Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 9: Paper Bag Cookie Cutter Shape Ornament
These make a great “any season” ornaments. Make and decorate hearts for a Valentine’s tree, shamrocks for a Saint Patty’s day tree, eggs & carrots for an Easter wreath, stars for the Fourth of July wreath and angels & snowmen for your Christmas tree.
Suspend these ornaments from wide ribbons from your curtain rods. Use them to decorate your seasonal wreath.
Consider using non-seasonal shapes for Christmas ornaments. Make a memory ornament symbolizing an event from the year. Have a new baby in the family? Make a baby rattle and use fabric from a sleeper to embellish the ornament to. Don’t forget to “journal” on the back of the ornament and maybe even glue on a small photo. Make enough for everyone in the family.
- Cardboard or cardstock
- Brown paper or a paper bag
- Cotton or fiberfill
- Embellishments & trims
- Pinking shears
- Cookie cutter
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Cotton swab or paint brush
I had all the materials on-hand so this was a FREE craft for me. The wrapping paper I used for this Christmas came with rolled up paper in the center instead of a paper roll and I was able to recycle this as the brown paper for my crafts this season.
- Assemble materials. Select a large or jumbo, simply shaped cookie cutter without a lot of details for this project (tree, angel, bell, etc.).
- First make a pattern from thin cardboard or cardstock using the selected cutter adding a ½ to 1 inch seam allowance.
- Cut out the pattern.
- Double the paper bag or brown paper to cut out one matching set at a time. Consider rumpling the paper before cutting the shape for a rippled effect. This is especially effective on ornaments you intend to paint one color.
- Trace the pattern.
- Then cut out as many pairs as you need of each shape.
- Stack the shapes into matching pairs.
- Sandwich a handful of cotton or fiberfill between the two layers and then sew or hand-stitch or glue the two pieces together.
- If gluing, clip the edges together with clothespins or binger clips.
- When finished or glue is dry pink the edges of the paper bag ornaments.
- Attach a hanger: Glue a piece of ribbon, string, raffia, etc. or soda can tab on the back as a hanger.
- Attach a hanger: Sandwich a hanger between the two layers before sewing or gluing.
- Attach a hanger: Punch a hole in the top of the shape before sewing or gluing. When securing the pieces together line up the holes with a paintbrush handle. Finally thread a hanger through the hole.
- Attach a hanger: If you plan to tie these to a wreath or garland glue several strands of raffia, a chenille stem or piece of ribbon and glue it horizontally to the middle of the ornament and let dry. You can then easily tie the ornament to the greenery wreath!
- Lastly decorate the ornaments. You can paint or glue on strips of fabric, felt or paper. Embellish with sequins, rick rack, glitter, buttons, googley eyes (for gingerbread people), mini candy canes, foam circles (for the Christmas tree) or other trims as desired.
- Even though it’s not a cookie cutter ornament this is a gingerbread ornament so I’d like to share it here. Use leftover wrapping paper to create a paper bag ornament. I had some wrapping paper with gingerbread boys & girls on it. I cut some of them out and glued them to brown paper. I stuffed them using the above directions and then and cut around them with pinking shears. I added a mini wreath with mini cookie cutter on it.