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Up-Cycled Button Container


Up-Cycled Button Container

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

There are just so many uses for these little containers:

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

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

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

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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Curtain Ring Ornament Revisited: Gingerbread


Curtain Ring Ornament Revisited: Gingerbread

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

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

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Gingerbread Curtain Ring Ornament

Materials

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

Also Needed

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

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


Paper Cut-out Cookies on a Plate

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

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

– – – tie on a greenery garland or wreath

– – – hang on the tree

– – – suspend by ribbons from curtain rods & mirrors

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

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

– – – glue on a card

– – – decorate a scrapbook page

– – – string together and drape between two windows

– – – hang as birthday party decorations

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

– – – and much, much, more!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Paper “Cut-out Cookies”

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

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

 Materials

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

Also Need

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

 Costs

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

Instructions for Making “Cookies”

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

 

Decorating Instructions

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

Project Uses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Punch holes on each side of the ornament:

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

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

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

No hanger:

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

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

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

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

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Thanks again. 

Trace outline with a red marker to create a border.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trace cookie cutter on "icing" paper.

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

Cupcake Ornaments


This are goldilock’s cupcakes! Don’t they look good enough to eat?

Cupcake Ornaments

I found this cute project idea on the Dollar Store Crafts site.  Take a minute to “Pin It” so that you can make some of these for Christmas 2012!

When I saw these I just HAD to make some of these little cuties for my “Cookie Christmas Tree” – – – I guess it was upgraded to a “Baking Sweet Treats Christmas Tree”!

I was lucky enough to find some GINGERBREAD cupcake liners at Michael’s for a $1.99 before Christmas (how prefect!).  I also got some green & red patterned ones at the Dollar Tree which is where I picked up the ball ornaments.  I also had some regular cupcake size liners and some regular size balls on-hand so I made some larger ones too.  I also couldn’t find any of the berries that looked right so mine don’t have “cherries”.   And I used glue dots to secure the balls in the cupcake liners instead of using a glue gun.  I also used different colors for my ornaments – different color balls, paint and glitter.  Each one is unique.  I gave a lot of these as little token gifts.

I had all the other materials (paint and glitter) on-hand so these ornaments cost less than $4 to make.  Really not even that much, because I have used the ornament balls for lots of other craft projects.

Thank to goldilocks for the craft project tutorial.  Here is the link to the tutorial:

http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2011/11/make-cupcake-ornaments/?utm_source=Dollar+Store+Crafts+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=10c254a4a7-DSC_Newsletter_037_22_2010&utm_medium=email

http://goldiloks.blogspot.com/2010/12/tutorial-tuesday-cuppycake-ornaments.html

 

Here are some photos of the ornaments I made. 

 

 

 

 

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


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

Paper bag or brown paper ornaments are fun to make, display and give away!

These make a great “any season” ornaments.  Make and decorate hearts for a Valentine’s tree, shamrocks for a Saint Patty’s day tree, eggs & carrots for an Easter wreath, stars for the Fourth of July wreath and angels & snowmen for your Christmas tree.

Suspend these ornaments from wide ribbons from your curtain rods.  Use them to decorate your seasonal wreath.

Consider using non-seasonal shapes for Christmas ornaments.  Make a memory ornament symbolizing an event from the year.  Have a new baby in the family?  Make a baby rattle and use fabric from a sleeper to embellish the ornament to.  Don’t forget to “journal” on the back of the ornament and maybe even glue on a small photo.  Make enough for everyone in the family.

Materials 

  • Cardboard or cardstock
  • Brown paper or a paper bag
  • Cotton or fiberfill
  • Embellishments & trims

Also Needed 

  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Punches
  • Cookie cutter

SEW

  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

GLUE

  • Glue
  • Cotton swab or paint brush

Costs

I had all the materials on-hand so this was a FREE craft for me.  The wrapping paper I used for this Christmas came with rolled up paper in the center instead of a paper roll and I was able to recycle this as the brown paper for my crafts this season.

Instructions

  1. Assemble materials.  Select a large or jumbo, simply shaped cookie cutter without a lot of details for this project (tree, angel, bell, etc.).
  2. First make a pattern from thin cardboard or cardstock using the selected cutter adding a ½ to 1 inch seam allowance.
  3. Cut out the pattern.
  4. Double the paper bag or brown paper to cut out one matching set at a time.  Consider rumpling the paper before cutting the shape for a rippled effect.  This is especially effective on ornaments you intend to paint one color.
  5. Trace the pattern.
  6. Then cut out as many pairs as you need of each shape.
  7. Stack the shapes into matching pairs.
  8. Sandwich a handful of cotton or fiberfill between the two layers and then sew or hand-stitch or glue the two pieces together.
  9. If gluing, clip the edges together with clothespins or binger clips.
  10. When finished or glue is dry pink the edges of the paper bag ornaments.
  11. Attach a hanger:  Glue a piece of ribbon, string, raffia, etc. or soda can tab on the back as a hanger.
  12.  Attach a hanger: Sandwich a hanger between the two layers before sewing or gluing.
  13. Attach a hanger: Punch a hole in the top of the shape before sewing or gluing.  When securing the pieces together line up the holes with a paintbrush handle.  Finally thread a hanger through the hole.
  14. Attach a hanger:   If you plan to tie these to a wreath or garland glue several strands of raffia, a chenille stem or piece of ribbon and glue it horizontally to the middle of the ornament and let dry.  You can then easily tie the ornament to the greenery wreath!
  15. Lastly decorate the ornaments.  You can paint or glue on strips of fabric, felt or paper.  Embellish with sequins, rick rack, glitter, buttons, googley eyes (for gingerbread people), mini candy canes, foam circles (for the Christmas tree) or other trims as desired.

ALTERNATIVE:

  • Even though it’s not a cookie cutter ornament this is a gingerbread ornament so I’d like to share it here.  Use leftover wrapping paper to create a paper bag ornament.  I had some wrapping paper with gingerbread boys & girls on it.  I cut some of them out and glued them to brown paper.  I stuffed them using the above directions and then and cut around them with pinking shears.  I added a mini wreath with mini cookie cutter on it.

Trace cookie cutter onto brown paper or a brown paper bag. I recycle brown paper I "found" rolled up in the center of my Christmas gift wrap!

After tracing cookie cutter shape add a 1/2 to 1 inch "seam allowance".

Crumple paper before cutting to create a unique wrinkled effect. Best used if you plain to paint the ornament one solid color.

Apply a line of white glue or cool melt glue around the edges of the bottom shape.

Lay fiberfill in the center of the bottom shape. I did not have any fiberfill so I used sevear cotton balls pulled into a roll.

Clip the edges after gluing.

For this carrot I painted the root part of the carrot with craftsmart orange paint and the leat part with craftsmart lime paint. After it dried I pinked the edges of the shape. I then pinked the top of the carrot into vertical strips. This made a very nice effect and it the green part of the carrot was longer (maybe 2 1/2 inches) this could complete the ornament. Carefully seperate the layers of the top part to "frazzle" it. Becasue the carrot top was just not long enough to be effective I looped some green raffia into about 2 1/2 inch loops and tied off the bottom. I then glued it to the front of the carrot. Cut the top of the loops apart - leave serveral to serve as hangers. I them tied a raffia bow and glued it to the front. Leave a few longer trailing edges.

Santa and snowman decorated with seasonal fabric.

Snowman decorated with seasonal fabric.and painted candy cane.

Mitten and angel decorated with seasonal fabric.

Painted gingerbread man.

Painted Christmas tree. Embellished with buttons and candy cane confetti.

Painted candy cane. Painted snowman embellished with stick arms and mini gingerbread ornaments.

Painted star embellished with torn fabric bow and buttons.

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 # 8: Paper Bag Backed Foam Cookie Cutter Shape Christmas Ornament

This is a simple ornament to make – a great craft for kids!  It’s easy and fun to do!

If you have very thin craft foam such as that purchased at Dollar Tree and Dollar General or in inexpensive craft kits at Target and other department stores this is the perfect craft for using it.  What I really like about this very thin craft foam is that you can punch it with your shaped punches!  So be sure to stock up and punch, punch, punch!

Materials

  •  Craft foam, tan and assorted colors
  • Cardboard or cardstock
  • Brown paper or a paper bag
  • Embellishments & trims

Also Needed 

  • Foam Glue
  • Cotton swab or paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Punches
  • Cookie cutter

Costs

I had all the materials on-hand so this was a FREE craft for me.

Instructions 

  1. Assemble materials.  Select a simply shaped cookie cutter.
  2. First trace a cookie cutter shape from tan craft foam and cut it out.
  3. Next glue it to a piece of stiff cardboard or cardstock.
  4. Allow to dry and then trim the edges closely to the edges of the foam or use decorative scissors and leave a decorative edging.
  5. Cut a hanger from the trim for the ornament.
  6. Next glue the reinforced foam shape to a brown paper bag or brown paper sandwiching the hanger between the layers. Allow to dry.
  7. When dry trim the edges with pinking shears leaving about a ¼ to ½ inch decorative edge.
  8. Trace the inside of the cutter on white craft foam for an “icing” effect or use colored foam if another effect is desired.  Cut out the “icing” shape a little to the inside of the inner edge of the traced line.  Trim it as needed to be about ½ inch smaller than the “cookie”.
  9. Glue to top of the foam “cookie”.  Allow to dry.
  10. Then decorate with embellishments such as foam punches, buttons, trims, mini cookie cutters, etc.
  11. Allow to dry and then your ornament is ready to hang.

Tips For Punching Shapes From Foam

  • The only craft foam I have found that you can punch shapes from with a regular craft punch is the type sold at Dollar Tree and Dollar General and in inexpensive kits and foam shapes found at a department store like Target. 
  • To punch simply turn your punch upside down and slip foam into the punch.  This lets you see that the shape is complete filled with foam.  If it catches and won’t thread all the way to the bottom of the punch slide the punch around the piece of foam until you can work it to the bottom of the punch.
  • If the foam fits inside the punch but the punch itself comes out raggedy, then the foam is actually too thin.  Back it with a piece of plain paper and the fit both inside the punch and punch.  Your foam punch should come out nicely.  But note that your paper punch will be ragged.
  • A regular hole punch and the pincher type punches like it will punch “holes” from the thicker craft foam.  Use these punches to make lights for a Christmas tree ornament, holly “berries”, coal to make a snowman, and much more!

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Photo Tutorial

Trace the cutter on the craft foam. Place cutters to maximize the number of ornaments you can get from one sheet. Save the scraps to make "sprinkles" to decorate the tops.

Cut out foam shape and glue to cardboard or cardstock.

Either trim the cardboard or cardstock close to the edge of the "cookie" shape or pink the edges for a decorative boarder. Then glue the reinforced shape to brown paper.

Sandwich the hanger between the layers when gluing them together.

To make "icing" for your cookie trace the inside of the cutter. Cut out the “icing” shape a little to the inside of the inner edge of the traced line. Trim it as needed to be about ½ inch smaller than the “cookie”.

Trim the icing to fit the "cookie" and glue down.

Add embellishments to the "cookie". I added tiny hearts punched from black craft foam for the ladybug's spots. Have you ever heard of the ledgend of the ladybug? Find a ladybug at the close of the year and count the spots. The more spots the more luck your will have in the coming year. So of course I put lots of spots o my ladybug!

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 # 7: Stuffed Fabric or Felt Cookie Cutter Shape Christmas Ornaments

Stuffed Felt Cookie Cutter Star

This isn’t so much a tutorial as just a set of simple instructions.  I KNOW about sewing, but just CAN’T do it.  You should have seen my sewing projects in high school home-ec!  Let’s just say no human could ever wear those clothes!

Stuffed Fabric or Felt Cookie Cutter Shape Ornaments

What “Cookie Cutter Christmas Tree” would be complete without a few homemade cookie cutter ornaments made from fabric or felt?

You can make these to look like cut-out cookies & gingerbread or make them in seasonal colors & patterns.

They can be sewn, or if you are like me and can’t  – glued.

These ornaments may be placed on the lower branches, as pets and small children cannot break them!

Materials

  • Fabric or Felt
  • Cotton or fiberfill or quilt batting
  • Trims: lace, rick-rack, ribbon, yarn, etc.
  • Embellishments: buttons, beads, etc.

Also Needed

  • Large cookie cutters
  • Newsprint
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine or needle & thread (Sewing)
  • Fabric glue (Gluing)
  • Paper clips  (Gluing)

Cost

  • Fabric or felt on-hand or around $5.  Cotton, fiberfill or quilt batting on-hand or around $3 (I got enough quilt batting to “stuff” at least 2 dozen ornaments for 99 cents).  Trims & embellishments on-hand or under $5.
  • I had everything on-hand from previous projects so these ornaments were FREE to me.  Otherwise you can make several dozen for less than $15.

 Instructions

  1. Assemble materials.
    1. Decide on theme of ornaments – made to look like cut-out cookies & gingerbread or made in seasonal colors & patterns
    2. Choose large cookie cutters with simple shapes, such as Christmas trees, gingerbread men, hearts, stars and wreaths.
  2. Trace each cookie cutter onto newsprint to make a pattern.
  3. Double the fabric with the patterned side on the outside for both sides and then pin the pattern to holiday fabric (such as a Christmas calico) or felt so that you cut out two matching pieces for each shape.
  4. Sew:
    1. With the right (patterned) sides together, sew each ornament by hand or machine, leaving a small space open for turning.
    2. Turn ornament right side out.
    3. Stuff lightly with cotton or fiberfill.
    4. Hand-stitch the opening closed.
  5. Glue:
    1. To stuff with quilt batting cut several slightly smaller shapes from the batting (make a copy of the pattern and then trim it down about 3/4ths of an inch.  Also cut several squares of batting that fit in the center of the batting shapes to give a little more dimension to the ornament.
    2. Lay quilt batting in the center of the shape.  Or place a ball of cotton or fiberfill in the center of the shape.
    3. Apply a line of fabric glue around the wrong side edge of the bottom shape.
    4. Put the top layer of the shape on top of the bottom right side up and crimp the edges closed.
    5. Secure edges with paper clips or small binder clips.
    6. Allow to dry.
    7. You may need to decorate both sides of these ornaments if the glue and clips leave an impression.
  6. Decorate with felt shapes, buttons, ribbon, rick rack or lace as desired.
  7. Sew a yarn, ribbon or string loop at the top of each ornament and it’s ready to hang on the Christmas tree.

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


Change the stickers to Valentine’s cookies (foam Valentine’s cookie stickers are available from Oriental Trading Co.) and hang these on your Valentine Cookie Tree!

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

This is not technically a cookie cutter craft, but it is a cut-out cookie craft so I am including it in this series.

In 2011 I finally realized my longtime dream of having a “Cookie Christmas Tree”.  See my first posts to see photos of my tree.  I had a box full of cookie themed ornaments but want some more to round out my tree.  So I sat out to make some.  I purchased some kits from Oriental Trading and looked up others on-line and even bought a few.

A longed for ornament was gingerbread cookies on a cookie sheet – I have one, but wanted more!  Back during the summer I made an appeal to my church family for round plastic lids to make Apple Coasters for Vacation Bible School.  Someone brought me a plethora (still love that word!) of rectangular lids from baby food containers.  I used a few and created Abstract Art Apple Coasters.  But I was left with a ton of lids with the inserts already glued in, so I set my mind to think of what I could use them for – – – and came up with several great ideas!  One was a flag coaster.  I will post that tutorial at a later date.  And then in November when I started looking at Christmas ornaments for cookie sheet ornaments it occurred to me that I could paint something metallic and make my own.  So I trolled the aisles at Wal-marts thinking of things to paint. Mason jar lids popped to mind first and I stopped by the canning section and looked at them and then inspiration struck – – – the baby food lids!  So I developed this craft project.

Change the cookie stickers and you can have Cookie Sheet Ornaments for any holiday you can find cookie stickers for.

I hope you enjoy this project and have fun making it.  If you Listia (get stuff for free!) I will be happy to list an auction for you for materials (lids, inserts, stickers, and cookies for Santa ribbon hangers) a pair of these ornaments for you to make.

Please do not hesitate to ask questions on this tutorial.  Please comment on & rate this project and let me know what you think.

Materials:

  • Rectangular plastic baby food lid (free)
  • Thin plastic (on hand)
  • DecoArt Multi-purpose Sealer ($1.50)
  • FolkArt Copper Metallic paint ($1.50)
  • Cookie stickers ($1 per book) or mini gingerbread ornaments ($1 for 8) or Foam Gingerbread Stickers from Oriental Trading (2 cents each)

Also Needed:

  • Paint brushes (on hand)
  • Foam glue (on hand)
  • Glue Dots (on hand)
  • Fine sandpaper (on hand)

Total Cost:  $4 for as many as you want to make using the cookie stickers or $4 for a set of 2 if using the mini ornaments.  Purchased ornaments of this type run anywhere from $5 to $8 each.

Instructions

  1. Assemble supplies. Start with a clean plastic rectangle baby food lid (I used Gerber).  The inside of the lid is not level and you need to make an insert.
  2. Make a template with paper.
  3. Trace the template on a thin piece of plastic.  Try looking for cheap plastic dividers or folders at dollar stores – I found a bunch of “index dividers” at Dollar General for 50 cents.   Cut out and check fit.
  4. Cut a rectangle to fit inside the lid.
  5. Glue in place using a THIN layer of Wal-mart Foam Glue (this glue has some “give” and will hold the insert better than any other glue).  Allow to dry at least overnight, if the glue is too thick it several days for the glue to dry.
  6. Rough up surface with sandpaper (or emery board!). Dust.
  7. Then prime with DecoArt Multi-purpose Sealer.  Mix the sealer half and half with the paint per label instructions.  Allow to dry thoroughly.  Or follow directions on bottle for painting plastic.  This is an essential step – without this base coat the paint will “skin” very easily and peel off the “cookie sheet”.
  8. Paint both sides (allow one side to dry completely before painting the other side) and edges of the lid with FolkArt Copper Metallic paint.  Allow to dry for 1 hour.
  9. Apply a second coat of paint if needed.  Allow to dry.
  10. Now you are ready to place your “cookies” on the sheet.  Apply cookie stickers in a regular pattern.  When placing stickers stick them lightly to the cookie sheet leaving an edge up until you get the placement right.   When you are satisfied with how the arrangement, go back and stick them down tightly.  Or use Glue Dots to adhere mini (1 inch) gingerbread ornaments (cut off loop) to cookie sheet.
  11. Attach a ribbon hangar to the back.
  12. ALTERNATIVES:  Use silver or red metallic paint.  Use a Mason jar lid or a Pringle’s lid and put your cookies on a “tray”.  Use torn fabric strips to make a bow and hanger.

Assemble all materials conveniently at hand.

Mold a piece of paper inside the lid. Firmly crease the paper into the lid so that an impression of the inside of the lid clearly show.

After cutting the paper template out check it’s fit and trim as needed.

Trace the template with an ink pen. I only used a maker for the photo. If you are making a lot of these, make a template of thin cardboard or plastic.

Glue in the plastic insert and allow to dry. Use a THIN layer of glue to decrease drying time.

In order for the sealer and paint to adhere well, rough the surface up and then dry dust to remove any debris. Out of sandpaper? Use an emery board.

Seal and paint per product instructions for best results.

Arrange cookies on sheet. Do not stick all the way down until you are satisfied with the arrangement. Once all the way stuck down stickers can not be removed.

Attach a hanger with Foam Glue or a Glue Dot.

Your ornament is now ready to hang, give away, place on a package, etc.

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COOKIE CUTTERS: NOT JUST FOR COOKIES ANYMORE!: POST #3 – Quilted” Cookie Cutter Shape Christmas Ornament


“Quilted” Cookie Cutter Shape Christmas Ornament:  Don’t sew but like the look of fabric ornaments?  Then try this project a “no sew” alternative to making a fabric look ornament.  This is my take on a crazy quilt gingerbread man.  This is a great way to use up all those to small to sew fabric peices and snips.  You can make this ornament in any color to match your tree’s or the room’s color scheme.  I choose to use coordinating Christmas fabrics to make mine.  This is an easy craft for kids.

  1. Trace a simple shape cookie cutter on stiff cardboard and cut it out.
  2. Cut fabric into small strips or pieces.
  3. Coat the front of the cardboard shape with a thin coat of glue.
  4. Next place the fabric pieces in a crazy quilt fashion overlapping as necessary.
  5. Apply more glue to stick the edges of the fabric pieces completely down.
  6. Allow about an inch of the fabric to overlap the edges.
  7. After the front is dry, turn over and pull the fabric overlap tightly over the edges of the shape and glue down.
  8. Next “quilt” the back or glue on cardstock, brown paper, felt or fabric.  Let dry.  Then trim the edges.  Depending on the thickness of the cardboard you used for the shape, you may need to reinforce the ornament with an additional layer of cardboard.  You may also “double mat” your ornament (shown).
  9. Punch a hole in the top of the ornament and string ribbon through the hole for a hanger.
  10. Decorate front with ribbon, buttons, jingle bells, rick rack, etc.  Let dry and then hang on tree, wreath, or garland.  Also makes a great package decoration.

Apply the fabric peices in a quilt pattern. Can use any small peice/strip quilt pattern in miniature - crazy, tobacco, etc.

Pull the overlapping edges tightly around to the back of the ornament and secure with glue. Allow to dry.

After you pull the edges of the fabric around to the back and secure, glue on a backing or cardstock, fabric, brown paper, or felt. Then trim the edges with pinking shears or decorative edge sissors.

Add embellishments to the front. For this gingerbread man I cut “icing steps” from white craft foam using zigzag scissors, buttons, ribbon and a ingle bell. You can use anything you have in your craft closet.

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COOKIE CUTTERS: NOT JUST FOR COOKIES ANYMORE! POST #2: DOUGH ORNAMENTS


I made these sometimes in the late 1980’s. They last a long time too! Sand the back of the ornamment or “paint” it with cinnamon oil to renew the scent.
I made this ornament in 1990 and you can see it still looks great! Store these carefully and they will last a long, long time!

This continues my series of posts on crafty uses for cookie cutters. Today’s post is about making dough ornaments using non-edible dough. I have not tried all the dough recipes yet but will post my tried & true recipes and tips for salt and cinnamon dough separate posts.

I have not tried the applesauce dough ornaments yet but have bought some – and do they smell great! Here is a url of a site I found with 2 recipies plua a gingebread play dough recipe!

http://teachers.net/gazette/DEC08/archive/

I also haven’t tried bread dough either – but this recipie looks super, super easy!

http://crafts.kaboose.com/bread-dough-clay-ornaments.html

I’d love to hear your use and see photos of your projects with cookie cutters. Send photos to me at buggal1989@yahoo.com

Christmas Ornament, “Cut-Out Cookie”; Applesauce, Cinnamon, Salt, or Bread Dough:  Add some “cookies” to your “Cookie Cutter Christmas Tree”, wreath or garland by using cutters (mini are cute) to cut out some “homemade cookies” out of dough . 

  1. Mix up dough per instructions, roll the dough and then cut out with cookie cutters.
  2. Poke a small hole through the top of each one using a drinking straw and then bake or allow to air dry thoroughly per instructions (usually several days).
  3. Then decorate your ornaments with craft paints, rick rack, ribbons, sequins, small beads, etc.
  4. Let glue or paint dry overnight and then spray or paint with a multi-purpose sealer (do not seal applesauce or cinnamon ornaments).  Lightly sprinkle with glitter before sealer dries or use glitter spray if desired..  Allow to dry overnight and then string ribbon, jute, cord or raffia through the hole and hang to complete your “Cookie Cutter Christmas Tree, Wreath or Garland”!

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