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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.  

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

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. 

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


COOKIE CUTTERS:  NOT JUST FOR COOKIES ANYMORE! POST # 22:  PARTY FAVOR & PARTY IDEAS

It’s been a while since I made a Cookie Cutter Series post, so here is Number 22 just in time for summer wedding planning season. 

They may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of party favors, but a cookie cutter is a fun, attractive & useful party favor to give your guests.

This is especially true for themed parties such as weddings or baby showers.

While you may not go so far as having a Cookie Cutter Wedding, a cookie cutter favor can complement your next event and give your guests something that will bring you and your awesome event to mind every time they use it!

CHOOSING PARTY FAVOR CUTTERS

 When choosing party favor cutters here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Metal or Plastic: Silver colored metal cookie cutters will match most weddings best while colorful plastic would complement a luau best.   Copper is also an option that would work great with any fall party.
  2. Shape:  The shape should stand for something that is special about your event.  Are you celebrating a Baptism or Confirmation?  A cross cookie cutter would be an excellent choice.  Are you hosting a “Back-To-School” party? Use an apple cookie cutter of course! With all the shapes available now on-line now, you are sure to find one that makes your guests go, “Wow! That was a great time!” when they are making cookies months and even years after your party.
  3. Presentation:  Don’t just pile your cutters in a basket or hide them away in party favor bags, use them as place cards and party decorations!

COOKIE CUTTER PLACE CARDS

 Tent Place Card: 

  • Oriental Trading and Sugarcraft have cutters that come complete with a note card that can be used as a place card.  Or you can make your own (make a sample card first). 

http://www.orientaltrading.com/personalized-spring-wedding-cookie-cutters-with-card-a2-3_2553-12-1.fltr?Ntt=cookie+cutters

http://sugarcraft.com/catalog/cooky/heartcard.htm

  • Make Your Own:
    • Purchase some blank note cards that are larger than your cutter or make your own cards by taking a half sheet of cardstock and folding it in half.
    • Print the note cards with the event information. See “Party Information to Include” below.
    • Add the guest’s name to the front of the card if you are using as a place card.
    • Make a template by tracing the cutter shape onto thin cardboard and adding a “seam allowance” of ¼ to ½ inch (so the cutter can hang freely from the card).
    • Now trace the template on the front of the note card and cut it out.
    • Next cut a small slit at the top of the folded edge of the card to thread the ribbon through and attach the cutter to the card.

 Snow Globe Place Card

  • Create this lovely cookie cutter “snow globe” with a cookie cutter, a wine glass, and artificial snow.   See the link below for a tutorial.

http://yievents.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-place-settings.html

 “Scroll” Place Card: 

  • Print a copy of the family cut-out cookie recipe on decorative paper.  Roll it up and insert it into the mini cutter.  Or tie the scroll with raffia or ribbon and then attach the cutter.  Tie on a hang tag with the guest’s name.  Place the scroll diagonally across the plate/charger at each place setting.

 Scrapbook Paper Backed Cutter Place Card

  • Trace and cut out the cookie cutter shape from decorative scrapbook paper (glued to cardstock to reinforce it) that coordinates with the event.  Write the guest’s name on the front of the paper shape or attach scrapbook sticker letters.  Then attach the paper shape to the back of the cookie cutter with the guest’s name displayed inside the cutter with removable glue dots (so the guest can use the cutter later).  Attach a party information hang tag (see below).  Stand the cookie cutter place card beside the plate or lay it flat on top of the plate.

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

Plain Cutter Place Card: 

  • Simply use a plain cookie cutter as a place card. Write a name on the side with a permanent marker or attach a piece of ribbon, ribbon slide and a nametag to the cutter.

http://www.parents.com/baby/shower/themes/twinkle-twinkle-little-star/?page=7

 

DISPLAYING COOKIE CUTTERS

DECORATIONS & PARTY FAVORS

  •  Cookie Cutter Tree:  Hang the party favor cutters on an evergreen tree or a white bare branch tree.  Attach a party information hangtag with a ribbon.  Click on the link below for a tutorial on making your own tree.

http://madisonviningsridge.myaptportal.com/apartment-living/make-a-bare-branch-christmas-tree/

  • Napkin Rings:  Mini/small cutters can be used as napkin rings.   Simply insert the napkin into the cutter and attach a party information hangtag with a ribbon.
  • Centerpiece:  Create a special centerpiece for your cookie swap party.  When you send the invitations include a “Cookie Survey” with room for a favorite recipe and best cookie making tips.  Ask the guests to return the survey well before the party so you can compile all information into a “Cookie Swap Recipe Booklet”.  Also ask party guests to bring a unique cookie cutter (vintage, new, etc.) along with cookies to trade and sample.  Fill a wooden bowl with real or artificial greenery and pick in some bows and peppermint candy picks (or for a large party substitute a greenery garland wound down the center of the table).  As the guests arrive have them tuck their cutter in among the greenery.  When the guests leave, they each pick a “new to them” cutter from the bowl.  Have several extra cutters of unique shapes on hand for people who forgot tp bring a cutter.
  • Garland:  Loosely braid raffia to make a garland.  Tie in themed colorful cookie cutter shapes cut from cardstock (example: fall colored autumn leaves, pearly pastel seashells & starfish, etc.).  Lastly attach themed cookie cutters to the garland with wire Christmas hangers.  Another alternative is to use a greenery or grapevine wreath.  Guest will then pick a cutter from the garland when leaving the event as a party favor.

PARTY INFORMATION CARD OR HANGTAG

Print this information directly on the place card or print on transparent address labels to stick on the card:

  • Event,
  • Honoree’s name/s,
  • The date,
  • A favorite quote or a Bible scripture
  • A “thank you for coming” note
  • Guest’s name if using as a place card.
  • Also consider adding an explanation why you choose that cookie cutter shape and what it means to you on the inside of the card (ex: “the beach is a special place to us.  It’s where we meet.”).

OTHER PARTY IDEAS FOR USING COOKIE CUTTERS

  • Attach several to balloons as balloon weights.
  • Stencil cookie cutter designs on cloth napkins with fabric markers or fabric paint. For holidays, wedding or baby showers, or birthdays add the date & event.  Let the guests take their napkin home as a party favor.
  • On a bridal or baby shower invitation ask each guest to bring a special cookie cutter either new or from their collection.  Mail hang tags with ribbons already attached with shower invite for the guest to write in this info: who gave the cutter, why they choose that shape, history of the cutter if vintage, etc.  Have extra tags at the event on a table near an entrance (have lots of pens!).   After guests have completed the hang tag they it on the cutter and then hang it on a white branch tree or place in a wooden bowl.  The shower honoree’ gets the cutters at the end of the shower.
  • Create a party favor box from a cookie cutter.   Trace the cookie cutter on heavy cardstock and cut it out.  Glue the shape to the back of a cookie cutter.  After it dries, fill it tightly with small candies (M&M’s, Skittles, etc.) and then wrap with clear or colored cellophane.  Fill with confetti for a party or New Year’s  celebration. Secure  with a rubber band then tie on a ribbon and make a bow.
  • Play a party game using cookie cutters.    Place a variety of fun shaped cookie cutters in a bag. Have guests sit in a circle and pull out a cutter. They must start (or add several lines) to a story using that shape of cutter in the story.

COOKIE EXCHANGE PARTY

Wouldn’t cutters make great favors at a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party? If you’ve never hosted or been to a party like this you simply open your home and ask people to bring several dozen (number depends on the number of guests) of one type of cookie and copies of the recipe.  At the party you sample the sweet treats and then take home several dozen different cookies.  I did a little search on the internet and I found this site that has some great tips on a cookie exchange party.

http://entertaining.about.com/cs/christmas/a/cookieexchange.htm

PLACECARD PHOTO TUTORIAL

Photo 1: Trace template on front of card.

Photo 2: Allow about 1/4 inch seam allowance so cutter will swing freely.

Photo 3: Cut out shape and then cut a slit in top of the card to thread a ribbon through.

Photo 4: Thread a ribbon through the slit and through the cutter then tie a knot behind the card.

Photo 5: Cutter should hang freely in the cut-out. Write name on front of place card. Consider gluing information about the cutter inside the card: why you chose the cutter, etc.

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. 

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

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