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“You Warm My Heart!” Cocoa Packs


You Warm My Heart Cocoa Packs“You Warm My Heart!” Cocoa Packs

I came up with these little goodie packs for our Santa Shop at my granddaughter’s school.   Our best sellers are mugs and all the kids want one for their mother, father or grandparent.  These packs made the best little accompaniment to the mugs.  They are very simple to put together and inexpensive.   They were about 33₵ to 45₵ each.  I also did up some packs as a little token of appreciation for the school’s staff.

Adding a homemade cookie or two would make this a perfect little take-home party favor for your holiday party or a cheap bulk Christmas gift for those you need to just give a “little something” too.  Pair it with a holiday snowman mug.

Materials Needed

  • Cocoa packs
  • Candy canes
  • Snowmen marshmallows
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • 3×4 zip lock bags (craft bags)
  • Treat bags (clear or snow print)
  • Ties: chenille stems, tri-color yarn, ribbon
  • White cardstock
  • Red cardstock

Also Needed

  • Tag punch
  • Heart punch
  • Small hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • Bamboo skewer

Instructions

  1. Wash hands well and assemble supplies.
  2. Break the cinnamon sticks in half if they are too long.  Then if they are too “fat” insert a knife in the center of the curls and twist to split them in two.
  3. Put two or three marshmallows in each small zip lock bag.  If you can’t find snowmen marshmallows use plain or make a marhmallow snowman for each bag.  Search the internet – I found a whole flock (herd? gaggle? troop?) of different marshmallow snowmen crafts on Goggle from the simple to complex.
  4. On your computer open a document and make a label that will fit your tag punch or that’s at least 2×4 inches.  I used a candy cane font in red to type the words “You warm my _ .” leaving a blank space for a heart punch.  Print tags.
  5. Punch the tags and the hearts.  If you don’t have a tag punch then handcut the tags.
  6. Glue the hearts on the tags.
  7. Punch holes in the ends of each tag.
  8. Place a cocoa packet, cinnamon stick, candy cane and marshmallow pack in each goodie bag.   I used full size canes for the bags I gave the staff.
  9. Curl the ends of the chenille stem around a bamboo skewer.
  10. Tie the trim around the bag and attach the tag to the ends.  I cut chenille stems in half to use as the ties.  After twisting the chenille stem around the bag insert both ends through the hole in a tag.  I then bent the ends of the stem back on itself to eliminate any sharp ends that might poke someone.  Lastly I curled the ends around a bamboo skewer.
  11. I also used tri-color yarn to tie off some of the bags.   Tie a bow and then knot a tag on one end of the yarn.
  12. Place bags in a basket and they are ready to gift!
Curl the ends of the chenille stem around a bamboo skewer.

Curl the ends of the chenille stem around a bamboo skewer.

Thanks for taking a look.  As always I’d love to hear from you.  

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Paper or Foam GingerBread Garland


Paper or Foam GingerBread Garland

I’ve posted tutorials for several versions of Cookie Cutter Garland that I made last year but I never got around posting the tutorial for this Paper or Foam Gingerbread Garland.

I love this project because you can make it as simple or as complex as you wish and you can use whatever you have on-hand or can be purchased at a dollar store for under $5.

I challenge you to complete your own garland without buying anything (or with whatever you can purchase for under $5) and send me a photo.  I will definitely add your photo to the tutorial.

Materials

  • Gingerbread Men
    • Gingerbread People Wrapping Paper (on hand)
    • Pad of Paper Gingerbread Men (pad of 50 for $3 from a school supply store)
    • Foam Gingerbread Men (10/$1 from Dollar Tree or Michaels)
  • Candy Canes
    • Paper Candy Cane Garland ($1 from Dollar Tree)
    • Candy Cane Wrapping Paper
    • Foam Candy Canes (10/$1 from Dollar General)
  • Cardstock, Plaid Wrapping Paper, Scrapbook Paper, Brown Paper Bags  (on hand)
  • Thin Cardboard  (on hand)
  • Stringing Material – Jute, Yarn, or Raffia (on hand)
  • Red & Green Wooden Beads (on hand) I used beads from a bead garland purchased years ago at a dollar store for $1.
  • Small Wooden Spools (on hand or $1 for small spools of thread at the Dollar Tree)
  • Torn Fabric Strips (on hand)
  • Small Grapevine Wreaths (on hand)
  • Gingerbread Men Embellishments:  mini cookie cutters, jingle bells, buttons, plastic hair bows, etc. (on hand)

 Also Needed

  • Punches: Heart, Round, Star, Bow, Candy Cane (on hand)
  • Zigzag or Pinking Scissors or Zigzag Punch (on hand)

Instructions

  1. Gather or purchase your materials from your stash or make dollar store, craft store or flea markets.
  2. Punch all shapes needed to decorate the gingerbread men. I used the pieces I trimmed off the candy cane garland to punch the hearts and bows from so that the gingerbread men decorations would match the candy canes.
  3. Make or punch cardstock “rick-rack”.  PAPER RICK-RACK DIRECTIIONS:  Make the with paper rick-rack made from cardstock (color of your choice – I used white) using zigzag scissors.  I found that if you cut the cardstock in half lengthwise you can then trim the bottom straight edge (the short way) to start the rick-rack pattern, then place the scissors with the right edge of the blade touching the zigzag edge you can cut fairly even pieces of “rick-rack”.  You could also use real rick-rack if you have it on hand.  I recently bought a EK Success Slim Edger Punch: Zig Zag Chain and it’s now super easy to make evenly cut paper rick-rack for my gingerbread projects!
  4. Next decorate the gingerbread shapes.   Glue paper or real rick-rack to the arms & legs (and head if desired).  Then add heart, star or round paper or foam “buttons”.  I added a center (from foam or paper) using a regular hole-punch shape to the heart “buttons”.  Glue the bow on (paper punch or a bow made from a fabric strip). You can use any embellishments you have on hand to decorate your shapes.   I found some plastic little girl bow barrettes that I cut the bow off to use.
  5. Cut out the candy cane shapes from wrapping paper or cut apart from a paper garland.  You could also use pre-cut foam shapes.  I found a package of large (10 inch) gingerbread shapes at the Dollar Tree and a set of smaller ones (6 inches) at Target for $1 for 10.  Michaels and Dollar General also had red candy cane shapes (cut white foam stripes and add to cane if desired) at for a dollar.  Fabric wrapped plastic candy canes could be used in the place of the paper or foam candy canes.
  6. You can also add other foam or paper shapes to the garland, like hearts or stars, to the garland.
  7. Reinforce the shapes (gingerbread, candy cane, heart, and star, etc.) by gluing them on a thin piece of cardboard or thick brown paper bag and trim close to the edge with scissors.  Add a hole reinforcer if desired (see below).
  8. Add a decorative edging to the shapes by gluing them to a brown paper bag, cardstock (red, green or other color to match your décor), wrapping paper, etc.  If using one-sided paper and plan to have a decorative edge showing face the paper to the front of the shapes.  Then trim close to the edge or leave a decorative border with zigzag scissors.
  9. Punch holes in the shapes.  For the first garland I made I punched pinpoint (1/4 inch) holes on either side of the shapes and connected them with raffia.  I used clear hole reinforces from an office supply store to make sure the holes did not pull through.  If you only have the white ones you can put them on the underside of the paper before gluing it together.  Try putting the layers together leaving a gap at the top then put on the rein forcers punch the holes and then glue the edges together.  You could also apply clear round labels before punching the holes.  On the other garland I used a hole punch to put a hole in the top of the shapes and then attached them to the jute with raffia.  Another option would be to string the shapes like beads.
  10. Measure and cut your stringing material to the desired length.  I made mine four or five feet long but you can make it any length needed to fit your “space”.
  11. Attach the shapes by stringing them on jute or yarn like beads or by tying the shapes to a piece of raffia or a piece of torn fabric ribbon.  Be sure to space them evenly.  You can also tie the shapes together with raffia instead of stringing them or tying them on.   If you space the shapes far enough apart you can use the “blank” space between to hang Christmas cards on.
  12. If desired add beads and small wooden spools between the shapes (I wound green thread around them the spools I used).  If your gingerbread shapes are big enough to be in scale you could use the small spools of thread found in a pack of 12 for a dollar at the Dollar Tree.
  13. Make and attach bows then attach them at regular interval down the garland between the shapes.  To make bows tear country print fabric (checked, plaid or striped in the colors of your choice) into 1 to 1 ½ inch wide strips and about 10 inch long.  To make bows first tie a piece of raffia in the center of a fabric strip then tie a simple shoestring type bow.   Use the raffia ends to tie the bows in place.
  14. An alternative of the shoestring bow is to tie fabric strips in different colors simply tied around the stringing material and then knotted in a double knot.  Trim the edges of the bows as needed.
  15. Tie off the ends with small grapevine wreaths or simply loop the ends to create “hangers”.
  16. Your garland is now ready to hang.  Hang it on the wall, above a door, on the tree or above the mantel.  As this is made from paper, don’t use it where it could get wet (or catch on fire).

Thanks so much for taking a look – and don’t forget that I’d love to see what you come up with!     buggalcrafts

HAND-CUT PAPER RICK-RACK DIRECTIIONS: Make evenly cut paper “rick-rack” from cardstock using zigzag scissors.

• Cut a scrap piece of cardstock to about two inches lengthwise (the length of the scissor blades). You need to be able to make one cut through the paper with the scissors.
• Trim the bottom edge evenly with the straight scissors.
• Then start the rick-rack pattern by trimming the bottom edge using the zigzag scissors.
• FLIP the paper over and place the scissors with the right blade touching the zigzag edge you just cut.
• Flip the paper and repeat again.

Mini Beaded Candy Cane Earrings


Mini Beaded Candy Cane Earrings

Made from just seven beads these mini canes are the perfect holiday earrings for a young girl or any time you just want a hint of bling.

The real beauty of these little earrings is there are so many variations you can make  – change the color – or the direction – or the length – or just make as many pairs in as different ways you can dream up!  I’ve listed a few below to get you started.

Variations:

  • Any Color Combination: Why stick with the traditional candy cane color combinations of red & white or red & green? Candy canes now come in so many different colors so why not make a pair to coordinate with every holiday outfit!
  • Any Size: Use a longer  headpin and more beads for longer earrings.  Use a different size bead for a more delicate or heavier look.
  • Any Direction: Turn your canes upside down to make a “J” for a “Jesus Cane”. Substitute an eyepin for the headpin to give you a ready to hang loop at the “bottom” of the cane.
  • Any Materials: Don’t have      headpins, eyepins or the like on-hand? Simply substitute a 2 inch piece of jewelry wire. Experiment with materials to achieve different looks – acrylic or glass beads – faceted or smooth – round or square.

Uses: 

Why only use these cute little canes to make earrings?  Like real candy canes they have a bevy of uses.  I’ve listed a few below to get you started.  I’d love to hear about how you’d use these beauties in your crafting this season!

 

  • Beaded Charm Pin:  “String” them as charms on a coil-less safety pin along with some beads.
  • Decorate a Dollhouse For Christmas:   Hang on the tree or have thempeeking out of a doll’s stockings.
  • Greeting Card Embellishments & Bonus Gift:  Attach a pair to a handmade greeting card with removable glue dots to serve as both!
  • Decorate a Christmas Scrapbook Page:   Hang them all in a row on a paper chimney to add some dimension to your page.
  • Wine charms:  Attach them to a wire hoop earring along with a few beads.
  • Dress Up a Pillar Candle:  Attach a dozen with a beaded pin made by gluing a small bead to a regular straight pin.
  • Decorate a Twig Tree:  Stick a twig from the garden in a rock filled container and hang some of the longer baby canes from the bare branches.

Materials

  • Four 4 mm Red Beads
  • Three 4 mm Green Beads
  • Two 1½ Inch Headpins
  • Two Fishhook Earring Wires
  • Two Jump Rings

Also Needed

  • Round  Nose Pliers

Photo Tutorial

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buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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


Photo by Kristen

Felt Christmas Cookies

Today in my Craft Gossip newsletter I found a great site by Kristen – Make the best of everything! Love, love, love her great ideas and crafts. Of course you know that I am absolutely barmy about ANYTHING to do with cut-out cookies so Kristen’s craft that appealed to me most is her Felt Christmas Cookies project and I just have to share it with you!

Kristen cuts her felt items free-hand and hand sews them.  But you could easily use large cookie cutters to make a pattern and machine stich them.

She does not give a tutorial but these would be easy to do.

  1. Make patterns from newspaper with large cookie cutters.
  2. Make a “sandwich” with two pieces of felt and several layers of quilt batting.
  3. Pin the pattern to the “sandwich”.
  4. Cut out.
  5. Open the “sandwich” and trim the quilt batting about one inch around the edges.  Replace it in the “sandwich”.
  6. Hand or machine stich around the edges.
  7. Glue or stich on felt decorations.

One of the commenters suggests “make our own set of cookies that Santa just may hide instead of eat.”  This is a wonderful idea and you could make a new cookie (per child) to add to the set each year. Embroider the date and child’s names on the back of the cookie.

Take the time to look at her other felt play sets – her pizzeria one is amazing!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  As always I’d love to hear from you.  Please take the time to visit Kristen’s site and let her know how much you like her craft projects.

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! Post # 10C: Craft Foam “Cut-out Cookies”


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

Foam Valentine "Cookies"

Assorted Foam Christmas "Cookies"

This continues the previous two posts in “cut-out cookies” series.   Click the links below to view these posts.

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

https://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

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

Craft foam “cookies” can be used the same way as the paper ones but are more durable and can be saved and used year after year.

Craft foam is more expensive than paper so these will cost more to make, but the increased durability of the ornaments more than makes up for the cost.  However if you use craft foam from the Dollar Tree and buy it on sale or with a coupon at a hobby store these are not too very expensive, though not a cheap as some paper ornaments of course!

Again as cookie cutters are available for almost every season or occasion these can be made for every season and reason!  As Valentine’s Day is coming up the ones I choose to feature are hearts!

Materials

  • Tan/light brown craft foam for “cookies” 
  • White craft foam for “icing”
  • Assorted color thin craft foam (to punch or cut)
  • Ribbon/jute/other trim for hangers
  • Embellishments: coarse glitter, very fine white glitter, glitter glue, etc.)

Also Needed

  • Simple shaped cookie cutters, nesting/non-nesting
  • Scissors
  • Foam Glue (see NOTE at the end of this post)
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush
  • Small container for glue
  • Assorted hole punches (optional)
  • Static Guard (optional)

Instructions

Make Cookies: See the post “Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10A: Paper Cut-out Cookies” for instructions on making “cookies”.  Follow the instructions substituting the term “craft foam” for “paper”.  Project specific directions are listed below.

 Alternative Method:    This method involves using a set of nesting shapes.  The larger one is the “cookie” and the smaller the “frosting”. A photo tutorial is posted below. 

  • Use the larger shape to trace the “cookie” shape on a heavy light brown/tan paper and cut shapes out. Save the scraps to punch holes & other punches from.
  • Arrange the smaller nesting cookie cutters on WHITE paper in a way as to maximize paper use.
  • Trace the inside of the smaller cutters on the paper.
  • Cut the shapes out. Again save the scraps to punch holes from.
  • Trim white shape if needed so it fits inside the TAN shape.  Glue the WHITE shape onto TAN shape with a glue stick.  Let dry. Decorate.

Photo Tutorial:

Step 1: Gather supplies.

Step 2 Lay Out To Maximize Foam Use

Step 3: Select a smaller nesting shape to cut the "icing" part of the cookie.

Step 4: Trace & Cut Out "Icing" Shapes

Step 5: Trim The Edges of "Icing" & "Cookie" As Needed.

Decorate “Cookies”:  You will decorate these “cookies” in the same manner as the “paper” ones.  Here are some designs to give you a starting place.

  • The thin craft foam you buy at Dollar Tree or Dollar General and in some foam craft kits can be punched using regular paper punches.  If the foam fits inside the punch but the punch itself comes out raggedy, then the foam is too thin.  Back it with a piece of plain paper and the fit both inside the punch and punch.  Your foam punch should come out nicely.  Note that your paper punch will be ragged.

Design 1: Cut 3 thin foam strips and glue down. Punch ½ inch hearts from two or more colors of craft foam and arrange in rows as shown. If you don’t have a heart punch use a round hole punch instead.

Design 2: Simply add hearts in one or more colors.

Desgin 3 Photo !: Using a smaller nesting cookie cutter than the one used for the "cookie" as a guide, trace the inside and the outside of the cutter. Thie will give you a "icing" border to cut out.

Desgin 3 Phot 2: Fold the foam and snip close to the line. You will want to save the middle of the white heart.

Desgin 3 Photo 3: Glue "icing' outline to the "cookie".

Desgin 3 Photo 4: Free hand a smaller "icing" heart from the middle of the outline "icing" heart. Glue it in the middle of the "cookie" and add a free hand or punched heart to the center.

Desgin 4 Photo 1: Cut a small square about the size of the "O" you want to make. Punch a hole in the center or the square.

Desgin 4 Photo 2 Trim around the square to complete the "O". Cut a thin strip of foam and then cut into smaller pieces to form and “X”. You can also use foam alphabet stickers.

Desgin 5 Photo 1: Use white buttons for the stripes on a red foam candy cane.

Finish Project: 

  • For a realistic “icing” gleam apply a thin layer of Foam Glue over the “icing” and then sprinkle very fine white glitter over the glue.  Allow to dry and it’s ready to use!

Notes:

  • Foam Glue bonds craft foam together in a superior manner.  I prefer it for all my white glue needs.  I use Foam Glue from Wal-Mart and Creatolgy Foam Glue from Michaels.    Both are EXCELLENT products!
  • Oriental Trading Co. has some very nice foam “cut-out cookie” for both Christmas and Valentine’s Day and several gingerbread kits.  The ones I have tried are almost all of a very nice quality and very affordable.  As an added benefit all the cutting is done for you.  You simply assemble them and decorate!  The kits come in packages of 12 and usually have 3 designs.  But with a little bit of imagination and some supplies of your own, you can have 12 different cookies!  I am a “Top 10 Reviewer” on orietlatrading.com and have posted reviews on the kits I have tired (Christmas cut-out cookies and gingerbread) with photos of how I customized the kits.  Please check it out!  Most of the kits were still available at the time of this post.

http://www.orientaltrading.com/gingerbread-man-rolling-pin-ornament-craft-kit-a2-48_3434-12-1.fltr?Ntt=foam+gingerbread

http://www.orientaltrading.com/happiness-is-homemade-gingerbread-ornament-craft-kit-a2-48_4699-12-1.fltr?Ntt=foam+gingerbread

http://www.orientaltrading.com/christmas-sugar-cookie-magnet-craft-kit-a2-48_4148-12-1.fltr?Ntt=cookies

http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?requestURI=processProductsCatalog&sku=48/5973

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10A: Paper “Cut-out Cookies” (Construction Paper, Wrapping Paper, Scrapbook Paper & Cardstock, Sandpaper, Greeting Cards & Other Paper)


Paper Cut-out Cookies on a Plate

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10A: Paper “Cut-out Cookies” (Construction Paper, Wrapping Paper, Scrapbook Paper & Cardstock, Sandpaper, Greeting Cards & Other Paper)

Make these no-bake treats not to eat but to:

– – – tie on a greenery garland or wreath

– – – hang on the tree

– – – suspend by ribbons from curtain rods & mirrors

– – – string together to make a garland for the mantel

– – – tie on a package for decoration and to use as gift tag

– – – glue on a card

– – – decorate a scrapbook page

– – – string together and drape between two windows

– – – hang as birthday party decorations

– – – glue to a paper plate and hang several across the mantel

– – – and much, much, more!

This is a great craft for kids!  And if you use construction paper, up-cycled wrapping paper & other found paper it’s very, very inexpensive too.

A great rainy day activity – – – just pull out some seasonal (or not so seasonal) cutters & some basic art supplies and your kids will be occupied for hours!

You can make “paper” cookie cutter ornaments from a variety of materials.  I am going to discuss paper and craft foam.

To make this post more manageable I am going to divide the category of “paper” cookie cutter ornaments into three types.  Each type of ornament material will be discussed in a separate post.

  • Post 10A: Paper “Cut-out Cookies”
  • Post 10B: Ephemera “Cut-out Cookies”
  • Post 10C: Craft Foam “Cut-out Cookies”

Paper cookie cutter ornaments make great “Memory Ornaments”.  I will discuss this option in Post 10B: Ephemera “Cut-out Cookies”.

With the variety of papers and cutters available the possibilities for this craft project are endless!

 

Paper “Cut-out Cookies”

 For this craft some form of paper is needed.  This can come from almost any source.  Some sources that leap to mind are construction paper, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper & cardstock, sandpaper, and unused greeting cards.

 Keep your eyes open for “found” paper – paper that might otherwise be thrown away – like Christmas gift wrapping paper scraps, printed documents, printer test pages, and junk mail printed on one side.

 Materials

  • Tan/light brown cardstock or heavy construction paper for “cookies” 
  • White/light colored paper for “icing”
  • Assorted color paper and thin craft foam (to punch)
  • “Found” paper: wrapping paper scraps, paper bags, sandpaper, single sided letters or other documents, mailing flyers, etc.
  • Trims: ribbon, jute, rick rack, lace, etc.
  • Embellishments:  jingle bells, buttons, sequins, googley eyes (for gingerbread people), mini candy canes, foam or paper punches, etc.

Also Need

  • Simple shaped cookie cutters, nesting and/or non-nesting
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s glue stick
  • Elmer’s white school glue
  • Cotton swab or paint brush
  • Small container for glue
  • Assorted punches (optional)
  • Coarse glitter (optional)
  • Very fine white glitter (optional)
  • White paper plates

 Costs

  • I had all the materials on-hand so this was a FREE craft for me.
  • The cost of the project depends on the type of paper used.
  • If construction paper, wrapping paper scraps (saved from the trash), and other found paper (brown paper bags, sandpaper, single sided test prints, other documents, mailing flyers, etc.) is used the cost of the project would be less than $5 for possibly a hundred ornaments!
  • If scrapbook paper and cardstock are used the project would be $5 to $10 for two dozen or more ornaments.  Wait till the paper and cardstock are on sale or use a coupon to reduce the cost of these ornaments.

Instructions for Making “Cookies”

  1. Select Your Materials:  You can make these with almost any type of paper or cardboard you have on-hand.
  2. Choose Your Cutters:  Use a simply shaped cutter. The less detailed the shape of the cutter the easier it will be to trace and cut out.  You can use all one shape or lots of different shapes to make your “cookies”.  Gift wrap scraps saved from Christmas present wrapping can be cut into seasonal shapes and made in package decorations that coordinate with the gift’s wrapping paper or into ornaments for the tree that match the presents underneath.
  3. Assemble Materials:  To keep everything together assemble all materials need into a plastic tote.  You can clean off your workspace when you are done for the session and everything will be together when you return to craft.    Use cheap white paper plates to keep all the pieces of one ornament shape together.  Also provides a place to put the ornament while it dries.
  4. CutIcing” Shape:  You will cut out the “icing” part of the “cookie” first.  This will be cut from WHITE or PASTEL solid color paper. The “icing” may also be cut from wrapping or other found paper.  Example: You test printed a document to proof and now plan to discard it – save any pages that do not have marks showing through to the blank side of the paper.
  5. Maximize The Use Of Paper:   Arrange the cookie cutters on WHITE (or light colored) paper carefully in order to maximize the use of paper and trace cutters on the paper.
  6. Cut The “Icing” Shapes Out: Save the scraps to punch holes and shapes from.  Place small pieces in a gallon size plastic jar to store until needed.   How about using that tea jug that is leaking around the spigot?  One more handy thing kept out of the landfill!
  7. Finish The Cookie:  Glue the white “icing” shapes on the TAN cardstock or heavy construction paper.  Leave about a 1 ½ inch space between the WHITE shapes so that you have enough paper for a border on each cookie.  Let dry and then cut around each of the WHITE shapes leaving a ¼ to ½ inch edge of tan or BROWN paper to serve as the “cookie”.  Trim up the rough edges of the tan “cookie” as needed.
  8. Decorate:  Now you are ready to decorate the top of the “cookie”.

 

Decorating Instructions

  • “Sprinkles”:  To make “sprinkles” punch colored paper or craft foam with a single hole punch. Use a mini heart or star shaped punch to resemble shaped sprinkles.  Coarse glitter, sequins, tiny beads, etc. can also be used to represent “sprinkles”.
  • “Icing Sparkles”:  Fine white glitter adds a realistic gleam to white “icing”.  Apply a thin layer of glue over the “icing” and then sprinkle very fine white glitter over the glue.  Allow drying time and it’s ready to use!
  • Alligator: I made this alligator out of scraps of green plaid gift wrap.  Glue wrapping paper to heavy white paper or cardstock to reinforce it.  After dry trace the shape of a gator cutter.  I went over the trace line heavily with a red permanent maker to make a border as it added extra dimension.  Cut gator out leaving an about a ½ inch edge for the “cookie”.  I embellished the ornament with a wooden button eye and punched a hole in the tail to tie on braided and knotted rust colored raffia.  You could also tie a ribbon around the neck and add a jingle bell.
  • Mini Gingerbread Boy:  Ok, I fess up – I cheated on this one!  He is a craft punch.  But you can just as easily cut a gingerbread man, large or small, from sandpaper and then back it with heavy paper.  Sandwich a hanger between the two layers.
  • Large Gingerbread Girl: I cut the “icing” part of the gingerbread girl from sugar cookie scrapbook paper and then backed it with brown cardstock to serve as the cookie.  Wooden buttons on her dress front complete the ornament.
  • Gingerbread Star: I added ½ inch round punch for the middle of the star and added thin lines of “icing” radiating from the center of the star.  Lastly I scattered round punches from a regular punch around the “icing”.
  • Bear:  For the bear I used baby shower giftwrap.  Some paper, like giftwrap, needs to be reinforced by gluing it to cardstock with a glue stick.  After the glue is dry trace and cut the shape.  The design on the paper did not fit horizontally so I turned the cutter so the pattern was vertical and the design I wanted fit .  Punch a hole in the top of the ornament and attach a ribbon.  I will show you how to embellish this ornament in the next post where I discuss ephemera.
  • Candy Cane: Trace a candy cane on red checked Christmas giftwrap scraps. Go over the trace line with a red permanent marker to create a border for added definition.  Cut out the candy cane.  Glue to white cardstock.  Cut around the candy cane with zigzag scissors leaving a decorative edge.  Glue to brown cardstock and cut around the cane leaving a “cookie” border.  Punch a hole in the top of the ornaments and add a ribbon hanger.  Tie a shoestring bow on the hanger and tie small jingle bells on the ends of the bow.
  • Mini Gingerbread Boy Card:  Again I used the punch but you can cut a mini gingerbread man from sandpaper.  Fold white cardstock into a 3” to 4’ square and cut around the edges with decorative stickers.  Glue a line of red rick-rack to the card as an accent.  Glue the gingerbread man to the front of the card and then decorate with punches or paint.  Punch a hole in the corner of the card and attach more rick-rack as a hanger.
  • Christmas Tree:  This tree is made from white cardstock and brown cardstock.  To decorate punch ½ inch to 1” circles from foam or paper.  Cut the circles into halves.  Glue to tree to resemble a garland.  Glue round punches (I used red & white checked scrapbook paper and a regular hole punch to make these.) around the tree.

Project Uses

There are as many ways to use this finished craft product as there are ways to decorate the “cookies”! 

The way you plan to use the ornament determines where you punch the hole for the hanger or if you even use a hanger at all.

Don’t reserve this craft project for Christmas only.  Anyone can have a tree for any holiday – Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Saint Patrick’s Day, Easter, Patriotic Holidays, Halloween, and Thanksgiving (did I leave any out?) – or any season – Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter – decorated with these terribly inexpensive ornaments.

I have cutters for all these and more!  You may have guessed that I collect cookie cutters and cookie related items.

You can save the ornaments for next year or make a whole new set each year!  The kids will have a blast making these trees!

Punch a hole in the top of the “cookie”:

  • Lace ribbon, string, cord or other trim through the top of each ornament to create a hanger to hang on the tree or to tie on a garland or wreath.
  • Attach a long ribbon to the ornaments and then suspend from a curtain rod and let them hang down in the window.  Alternate one long and one short ribbon length across the window.
  • Create a mobile with two bamboo skewers (snip off the pointed ends with small garden snips) and ribbon or cord.  Tape the skewers firmly together in a “X” shape. Tie a hanger in the middle to hang the mobile by.  Hang the mobile base from a light fixture or ceiling duct.  Attach pieces of ribbon to the cookies and then tie the loose ends to the bamboo skewers.  Alternate lengths of the ribbon so that each ornament dangles freely.
  • Hang in front of mirrors suspended by ribbons.
  • Attach to a gift wrapped package as a package decoration.  Write “To” and “From” on the back with a silver metallic permanent marker (dark paper) or ink pen (light paper).

Punch holes on each side of the ornament:

  • String several together in a garland using ribbon or other trim.
  • Join gingerbread men together with a paper fastener and make a string of gingerbread men.
  • To make a Birthday Garland cut letters of the child’s name from a half sheet of solid color paper then glue letters to a large paper square (about a half sheet) of a contrasting color.  Double mat with a decorative paper (wrapping or scrapbook paper) if desired.    Punch holes in either side of letter block.  String the letters on yarn or ribbon alternating with cookie shapes.

 Punch a hole in the top & bottom of the “cookie”:

  • String cookies together in a vertical fashion.  Hang several strands from a dowel and use as a mobile.

No hanger:

  • Take a piece of grey construction paper or cardstock.  Round the corners so the page resembles a cookie sheet.  You can outline the sheet with a grey marker and draw on handles.  Then tape or glue “cookies” to the “cookie sheet”.  Hang as a decoration.
  • Or make a “cookie sheet” from metallic cardstock or cardboard covered with aluminum foil.
  • Use a Dollar Tree cookie sheet and glue magnets to the back of the “cookies”.  Let the kids change the magnet display board daily or use the set as a counting helper.  Glue a hanger to the back or thread a hanger through the hole in the handle to hang on the back of the door or wall to display.
  • Punch two holes in the top of a a white paper plate with a two hole punch.  Thread ribbon through the holes and tie into a bow.  Tape or glue paper “cookies” to the plate.  Pull taunt and then use ribbon loop to hang your decoration.
  • Glue to a gift bag as a package decoration.  This is especially effective if foam punches, buttons, and other embellishments are used as it give a 3D effect to the bag design.

Alternative “Cookie” Making InstructionsThis method involves using a set of nesting shapes.  The larger one is the “cookie” and the smaller the “frosting”. 

  • Use the larger shape to trace the “cookie” shape on a heavy light brown/tan paper and cut shapes out. Save the scraps to punch holes & other punches from.
  • Arrange the smaller nesting cookie cutters on WHITE paper in a way as to maximize paper use.
  • Trace the inside of the smaller cutters on the paper.
  • Cut the shapes out. Again save the scraps to punch holes from.
  • Trim white shape if needed so it fits inside the TAN shape.  Glue the WHITE shape onto TAN shape with a glue stick.  Let dry. Decorate.

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.    

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Thanks again. 

Trace outline with a red marker to create a border.

Glue reinforced shape (I left a decorative white border) to brown or tan cardstock.

Cut around the shape leaving about a 1/2 inch brown border and embellish.

Alligator, Gingrebread Girl, Mini Gingerbread Boy & Star Paper Cookie Ornaments

Mini gingerbread men ornaments made from cookie and baking scrapbook paper and backed with brown cardstock. The shape & embellishments are from a punch, but you can cut a mini gb boy cookie cutter shape and draw or paint on features, buttons, & bow.

My 17 y.o. son made this ornament for me in Kindergarten. It was cut from a template from a jumbo cookie cutter. I loved it then, and I still treasure it! Be sure to write the maker's name and the date on the back. This sandpaper is stiff enough that it doesn't need to be backed.

Paper "cookies" on a cookie sheet (made from grey paper).

Trace cookie cutter on "icing" paper.

This is actually a GB man notepad sheet that I embellished. But you can see that a paper GB man ornament would look tres cute when glued to a plain paper lunch sack giftbag!

Gingerbread Ornaments: Clothespins & Cinnamon Sticks and Mini Fabric Wrapped Candy Canes


Gingerbread Ornaments & Mini Fabric Wrapped Candy Canes

The inspiration for these ornaments was a craft project, Gingerbread Min Clothespins, on Eyeballsbyday’s craft blog which is expertly written and photographed by Maggie.  As I didn’t have any mini clothespins on-hand I used regular sized ones. Also I don’t paint that well – I need LOTS more practice – so I punched some dots & hearts from craft foam for the buttons, found some mini googley eyes and some fine white cord to make the mouth.  I cut some “icing” from white craft foam with zigzag scissors. I painted the clothespins with FolkArt Cinnamon Acrylic Paint and let them dry.  Then I glued all the attachments on the clothespins and daubed on some pink checks.  I did try my hand at painting features on some of them using a toothpick for the brush.

The project also inspired me to make gingerbread men from cinnamon sticks.  Again I painted some and glued attachments on others.  I glued on a piece of jute for a hanger.

One of the things I have gotten for FREE on listia.com (a great site!) was some mini vinyl gingerbread men (Oriental Trading sells these).  Since I was making clothespins ornaments I thought, “Hey!, why not glue these bad boys on clothespins too?”  I did and they came out cute too.  I am wondering if they would look better on natural or white-painted clothespins.  I use E-6000 glue to attach the vinyl gingerbread men to the clothespins.  I used white glue first but the gingerbread men broke off when I pinched the clothespins to attach it to a tree limb.

The last thing I added to my mini tree were some fabric wrapped candy canes also inspired by a craft project on Maggie’s blog.  I really liked how the ones wrapped in white muslin and then wrapped with red rick-rack turned out.

Take a look and let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear from you!

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Gingerbread Mini Tree


GINGERBREAD MINI TREE

Gingerbread Mini Tree

I usually have a mini tree in the kitchen with tiny gingerbread ornaments and cookie cutters. I couldn’t find any mini copper colored ones so I spray painted some. This year I added some additiional ornaments made with clothespins & cinnamon sticks and torn fabric bows

 

I found this little Raggedy Ann & Andy at a local flea market. I loved them immediately and just had to have them. When it came time to set up the tree and my usual mini tree topper just didn’t appeal to me I took them off the big tree and added some gingerbread cookie button and mini candy cane embellishments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cinnamon stick and clothespin ornaments are really very easy – just paint the clothespins – and paint or glue on features. I also glued some vinyl mini gingerbread men from Oriental Trading to some of the painted clothespins. I think they all came out tres cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also made some of these really cute fabric wrapped candy canes for the tree. I couldn’t find any plastic small canes to use as the form so I wrapped real ones. Just make sure you don’t throw them in storage over the summer because you will have a sticky mess at the best and fire ants at the worst!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also made some of these really cute fabric wrapped candy canes for the tree. I couldn’t find any plastic small canes to use as the form so I wrapped real ones. Just make sure you don’t throw them in storage over the summer because you will have a sticky mess at the best and fire ants at the worst!

 

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Candy Cane Package Topper


Candy Cane Package Decoration

Candy Cane Package Topper

I found this FANTASTIC project, FABRIC WRAPPED CANDY CANES, on Maggie’s blog; Eyeballs by Day Crafts by Night; that I absolutely LOVED. And as I had both wrapping paper and candy canes on hand it struck me that I could make great  package decorations that coordinate with my wrapping paper!

This year I used three wrapping paper designs that all “went together” so it was easy to make these package decorations that not only look cute but are also are a sweet treat to eat for the recipient.

And a great plus to this project is that it uses up that leftover scrap paper that otherwise will get tossed – or if you had a mother like mine you will save in a box until the end of time “just in case” the world runs out of wrapping paper!  And your only cost is $1 for the candy canes!  This is also simply enough for kids too!

For a great photo tutorial on wrapping a candy cane see Maggie’s post FABRIC WRAPPED CANDY CANES.  Listed below are a few pointers on using wrapping paper to wrap candy canes.

Materials:

  • Wrapping paper scraps
  • Candy canes
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape (dull finish)

Instructions:

  1. Cut three 1 inch wide 10 inch long strips of wrapping paper that coordinate or contrast with the paper on your package to wrap the cane. Three strips will cover a regular cane. I found it easier to work with several 10 inch long strips (because that was how wide the scrap pieces of wrapping paper on the floor were!) instead of a 30 inch long continuous strip.
  2. Simply secure the first strip of paper to the candy cane with tape (use the dull finish tape so it won’t show) or some white glue.
  3. Then start wrapping the cane splicing in additional strips as needed.
  4. Finish off the cane by folding the ends of the wrapping paper in on each other around the ends of the cane.
  5. And presto – – – you have the perfect package decoration!

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