I looked at a lot of “Baby Moses” art projects preparing for a lesson this Sunday. I particularly liked this one because it shows Miriam watching over baby Moses and THAT, not Moses as a baby, was the focus of the lesson! I found this project on DLTK’s Bible Activities (and if you have never visited the site do so today, is totally FANTASTIC!).
You will note some differences in my project and the instructions because, as you already know, I JUST CAN’T follow directions to the letter!
Please visit the link above for instructions and a template for the figures. The changes to the project I made are detailed below.
Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 27: Ladybug Cookie Cutter Pincushion
It’s not too late to make a last minute special gift for Mother’s Day. All you need is a metal cookie cutter, a little fabric, a metal pot-scrubber and a few other craft materials you probably have on-hand!
This is one cookie cutter craft item that somehow did not make it into the series yet. I was quite sure I had included a link to a tutorial, but in searching I do not see this mentioned! That is about to be rectified.
There are numerous tutorials on making cookie cutter pincushions and several on using a metal pot-scrubber to make a pincushion, but to my knowledge there is not one that combines both.
The metal scrubber will function to keep your pins & needles sharp.
This would be a great way to display a vintage cookie cutter and if you use vintage material, trim and buttons from you stash inherited from your grand-mother, this would make a wonderful memory craft!
Costs: I had all material on-hand from other projects. I had the metal pot-scrubbers because I was making some teacup pincushions (17 to 25 cents per scrubber) . This is a $1 and up project.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Minimum sewing.
Time To Complete: An evening. This would be a great rainy day activity or a great project for your tween. Knock out lots of these in a day to have on-hand for last minute Christmas gifts that look anything but “last minute”.
Here are some more ideas and links to tutorials on using cookie cutters as a crafting material I’d like to share with you. The tutorial links I have given are not the only links I found on the web, just in my humble opinion the best. I’d love for you to share your favorite tutorial with me.
Please visit these blogs and join me in thanking these bloggers for sharing their crafts and ideas!
I’ve also have started pinning each of the ideas I find on my Pinterest Boards. I have two on “Cookie Cutter Crafting” currently, “100 Plus Ways To Use Cookie Cutters” and “My Cookie & Cookie Cutter Crafts”. I’d love for you to follow these boards. If you’d like to be a contributor to the 100 Plus Ways board send me an e-mail expressing your interest and include your e-mail address. I will add you and you can add to the collection of ideas. I’d really LOVE for this to become the “go to site” for unique cookie cutter uses.
Let me say one word about these blogs,”Wow!”. There are several ideas I found on these sites that are new to me – sun art, floating candles, bird feeders! I don’t intend to do tutorials on them right now but there are a few I am dying to try so keep an eye out for them on buggalcrafts sometime in the future (and I said it WAS almost the end of the series! Did you really believe me?).
I have includes a brief description of each craft idea. Please visit the links provided for details on the craft project or idea.
Bird Feeder Cookies: Create these cute bird seed ornaments to hang in the trees to feed the birds.
Clay Candle Holder: To make a clay candle holder, roll out a layer of air-dry clay and then cut four or five clay shapes using the same cutter. Layer them on top of each other, wetting each layer before adding another. Using a mini circle cutter, lemon juicer, etc. that is a little larger than the diameter of the candle you plan on using, cut the center out of the clay (leave the bottom layer intact). Check the fit with the candle being aware that the clay will shrink some as it dries. Allow your candle holder to dry and then is ready to paint as desired and use. And as a bonus, here’s a link to another cute cookie cutter clay idea.
Cookie Cutter Stamping: Make cookie cutter stamps from styrofoam and use the stamps to decorate solid color gift bags and wrap.
Cookie Cutter Soaps: Mix together 1 cup of soap flakes, a few drops of food coloring and 2 tbsp. of hot water. Press the mixture inside the cookie cutters and allow the cakes of soap to dry and harden for several days before popping out of the molds and using.
Cookie Cutter Honeycomb Candles: Make candles from honeycomb wax sheets and cookie cutters that can stand upright.
Cookie Cutter Floating Candles: Make floating candles from wax purchased wax or recycled from to-small-to-burn candles. Melt the wax following package directions (add color and scent if desired). Pour a thin layer of melted wax on a heavy plastic plate. Allow the wax set just slightly and then place the cutter in the wax. This will make a “mold” that will prevent the remaining wax from seeping under the cutter. Add the wick to the center of the cutter and pour the wax till it almost fills the cutter. Allow to harden completely then push the candle out of the cookie cutter “mold”. An alternative is to pour a layer of melted wax on an aluminum wrapped jelly roll pan. Allow to harden slightly then cut shapes with the cutter. Add a wick to the top of the candle and pour a layer of wax over the wick.
Cookie Cutter Stacked Shape Candles: Cut and stack cookie cutter shapes out of a slab of warm wax to make these unusual candles.
Collection of Cookie Cutter Ideas & Swaps: Visit Craftster for some more great ideas about using cookie cutters. Simply search for “cookie cutters” and find craft projects, swaps and more!
Cookie Cutter Crayons: Use old, broken crayons to make big, cookie cutter shaped crayons for your kids. Make solid color or multi-colored crayons!
Cookie Cutter Crafts: This is a very nice post describing some cookie cutter crafts from kid’s crafts (like magnets) to items from the home (like the wax catcher below).
Cookie Cutter Candle Wax Catcher: Check out this tutorial on making candle wax catchers. To make it a “Cookie Cutter Craft, simply cut the clay with a mini cutter. Roll out air drying clay with a rolling pin (or use an unopened soda can for an impromptu rolling pin) until the clay is about 1 inch thick and perfectly flat. Use mini cookie cutters to cut out shapes from the clay. Place a taper candle in the center of each shape and cut around the bottom of the candle using a sharp knife or use a ½ inch round cookie cutter to cut out a circle. Once the clay has hardened, slip the clay shape on a taper candle until it stops for a simple AND useful homespun embellishment.
Cookie Cutter Decorating, Not Your Typical: Here are some inexpensive suggestions that aren’t just “cookie cutter decorating”! There are some great ways to display your vintage or favorite cookie cutters. I found these ideas on several sites but this link is to my favorite site.
Cookie Plate: When giving a plate of cookies during the holiday season, or anytime!, add a finishing touch to make the gift truly unique. Attach a seasonal cutter (or two) along with a recipe card so the recipient can make more of your cookies any time they like. To make a decorative, disposable plate simply punch holes around the edge of a paper or foam plate. Then thread ribbon or trim through the holes and tie in the ends in a bow.
Garden Stakes: Make these cute stakes to mark your garden rows or dress up your flower beds.
Holiday Wreath: Make a delightful “Sweet Treat” Holiday Wreath for your kitchen door with cookie cutters and baking items. Tie on miniature or regular size baking utensils such as a whisk, wooden spoon, measuring cups & spoons, etc. Add candy canes and cinnamon sticks and then finish it off with a gingham bow. This wreath can serve as a “gift bag” when presenting baking supplies to a favorite niece or friend. Tie on the cutters (copper ones are especially nice) and other items with raffia or ribbon so they can be easily removed. Add a few cut-out decorated cookies wrapped in cellophane and a copy of the family recipe as a special finishing touch.
Miscellaneous Uses: Here are a few other uses I found around the net.
Martha Stewart’s Cookie Cutter Ornaments: Cookie cutters make great ornaments for your Christmas tree or wreath. They also work equally well for other seasons such as Valentine’s Day. Click here for the tutorial of the ornaments I made.
More Than Cookies; 8 Easy Cookie-Cutter Crafts: Here are eight more crafts with cookie cutters.
Round Cookies Without a Cutter: Don’t have a round cutter in the size you need? This is a great tutorial on making uniformly round cookies without a cookie cutter.
Sewing & Needlework: There are tons of craft projects using cookie cutters as templates. Here are a few.
Sugar Craft Cake Catalogue: This on-line catalogue also features some great ideas of “things to do” with cookie cutters. Plus they have some great baking items for sale!
Ten Crafts To Make With Cookie Cutters: This wonderful blogger gives ten great non-food uses for cookie cutters.
Tips on Using a Cookie Cutter: These are some great tips on how to use a cookie cutter on this blog including a really great idea for making cookie shaped bird feeders.
Tips on How to Cut Perfect Cookies: Some really great tips on using a cookie cutter! You will find tips on choosing a cutter and how thick to roll the dough using size of the cutter as a measure. Click here for an earlier post in the series with tips my mother, grandmother and great-aunt taught me when I learned to make cut-out cookies.
Zoo Trip: This is a great post with tips for making a zoo trip more memorable from food to crafts. This would be a great birthday party idea or even a school field trip for young children.
I love quilts, who doesn’t? But I’m not willing to part with the big buck for them and sewing on a button tests the limits of my sewing abilities! Basically if it can’t be glued, then it just doesn’t happen for me! And, hey, I’m must admit I’m some kind of fierce with glue! Would you be surprised that you can “quilt” with glue? Well, you can make something that can PASS for a quilt. Ok, it can pass for a quilt if you are approaching the big 5 – 0 and have been severely myopic since the 5th grade and really, really need bi-focals but have been putting them off for a long time now because you are already nauseated. But hey, I’ve never looked better in the mirror!!!!
Did I mention I also have a lot of “fake” quilts around? Those bedspreads that LOOK like quilts but aren’t! And of course my “faux-quilt” crafts.
So, here is my latest “faux-quilt” project. I’m presenting the project to you “warts” and all. I hope you will learn from my mistakes, I know I did!
• Mini frame
• Quilt-like material
• Embroidery thread
• Light colored cardstock
• Tiny buttons
• Fabric glue
• Tongue depressor and/or toothpicks
Cookie cutters themselves make great gifts but they can also be used to create unique and inexpensive, even awesome, homemade gifts.
Here are some great gift suggestions I have found on the net or gifts I have given. I have yet to do tutorials for these but hopefully will get around to doing so soon. If you know of or have a tutorial on one of these projects, please paste the url below and I will add it to the post.
I’d love to hear about any cookie cutter related gifts you have given or received yourself. Please leave me a comment below describing the gift/s. If you have photos, that would be extra wonderful!