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Fall Leaf Ornament


Fall Leaf Ornament

I wanted to do a little something different, kinda multimedia-ey, with a package of really cute fall silk leaves I picked up at Dollar General. This ornament was inspired by the stitched hearts I am making from an old, literally falling apart, quilt and one of my last year’s Christmas projects involving gluing shapes to paper bags.  So looking at my bag of leaves I thought “Hey, why not combine the two?” and thus this ornament idea was born!

While I was stitching I was reminded of the Doctor Who episode “A Good Man Goes to War”.  In this episode a human female “Order of the Headless Monks” solider hailing the Gamma Forest stitched a prayer leaf (a good luck token) for the kidnapped Amy’s newborn baby girl, Melody Pond.   The solider, Lorna Bucket, only joined the order’s army in an attempt to meet the Doctor, who she met as a child, once again.  She later goes to warn the Doctor’s Army of treachery and fights with them but is slain.

It doesn’t really resemble the prayer leaf much but just somehow the hand – mind connection was firmly established while I was stitching!  Maybe it’s just the time immortal figure of a woman hunched over her sewing placing well wishes for the recipient with every stich taken.

Materials

  • Silk fall leaves
  • Embroidery thread
  • Rick-rack
  • Buttons
  • Fabric strips
  • Paper bags
  • Fabric glue
  • Brown cardstock

Also Needed

  • Bamboo skewer
  • Needle

Photo Tutorial

Thanks so much for stopping in, and as always I love for your comments!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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Paper Plate Pumpkin Scarecrow


Paper Plate Pumpkin Scarecrow

Here is a craft idea for those who have a need to do a fall craft project with multiple children.

Oriental Trading sells these kits for decorating a “Scarecrow Pumpkin”.  The unit has three different designs.  Look in the “less than perfect” section and you can get 12 kits for about $2 and SHIPPING IS FREE thru this THURSDAY for any size order!!!   Enter key code WCE3585 during checkout.    If you buy these clearance kits you may need to use your own glue as the adhesive may be dried out – but hey, for $2/12 I can use my glue!!!

Instead of using a pumpkin I purchased dinner size orange paper plates at Wally World I think 20 for $2.  You could also use yellow or buff paper plates to make him more scarcrow-y and less pumpkin-y.

Attach a hanger to the back – glue on a soda pop ring a loop of ribbon or other hanger to the back so he can be hung as a cute handmade by your kid fall decoration!!!

I added the button and wouldn’t he look cute with an addition of buttons on his eyes?  You could also add silk fall leaves, foam fall leaves, and other fall-ly craft items to make your plate unique!

So this works out to be a pretty cheap project for a children’s group to do.  And if you just need to make one project you can hand cut your pieces from craft foam or construction paper!

Until next time!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Up-Cycled Button Container


Up-Cycled Button Container

I LOVE the buttons in the small “button containers” for around a dollar from Wal-mart and Michael’s – the ones with a plastic barrel and enormous button top – and I’ve saved all the empty containers with endless crafting possibilities in mind!

There are just so many uses for these little containers:

Decoratively store your buttons until you are ready to use them.  Try displaying them in an old shadow box!

  1. Decoratively store your tiny crafting materials (like those googley eyes that always end up EVERYWHERE) in the same manner.
  2. Use every part of the button container: Use the LARGE button top as a craft accent on a “Cute as a Button” photo frame or other button craft project.  Use the barrel of the container as a drawer organizer in a shallow drawer.  And finally use the ribbon as an ornament hanger.
  3. Turning the entire container into a sewing ornament with fabric, rick-rack, lace and buttons.
  4. What ideas can you come up with?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please take the time to leave me a comment.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Curtain Ring Ornament Revisited: Gingerbread


Curtain Ring Ornament Revisited: Gingerbread

Back in January I did a tutorial on curtain ring ornaments and as July is the start of the Christmas crafting season I have revisited the craft for Christmas.  I LOVE gingerbread and sugar cookies so I went with a Gingerbread Theme!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and I welcome your comments and suggestions!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Gingerbread Curtain Ring Ornament

Materials

  • Wood Curtain Ring
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Gingerbread Button
  • Assorted Buttons: Heart, Mini White
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Narrow Rick-Rack
  • Embellishments: Tiny Cookie Cutters, Candy Canes, Merry Christmas, etc.
  • Jump Rings

Also Needed

  • White Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint: Gingerbread Brown, Antique Copper Metallic
  • Jump Ring Opener (optional)

Fourth of July Garland


Fourth of July Garland

Start off by going on a gathering mission through your Christmas and craft supplies looking for anything red, white & blue that can be used to make patriotic ornaments.

Don’t limit yourself to just stars and stripes – – – lots of things can be used to make Red, White, & Blue ornaments!!!

I purchased some red, silver, and blue round ball ornaments on clearance after Christmas just to use for my Patriotic Garland!

These were uber-easy to make following a few simple instructions and photo as guides.

Materials:

  • Torn Fabric Strips
  • Rick-Rack
  • Buttons (Star, Round, Etc.)
  • Christmas Ornaments (Balls, Stars, Etc.)
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Mini Wood Spools
  • Rhinestones (Star, Round, Etc.)
  • Jingle Bells
  • Small US Flags

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue
  • Paint (Glitter & Plain)
  • Ornament Hangers
  • Embroidery Thread

Mini Tutorials

Mini Patriotic Spool Ornaments: Simply wrap empty wooden spools with torn fabric strips or ribbon and secure with glue.  Add rick-rack trim.  Wrap embroidery thread several times around the spool and tie off or secure with glue.  Glue buttons as accents.  Knot torn ribbon strips through the hanger.

Mini Button Flag Ball Ornament:  Arrange four rows of mini red, white and blue buttons in the shape of a flag.  Adhere to a ball ornament with white tacky glue. Knot torn ribbon strips through the hanger.

Star Button & Rhinestone Ball Ornament:  Glue star buttons to a ball Christmas ornaments and then embellish the ornament further with rhinestones and tiny buttons. Knot torn ribbon strips through the hanger.

Red, White & Blue Star Ornaments:  Paint the front of star ornaments with white paint and allow drying time.  Paint over the white paint with white glitter paint and allow drying time.  Add red and blue paint accents and allow drying time.   Glue buttons in the center or the stars.  Knot torn ribbon strips through the hanger.

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My Pinterest Board: 100 Plus Ways to Use Cookie Cutters


If you Pinterest, please check out my board 100 Plus Way To Use Cookie Cutters: From Crafts to Storage for over 160  uses for cookie cutters from crafts (like cookie cutter pin cushions) to nifty ideas on storing your cutters (from decorative to practical).

You may find lots of uses you never even dreamed were possible!

And if you don’t, then use the photos as a springboard to a great, never dreamed of idea.

I’d love for you to pin items to this board too, just send me your e-mail and I will add you as a pinner.  Let’s make this the GREATEST COLLECTION OF COOKIE CUTTER IDEAS ever!

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


In just one afternoon your decorative pins and your ladybug pincushion can be ready for gifting!

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!

Materials

  • Metal outline cookie cutter
  • Fabric
  • Button or other embellishment
  • Lace and other trims
  • Metal pot-scrubber
  • Heavy cardboard
  • Decorative pins(link to tutorial below)

Also Needed

  • Needle and embroidery thread
  • Fabric glue
  • Chopstick
  • Scissors

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”.

 

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


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 26: 

 Even More Cookie Cutter Ideas & Links Found On-The-Web

This is the next-to-the-last post I have planned for my series “Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore”.  I hope you have enjoyed this series.  The last (?) post will be a wrap-up summarizing all the posts.  So if you missed any of the posts you’ll be able to catch up and not miss out on any of the really great crafts and ideas!  And I’ll let you know how the e-book idea works out!

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.

P.S.: Here’s a great post on the history of cookie cutters by Karen’s Cookies tracing their roots going back over 2000 years. Fascinating!

Melba

Cookie Cutter Craft Ideas & Links to Blogs

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.

  • Plate Rail Display: Display your favorite cutters on plate rail molding. Hang a single piece or stack them to make cookie cutter “shelves”. Use small nails if needed to keep the cutters in place.
  • Cookie Cutter Border: Display your cutters by mounting them in the place of a wallpaper border.   Mount single cutters every four to six inches   around your kitchen walls.  Another way to make a decorative cookie cutter border is to string cutters together with torn fabric strips making a garland. Another alternative is to stamp or stencil a cookie cutter border using the cutters themselves or  stamps made from potatoes or sponges. Still yet another way to create a cookie cutter border is to decoupage cookie cutter die cuts around the room. Some examples: Stamp animal cookie cutter shapes around a child’s room.  Tie hearts and star cutters together to make a county border for your kitchen.  Share your ideas in a comment.
  • Cabinet knobs: Replace the current knobs on your kitchen cabinets with outline cutters.
  • Curtain Tie-Backs: For a primitive effect slip a cookie cutter onto each curtain tie back. Or make your own tie back by tying a cutter to raffia or ribbon and tie the curtain back.  How about mounting a cutter on a plain metal hook type tie back?
  • Window Decorations: Suspend several in each window from a thin strand of wire or ribbon.
  • Cookie Cutter Wall Display: Tie a torn fabric strip on each cutter as a bow and mount them directly to the wall with straight pins in a pleasing pattern.
  • Cookie Cutter Counter Display: Fill a gallon size jug with your favorite or vintage cookie cutters. Mix copper, colorful plastic, and metal for visual impact. Or use a quart size jar to display tart molds. Use a round tart mold in the place of the flat lid. Secure with a Mason jar ring.
  • Window Shade or Blinds Pulls: Use mini cutters as a pull tag on a window shade or blinds. This also works for a light or fan pull.
  • Curtain Rod Finales: Glue cookie cutters on the end of curtain rods.
  • Cookie Cutter Candle Centerpiece: Place a cookie cutter on a pretty plate, set a colored votive candle in the middle of the cutter. Scatter decorative accents like fresh or dried floral materials, clay “cookies”, buttons, beads, or pebbles around the cutter. Take care to not use flammable materials if votive will be lit.
  • House Plant Pokes: Glue onto short dowels to make plant pokes for a cute country kitchen accent.  Or how about dressing up a plant for a new mother gift by using mini baby related cutters?
  • Wallpaper Cookie Cutter Die Cuts: Use a cookie cutter to cut wallpaper shapes for home decor. Decoupage these on wooden canisters, candles or other decorative accents.
  • Curtain Weights: Sew mini cookie cutters along the edge or hem of a kitchen curtain to help it hang straight as well as adding a decorative accent.
  • Cookie Cutter Chandelier: Spray paint and glitter cookie cutters. Tie to ribbons and hang from the ceiling, chandelier or light fixture, etc. to create holiday atmosphere.

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.

  • Use as a pattern to cut non-slip shapes for bathtub grips.
  • To hold small items for organization place several large outline cookie cutters in a drawer.  Glue in place if needed.

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.

  • Use cookie cutters to trace patterns for embroidery or other stitchery work.
  • Use a cookie cutter as a template to create fabric shapes and attach them to sewing projects with iron-on fusible webbing. Stitch around the shapes with contrasting thread if desired. Make denim patches for jeans, shapes for quilt blocks, shapes for appliqué projects and more!
  • Use a cutter as a stencil with fabric paint on a t-shirt or tennis shoes.

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.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed this post and the “Cookie Cutter” series.  If you have any questions or if something is not clear, please let me know so that I can make any improvements needed.   

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Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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


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

Cookie Cutter Gift Ideas

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!

  •  3D Clay Tiles: Roll your clay out into a 1/4 inch thick slab. Cut it into 4×4 inch squares. Roll out another slab and cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Rough up the back of each clay shape and the area of the tile square that will be under the shape. Then “glue” the shape to the tile with clay slurry (clay mixed with water). Allow to air dry or fire per the product’s direction. Paint or glaze when dry.

 

  • “Bean” Filled Cookie Cutters:  Mix colored beans & seeds (or colored opaque plastic beads) with plain Mod Podge to make a bumpy “dough”.  Lay a cookie cutter flat on a plastic plate or foil wrapped tray.  Fill the cutter with the “dough” packing it down loosely.  Allow to dry.  This will take about a week.   Glue on a ribbon or raffia hanger.  Hang from a curtain rod for a unique kitchen decoration or hang an opaque plastic bead filled cutter in a window as a nice sun catcher.

 

  • Candle Holder:  Place a heart-shaped candle holder (glass or tin) inside a larger cookie cutter (such as a teddy bear) so that it fits tightly.  Then fill the candle holder with potpourri. Wrap in cellophane, gather at the top and tie with several colors of curly ribbon.

 

  •  Cookie Cutter Coin “Bank”:  This is a great last minute gift for a child (hey, I’d like to get it!).  Have a few made up and ready for impromptu gift giving.  Stretch clear packing tape across the back of a colorful plastic cookie cutter.  Fill the cutter with coins and then stretch a layer of clear packing tape across the front of the cutter. Wrap tightly with cellophane and tie the top with colorful ribbons. 

 

  • Cookie Cutter Cutting Board:  Hammer small nails into an old cutting board, the more battered the better! Tie a torn fabric strip bow around the handle.  Then hang vintage cookie cutters from the nails. Change the cookie cutters to fit the season.  

 

  • Cookie Cutter Photo Collage:  Trace themed cookie cutters on a piece of mat board (Book, apple, & school bus for a child. Cats & dogs for a vet.) to create a custom photo collage mat.  Cut out the shapes with a sharp craft knife.  Add photos and insert in a frame and your collage is ready to hang.

 

  • Cookie Cutter Shaped Candles:  Make two molds from matching metal cookie cutters and aluminum foil (face them the opposite way so when they are put together you will have a complete 3D shape). Melt your wax per product instructions and then color & scent it (sugar cookie or gingerbread of course!).  Then fill the molds and allow the wax to harden.  Push the shapes out of the molds.  Brush a layer of melted wax on one wax shape and then lay a wick down.  Apply a little more melted wax on the other shape and join the two halves together. Let cool completely.  Wrap the completed candle in cellophane and tie on a ribbon for a cute gift. 

 

  • Cookie Cutter Shaped Wax Tarts:  Use mini cutters to create mini wax tarts. Make a mold and then continue with melting, scenting and coloring the wax.  Fill the molds and allow to cool, then pop out your tarts and they are ready to scent your house.  Wrap several in cellophane and tie with a colorful bow to make the perfect little “I’m thinking of you” gift!

 

  • Cookie Cutter Tote Bag:  Embellished a tote bag with fabric or felt cookie cutter shapes for your favorite baker.  Cut out felt or fabric die cuts using cookie cutters as templates and then iron them on a fabric tote bag with heat fusible webbing.  An alternative is to make homemade cookie cutter stamps with potatoes or sponges then stamp the tote using fabric paint. Or simply stencil cookie cutter shapes directly on the tote with fabric markers.  When the paint/glue is dry embellish your tote with rick-rack, buttons, embroidery thread, fabric paint & markers. Let dry and it’s ready for gifting.

 

  • Cookie Mix in a Jar:  Start with a clean re-cycled Mason or food jar and stencil cookie cutters on it.  First trace mini cookie cutters on a very thin, flexible plastic sheet (like a “cheap” binder divider). Lay the plastic sheet on a self-heal cutting mat or old phone book cut the shapes out with a craft knife.  Apply spray adhesive to the back of the stencil so it will adhere to the glass.  To store your stencil lay it on a piece of plastic wrap sticky side down.  Trace the shapes and then fill in with paint markers.  Allow to dry.  Layer the dry ingredients for sugar or gingerbread cookies in the jar and close the top tightly. Cut a square of sugar cookie or gingerbread print fabric with pinking shears, place it over the lid and secure with a rubber band then tie it off with raffia or matching ribbon.  Trace a large matching cookie cutter on white cardstock and cut it out to make the icing part of a “cookie” hangtag. Glue it to light tan or brown cardstock and trim this close to the edge.  Decorate the front with paper “sprinkles” and then write your cookie recipe on the back.    Punch a hole in the top of the card and then attach it and a mini cookie cutter or two to the tails of the ribbon.

 

  • Fabric & Felt Cookie Cutter Coasters:  Make a set to have on-hand as an “Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I forgot Aunt Agnes!” gift.  Cut a piece of quilt batting to fit a round paper coaster (or a circle cut from cardboard).  Then attach the batting to the coaster with a THIN layer of fabric glue.  Next cut a circle a little larger than the coaster from seasonal fabric.  Glue it to the batting.  Then make small cuts in the edges of the fabric (so it will fit better) and wrap the fabric around to the back.  Secure with fabric glue.  Cut and glue a felt circle to the back of the coaster.  Make a pattern from newspaper of a mini cookie cutter.  Then cut the shape from contrasting felt or fabric.  Whip stich around the edges of the shape with contrasting embroidery thread if desired.  Then glue it to the front of the coaster.  Embellish with rick-rack or other trim as desired.  When all is dry, your coasters are ready to gift. 

 

  • Fairy Princess Wand:  Paint a small (or mini) star or heart cutter with metallic gold or silver paint and let dry.  Cover it with several coats of glitter paint and let dry.  Alternatively coat the painted cutter with glue and then sprinkle with the color of your choice glitter.  Next paint a 12 inch long dowel to match or contrast with the cutter and let dry.  Hot glue the cutter to the dowel.  Then embellish the wand with ribbons, rhinestones, lace, pearl beads, or metallic star garland (curled into spirals) to create a fairy princess wand.  This is a great craft for a little girl’s party – have the wands ready for the girls to decorate and enjoy.

 

 

  • Floral Arrangement:  Wire cookie cutters to long floral picks and add to flower arrangements to enhance (plus add a little extra gift) the arrangement. For example: baby rattle, bib, ducky, & bottle cutters in a pastel arrangement for a new mother.   Use a large cutter to create a custom floral pick (see below) with the recipient’s name or a special message.

 

  • Floral Picks:  Cut two cookie cutters shapes (one reverse to the other) from scrapbook paper glued to cardstock.  Glue the two shapes together with a bamboo skewer sandwiched between them.  Then decorate the pick with rick-rack or other trim, scrapbook letters, buttons, etc.  Insert into a floral arrangement or place an odd number of picks into a vase for a bouquet.  Link to my post showing my “Conservation Heart” floral picks.

 

  • Gift Wrap:  Trace cookie cutters on butcher paper, brown wrapping paper or paper bags with colored markers.  Alternatively, stamp plain brown paper with cookie cutters (dip the cutter in paint, then stamp) or stamps made from a potato or a sponge.  Another alternative is to make die cuts from leftover pieces of gift wrap or scraps of scrapbook paper and glue them to solid color gift bags or wrapping paper. 

 

  • Grandma’s Cookie Cutters Shadow Box:  When it’s time to pass on your vintage family cookie cutters do it in style.  Type or write out the family recipe and/or a memory of baking cookies with your mother or grandmother.  Leave one side of the paper blank for the cutters and a photograph.  Size the document to fit your shadow box frame and print it out in brown ink on parchment look cardstock.  Cut the paper to fit the frame.  Mount one or more of grandma’s cutters using hot glue (it is easy to peel the glue off if you would like to use the cutters in the future).  Add any cookie related embellishments, stickers, etc.  Then insert into the frame. This one-of-a-kind gift is sure to be greatly appreciated.

 

  • Jewelry:  Use tiny, ½ to 1½ inch, cookie cutters to make cookie cutter jewelry.  “String” the tiny cutters and beads on fancy ornament hooks and attach to earing wires to create unique earrings.  Or string several ½ inch cutters on a ribbon with beads to create a custom necklace.  I found tiny cutters in the decorative button section of my local craft store.  To create a unique lapel pin wrap a 1 ½ to 2 inch cutter with a narrow red silk ribbon, add a tiny sprig of holly or other greenery and a bow then attach a pin back and it’s ready to wear.  Package these is a cookie cutter box (instructions below) to make a one-of-a-kind gift!

 

  • Mobile: This is a great way to display or gift those vintage cutters you have collected for so long.  First create a mobile base by joining two dowels or wooden skewers (cut the pointed ends off first) together in an “x” shape with clear packing tape.  Then wrap the join with ribbon, raffia, or yarn.  You can also use a wooden embroidery hoop (separate the loops and make two mobiles!) or a large macramé ring as a base.  Tie three or four ribbons evenly spaced to the “X”, hoop or ring, then gather them together and tie off to create a hanger.  Hang the base from a hook on the ceiling.   Next tie 6” to 24″ lengths of fishing line, yarn, or ribbon to vintage or interesting cookie cutters. You can use a season, theme (barnyard animals, Easter, etc.) or a mix-match of cutters.   Last attach the loose ends of the ribbons to the base from long ribbons to short ribbons.  Now your uniquely different mobile is ready to hang from the kitchen ceiling of one lucky person you know!  

 

  • Napkin Rings:  Gift a set of eight small matched cutters with an equal number of napkins for a unique bridal shower gift.  Paint the cutters to coordinate or contrast with the napkins or leave them the original color.  Copper cutters would be really nice.

 

  • Paperweight:  First make a mold of the cookie cutter using foil to form a bottom in a cutter.  Then fill the mold with a quick setting Plaster of Paris mix (available at hobby stores).  Embellish plaster with beads, stones, etc. after the plaster sets a little. Let dry and then paint if desired.

 

  • Photo Frame:  First choose your outline cutter.  Again copper makes a nice frame!  It needs to be able to stand upright and the section of the photograph you want to use must fit neatly inside the cutter.  If needed, make a base out of air dry clay for the cutter to rest on.  Paint the cutter with enamel paint if desired and let dry.  Next glue the photo to cardstock.  Place the cutter on the photo and move it around so the area you want to feature is centered in the cutter.  Next trace around cutter lightly with a colored pencil and then cut the shape out.  Run a line of hot glue around the edge of the photo and carefully place the cutter on top.  Attach a bow of ribbon, rick-rack, or raffia to the top of your new photo frame if desired.  Make several of these to gift as a photo grouping.

 

  •  Potpourri Filled Cutter: Create your very own unique pompadours to hang from a door knob or shelf peg to scent the room or use it a sachet in a dresser drawer.  First create a back to the cutter with clear packing tape.  Then pack the cutter tightly with potpourri (add refresher oil as needed).  Last wrap the cutter with a small weave net, gather it at the top or bottom and tie off with a ribbon. Attach a ribbon as a hanger.

 

  • ·Stamped Gifts: Use cookie cutters to make sponge, potato or Styrofoam stamps (or dip the cutters in fabric paint and stamp).  Then stamp tote bags, flower pots, cookie jars, etc.   As an alternative cut out paper & fabric die cuts with cutter templates.  Stamp an apron with gingerbread men for a cute Christmas gift, stamp a t-shirt with multi-color stars for a colorful child’s tee or decoupage heart & flower paper die cuts to a flower pot for a Mother’s Day gift.

 

  • Sun Catchers,Stained Glass”: Use unflavored gelatin to create a sort of “plastic”. To make this gather the ingredients:  3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin; 8-10 tablespoons water; several drops of food coloring; plastic plate and a straw. First mix the water and food coloring in a saucepan over low heat. Add gelatin stirring continuously. Cook until thickened (30 seconds to one minute). Pour the mixture onto a plastic plate and remove as many air bubbles as possible by tapping the plate on the counter. Let it set for 45 minutes to one hour. Remove gelatin from plate – it will be flexible. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the gelatin and punch holes in the top with the straw. Let the shapes air dry for 2 to 3 days.  Then hang them in the window.  Or make a no-cook sun catcher simply by using Mod Podge to glue strips of colored tissue paper to the back of a cookie cutter and let dry.

 

  • Treat Filled Cookie Cutter:  Fill cookie cutters with homemade fudge, white chocolate, or Rice Krispies Marshmallow Treats.  To make white chocolate filled cutters place the cookie cutters flat on parchment paper. Melt white chocolate and pour into the cutters. Add sprinkles, M&M’s, etc. to the top of the melted chocolate. Once the chocolate hardens (check it at 5 minutes), cut off any extra chocolate that may have oozed out the bottom.  Place filled cutters in a cellophane bag and tie the bag with curly ribbon or other trim to create a unique party favor or a memorable “trinket” gift for teachers, postmen, etc.   Have your children make a homemade cookie cutter shaped gift tag to attach to the gift. 

 

  • ·Trinket Box:  Make a cookie cutter shaped trinket box to gift small cookie cutter related gifts in.  If desired first glue backing themed scrapbook paper or fabric on cardboard.  To make the bottom trace and cut out the inside of a simply shaped cutter on stiff cardboard. Cut a 2″ wide strip from the same cardboard and glue around the edges of the bottom. Then trace the outside of the cutter to make the lid of the box.  Cut a 1″ wide strip of cardboard and glue it around the edges of the lid.  Decoupage the top and sides of the box with cookie or baking printed fabric or scrapbook paper.  Leave the inside edge of the lid and one inch of the side of the box plain (where the lid of the box fits).  Add appliqués, sequins, beads, glitter, etc. as desired.  Fit the lid on the box and your gift box is ready.

 

  • Wind Chime:  Create a theme with the cutters; for example: an animal theme, star theme, sports theme, holiday theme, baby theme, etc.  This is basically made the same way as the mobile is except you use only metal cutters and a length of lightweight metal pipe. Tie different shapes, sizes, and styles of metal cutters to different lengths of nylon wire.  Tie the loose ends of the wires to a large metal hoop.  Graduate the size of the cookie cutters from large at top to mini at the bottom. Add a lightweight hollow metal pipe to the inside of the chime.

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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Mother’s Day Crafts: Mini Button Flowers in a Mini Clay Pot & Button Words


Mother’s Day Crafts: Mini Button Flowers in a Pot & Button Words

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you are a teacher (Sunday School or grade school) it’s time to start thinking about what craft the children will do for that special woman in thier lives – mother or grandmother.

Here are two simple crafts suitable for pre-school and the lower elementary grades.

 

 

Mini Button Flowers in a Mini Clay Pot

I used muted colors on this project but you can use any color scheme you desire  to make this project a little extra special I used vintage lace and buttons.  You could even ask your students to bring in a small piece of trim and buttons that belonged to their grandmother.

Materials

  • Mini clay pat
  • Paint
  • Varnish
  • Lace
  • Buttons
  • Moss
  • Bamboo skewers or other thin wood stick
  • Green trim for leaves (rick-rack, lace, ribbon)
  • Mini silk flowers
  • Small foam letters
  • Glue

 

Instructions

  1. Paint clay pot.  Paint rim a contrasting color.  Allow to dry then varnish.
  2. Paint foam letters with the color used on rim.
  3. Glue trim on rim.  Glue buttons evenly spaced around rim.
  4. Glue “Mom” on pot.
  5. Paint skewers (or sticks from bottle rockets) green.
  6. Remove flower heads from the stems.  Discard plastic center.
  7. Glue flower heads on a small circle of cardstock that is the same color as the flower head.
  8. Glue buttons in the center of the flower.
  9. After it is dry glue it to the green “stem” for leaves.
  10. Once dry tie on small pieces of green trim Insert a fall of moss into pot.
  11. Plant the “flowers” in the pot.

 

Button Word

The second project is very simple.  You can use pre-painted wooden words or let the children paint unfinished ones.  Again, any color scheme can be used.

Materials

  • Wooden “word” (Friends, Love, Laugh, etc.)
  • Paint
  • Buttons
  • Glue

Instructions

  • Paint the “word” if needed and allow to dry.
  • Glue the buttons on the “word” arranging buttons in a pleasing pattern.

 

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. 

Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

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