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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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BoTTle ChArMs


BoTTle ChArMs

This spring I found some really cute colored bottles with clear plastic daisy “charms”... and I wanted more, more, and even more – – – BUT of my OWN design and my OWN price of course!

So, the “bottle idea” that has slowly been simmering in the back of my head since February (and YES, that IS spring in Louisiana!) has FINALLY spring-ed sprung forth!

After several “comme ci, comme ça” (which is just about the extent on my high school French) attempts at using wire to attach beads or charms to bottles the perfect solution struck me – WINE CHARMS!

AND for further “wowzers”, I actually had some on hand AND I could put my stubby crafty little fingers on them! Well I finished off that package up in one sitting “sew” it was time to start looking for more charm rings and thought maybe, just MAYBE, I could make some of my own?

So, heigh-ho, heigh-ho it’s off to the web I go!  A search turned up several wine charm ring tutorials from wire loop earrings and memory wire and I had the further idea to use chain in place of the ring.

With the addition of a few fresh seasonal flowers wouldn’t these make adorable party decorations – any where from sweetly old-fashinned to casual to sime-formal?  I can see them as individual place setting decorations & take-home-party-favors for a wedding or shower.  Fill the bottles with colored water.  For Thanksgiving or a fall party group an old number of bottles of differing heights in the center of a round table for a greater impact as a centerpiece.  For a rectangular candle place a rattan table runner (or four placemats) down the center of the table.  For a beach wedding or party stagger bottles of differing heights, add water or sand and flowers to the bottles and lay sea shells & starfish, fishnet, etc. among the bottles.  The possibilities are endless!  You can even add paper hearts or other shapes on a bamboo skewer cut to fit the bottles.

B.T.W.: Did you know you can EASILY clean old bottles with SALT WATER? This tip comes courtesy of my friend Maggie. Pour about a half teaspoon of salt in the bottle and fill with warm water. Shake up and then let sit (I waited overnight). Then simple empty the salt water and rinse out with warm water. The air dry and your bottle should sparkle like new! I REALLY like that you do not have to rinse and rinse and rinse some more to get the soap residue out of the bottle.

Materials

  • Wine charm rings
  • Wire loop earrings
  • Memory wire
  • Chain
  • Small round beads
  • Seed beads
  • Charms
  • Old or broken jewelry:  beaded or charm bracelets, chains, necklaces and chain bracelets
  • Jump rings

 Also needed 

  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Round tip pliers (optinal)
  • Small bottles & vases

Costs: This is a great rainy day activity and “use-it-up craft” to make something with the odd bottles & vases (new or old) and those odd & end pieces of jewelry, charms and beads you have laying around the house!

Photo Tutorial:

Photo 1: Assemble supplies.

 

Photo 2: Add beads and a charm to the charm ring or hoop earring . If the ring is not big enough to close around the bottle extend the ring a little with jump rings!

Photo 3: As you can see darker beads show up better on clear bottles. White and translucent light colors will disappear against the clear glass. Use light colored beads on amber or other dark colored bottles.

Photo 4: Another alternative is to use chain. This actually is an old chain bracelet with a charm added.

Photo 5: The back of the bracelet closes with a toggle clasp.

Photo 6: You can even make your own chain by joining split ring jump rings!

Photo 7: I joined the jump ring chain on this bottle with a short piece of torn fabric and then knotted it. The bottle actually has a chip in the lip (say that five times fast!).

Photo 8: Add a key charm and you have the finished product. The fabric “knot” totally hides the chip!

Photo 9: Canalize old bracelets for beads and charms! I got two bottle charms out of one old bracelet I got on sale for $1 years ago. I never wore it and it came in handy for this project. Note that oval or rectangle beads with a horizontal hole can only be strung on flexible wire.

Thank you for taking the time to read my tutorial on decorating your bottle with bottle charms. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and that you have great sucess in decoraing som four your windowsill . If you have any questions or if ANYthing is not clear, please let me know in a comment so that I can improve the tutorial.

I’d love to hear from you so please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post. Really, please do  – – –

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Club VBS 2012 – SpaceQuest


Club VBS 2012: SpaceQuest

One of the themes for Vacation Bible School this year is Club VBS: SpaceQuest, an out-of-this-world experience!  It was the theme we used at my church and it was such a BLAST!!!
VBS got here so much quicker than I EVER expected it too – and I was totally NOT READY for it! But fortunately I am not the one in charge – God is!!! He so blessed me for the week and took care of each night – lesson, craft, games, helpers, and all.   And the kids, the helpers, and even me all had a wonderful time!

Here are my versions of the outer space decorating, activity and craft ideas I found on-line.

These would make great rainy day activities or add up to a super-fantastical outer space birthday party!

Moon Shot

My “rocket ship” is a little different than the one I modeled it from.  The only box I had available was not quite tall enough so I had to cut the top part-way off it off, flip it up and reinforce that part with a broken hula-hoop.  Never throw ANYTHING away!  I also added the SpaceQuest logo from the clip-art on LifeWay’s VBS site and put a starry night backdrop behind it. It didn’t turn out looking too terribly bad – from the front that is!!!

Plastic Cup Rocket Launcher

This is so super easy, and SO fun to do!  The kids really loved these.  It’s also very inexpensive and would make a great party game.

Instead of having the kids I taught (age 3) draw a rocket on their own I found calendar “die cuts” of rocket/space shuttles at the local teacher supply store (also a great place to find cheap room or party decorations).  I also found some later at the Dollar Tree for, well, a dollar!  The kids added accents to the space ships with crayons.  They can also add their own “logo” to the ship either with a sticker or crayons.  The “rockets” really look like they are blasting off when you launch them.

If you are going to have the children draw their own rockets use white cardstock.  The “rocket” will stand up better than plain paper with heavy use.

Instead of using a slit in the directions I used the “hole-punch” method described in the comments and found this works GREAT!

I also found astronaut calendar cut-outs which could be taking a “moon walk” instead of blasting off.

Comet Toss

I really love this craft as it is so easy to do and you can go so many ways – our solar system, random planets, moon-scape scene, etc. – AND you can use whatever materials you have on-hand to decorate it!

Luckily I found a big piece of black felt in the Children’s Church Supply Closet and I had some fabric scraps from a DIY “solar system fabric book” that came in a BIG bag of fabric remnants I bought at an estate sale so this was essentially free.

I cut the planets out and glued them to a felt backing with fabric glue for re-enforcement and then glued them to the felt.  Be aware that the balls will not stick to the fabric planets.   As I did not have all the fabric planets and wasn’t too concerned about being accurate I just glued them down randomly.

I also added felt planets and stars cut from felt scraps and to add some “sparkly” added several foam outer space glitter stickers.

I left off the “orbit lines” of the planets for scoring as the kids I taught are 3 years old and I really didn’t want to make it a game where you scored points.

I push-pinned the game to the edge of a bulletin board and let it hang down.  For “asteroids” I used Ping-Pong balls with self-adhesive backed Velcro pieces attached to them.  You really, really need to use adhesive backed Velcro as you just CAN’T easily glue Velcro to plastic balls.

This would also make a great “Pin the Astronaut on the Moon” game.  Glue a large felt moon to black felt and then add a Velcro strip to the back of foam astronaut sticker.   Add craters to the moon with darker grey felt circles.  Further decorate the background with fabric paint and/or felt stars, planets, comets, etc. and of course a U.S. Flag!

It could also be cute to make a super cute Outer Space Scene “rearrange-able puzzle”.  All you need is an 11”x7” inch piece of black felt and felt star, moon, comet, planet, astronaut and space ship “stickers” for the kids to rearrange.  If you are particularly handy you can make a pocket for the “stickers” to reside in. Glue a piece of ribbon on the back of one side of the felt so the space scene can easily be rolled up and secured for transport.

Solar System Canopy

I modeled this after an Oriental Trading Company product I REALLY, REALLY wanted but just couldn’t afford.  I had given up on this idea but a couple of days before VBS I found a bed canopy on sale for less than $10 at Justice.  I had purchased a small glow-in-the-dark solar system model from the Dollar Tree eons ago in the event that one of my kids would need to do a Solar System project in school.  I also found some glow-in-the-dark planets and stars like you would “glue” to the ceiling at you guessed it – the Dollar Tree!

First I pinned them on with safety pins but that just looked “tacky” and there was the (however remotely possibility) safety issue if one of the pins snapped open and stuck one of the kids so I tried sewing them on with a needle and thread but that was taking FOREVER!  So after giving up and moving on to suspending the planets from the top of the canopy some brainstorming I “sewed” them on with FISHING LINE!!!  It worked perfectly and you don’t even need a needle!  Someone I had put glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling for a previous VBS probably around 25 years ago.  Can you believe they were still there? So after hanging the canopy from a hook in the ceiling I was all set for a starry night.

WOW, did the kids love this!  They had the best time sitting inside the canopy and counting down to blast off to see the stars – – – and listen to the Bible story.  Just in case I had one child scared of the dark I got some of the battery operated push on lights shaped like stars and moons from my favorite store.  They MAY have liked those more than the stars on the ceiling!

Collecting Moon Rocks

This was another one of the games we played that the kids LOVED.  They had a blast looking for the “hidden” moon rocks.  I used plastic whiffle balls but as my son pointed out moon rocks “aren’t white and don’t have holes in them – that’s pumice!”  He is a little bit of a smart aleck takes after his mom!  Wadded up balls of aluminum foil would work equally as well.  Provide some astronaut gloves (i.e.; adult gardening gloves or leather work gloves) and a “specimen bag” (any type of bags you can find).  Be sure to have the kids do the “moon walk” (i.e.; take big and bouncy steps)!

Decorating on a Shoestring

For some cheap decorations I stopped a local teacher supply store and picked up some solar system posters for a dollar each.  I also found some great bulletin board posters, cut-outs & borders at the Dollar Tree.  I set up the room in stations: Moon Room (Reading), Bible Dress-Up, Mission Central, etc.

For cheap Bible dress-up clothing I asked church members for old t-shirts and scarfs.  Cut the tees down the front, turn them inside out and then tie them with a fabric belt, scarf, sash, or tie.  I also made some belts by braiding some torn t-shirt strips.

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I hope you found an outer space idea or two that suits you.  I’d love to see your space 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

Fourth of July Paper & Foam Garland


4th of July Paper & Foam Garland

This garland designed for the kiddies to complete came about this past Sunday when I was drafted volunteered to help out during the Extended Care Session for preschoolers (a.k.a. Children’s Church) and had to come up with an emergency patriotic craft project for the Fourth of July.  I quickly came up with a project using items from our craft closet that takes about 20 minutes to complete.

The lesson to go along with this craft focused on the yellow ribbon symbolizing remembering our soldiers, the flag symbolizing our freedom, and the “God Bless America” & other religious “die cuts” our freedom of religion.  We talked about children in other countries who could not attend church at all or those who did so with the possibility of being arrested.

This would be a great kid’s rainy day craft project for any patriotic holiday or an easy patriotic holiday decoration by varying the paper and foam die cuts used (i.e.; George Washington or Abraham Lincoln silhouette, stars, etc.).

You can also make this as long as you want.  I choose to keep it short due to time constraints and to prevent tangling as the children carried it home.

Materials:

  • Paper Us Flags
  • Foam Yellow Ribbon
  • Red, White & Blue Ribbon
  • Red, White & Blue Pony Beads
  • Cord, Yarn or Other Stringing Material
  • Cross & Other Religious Stickers

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick

Photo Tutorial

When you string the paper and foam items make sure the loops are in the front. To secure the paper or foam items in place tie a ribbon through the loop.

 

Thread the beads on the twine and secure them in place with a short piece of ribbon.

Glue a cross and a fish on the flags if desired.

The garland displayed on the wall.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post. Really, please do – I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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

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 # 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.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore!

Post # 24:  Simple Stencils

 Sure, you can buy stencils, but why when you can use cookie cutters and some plastic binder dividers you already have on hand?  A simple stencil can easily be made with these items and a craft knife. 

 In a pinch you can use the cookie cutter itself as a stencil.  Use your cutters with stencil paint, give them to your children to trace & color shapes, or use them to create a unique cake topper and more.

  •  Make really large letters for project signs!
  • Make your own custom phrase!
  • Make custom party decorations!
  • Make your own coloring pages!
  • Much more!

 Costs

  • Plastic dividers: on-hand or $1.  Making these stencils cheap enough to make and use once!

 Materials

  • Thin clear plastic

 Also needed

  • Craft knife
  • Cookie cutter
  • Permanent marker

 

Photo 1: Place the plastic film on a self-heal map or a thick piece of cardboard. Place the cookie cutter on top of the plastic film.

Photo 2: Trace the cutter with the marker while holding it firmly down. Don't worry if you miss up (I did!). If you need a larger or smaller stencil than the cutter you have just trace the design onto plain paper and then enlarge or shrink it with your printer.

Photo 3: Freehand any details, etc.

Photo 3: Freehand any details, etc.

Photo 4: Use the craft knife to cut around the trace line. And presto! Your very own cookie cutter stencil is ready!

Photo 4: Use the craft knife to cut around the trace line. And presto! Your very own cookie cutter stencil is ready!

Notes

  1.  Keep a look-out for thin plastic binder dividers and stock up. I got my latest ones at Dollar General for 50 cents a set on sale – that’s a LOT of stencils!   When using your plastic stencil, spray Repositionable Spray Adhesive (Easy-Tack) on the back and then stick it to the wall, tee shirt, etc.  Then you’re ready to stencil.  If you need to store your stencil cover the sticky side with cellophane food wrap.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

Cookie Cutters Not Just For Cookies Anymore Series


Cookie Cutters Not Just For Cookies Anymore Series

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

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

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

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

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

Links to Posts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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/

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Post pending.

 

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

Post pending.

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

Post pending.

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

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

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


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

Some people collect thimbles, refrigerator magnets, tee shirts or cups on vacation and buy ornaments for a special occasion (ex: baby’s first Christmas) but why not collect cookie cutters instead?   With all the shapes available in stores and on-line you will be able to find that special cutter that is perfect for the occasion.

  • Re-live the trip or the special day every time you make cut-out sugar cookies with that cutter!
  • Use your cutter to make a “memory ornament” described in Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10B: Ephemera Cut-out Cookies.  Click on the link below to read the post.

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

  • Use the cutter to make die cuts for your scrapbook page about your vacation as described in Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 13: Die cuts.  Click on the link below to read the post.

https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/die-cuts/

 

“Instructions”

 Label the cutter on the side with a permanent marker with the occasion and date.  In your “Cookie Cutter Log” journal additional detail about what the cutter represents.

  •  ANNUAL: Find a cookie cutter that represents the best thing to have happened in the past year:  A wedding bell for a wedding in the family, a house for moving into a new home, a baby rattle for a new baby in the family, etc.
  • VACATION: Find a cookie cutter shape that represents what you liked best on vacation or that represents an event that happened. For example: A bear shape for the time you saw a bear in the Smokey Mountains, a teepee for going out west, etc.  I have even found one of George Washington’s profile to represent a trip to Mount Vernon!  Don’t stress too much about actually buying the cutter on vacation, although it’s fun to look – try flea markets, as you can always find one on-line when you get back home and soon have it ready to make canoe cookies to celebrate the first time your child paddled a canoe!

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

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