A garland hanging on the wall is my answer to having a seasonal tree. I can have my “tree” AND not have my furniture crowded right out of the room! And my two bull moose-es (meeses?) and one girl moose (moosessa?) can actually walk by it without knocking off a dozen things! An added bonus is that it is safe from the tree eating cat!
Hanging the garland was the easy part, finding something special to put on it was another story all together!. So I turned to my “Cookie Cutter Craft” tutorials for inspiration. It was so super easy to alter the end product simply by changing the cookie cutters templates and the paper, fabric &embellishments used to seasonal patterns and colors. Then follow the tutorial instructions and you have the perfect seasonal ornaments for your tree, wreath or garland!
I would like to share photos of the Valentine Versions of my “cookie cutter crafts” I created that with you today. The link for each tutorial is listed below each photo. Any special tips, instructions, etc. for creating the Valentine craft project are listed in the photo caption or in the description of the craft. There are a couple that the tutorial will be published soon. Please stay tuned!
Valentine Versions of My Cookie Cutter Crafts:
Photo 1: Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter Garland: Change the cutters to hearts, cupids, etc. and you have the perfect garland for your wall or seasonal tree. The added bonus is that with this craft if you’d later like to use the cutters all you need to do is cut them apart!
Photo 2: “Cut-Out Cookie” Applesauce, Cinnamon, Salt, or Bread Dough Christmas Ornaments: The cinnamon ornaments smell wonderful for years! And last forever (or at least 20 years)! The applesauce ornaments are fragile if you make them thin. Use seasonal cutters to make great ornaments, package decorations, etc.
Photo 3; “Quilted” Cardboard Cookie Cutter Shape Valentine’s Ornament: this ornament gives you the appearance of a sewn crazy quilt without the needle and thread! All you need to make this ornament is a bottle of white glue, cardboard, and fabric scraps.
Photo 4: Scrapbook Paper Backed Cookie Cutter Valentine’s Ornament: Enhance a plain cookie cutter by backing it with seasonal scrapbook paper and adding embellishments if desired.
Photo 5: Valentine’s Baking Wreath: This wreath just came together once I realized that I had all the elements already made and I just needed to put it all together. It’s perfect in my kitchen!
Photo 6: Heart Shaped Valentine’s Cut-Out Cookies on Copper Cookie Sheet: Simply by using homemade heart shaped cookies and lace for a hanger & bow this ornament just screams Valentine’s Day!
Photo 7; Fabric or Felt Cookie Cutter Shapes Valentine’s Ornament: I don’t sew but this is an easy ornament to make simply using glue. You can use fabric glue, but I just used white craft glue!
Photo 8: Paper Bag Backed Foam or Felt Cookie Cutter Shapes Valentine’s Ornament: Create ladybugs or hearts for your tree from craft foam or felt.
Photo 9: Paper Bag Valentine’s Cookie Cutter Shapes Ornament: Use a plain brown wrapper to make a really cute heart (or other seasonal shape) to decorate with fabric or paint. Hang on your tree, in a window, or use the shapes to make a wreath. To make the fabric covered heart shown above make a pattern with a large heart cookie cutter. Cut out a heart shape from red fabric and glue to a paper bag. Double the paper and trim around heart leaving a two inch boarder. Stuff and glue or sew together. When dry, pink around the edges. Add “stiches” with a marker or glitter glue. Embellish as desired.
Photo 10: Paper (Scrapbook, Construction, Wrapping, Etc.) Valentine’s Cut-out Cookies: This is a great craft for kids. A great use for old greeting cards or kid’s Valentines. This craft is very inexpensive too if construction and “found” paper are used.
Photo 12: Cookie Cutter Crafts For Kids: The sheer range of crafts that kids can make with cookie cutters is staggering. Take a minute (or three!) and take a look at these crafts that are kid friendly. This is a busy box I designed and made using a photo storage box (substitute a shoe box) and a kid’s baking set from Bed, Bath & Beyond. Keep this box in the kitchen to entertain your little one while you cook. You can also put together your own baling set with a small rolling pin, felt with “cookies” cut out & mini cookie cutters, cookie sheet made from a silver metallic poster, and wooden spoon. Customize the kit for the season with seasonal cookie cutter shapes.
Photo 13: Food Shapers: Your cutters don’t even need to leave the kitchen for this “craft”. Craft with food! Cut decorative shapes from food to serve as accent pieces.
Photo 14: Greeting Card Decoration: Add a few extra special touches to blank greeting cards and you have a beautiful handmade gift for your child’s teacher or a good friend.
Photo 15: Cookie Shaped Note Cards: An alternative to making a hand decorated card is to make a shaped note card. Trace a cutter that “fits” the recipient (ex: football for a sports fan, rooster for chicken lover, etc.), trace it on a note card, then cut out the shape and embellish.
Photo 16: Cookie Shaped Note Pad: Make a cute notepad as a little special gift for someone special. Add some favorite saying or scriptures for that extra special touch.
Photo 17 Cut-Out Valentine’s Cookies: Don’t stop with crafting up a batch or two of foam cookies – break out your favorite recipe (or try mine) and roll out some edible cookies. Don’t have time to make up the dough? Then add a couple of ingredients to refrigerated cookie dough and get RAVE REVIEWS!
Package Decoration & Name Tags: Make these little for your next event to get custom made themed name tags! Great for any occasion! To add a little pizazz to your gift wrapped package or gift bag, make a custom combination package decoration and name tag. You can make seasonal shapes or select a shape that “fits” the recipient. Example: For a crafting supply basket use a pair of scissors cookie cutters. For a new baby use a ducky cutter and some of the gift wrap leftover from wrapping the package. For a end-of-the-year gift for your child’s teacher use an apple cutter. Go a step further and tie a cutter and several die cuts made using the cutter in coordinating colors to serve as a package decoration and bonus gift!
Party Favors: Give cookie cutters as party favors for a wedding or baby shower for a gift your guests will use for years to come! Combine them with a blank card to make a place tag.
Souvenirs & Special Occasion Reminders: Instead of collecting thimbles on vacation, stop by a shop that sells baking supplies & cookie cutters and get a unique cutter. This is something you can use and will remind you of your vacation every time you make cutter with that cutter. Cookie cutters are inexpensive to collect. Most are less than $5 each. So each year around Christmas add a cutter to your collection that represents a special event from that year: baby rattle for a new baby in the family, pair of bells for a wedding in the family, school bus for a child’s first year in school, ect.
Stencils: Before you buy a stencil or if you can’t find the stencil you need, take a look at the cookie cutters you have on-hand. Simply place the cutter on paper and trace. Or to make a durable template, trace the cutter on a thin piece of plastic (I found a package of five plastic binder dividers for 50 cents around the start of school. This could make a ton of stencils.
Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the links to my Valentine’s craft projects. 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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