-souvenirs-special-occasion-reminders/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 24:  Stencils

Post pending.

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 25:  Cookie Cutter Gift Ideas

Post pending.

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 26:  Wrapping Up Cookie Cutter Ideas

Post pending.

I’d love to hear about the ways you use cookie cutters in decorating, crafting and baking & cooking.  Please drop me a line at buggal1989@yahoo.com and please send photos!  Of course I will credit you and your photos if I use them.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath


Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath

At first glance a shower curtain ring might not seem to be the ideal mini wreath base, but add a little quilt batting and some seasonal fabric and you’ve got the perfect base for your mini wreath!

 

THE BIRTH OF THIS MINI WREATH

Last spring a chance trip to a thrift store netted me 18 wooden curtain rings for $1.99 and I been hooked on making mini wreaths ever since!

While looking for more wooden rings on the cheap (these are pretty expensive to buy outright in bulk!) I kept seeing shower curtain rings for dirt cheap – so the wheels started turning and I came up with a way to use these inexpensive plastic rings for spectacular Mardi Cras and Valentine’s Day Curtain Ring Ornaments.  Click on the link to see how I did it!

I made a few fabric wrapped mini grapevine button wreaths for my Christmas tree last year but just thought that using them as the wreath base was just too expensive.  I continued to wrestle with the need for a CHEAP wreath base until I remembered the Candy Cane Package Decorations I made that were inspired by my friend Maggie’s Fabric Wrapped Candy Canes.  She uses plastic candy canes for a base and I had tried some with some super skinny (remember these?) purchased at a flea market.  I didn’t like how they looked so I used quilt batting to pad them out.  Remembering this, the “Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath” was born!

CRAFT PATICULARS

These are very cute hanging on a seasonal tree or wreath.  Or suspend one or two on long ribbons and hang them in a window,

This is a great craft for kids as it is very easy to do. And at less than 15 cents each it is also very inexpensive – - – making it a great craft for a crowd.

And while it is easy enough for kids, teens and adults can be challenged enough to keep their interest.

Customize it to the season simply by changing the color of the fabric, buttons and trim. So it works for Valentine’s Day, spring & Easter, Harvest, Christmas, etc. all equally well.

Use your mother’s or grandmother’s vintage buttons to create a heirloom ornament.

 INSTRUCTIONS

Materials
  • Shower curtain rings
  • Quilt batting strips
  • Torn fabric strips
  • Trim:   ribbon, lace, rick-rack, etc.
  • Embellishments:  buttons, mini wooden shapes, ornamental buttons, string of seed pearls, etc.
  • Ornament hangers

 

Also Needed
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush

 

Cost
  • Rings: On-hand or around 8 cents each
  • Fabric: On-hand or $1 a yard and up
  • Buttons: On-hand or $2 and up for 30

 

PHOTO TUTORIAL

Photo 1: Assemble supplies. Cut strips of quilt batting. Tear strips of fabric. Both need to be about 1 inch wide and 14 inches long.

Photo 2: Starting at the open end (this will be the top of the wreath) of the shower curtain ring wrap the quilt batting strip around the ring. Apply tape or glue to hold.

Photo 3: Attach the torn fabric strip to the top of the wreath with a little glue and then wrap around the ring overlapping the edges until the ring is completely covered. Trim end and the glue to hold.

Photo 4: Secure end with glue. Allow to dry.

Photo 5: Glue buttons on the wreath.

Photo 6: Wrap contrasting trim around the top of the wreath several times and then tie the ends into a bow. Insert ornament hanger under trim. Glue a button and/or other embellishment in the center of the bow if desired.

NOTES:

  • Wrap very narrow trim all the way around the wreath if desired.
  • Instead of gluing a mini ornament on the wreath tie it to the top of the wreath before adding trim and let it hang freely in the center of the wreath.
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. 
Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 21: Package Decoration & Name Tags


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 21:  Package Decoration & Name Tags

This is a great way to add a little finishing touch to a last-minute gift.  Tie a mini cookie cutter and tags to a jar of cookie mix or to a bag of cookies.  Add a wooden baking utensil, set of measuring spoons, oven mitt, etc. and your family recipe for the item (even if it’s Duncan Hines!).

This is a great way for the kids to have a hand in decorating gifts for their grandparents, aunts, etc.

Simply by varying the cutters you can adopt this project to any season.

Materials

  • Cardstock
  • Craft foam or cardstock scraps
  • Ribbon or trim
  • Mini cookie cutters, wooden spoons, measuring cups, other baking utensils

 

Also needed

  • Scissors
  • Markers, colors, etc.
  • Pen
  • Cookie cutters

 

Instructions

Photo 1: Assemble supplies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 2: Trace cutter shapes. For the example I used two related shapes to create tags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 3: Cut out shapes and decorate with markers, colors, foam, paper, etc. Punch hole in top of shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 4: Tie a ribbon on a mini cutter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 5: Tie cutter on a gift bag.

Photo 6: Thread cookie cutter shapes onto ribbon ends and tie off.

NOTES:

  • To make the package decoration into a name tag write the “to” and “from” on one of the tags.
  • Tie the package decoration to a package bow.  Stick the bow atop a wrapped present to serve as a name tag and a package decoration.
  • Or tie a wrapped present with raffia and then tie the package decoration to the package with the ends of the raffia and make a shoestring bow (my personal favorite).

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 # 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

 

 

It’s All About The Beads!


Mardi Gras Is Almost Here…

And It’s All About The Beads!

Your beads look great by the light of day, but how about after darkness falls?

 Use these quick tips to make your beads “light up” the night!

Here are a couple of quick & easy ideas for dressing up your beads to be equally pretty in the NIGHT as by the light of DAY!

This is the perfect “trinket” for your kids to make as a classroom handout.  It’s sure to be a class favorite. Make these for your tween’s next night-time party.

Don’t just keep these ideas filed away for Mardi Gras only, with a few changes they can fit any occasion or holiday:

  • Change the color of the beads, ribbon and glow sticks. Ex: Red beads, white & pink ribbon and red glow sticks make an unusual Valentine handout. Green beads, white ribbon, and green glow sticks would be perfect for your St. Paddy’s Day (night?) shindig. Red beads, patriotic ribbon and blue glow sticks will make the Fourth shine.
  • Change the shape center bead and colors of the inner and outer pony beads and the color of the threading twine to fit the holiday or occasion. Ex: For Valentine’s Day use red, pink & white ribbon and pony beads. Substitute a heart-shaped bead for the Mardi Gras baby bead.

Instructions

  1. To dress up a strand of beads simply tie a light stick on with three pieces of narrow satin ribbon in contrasting colors that coordinate with the color of the beads. Ex: pink, fuchsia & lavender ribbon with red beads; purple, green & yellow ribbon with purple, green or gold beads; blue & white ribbon with blue beads. Use glow sticks that match the color of the beads.
  2. To make your own beaded necklace string a glow stick on about 34 inches of beading twine that is fine enough to fit through the beads but is strong enough to not break if tugged on. Then sandwich a shaped bead between two pony beads. Tie knots above and below the pony beads. Lastly tie on two or three pieces of metallic ribbon in the same colors as the beads below the beads. In the example a metallic finish baby bead, twine, pony beads, metallic ribbon, and glow sticks in Mardi Gras colors (purple, green & yellow) was used.

About 6 inches up from the middle of the beading twine tie a double (or triple) knot. Thread on a pony bead in the first color then the baby bead in the second color and lastly a pony bead in the third color. Tie another triple knot directly above the third bead. Knot the ends of the twine. Tie on three short pieces of ribbon mid-way between the bead set and the middle of the twine and double knot.

 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

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. 

A Little Bit About Mardi Gras PLUS a GIVE AWAY!


WIN THIS: Mardi Gras In A Box

A Little Bit About Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday”, the last day of the Carnival season, always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The date varies dependent upon when Easter occurs. This year the date is Tuesday February 21. The Carnival season, a weeklong celebration, is all about cramming in as many good things as can be eaten or done before a season of fasting or as it is put in south Louisiana, “Laissez les bons temps rouler” or “Let the good times roll!”

What to Know More About Mardi Gras?

This a great site where you can find out about all things Mardi Gras – from a history of the doubloons to how to make an imitation king cake!

http://mardigrasday.com/mardigras/mardigrasinfo.php

So, you don’t live or are not going to visit on of the places where Mardi Gras is celebrated. How can you host your own Mardi Gras celebration?  You will find out everything from how to make your own float to how to make an imitation king cake!

http://mardigrasday.com/mardigras/ideas.php

You may know that there is a tiny baby inside and whoever gets is brings the next King cake, but what is the significance of the King Cake? The site also has a great explanation.

http://mardigrasday.com/mardigras/mardigrasinfo.php?article_id=11

How Will You Celebrate Mardi Gras?

Design your masks from construction paper, pull some plastic beads out of the toy box, eat your imitation king cake and have a great time with your family!

Win a “Mardi Gras Party for One in a Box”

To help you out I am going to have a It’s a Mardi Gras Party Give-Away.  To enter comment below about how you are going to celebrated Mardi Gras.   On February 13th at 9:00 pm CST I will select one lucky winner a “Mardi Gras Party for One in a Box”. This “kit” will have beads, a half face mask to decorate, confetti, temporary tattoo, a baby & beads for your imitation King Cake and MORE!!!

Thanks For Taking The Time To Read This!

Thanks so much for reading my post. I hope you will comment and enter the Mardi Gras give-away.

Don’t Miss This Upcoming Post: My Mardi Gras Wreath & Ornaments

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