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Seed Packet Ornament


Seed Packet Ornament

I found these cute seed packets on clearance for TEN CENTS at the local dollar store and just could not resist them! I really did not have an idea in mind but after a little thinking I came up with a way to use them on my seasonal garland.

Of course this would be just as easy to make the ornament with a spring or summer theme.   So save those empty seed packets from the trash and up-cycle them to a new life on your seasonal wreath or tree.

Materials Needed

  • Seed Packets
  • Buttons
  • Raffia
  • Cardstock

Also Needed

  • Cosmos Flower Punch
  • Pinking Shears
  • Glue
  • Glue Dots
  • Hole Punch

Instructions

  1. Empty the seeds from the packet.  I am saving mine to be planted per the package direction.
  2. Glue the seed packet to a piece of cardstock and allow to dry.
  3. Cut around the packet leaving a 1/4th to 1/2 th inch border.
  4. Punch two holes in the top of the seed packet and attach a raffia hanger.
  5. Punch two cosmos flowers from contrasting cardstock.
  6. Glue the two punches together and attach a button to the center with a Glue Dot.  Bend the petals of the upper punch up around the button.
  7. Attach the flower to the seed packet.
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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

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

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 28: The Series – Links to Posts


Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 28: The Series – Links to Posts

When I started collecting these ideas YEARS AGO I never imagined that I would have them all together in one place on the internet. Heck, at that time there WASN’T an internet per say!

Sometime around Christmas 2011 I started this blog and one of my first tasks was to undertake making tutorials from my list of cookie cutter craft ideas.  I really did not realize what a phenomenal effort this would require though!  So I began by updating my list by searching the internet.  When I first complied my list about 20 years ago I thought, “That’s ALL there is!” Well was I wrong!  I have found TONS more on-line! I have endeavored to make each of these taking photos as I went – and now the “Cookie Cutter” series is almost complete (for NOW!).

 I really hope you will take time to look at a few, see the gallery of photos below, and rate or comment on the tutorial so that I can improve them.  My later ones are definately better than the first.

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore:  The Series

Links to Posts

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

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

Click here for my salt dough and cinnamon dough recipes and tips.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10B: Ephemera Cut-out Cookies

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 16:  Crafting With Food or Cookie Cutters As Food Shapers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore: Post # 28:  The Series – Links to Posts       

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

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I hope you found a cookie cutter craft or two that suits you.  I’d love to see your cookie cutter craft projects – either your version of these or a totally new one to me.  Send your photos to me at buggal1989@yahoo.com

Happy Crafting!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Cookie Cutters Not Just For Cookies Anymore 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

Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath


Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath

At first glance a shower curtain ring might not seem to be the ideal mini wreath base, but add a little quilt batting and some seasonal fabric and you’ve got the perfect base for your mini wreath!

 

THE BIRTH OF THIS MINI WREATH

Last spring a chance trip to a thrift store netted me 18 wooden curtain rings for $1.99 and I been hooked on making mini wreaths ever since!

While looking for more wooden rings on the cheap (these are pretty expensive to buy outright in bulk!) I kept seeing shower curtain rings for dirt cheap – so the wheels started turning and I came up with a way to use these inexpensive plastic rings for spectacular Mardi Cras and Valentine’s Day Curtain Ring Ornaments.  Click on the link to see how I did it!

I made a few fabric wrapped mini grapevine button wreaths for my Christmas tree last year but just thought that using them as the wreath base was just too expensive.  I continued to wrestle with the need for a CHEAP wreath base until I remembered the Candy Cane Package Decorations I made that were inspired by my friend Maggie’s Fabric Wrapped Candy Canes.  She uses plastic candy canes for a base and I had tried some with some super skinny (remember these?) purchased at a flea market.  I didn’t like how they looked so I used quilt batting to pad them out.  Remembering this, the “Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath” was born!

CRAFT PATICULARS

These are very cute hanging on a seasonal tree or wreath.  Or suspend one or two on long ribbons and hang them in a window,

This is a great craft for kids as it is very easy to do. And at less than 15 cents each it is also very inexpensive – – – making it a great craft for a crowd.

And while it is easy enough for kids, teens and adults can be challenged enough to keep their interest.

Customize it to the season simply by changing the color of the fabric, buttons and trim. So it works for Valentine’s Day, spring & Easter, Harvest, Christmas, etc. all equally well.

Use your mother’s or grandmother’s vintage buttons to create a heirloom ornament.

 INSTRUCTIONS

Materials
  • Shower curtain rings
  • Quilt batting strips
  • Torn fabric strips
  • Trim:   ribbon, lace, rick-rack, etc.
  • Embellishments:  buttons, mini wooden shapes, ornamental buttons, string of seed pearls, etc.
  • Ornament hangers

 

Also Needed
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush

 

Cost
  • Rings: On-hand or around 8 cents each
  • Fabric: On-hand or $1 a yard and up
  • Buttons: On-hand or $2 and up for 30

 

PHOTO TUTORIAL

Photo 1: Assemble supplies. Cut strips of quilt batting. Tear strips of fabric. Both need to be about 1 inch wide and 14 inches long.

Photo 2: Starting at the open end (this will be the top of the wreath) of the shower curtain ring wrap the quilt batting strip around the ring. Apply tape or glue to hold.

Photo 3: Attach the torn fabric strip to the top of the wreath with a little glue and then wrap around the ring overlapping the edges until the ring is completely covered. Trim end and the glue to hold.

Photo 4: Secure end with glue. Allow to dry.

Photo 5: Glue buttons on the wreath.

Photo 6: Wrap contrasting trim around the top of the wreath several times and then tie the ends into a bow. Insert ornament hanger under trim. Glue a button and/or other embellishment in the center of the bow if desired.

NOTES:

  • Wrap very narrow trim all the way around the wreath if desired.
  • Instead of gluing a mini ornament on the wreath tie it to the top of the wreath before adding trim and let it hang freely in the center of the wreath.
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. 
Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

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


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

This is a great way to add a little finishing touch to a last-minute gift.  Tie a mini cookie cutter and tags to a jar of cookie mix or to a bag of cookies.  Add a wooden baking utensil, set of measuring spoons, oven mitt, etc. and your family recipe for the item (even if it’s Duncan Hines!).

This is a great way for the kids to have a hand in decorating gifts for their grandparents, aunts, etc.

Simply by varying the cutters you can adopt this project to any season.

Materials

  • Cardstock
  • Craft foam or cardstock scraps
  • Ribbon or trim
  • Mini cookie cutters, wooden spoons, measuring cups, other baking utensils

 

Also needed

  • Scissors
  • Markers, colors, etc.
  • Pen
  • Cookie cutters

 

Instructions

Photo 1: Assemble supplies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 2: Trace cutter shapes. For the example I used two related shapes to create tags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 3: Cut out shapes and decorate with markers, colors, foam, paper, etc. Punch hole in top of shapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 4: Tie a ribbon on a mini cutter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 5: Tie cutter on a gift bag.

Photo 6: Thread cookie cutter shapes onto ribbon ends and tie off.

NOTES:

  • To make the package decoration into a name tag write the “to” and “from” on one of the tags.
  • Tie the package decoration to a package bow.  Stick the bow atop a wrapped present to serve as a name tag and a package decoration.
  • Or tie a wrapped present with raffia and then tie the package decoration to the package with the ends of the raffia and make a shoestring bow (my personal favorite).

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 # 20: Cookie Shaped Note Pad


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

Cookie Shaped Note Pad

Make a one of a kind note pad using a cookie cutter as a template.  This is a great craft for kids and a great rainy day activity.  Vary the size of the cutter to make a purse sized to a full sided notepad.  This project can be personalized for recipient or season.  For example, add a glitter heart to make a plain notepad Valentine worthy or use a plain paperbag to make a recycled notepad.

Materials

  • Base material for front & back of note pad: craft foam, heavy cardstock, fabric, brown paper bag, etc.
  • Embellishments, buttons, craft foam scraps, etc.
  • Plain paper or large index cards

Also needed

  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Cotton swab or paint brush
  • Cookie cutters

Instructions

Photo 1: Assemble supplies. First consider the shape and size of the notepad you want to make and choose a cutter. A simple design would be the easiest to cut. Choose a base material for the front & back covers: reinforced fabric, craft foam, cardstock, etc.

Photo 2: Trace the cookie cutter on the base material and cut it out.

Photo 3: Next cut paper for the pages and a piece of thick cardboard (or another piece of foam, etc.) for the back cover all in the same shape as the front.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 4: Assemble the note pad. If you would like to be able to add pages to the notepad consider punching holes and using binder rings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 5: Staple pad together or punch holes and use binder rings, ribbon, elastic, etc. to join the note pad together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 6: Decorate the front cover of your special notepad,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

My Take On “Heart’s On A Stick” Via Dollar Store Crafts


HEARTS ON A STICK

I saw these hearts featured in a Dollar Store Crafts post – “15 Black & White Wedding Ideas” – and just KNEW how I was going to decorate the tables at this year’s Valentine Supper for my Wednesday’s night kid’s group at church!

http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2012/02/black-white-wedding-ideas/

I followed the link back to Rebecca’s site “As Simple As That” and found a blog filled with wonderful ideas, tips, give aways, and all kinds of tuff I can’t wait to try!  These are so easy that a tutorial is really not even needed, but I will share a few tips on making these with you (below).

http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/2011/02/friday-craft-day-hearts-on-stick.html

CONVERSATION HEARTS ON A STICK

I call my hearts “conservation” hearts because I used them as message boards to the kids and as they  were to be used at a church function, I used religious messages like “God is (heart)” and Jesus (heart) u”.

This would be such a great, and cheap, way to decorate for every holiday!  Stick one or three in a floral arrangement or group five together in a vintage bottle – – – turkeys, hearts, stars, shamrocks, and pumpkins galore!

This is the perfect craft for kids – and a great rainy day activity – make a bouquet of flowers for the table or for mom on Mother’s Day.

MATERIALS

  • 1 inch scrapbook letters
  • Assorted heart stickers
  • Buttons, assorted sizes
  • Assorted valentine scrapbook paper and cardstock
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors – plain & decorative edge
  • Heart shaped cookie cutters
  • Assorted bottles
  • Assorted trims
  • Charms (for bottles)
  • Transparent tape

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Use heart shaped cookie cutters of assorted sizes to trace hearts.
  2. Next cut around the heart in a square (cut 2 pieces).
  3. Glue the two pieces of paper together patterned side out ONLY at the top.
  4. Then cut out the hearts.  Use plain or decorative edged scissors.
  5. If you are writing on the hearts, do it now.
  6. Snip the pointed end off the skewer.
  7. Holding up one heart apply glue to the inside of the bottom heart.
  8. Insert the skewer and glue the two hearts together.
  9. Decorate both sides of the hearts.  Make these as elaborate or plain as you want.
  10. Allow to dry.
  11. Group five together and tie them LOOSELY together with raffia, yarn, etc.
  12. String a charm on a length of trim and tie around a bottle.
  13. Tape the bottom of the hearts on a stick LOOSELY together with transparent tape.
  14. Arrange the hearts so that some are higher than the others.
  15. Inset the sticks into a bottle and arrange the hearts in a pleasing manner.

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Photo 7: Here they are all grouped together!

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.

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


Decorate a box to resemble as stove. Fill box with kid sized baking utensils.

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 18: 

Kid’s Cookie Crafts & Activities

Don’t limit the cookie cutter just to food!  It can also be the world’s greatest craft item & toy! 

Think of the sheer range of uses – – –

  • from simply making pretend cookies (a favorite past time of my kids as toddlers) to using a cutter as a stencil for drawing; 
  • from cutting shapes from clay with a mini cutter to coloring shapes traced with a jumbo cutter;

– – – your cookie cutter never has to stop working! 

Even your youngest can use cookie cutters to play – – – give your 2-year-old a ball of pretend “cookie dough” (modeling clay) and a cookie stamp and watch them go into the bakery business!

 

Uses For Cookie Cutters, Kid’s Style

Here are some ways for kids to use cookie cutters and some web sites that feature cookie cutter crafts for kids that I have found in my internet wanderings. 

  • Up first are a few project ideas I have found just listed.  I have developed them more thoroughly  and may in the future create tutorials for each.  
  • Next up are tutorials I have found since the internet craze.  These tutorials are so great that I cannot improve on them and am simply sharing the links with you.
  • Also you will find some ideas included that are not technically crafts but are neat uses anyways!

A FEW CRAFT & ACTIVITY IDEAS

Here are a few craft & activity ideas that I have found a brief mention of in my years of collecting.  These did not have tutorials associated with them.  I hope to do a photo tutorial on some of these projects in the future. 

Bean Bags:  Use cookie cutters to create a pattern for super cute bean bags for your pre-school children to play with.  Trace a cookie cutter onto newspaper or tissue paper.  Pin it to doubled fabric (patterned side out) and cut out two matching shapes.   Sew together (patterned side in) leaving a gap to turn the fabric.  After turning, stuff the shape with beans and sew the gap shut.  Glue on embellishments: tail on animals, hair on people, rick rack on a gingerbread boy, spots on a ladybug, etc.   An alternative to machine sewing is to use felt for the beanbag and then whip-stitch the back and front together.

Bubble “Wands”:  Use mini cutters to blow bubbles.  To create a bubble wand glue the cutter to the end of a dowel.  Dip the cutter into the bubble solution being sure that the entire base of the cutter is covered.  Lift and blow.  To make your own bubble solution:  Mix together 2 C. warm water, 1/4 C. good quality dish soap (i.e. – Dawn), a little food coloring or paint/Kool-Aid powder, and 2 Tbsp. glycerin or corn syrup.

Clay Bead/Pendant: Use a mini cutter to make a clay bead/pendant for a necklace.  Knead and roll out air dry clay per package directions.  This bead will have a hole so it needs to be thick enough to “drill” a hole through without breaking.  First let the shape sit to slightly harden.  Then drill a hole through the “bead” with a toothpick.  Lay flat to dry completely.  Next paint the “bead” and allow it to dry.  Then string with other beads.

Counters & Sorters:  Place cutters in a box and let your pre-school children count them or sort them by color, shapes that go together, size, etc.  Use cutters to teach children sounds – animals, trains, etc.  Older children can use them to hone their addition and subtraction skills.

Felt Lollipops:  Make some durable lollipops by tracing a large round cookie cutter on felt.  Cut two shapes from felt and one from cardboard for each pop.  Trim the cardboard shape down slightly.  Glue one round shape to the circle of cardboard.   Trim a wooden skewer (or craft stick) to the desired length and paint it white if desired.  Turn shape over and glue the wooden skewer in the center of the cardboard.  Then apply a thin layer of glue to one side of the other circle and glue it in place.  Next decorate the pop – – – add hair, eyes and a mouth to make a “people pop”, add felt hearts or some felt swirls.   Another option to this craft project is to use a gingerbread boy cutter to make the pop.  Decorate with felt rick-rack, googlely eyes, etc.

Homemade Rattle:  String a few plastic cookie cutters on a length of soft ribbon and tie it securely for a rattle babies and toddlers will love.  Always supervise baby during use of this rattle.

Kid’s Kitchen Baking Box (pictured above):  Keep a box of baking supplies on hand in the kitchen to entertain children while you cook.  I decorated my box to look like a stove.  To make the faux stove I used a photo storage box but you could just as easily cover a sturdy shoebox with freezer paper or brown paper.  Next trace a large circular object to create two burners out of black cardstock.  I used some aluminum foil punches I made sharpening my circle punch as dials and then mounted them on black cardstock.  I drew in “on”, “off”, and “oven temps” with a gold metallic permanent maker (I found mine at Wal-mart and got 2 for $1.  These are the best thing to write on black or dark paper that I have ever found!).  I also added a black rectangle for an oven door to the top.  Then fill the box with kid sized baking goodies: miniature cooking utensils, a plastic cereal bowl for a mixing bowl, several small cookie cutters, small baking sheet, etc.  I used a purchased kit from Bed, Bath, & Beyond that is super, super cute.  I also linked a tutorial to making a homemade kid’s baking kit below (Felt Cookie Making Kit For Kids). Place the finished box in the kitchen.  Your kids will then be able to cook right alongside you.

Cookie Cutter Lacing Cards: Trace a jumbo cutter on heavyweight cardstock and trim around the shape leaving about a two-inch border. Punch holes over the xs. Lace with a shoestring.

Lacing Shape:  On a HEAVYWEIGHT piece of cardstock or cardboard trace a jumbo cutter.   I glued 2 pieces of cardstock together to get the desired thickness.  Go over the trace line with a marker.  Mark an “X” about every inch on the traced outline.   Trim around shape with pinking shears leaving about an inch to an inch and a half border.  Punch holes where the “X”s are.  Depending on your shape you may need a long reach punch.  Use hole reinforces (I found clear ones at an office supply store) to give the lacing shape more durability if desired.  Measure out a piece of yarn long enough to thread through the shapes, dip both ends in white glue and twist then allow to dry.  You can also use a colored shoestring.  Your lacing shape is now ready to use.  The shape can be laminated to make it more durable.

Macaroni Necklaces With Construction Paper Cookie Cutter Shape Pendant:  Have your children cut out shapes and decorate them.  Then punch a hole in the top of the shape and tie on a yarn “jump ring”.  Next string the pendant on yarn along with colored macaroni to create a kid inspired unique necklace!  To make colored macaroni place dry pasta shapes in a zipper lock bag, add a little alcohol, then drip in food coloring until you reach the desired shade.  It will dry lighter.  Mix the pasta and colorants well by shaking the bag.  Put on your favorite song and shake till it’s done.

Mobile:  Use cookie cutters to trace and cut out shapes from paper or cardstock to create.   The shapes can all be related (all animals, only sea creatures, etc.) or a mixture of shapes.  Punch holes in the top of cookie cutter shapes.  Cut ribbon or yarn in varying lengths and the tie one to each shape.  Tie the loose end of the ribbon to an embroidery hoop in staggered lengths (from short to long).  Suspend the hoop from the ceiling with 3 ribbons.

Recycle Window Clings:  Use as a pattern to create vinyl window or wall clings from old, tired widow clings.   Simply use a cutter smaller than the window cling to trace and cut a shape out.  Adhere to glass and enjoy!

Refrigerator Magnets:  Create refrigerator magnets using cookie cutters. Using mini cutters trace and cut out foam or felt shapes.  If needed reinforce them with cardboard glued to the back of the foam.  Use layers to create a 3D effect.  Attach a magnet to the back.  Embellish the front with fabric paint, glitter glue, etc.

Sand Shapes:  Use cutters on the beach and in the sandbox (or mud!) as sand shapers.  Pack moist sand into the cutter then lift and you have a sand shape ready to decorate with tiny shells, leaf flags, and pebbles.

Shrinky Shapes: Use as a stencil to make shapes from shrink plastic.  Color and bake per package instructions.

Sidewalk Chalk:  Use a jumbo cutter as a stencil for sidewalk chalk or as a mold to create your own sidewalk chalk.   For a “recipe” on how to make it, take a look at this post by MadMaggiesDesigns!

Sun Pictures:  Instead of a rainy day activity, this is a sunny day activity!  In the morning place a dark piece of construction paper on a flat surface in the sun.  Place various baking objects (cookie cutters, spatula, wooden spoon, etc.) flat on the sheet.   Late in the day remove the objects from the paper and see your shapes bleached by the sun!

Zipper Pull:  For a creative backpack zipper pull attach a sturdy cookie cutter to the zipper.

WEB SITES OF INTEREST

Listed below are links to websites I have found over the years. 

I also have pinned those with a photo tutorial to my board “Uses For Cookie Cutters” on Pinterest.  Also you will find a lot of “non-kiddie” crafts there too.  I’d love to hear from you if you have a blog, store, etc. with alternative uses for cookie cutters.

http://pinterest.com/buggal1989/

Baking Party:  This site gives details of an entire party centered around baking!  How neat is that?  Pretty neat if you ask me!

Cookie Cutter Stamping:  Make your own cookie cutter stamps out of Styrofoam or sponges. Then dip the shapes in paint and stamp on plain gift bags or brown paper creating your very own unique kid made wrapping paper!

Cookie Cutter Crayons:  I have found several ways to make these.  One involves melting the crayons on the stove top and then pouring melted crayons into a cookie cutter placed on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.  Another just uses a muffin tin.  In yet another method you melt crayons on a jelly roll pan in the oven. Then while the wax is still warm use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the wax layer.

Cookie Jar Tote:  Here’s another craft to make for your kids.  Make this cute tote with a vinyl cookie jar on the front.  Fill it with handmade felt cookies.  So cute!

Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar:  Use a cookie sheet to create a unique Advent Calendar that the kids will love!  Instead of using 25 random magnets shown in this tutorial, how about making a set of 25 scrapbook paper-backed mini cookie cutter magnets and use scrapbook letters to number each.  It might be hard to find 25 different Christmas shapes, but non-seasonal shapes can be used or just use shapes over again with lots of different paper as the backing. Another possibility is to use toy cookie cutters.   Mini copper cutters would add extra gleam to this project! Or try your hand at making some sugar cookies out of air dry clay!  See my tutorial (link below) for instructions on making scrapbook paper-backed cookie cutters.

Dough Shapes:  Use cookie cutters and cookie stamps to cut pretend cookies out of Play Dough and modeling clay.   You can even make your own homemade modeling clay.  This site also has a few other uses for cookie cutters.

Felt Cookie Making Kit For Kids:  This pair of fantastic tutorials show you how to create a felt cut-out cookie making kit for your favorite little baker – complete with rolled out felt “dough” for the little baker to “cut” cookies from.   The kit also has “icing” shapes the child can use to decorate their cookies with.  Add a small baking sheet (Dollar Tree has some small ones or create one out of a disposable aluminum pan or a sheet of silver metallic poster board.), mini or small cookie cutters, and a miniature rolling pin and you have a kit that will entertain your little one for hours!

Fun With Food: Make up some fun with food with your kids using cookie cutters.  One suggestion is to cut a heart with a cookie cutter from a red apple and a green apple, then insert the red heart plug-in the green apple and the green in the red.  You can create the effect without the hassle of cutting a plug out of an apple simply by using a Fruit Roll-up and cutting a heart from it then “gluing” it to the apple with a little water.  In the fall use a caramel apple sheet and adhere shapes to the apple.

Fun With Food II:  Make up some fun dough for your kids to cut with their cutters.  This dough however isn’t edible, but it smells great!

http://www.danamadeit.com/2011/12/day-20-12-nutella-play-dough.html

Homemade Goldfish Crackers & Cutter:  This site has a great tutorial on making those perennial childhood favorites – – – goldfish shaped crackers!  It even has instructions on making your own cutter!

Homemade-Paper Stars:   Get your toddlers involved in the easy craft.  Recycle those old cards and used paper with this craft.  Make a paper pulp, tint it, and then press the paper pulp into star cookie cutters or other cutters of your choice.

More Cookie Cutter Crafts: From cookie cutter shaped magnets to cookie cutter shaped soap, this site lists several kid’s crafts that are sure to please kids of all ages.  There are even a few crafts for the home listed.

Paper Mache:  Use as a mold for paper mache shapes.  Make a mold by wrapping the bottom of the cutter with aluminum foil to create a mold.  Make paper mache and then lay strips of coasted newspaper in the cookie cutter mold.  Repeat until mold is about one half full.  Allow to dry, and then pop shape out and paint.

Shape Matching Game:  Simply trace various cookie cutter shapes on to a large sheet of heavyweight paper or poster board then go over the outline with a marker and then your little one can match the cutters to the shapes.  Laminate the paper for increased durability.  Great rainy day activity!

Soap Cookie Cutter Shapes: Use a cutter to make unique soap shapes.

State Cookie Map:  For an edible geography lesson roll out sugar-cookie or gingerbread dough and then cut the dough into the shape of your state with a cutter or a template and knife.   Make everyone their own cookie or make one big cookie map.  Decorate with icing and sprinkles and icing tubes, mark the capital and major cities (don’t forget to mark your town!) and roads & waterways.  Make it as simple or detailed as you wish.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed reading about crafts you can do with or for your kids. 

If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial description.   

If I missed your blog on cookie cutter crafts for kids, or have come across a blog post or website please take the time to comment below.

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