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Button Snowflake

Popsicle SnowflakeButton Snowflake

This snowflake used either as an ornament or a tree topper is a great way to display all those white and translucent white buttons your mother or grandmother left you in their button jar.   With these special buttons the snowflakes would be a great way to share a treasured memory with your close relatives.   

This would also be a great inexpensive “bulk craft” for a church children’s group or a school classroom art projects.  To keep the project to one session, pre-glue and paint the snowflake. Then allow the kids to decorate their snowflakes with buttons, trim and markers.


  • Popsicle sticks (4 per snowflake)
  • White & translucent white buttons (assorted sizes)
  • Large decorative white buttons (for the center)
  • Lace & trims
  • DecoArt Snowflake White acrylic paint
  • White Glamour Dust Ultra-Fine Glitter paint (optional)
  • Green chenille stems
  • Clothespins (optional)
  • Clear fishing line (optional)

Also Needed

  • Craft glue
  • Glue gun
  • Wire cutters


  1. Glue four Popsicle sticks together in a “snowflake” pattern then allow the glue to dry.
  2. Give the snowflake two coats of white paint and allow the paint to dry between coats.
    1. Spray paint the sticks white before gluing them together if you are mass producing the snowflakes.
  3. Flip and repeat.
  4. For a nice shimmery finish on the snowflakes apply one or two coats of white ultra-fine glitter paint to the front of the snowflake.  Allow paint to dry.
  5. Glue lace to the snowflake for a more Victorian effect.
  6. If needed cut the shanks off buttons with wire cutters.
  7. Lay out your buttons on the snowflake.  Graduate the sizes of the buttons starting with the larger ones in the center.  Use the smallest buttons on the ends of the snowflake.  Choose a large decorative button for the center.
  8. Glue the buttons down and allow the glue to dry.
  9. Attach a hanger to the snowflake.
    1. Glue a green chenille stem to the back of the snowflake (center).  If your tree is not green use a stem of a matching color.
    2. Mount your snowflakes on clothespins so they will clip to the branches.  Paint the clothespins green first so they will blend into the tree.
    3. To hang your snowflakes suspended in a window tie a long strand of clear fishing line to the top of the snowflake.
  10. You are then ready to display your snowflake.

Vintage Look-A-Likes: Mini Hat Pins & Mother’s Day Give-A-Way!



Mini Hat Pins

I am so happy to say this was featured on Craft Gossip in the post More Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!!!

These faux-vintage cuties inspired by real vintage hat pins are made using corsage pins or T pins and buttons or beads!  Pictured are a few I made to inspire you to make your very own set.

Vintage is all the rage now but I’ve long wanted my own set of old-fashioned hat pins.  I just haven’t yet scoured the antique shops to find them.  But with all the blogging and pinning on decorative straight pins my mind turned to making my own “look-a-likes” to grace my pin cushion.

You can use vintage (or vintage look) materials or “new-fangled” plastics to create your very own set of lovelies that are as unique as real hat pins.   Use beads and buttons and lace from your mother’s or grandmother’s stash to make a memory craft for your sisters, daughters, granddaughters or other family members.  Almost everyone has a place this small memory can be pinned – in a pin cushion, in the top of a photo frame, even in a hat (be careful not to get stuck!).

Like my tea-cup pin cushion?  A link for a similar project tutorial, a cookie cutter pincushion, is listed below.  Wouldn’t these make a nice Mother’s Day gift?


MOTHER’S DAY GIVE-A-WAY: It being Mother’s Day I am giving away a “kit” with materials to make a dozen pins (does NOT include glue): corsage pins, T-pins, lace, beads, and seed beads.  Simply follow, rate,  pin or share this post then comment below letting me know you have done so.  My random number generator (a.k.a. my granddaughter) will choose a number for me and that person will win the “kit”.  Give-a-way ends tonight (May 13, 2012) at 12:00 midnight CST.

Ok, NO – NOT EVEN ONE – comments on Mother’s Day.  SO I will leave the give-a-way open until the Sunday AFTER – May 20th!  Still time for u to enter!


  • Corsage pins, 2 inch
  • T-pins, 2 inch
  • Seed beads
  • Beads
  • Buttons, shank backed
  • Lace

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • E6000 glue
  • Paint to match lace & buttons
  • Toothpicks
  • Pin cushion


This is an “on-hand” project aimed at using up those bits & pieces you already have in your craft and sewing stash.  I had everything I needed already so the cost of all my mini hat pins was $0!

  • T-pins & corsage pins: $1 and up.
  • Beads & buttons: $1 and up.
  • Lace: $1 and up.

Skill Level: 

Novice to Expert and All Crafters In-between!

Photo Tutorial:

Photo 1: Assemble materials. Dig in your stash for any stray beads and buttons. This is a great project to use “onlies” and beads from broken jewelry, vintage or modern!

Photo 2: I only had a few corsage pins on-hand so I added a bow to the top of a T-pin to be able to use these. These also worked really great for the buttons I used as it gives you a place to securely glue the button so it doesn’t slide around. Paint the “t” of the T pin to match your lace or the back of the button in order to make it less visible (optional). .Insert a T pin into the middle of a 2 inch piece of lace.  Skip this step with the corsage pins.

Photo 3: Tie a knot in the lace.

Photo 4: Apply a dab of E6000 glue to the top of the pin with a toothpick and thread on beads or buttons. Push it securely against the top of the pin.  Wipe of excess glue and hold it for a few seconds for the glue to set. Add a dab of glue before adding each bead. I used three beads on most pins but if you have small beads you may want to try five. Since the E6000 is not going to set hard as a rock immediately you have plenty of time to change your mind about the bead arrangement. Stick your pins in a pin cushion to allow them time to dry.   It will take about 12 hours for the glue to set permanently. And that’s it – your very own imitation hat pins are ready for display and gifting!


Photo 5: Once your Faux-Vintage Hat Pins are dry they are ready to package for gifting.


To gift your faux-vintage hat pins glue fabric to an index card. After the glue dries cut a piece of wide enough to hold three or more pins with pinking shears. Make a fold in the card and then insert the pins through it. So no one will get stuck, use E6000 glue to attach a large button to a round mini eraser, let dry overnight then stick it on the end of the pins.

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

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

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts  a.k.a. melba

Easter Garland

Easter Garland Right Side Upper

Easter Garland

Were has the time “flown”? It seems like yesterday was Valentine’s Day! I wanted to share with you my Easter Garland. I’ve done tutorials on some of these and will post the last few after Easter so you can get a jump start on next year!

Why am I craft blogging on Easter? because I am “home alone 2”. I stayed at home on Christmas because I had just had surgery. Now I have planter fasciitis (inflammation of the covering of the muscle on the BOTTOM of the foot) and each step is so painful (even with that drated boot!) that I didn’t go to Easter dinner either. So y’all eat some ham and coconut cake for me!

I hope everyone has had a Blessed Easter!

buggaalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

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

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

Foam Valentine "Cookies"

Assorted Foam Christmas "Cookies"

This continues the previous two posts in “cut-out cookies” series.   Click the links below to view these posts.

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


Craft foam “cookies” can be used the same way as the paper ones but are more durable and can be saved and used year after year.

Craft foam is more expensive than paper so these will cost more to make, but the increased durability of the ornaments more than makes up for the cost.  However if you use craft foam from the Dollar Tree and buy it on sale or with a coupon at a hobby store these are not too very expensive, though not a cheap as some paper ornaments of course!

Again as cookie cutters are available for almost every season or occasion these can be made for every season and reason!  As Valentine’s Day is coming up the ones I choose to feature are hearts!


  • Tan/light brown craft foam for “cookies” 
  • White craft foam for “icing”
  • Assorted color thin craft foam (to punch or cut)
  • Ribbon/jute/other trim for hangers
  • Embellishments: coarse glitter, very fine white glitter, glitter glue, etc.)

Also Needed

  • Simple shaped cookie cutters, nesting/non-nesting
  • Scissors
  • Foam Glue (see NOTE at the end of this post)
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush
  • Small container for glue
  • Assorted hole punches (optional)
  • Static Guard (optional)


Make Cookies: See the post “Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10A: Paper Cut-out Cookies” for instructions on making “cookies”.  Follow the instructions substituting the term “craft foam” for “paper”.  Project specific directions are listed below.

 Alternative Method:    This method involves using a set of nesting shapes.  The larger one is the “cookie” and the smaller the “frosting”. A photo tutorial is posted below. 

  • 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.

Photo Tutorial:

Step 1: Gather supplies.

Step 2 Lay Out To Maximize Foam Use

Step 3: Select a smaller nesting shape to cut the "icing" part of the cookie.

Step 4: Trace & Cut Out "Icing" Shapes

Step 5: Trim The Edges of "Icing" & "Cookie" As Needed.

Decorate “Cookies”:  You will decorate these “cookies” in the same manner as the “paper” ones.  Here are some designs to give you a starting place.

  • The thin craft foam you buy at Dollar Tree or Dollar General and in some foam craft kits can be punched using regular paper punches.  If the foam fits inside the punch but the punch itself comes out raggedy, then the foam is 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.  Note that your paper punch will be ragged.

Design 1: Cut 3 thin foam strips and glue down. Punch ½ inch hearts from two or more colors of craft foam and arrange in rows as shown. If you don’t have a heart punch use a round hole punch instead.

Design 2: Simply add hearts in one or more colors.

Desgin 3 Photo !: Using a smaller nesting cookie cutter than the one used for the "cookie" as a guide, trace the inside and the outside of the cutter. Thie will give you a "icing" border to cut out.

Desgin 3 Phot 2: Fold the foam and snip close to the line. You will want to save the middle of the white heart.

Desgin 3 Photo 3: Glue "icing' outline to the "cookie".

Desgin 3 Photo 4: Free hand a smaller "icing" heart from the middle of the outline "icing" heart. Glue it in the middle of the "cookie" and add a free hand or punched heart to the center.

Desgin 4 Photo 1: Cut a small square about the size of the "O" you want to make. Punch a hole in the center or the square.

Desgin 4 Photo 2 Trim around the square to complete the "O". Cut a thin strip of foam and then cut into smaller pieces to form and “X”. You can also use foam alphabet stickers.

Desgin 5 Photo 1: Use white buttons for the stripes on a red foam candy cane.

Finish Project: 

  • For a realistic “icing” gleam apply a thin layer of Foam Glue over the “icing” and then sprinkle very fine white glitter over the glue.  Allow to dry and it’s ready to use!


  • Foam Glue bonds craft foam together in a superior manner.  I prefer it for all my white glue needs.  I use Foam Glue from Wal-Mart and Creatolgy Foam Glue from Michaels.    Both are EXCELLENT products!
  • Oriental Trading Co. has some very nice foam “cut-out cookie” for both Christmas and Valentine’s Day and several gingerbread kits.  The ones I have tried are almost all of a very nice quality and very affordable.  As an added benefit all the cutting is done for you.  You simply assemble them and decorate!  The kits come in packages of 12 and usually have 3 designs.  But with a little bit of imagination and some supplies of your own, you can have 12 different cookies!  I am a “Top 10 Reviewer” on orietlatrading.com and have posted reviews on the kits I have tired (Christmas cut-out cookies and gingerbread) with photos of how I customized the kits.  Please check it out!  Most of the kits were still available at the time of this post.





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

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

This continues the post on Paper “Cut-out Cookies”.  Clink on the link below to view that tutorial.  In this post the use of ephemera in making paper “cookies” is discussed.  This category of cookie crafts will be continued in “Post # 10C: Craft Foam Cookies”.


Take the use of ephemera in this craft project a step further and create a true “memory craft”.  Simply choose a “paper” that has a special meaning to you and a cookie cutter that fits the theme.  Take the time to “journal” significant information about the ephemera and what it means to you on the back of the ornament.

Ephemera can also be used to create Scrapbook Paper Back Cookie Cutter Ornaments.  Simply use an ephemera item in place of the scrapbook paper.  Clink on the link below to view that tutorial.


Some paper or cardstock or cardboard ephemera examples are listed below.  This is of course not a list of every ephemera item it is possible to use.

Ephemera are transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved.                                                                    


 Examples of Ephemera

  • Advertisements
  • Baby books
  • Baseball cards
  • Book, loose pages of a
  • Brochures
  • Bulletins
  • Calendars
  • Child’s picture storybook, loose pages of a
  • Church bulletins
  • Coloring book pages
  • Greeting cards
  • Hymnals, loose pages of a
  • Invitations
  • Journals
  • Letters
  • Magazine pages
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Newspaper announcements
  • Posters
  • Pregnancy or First Year calendar
  • Programs
  • Re-claimed gift wrap from baby shower, etc.
  • Sheet music
  • Stamps, cancelled
  • Tickets
  • Transcripts


  • Tan or light brown cardstock or heavy construction paper for the “cookie”
  • White or light colored construction paper or cardstock for the “icing”
  • Assorted color construction paper, scrapbook paper and thin craft foam (to punch)
  • Ephemera: re-claimed wrapping paper, letters or other documents, cancelled stamps, etc. for backing or the “icing”
  • 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/non-nesting
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears & other decorative scissors
  • Elmer’s glue stick
  • Elmer’s white school glue
  • Cotton swab or paint brush
  • Small container for glue
  • Hole punch
  • Glue Dots (optional)
  • Assorted punches (optional)
  • Coarse glitter (optional)
  • Very fine white glitter (optional)
  • White paper plates


  • 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.
  • I would recommend using scrapbook paper and cardstock for these ornaments for esthetics.  Scrapbook paper and cardstock used the project would be dependent on the number of ornaments you would like to make between and could be $1 or less for one or two ornaments up to $10 for dozens.  Wait until paper and cardstock are on sale or use a coupon to reduce the cost of these ornaments.
  • Use of ephemera would be based on the cost of making a colored copy of irreplaceable items that you wish to retain the original of: old photos, baby book entries, journal entries, letters, etc.

Instructions for Making Ephemera “Cookies”

See the previous post “Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10A: Paper Cut-out Cookies”(link above) for instructions.  Project specific directions are listed below. 

  1. Choose Your Paper:  You can make these with almost any type of paper or cardboard ephemera.  Some materials you can use are listed at the beginning of the post.  Almost any paper or cardboard item can be used.  For the examples I used re-claimed gift wrap, a coloring book page, and a loose page from a children’s book.
    1. To re-claim gift wrap flatten and fold it into squares as the presents are unwrapped.  Store it in a plastic tote or in file folders store it in a plastic tote or in file folders labeled with the pertinent information about the occasion (date, and stories about the event, whose present this wrap came off of, etc.). Cut the re-claimed paper in shapes that “matches” the design of the paper; for example: Cut stars and rocket ships out of paper with and astronaut design.
    2. When using ephemera items that are irreplaceable and that you wish to keep the original intact, make a color copy of the item and then use the copy (check the ink for colorfastness if you plan to use Mod Podge.  Some inks may run.).  For example: If you would like to make package decorations for the family for Christmas using a letter written by your great-grandmother, determine how many usable cookie cutter shapes you can get from a copy and then make as many copies of the letter and use them so the original remains intact.
    3. Choose Your Cutter.  When using ephemera items select a shape that fits the theme of the item.  Choose a cutter that is large enough for the text/image/design that you want displayed to fit inside the cutter.   It is best to use an outline cutter for this project so you can see that what you want displayed on the ornament is visible inside the shape.  For example: A newspaper birth announcement could be enlarged and then made with a teddy bear shape large enough for the whole announcement to fit within the cutter outline.  If the item itself is too small to fit inside the cutter, glue it to cardstock and the trace and cut the shape.
    4. Trace The “Icing”:  The “icing” part of the “cookie” will be cut from ephemera.  Arrange the cookie cutter on ephemera item carefully in order to maximize the use of the design/text of the item.  Move the cutter around until the pattern of gift wrap, text you would like highlighted, photo elements you would like to display, etc. are clearly visible inside the cutter and then trace the shape.  This is different than the last post’s instruction where you place cutter to maximizing the use of the paper.  You can also use the ephemera as a backing for the ornament.

Decorating Instructions For Ornaments Pictured:

  1. Giftwrap Bear:  You save that baby/wedding/etc. paper and don’t really have a plan to use it!!!  So here is a way for you to use the paper.  And if the baby is 17, go ahead and make one of these memory ornaments for their first Christmas tree away from home!  I used baby shower paper as the “icing”.  Mine was some vintage paper I had on-hand but you can re-claim giftwrap from a family/friend shower.  As the design did not fit within the cutter horizontally, I turned the cutter so the “BABY” design is vertical.   Use ribbon from a baby shower gift as the hanger (I used narrow lace).  Save the table scatter from the baby shower to embellish the ornament – I used some collected from past showers I attended.  Write the birth announcement details or a message for your child on the back with a permanent marker.  Use a silver metallic marker (Sharpie) for dark paper and a brown marker or ink pen for light paper.  Use these ornament to create a unique and highly personal “Welcome Baby” wreath for your daughter – use paper saved from her baby shower for this child and the paper from your shower when you were pregnant with her.
  2. Tree:  For the “icing” I used a page from a coloring book that was already colored.  I moved the cutter around until I was satisfied with the design inside the cutter.  Coloring pages need to be reinforced by gluing them to cardstock.  I choose to cut the tree out before reinforcing it on green cardstock.  Then I trimmed it and left a green border.  You can also roughly cut around the traced shape and then glue it to cardstock and then trim it the reinforced shape.  To embellish the shape, I threaded a Christmas tree pony bead on raffia and then threaded the ends through a hole punched in the top and tied it off as a hanger.  Secure the pony bead to the ornament with a Glue Dot.   I tied some short pieces of raffia on the hanger and frazzled them.  This would be a great place to use curling raffia if you have it.
  3. Egg:  You can either use the ephemera item as the “icing“ on the “cookie” or as  a backing for the ornament.  For this ornament  I used a card as the ephemera item and traced the message on the card for the backing of the “cookie”..  Choose a cutter that is large enough to fit the message that you want displayed.  After cutting roughly around the egg shape I glued it to scrapbook paper.  Because the message I used was on cardboard already I did not have to reinforce it before gluing it to the paper.  If you are using paper (like a letter) glue it to a thin piece of cardboard and rough out the shape with scissors.  Then glue the reinforced message to the scrapbook paper and then when dry, trim on the trace line.  Gluing the ephemera item to the scrapbook paper before trimming ensures that both shapes match perfectly.  I then glued some trim to the front and back.  When using text test the ink on a scrap piece with glue to see if the ink is color fast.  If it is not, then use tape runner or a cool melt glue gun to attach embellishments.  I found this out the hard way and you can see where the ink smeared.  To finish off the ornament I tied a bow on using a string of small beads.  As it is hard to keep a bow tied with a bead strand tied, secure the bow to the ornament with a Glue Dot to keep it in place.    When using the ephemera item as backing you can also create the “cookie” effect by tracing the cutter shape out of the scrapbook paper, cut it out, and then glue it to tan or brown cardstock and trim the edges leaving a border.  Next glue the shape cut from the ephemera to the back of this “cookie”.  There will be a brown border around the edges of the ephemera.
  4. Star:  To make this star I used a book that has songs with the musical score.  I traced the shape and then went back over the trace line with a colored pencil and widened and darkened the line to create a border.  This border helps define the shape.  To embellish the ornament I added some gold plastic musical note mini Christmas ornaments.  This would be a great gift to give to fellow choir members.
  5. 5.    Butterfly:  I used a children’s book page to cut the “icing” shape from.  I don’t have any embellishments that fit the theme or shape, so this ornament has a simple bow.  It would be cute to use one or two book beads or buttons to embellish this ornament.


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. 

Move the outline cutter around until the text, photo element, desgin, etc. that you want to showcase is displayed.

Cut out the traced shape.

Glue the ephemera shape to scrapbook paper and trim. An alternative is to trace and cut a "same shape" out of scrapbook paper and glue it to tan cardstock so the cookie cutter shape witl have a "cookie" border. Then glue the epemera shape to the back of the "cookie". There will be a tan border on the back as well as the front.

Choose decorative trim for the ornament. Punch hole and add hanger.

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.


  • 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


  • 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.

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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!

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.


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

Also Needed 

  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Punches
  • Cookie cutter


  • Sewing machine or needle and thread


  • Glue
  • Cotton swab or paint brush


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.


  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.


  • 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.


Christmas Ornament, Cookie Cutter:  Cookie cutters are great for making inexpensive, unbreakable ornaments for your Christmas tree.  Adding them is simple to easy!  Copper or brightly colored (avoid green when using greenery) show up best.  Don’t have the color you need? Spray paint cutters to match your desired color scheme!   Display those vintage cutters you have been collecting for years!  Consider using non-Christmas shapes on the tree for added variety and interest (ex:  Have a little boy?  Tie on colorful airplane, train, boat, etc. shapes.). 1st birthday? Then chose a shape to fit the theme of the party!  These simple “ornaments” may also be placed on the lower branches!

  1. To hang your cutter take a metal or plastic outline cookie cutter and tie a short piece of pretty holiday ribbon (or raffia) to match your color scheme through the cookie cutter and tie it of making a hanger.
  2. Tie a second piece of ribbon to the ribbon hanger and then tie it into a simple shoestring type bow.
  3. If you have a non-outline vintage cutter you would like to use add a ribbon hanger with a glue dot.  That way you can remove the hanger and use the cutter to cut cookies with.

Christmas Ornament, Cookie Cutter Scrapbook Paper Backed:  For added ump to the cookie cutter ornament add a backing to the cookie cutter.

  1. Prepare cutter as described above.
  2. Glue patterned scrapbook paper to solid color cardstock and let dry (or use cardstock that is patterned on one side and solid on the other).
    1. Use wrapping paper salvaged from this year’s gift giving to make next year’s ornaments.
    2. Have a new baby in the family?  Select “baby” cookie cutters (ducks, bottles. baby carriage, etc.) as a cutter.  Use wrapping paper salvaged from baby shower gifts.  Write the birth details (date, name, weight, etc.) on the back of the cutter with a fine tip permanent marker.  These would make great package decorations for the family at Christmas.
    3. Use wrapping paper from a child’s birthday to create an unique one of a kind memory ornament.  Journal on the back of the ornament.
  3. Carefully align the cutter (not cutting edge down) over the scrapbook/other paper until you are pleased with the design inside the cutter.
  4. Next trace the cookie cutter on the printed scrapbook paper and then cut the shape out.  Be sure the side you are going to glue the paper to is facing down.
  5. Glue the scrapbook paper to the back of the cutter with the patterned side showing through the cutter.  It’s easiest to glue to the “top” or non-cutting edge of the cutter.  Allow to dry.
  6. Tie on jingle bells, a spray of holly with berries, plastic mini candy cane and mini cookie cutters to really dress this ornament up!  Glue the embellishment in place on the cookie cutter with a glue gun (So the design is not hidden.).  If using a small pattern patter glue an embellishment inside the cutter on the scrapbook paper.

Align pattern to fit inside cookie cutter. You may need to "waste" some paper in order to get the pattern you want inside the cutter. Save these "wasted" peices to make punches to decorate paper crafts and cut designs from them to use on homemade greeting cards.

Trace the pattern on the paper taking care to keep alignment. Note on the star the "Love to Bake" inscription.

After drying, turn ornament over and add embellishments. On the star I glued a mini star cutter inside the ornament and the glued a mini gingerbread ornament to the top of the cutter. On the duck I tied a plastic diaper pin and baby bracelet on the ends of the ribbon (use table scatter or cake decorations leftover from the baby shower) and glued a duckie button on the inside of the cutter. I did not add anything to the stocking. DId you note it's not the same paper as pictured earlier? Be sure you have your cutter facing the right way when you trace it on the scrapbook paper!

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