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Paper or Foam GingerBread Garland


Paper or Foam GingerBread Garland

I’ve posted tutorials for several versions of Cookie Cutter Garland that I made last year but I never got around posting the tutorial for this Paper or Foam Gingerbread Garland.

I love this project because you can make it as simple or as complex as you wish and you can use whatever you have on-hand or can be purchased at a dollar store for under $5.

I challenge you to complete your own garland without buying anything (or with whatever you can purchase for under $5) and send me a photo.  I will definitely add your photo to the tutorial.

Materials

  • Gingerbread Men
    • Gingerbread People Wrapping Paper (on hand)
    • Pad of Paper Gingerbread Men (pad of 50 for $3 from a school supply store)
    • Foam Gingerbread Men (10/$1 from Dollar Tree or Michaels)
  • Candy Canes
    • Paper Candy Cane Garland ($1 from Dollar Tree)
    • Candy Cane Wrapping Paper
    • Foam Candy Canes (10/$1 from Dollar General)
  • Cardstock, Plaid Wrapping Paper, Scrapbook Paper, Brown Paper Bags  (on hand)
  • Thin Cardboard  (on hand)
  • Stringing Material – Jute, Yarn, or Raffia (on hand)
  • Red & Green Wooden Beads (on hand) I used beads from a bead garland purchased years ago at a dollar store for $1.
  • Small Wooden Spools (on hand or $1 for small spools of thread at the Dollar Tree)
  • Torn Fabric Strips (on hand)
  • Small Grapevine Wreaths (on hand)
  • Gingerbread Men Embellishments:  mini cookie cutters, jingle bells, buttons, plastic hair bows, etc. (on hand)

 Also Needed

  • Punches: Heart, Round, Star, Bow, Candy Cane (on hand)
  • Zigzag or Pinking Scissors or Zigzag Punch (on hand)

Instructions

  1. Gather or purchase your materials from your stash or make dollar store, craft store or flea markets.
  2. Punch all shapes needed to decorate the gingerbread men. I used the pieces I trimmed off the candy cane garland to punch the hearts and bows from so that the gingerbread men decorations would match the candy canes.
  3. Make or punch cardstock “rick-rack”.  PAPER RICK-RACK DIRECTIIONS:  Make the with paper rick-rack made from cardstock (color of your choice – I used white) using zigzag scissors.  I found that if you cut the cardstock in half lengthwise you can then trim the bottom straight edge (the short way) to start the rick-rack pattern, then place the scissors with the right edge of the blade touching the zigzag edge you can cut fairly even pieces of “rick-rack”.  You could also use real rick-rack if you have it on hand.  I recently bought a EK Success Slim Edger Punch: Zig Zag Chain and it’s now super easy to make evenly cut paper rick-rack for my gingerbread projects!
  4. Next decorate the gingerbread shapes.   Glue paper or real rick-rack to the arms & legs (and head if desired).  Then add heart, star or round paper or foam “buttons”.  I added a center (from foam or paper) using a regular hole-punch shape to the heart “buttons”.  Glue the bow on (paper punch or a bow made from a fabric strip). You can use any embellishments you have on hand to decorate your shapes.   I found some plastic little girl bow barrettes that I cut the bow off to use.
  5. Cut out the candy cane shapes from wrapping paper or cut apart from a paper garland.  You could also use pre-cut foam shapes.  I found a package of large (10 inch) gingerbread shapes at the Dollar Tree and a set of smaller ones (6 inches) at Target for $1 for 10.  Michaels and Dollar General also had red candy cane shapes (cut white foam stripes and add to cane if desired) at for a dollar.  Fabric wrapped plastic candy canes could be used in the place of the paper or foam candy canes.
  6. You can also add other foam or paper shapes to the garland, like hearts or stars, to the garland.
  7. Reinforce the shapes (gingerbread, candy cane, heart, and star, etc.) by gluing them on a thin piece of cardboard or thick brown paper bag and trim close to the edge with scissors.  Add a hole reinforcer if desired (see below).
  8. Add a decorative edging to the shapes by gluing them to a brown paper bag, cardstock (red, green or other color to match your décor), wrapping paper, etc.  If using one-sided paper and plan to have a decorative edge showing face the paper to the front of the shapes.  Then trim close to the edge or leave a decorative border with zigzag scissors.
  9. Punch holes in the shapes.  For the first garland I made I punched pinpoint (1/4 inch) holes on either side of the shapes and connected them with raffia.  I used clear hole reinforces from an office supply store to make sure the holes did not pull through.  If you only have the white ones you can put them on the underside of the paper before gluing it together.  Try putting the layers together leaving a gap at the top then put on the rein forcers punch the holes and then glue the edges together.  You could also apply clear round labels before punching the holes.  On the other garland I used a hole punch to put a hole in the top of the shapes and then attached them to the jute with raffia.  Another option would be to string the shapes like beads.
  10. Measure and cut your stringing material to the desired length.  I made mine four or five feet long but you can make it any length needed to fit your “space”.
  11. Attach the shapes by stringing them on jute or yarn like beads or by tying the shapes to a piece of raffia or a piece of torn fabric ribbon.  Be sure to space them evenly.  You can also tie the shapes together with raffia instead of stringing them or tying them on.   If you space the shapes far enough apart you can use the “blank” space between to hang Christmas cards on.
  12. If desired add beads and small wooden spools between the shapes (I wound green thread around them the spools I used).  If your gingerbread shapes are big enough to be in scale you could use the small spools of thread found in a pack of 12 for a dollar at the Dollar Tree.
  13. Make and attach bows then attach them at regular interval down the garland between the shapes.  To make bows tear country print fabric (checked, plaid or striped in the colors of your choice) into 1 to 1 ½ inch wide strips and about 10 inch long.  To make bows first tie a piece of raffia in the center of a fabric strip then tie a simple shoestring type bow.   Use the raffia ends to tie the bows in place.
  14. An alternative of the shoestring bow is to tie fabric strips in different colors simply tied around the stringing material and then knotted in a double knot.  Trim the edges of the bows as needed.
  15. Tie off the ends with small grapevine wreaths or simply loop the ends to create “hangers”.
  16. Your garland is now ready to hang.  Hang it on the wall, above a door, on the tree or above the mantel.  As this is made from paper, don’t use it where it could get wet (or catch on fire).

Thanks so much for taking a look – and don’t forget that I’d love to see what you come up with!     buggalcrafts

HAND-CUT PAPER RICK-RACK DIRECTIIONS: Make evenly cut paper “rick-rack” from cardstock using zigzag scissors.

• Cut a scrap piece of cardstock to about two inches lengthwise (the length of the scissor blades). You need to be able to make one cut through the paper with the scissors.
• Trim the bottom edge evenly with the straight scissors.
• Then start the rick-rack pattern by trimming the bottom edge using the zigzag scissors.
• FLIP the paper over and place the scissors with the right blade touching the zigzag edge you just cut.
• Flip the paper and repeat again.

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

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

Another Valentine Craft: Mini Valentine’s Button Grapevine Wreath


Mini Valentine’s Button Grapevine Wreath

I found these darling little heart shaped buttons at Hobby Lobby the other day and just had to get them to make a couple of these wreaths.

I had made one with regular buttons and it came out super cute so I knew this one would be darling too – and it is!  This was a hard craft to get  good photo of – the Glitter Mod Podge creates tons of sparkles on “film”.

This can also just as easily be a Christmas or other holiday ornament. Keep an eye out for the Mardi Gras and Easter wreaths in a post coming soon.

Materials:

  • Mini grapevine wreaths
  • Red rick-rack
  • Glitter Mod Podge
  •  Mini glittery foam hearts

Costs:

  • The buttons are $1.99 a package.  I bought 2 packs because I wanted to use them for several crafts.
  • I had the grapevine wreaths, rick-rack, Mod Podge, and tiny white buttons on-hand.

Instructions:

  1. Attach mini hearth shaped & round buttons and mini hearts with Glitter Mod Podge and let dry.  Drizzle the Mod Podge over the wreath and attach the buttons randomly.
  2. Suspend a couple of heart shaped mini cookie cutters with narrow white ribbon and tie on the wreath to dangle down in the center of the wreath.
  3. Next tie some red rick-rack on the wreath and make a bow.
  4. Add a couple of homemade heart shaped sugar cookies to the top of the wreath (punch a heart shape from tan craft foam and then a smaller one from white or red craft foam and glue together.).
  5. Display your wreaths:  Suspend from a curtain rod on ribbon or fishing line.  Attach a ribbon to either side and use as a curtain tie.  Tie on a wreath or garland.

ALTERNATIVES:

  • Wrap the wreath with lace before gluing on vintage buttons in assorted colors.
  • Use mini shells in the place of buttons.  Add a gauzey gold ribbon.

 

Mini Grapevine Wreath With Vintage Buttons

Curtain Ring Ornaments: Valentine’s, Mardi Gras, Theme


Curtain Ring Ornaments

You may never think of wooden and shower curtain rings in the same way again! Just don’t rip yours down and leave your shower curtain all caterwompass!

A trip to a thrift store netted me 18 wooden curtain rings for $1.99 last spring and I knew I just had to think of something to do with them!

Initially I thought of photo frames (which is still a good idea) but Vacation Bible School was coming up and I felt lead to use them in making Christmas ornaments for the VBS kickoff. I had on hand some religious sayings scrapbook paper and presto – the idea was born! I framed the words I wanted highlighted inside the curtain ring and it made a really cute ornament for the tree.   Since the theme was New York I added a freehanded skyline in blsck cardstock and a tiny apple punch.  The kids really enjoyed making them too and even a few adults made one!  They were a big hit!

So I have been on the lookout for more rings at the local thrift stores ever since, and have found some smaller ones that worked pretty well. But I wanted still more and was having trouble finding them (Did you know they are over $5 in stores?) – – – then, at a fairly recent trip I picked up some shower curtain rings for 99 cents. And they work just great too!  If you wrap the bottom part of the ring that comes open with ribbon (and then make it the top of the ornament) you would never be able to tell what they are.  You can find them in any color you need.

This is a great craft for kids as it is very easy to do. And at under 10 cents an ornament (using shower curtain rings) it is also very inexpensive – – – making it a great craft for a crowd.

You can customize it to the season simply by changing the scrapbook paper, color of the curtain ring, and ribbon. So it works for Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras (fleru-de-lis), Easter, Harvest, Christmas, or other holidays equally well.

It makes a great package decoration as you can even use sticker letters to spell out the recipient’s name.

Materials

  • Curtain rings, wooden curtain or shower curtain
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Cardstock
  • Stickers: alphabet, seasonal
  • Torn fabric strips, ribbon, lace, etc.
  • Feathers, string of seed pearls, etc.

 

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • White glue
  • Permanent markers
  • Pen
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush

 

Cost

The scrapbook paper was bought on sale for 20 to 44 cents a sheet and one sheet will make 12 to 18 ornaments, depending on the pattern.  The cardstock was on-hand from another project.  The rings cost 6 to 11 cents each.  So each ornament was 15 cents or less to make.  This makes it an excellent “bulk craft” for “Make Your Own Ornament” events.  It is easy enough for kids, yet adults can be challenged enough to keep their interest.

Instructions

Photo 1: Assemble materials needed. Choose scrapbook paper with a pattern that fits inside the curtain ring. A large pattern does not work as well as a small pattern. Choose cardstock that coordinates with the paper.

Photo 2: Lay the rings out on scrapbook paper. Start by framing the design you want displayed within the curtain ring. Trace the ring with a pen or pencil then roughly cut around the ring with scissors.

Photo 3: Next glue cardstock to the back of the scrapbook paper with a glue stick to reinforce it. This way you can cut out the backing along with the “front” so that both circles will be even. It is very hard to get them to match up otherwise.

Photo 4: Cut out the circle. Write name, date, and any other information you’d like on the cardstock now with a marker. Add sticker letters or other stickers as desired.

Photo 5: Wrap the bottom of the shower curtain ring several times around with ribbon, lace, etc. and tie off. Insert feathers, string of seed pearls, etc. before pulling taunt. Insert a metal ornament hanger under at least one loop. Tie into a bow. The bottom of the ring now becomes the top of the ornament. If using wooden curtain rings with an eye hook, thread ribbon through the hook and then insert hanger then tie into a bow.

Photo 6: Now you are ready to glue the scrapbook paper to the ring. Apply a thin line of glue around the scrapbook paper/cardstock circle with a cotton swab. Apply a second line of glue around the back of the ornament. Allow to set for a few minutes to get tacky. You may also use a cool melt glue gun. I prefer the white glue because it gives you time to adjust the paper circle so the design is aligned.

Be sure to match the top of the paper to the top of the ring place the paper on the ring. Turn over to check placement of pattern within the ring and adjust as needed. Press firmly for at least 30 seconds. Lay the ornament face down to dry.

Notes:

  1. I use Wal-Mart’s Foam Glue because I have found it has superior holding power and when it dries the bond remains slightly flexible and is less likely to come unglued when gluing to plastic.
  2. You can use Glue Dots if you need instant drying.
  3. When doing a crafting party where the ornaments need time to dry, give each participant a cheap white paper plate to place ornaments on to dry.  Have them write their name on the plate with a marker.  When it’s time to go home, it will be super easy for the participant to find their plate!

 

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 # 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!

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