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Christmas Cards for Your Kids to Make!


Christmas Cards for Your Kids to Make!

 If your kids are like mine they love to give gifts but buying gifts for EVERYONE on your little person’s list (from grandma to the dog to the man in the moon) is impossible unless you are independently wealthy!  If you are then stop reading this and immediately wire me a couple of million (lol)! 

I always took my kids to a dollar store (the one’s where everything is literally a dollar) when they were younger to buy their gifts.  But the usefulness and quality of the selections leave a little to be desired and after all – how many coffee mugs and “dust collectors” can one person use?

So, why not make a gift card that will last longer than the gift?  If you have punches grab some wrapping paper, construction paper, glue, gift ribbon, buttons, yarn, etc.  If you don’t have any punch outs you can acquire some punch outs on eBay or Listia.

This craft project costs you nothing but time to make the punch outs as you simply use materials like construction and wrapping paper and glue sticks – which every prudent mother has on-hand.  I also like this craft project because it saves bits and pieces of paper (i.e.; the wrapping paper scraps) and crafting materials (ribbon “snips”, stray rhinestones, etc.) from the trash.   I keep a jar beside my craft desk and I throw those scraps of ribbon, stray rhinestones and buttons, snips of fabric, and such.  And when I am doing a project that requires bits I turn to this jar.

This also makes a great last minute gift (or even a “not-so-last-minute”) when combined with some handmade coupons for a kiss, a hug, 10 minutes of quiet time, clean room, trying a new vegetable, etc.   If you are at a lost on how to get started there are some very good sites out there that will show you how.  Find one on eHow;  “How to Make a Printable Coupon Kids Can Give”And find some great suggestion on what to put on your cards on Kids Love To Know “How to Your Own Coupons Your Parents”.

MATERIALS:

  • Construction or scrapbook Paper
  • Blank note cards (optional)
  • Large envelopes (optional)
  • Stamps (optional)
  • Punches
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers, gel pen, metallic sharpies, crayons
  • Other Materials: yarn, gift wrap ribbon, rick-rack, sequins, mini pom-poms, “paper” stickers, rhinestones

 INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut or help your child to cut a piece of construction paper in half then fold it to make a card. The cards can be any size but I found a note card size worked best for me.  If making gift cards to attach to presents cut the paper into fourths then fold.
  2. Provide the paper materials to your child.  Help them to make punch outs if needed. 
  3. Save the reverse punches (the “hole” left behind in the paper).  These make some really cute cards.  For example; Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).  Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).  Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off.  Glue to the card.
  4. Let your kids decorate the outside of the cards the punches and embellishments.  I have posted photos of some sample cards I made.  Coordinate the cards with the wrapping paper if the card is to be placed on a gift.
  5. Help your kids write a personal message on the inside of the card and then let them sign it.  If you are using a dark color of paper give them a metallic sliver Sharpie or gel marker to do this.  Another option is to cut pieces of light colored construction paper slightly smaller than the card and glue it on the insides of the cards.  Either write on it before your child glues it or allow the glue to dry before writing the message.
  6. Finish the card off perfectly with a stamp or sticker won the back.  Or simply write something like “Buggal Cards” or “Made especially for you by Buggal”.
  7. Wrap the card with gift wrap and then delver it in person or put it in an envelope and mail to the recipient.
  8. Don’t forget to take photos for your scrapbook!

  Thanks so much for taking a look.  I’d LOVE to hear from you!

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To make a REVERSE PUNCH STRIP, Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).

To make a REVERSE PUNCH STRIP, Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).

Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).

Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).

Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off.  Glue to the card.

Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off. Glue to the card.

Glue the strip to the card.

Glue the strip to the card.

Snowflake Card: Save those mis-punched snowflakes then glue them to the edges of the card for a complete "snowy" look. I used 3 sizes of snowflake punches.Holly Card:  Run a line of glue across the card in a wavy pattern.  Then glue a piece of yarn to the page.  Let dry and then accent with holly and berries (martha Stewart Holly & Berries punch).  The berries the punch makes are way small so I punch bigger berries with a regular hole punch..

Snowflake Card: Save those mis-punched snowflakes then glue them to the edges of the card for a complete “snowy” look. I used 3 sizes of snowflake punches.
Holly Card: Run a line of glue across the card in a wavy pattern. Then glue a piece of yarn to the page. Let dry and then accent with holly and berries (martha Stewart Holly & Berries punch). The berries the punch makes are way small so I punch bigger berries with a regular hole punch..

Flower Card:  Use rick-rack or use a zig-zag punch (EK Sucess) to make paper rick-rack for the stems.  I used a comos punch to punch a flower from red construction paper and red gingham wrapping paper.  Glue them together and glue a 1/2 inch round punch as the center.  Glue to card and when dry bend the petal up to create a 3D effect.Present Card:  Simply glue ribbon in a criss-cross pattern and then use a jumbo Recollections tag punch to make a tag.  Write a message on the tag and you're done!.

Flower Card: Use rick-rack or use a zig-zag punch (EK Sucess) to make paper rick-rack for the stems. I used a comos punch to punch a flower from red construction paper and red gingham wrapping paper. Glue them together and glue a 1/2 inch round punch as the center. Glue to card and when dry bend the petal up to create a 3D effect.
Present Card: Simply glue ribbon in a criss-cross pattern and then use a jumbo Recollections tag punch to make a tag. Write a message on the tag and you’re done!.

Gingerbread Cameo:  Glue a strip of ribbon to the card.  I save the tail end scraps of ribbon rolls for this purpose.  Glue a 2 inch cameo (EK Sucess) in the center of the card.  Then glue a punch or place a sticker in the cameo.Snowman Card:  I used a McGill snoman punch to make these snowmen but you could just as easily use nesting cirle punches and stack them.  Draw on the features and arms with markers.

Gingerbread Cameo: Glue a strip of ribbon to the card. I save the tail end scraps of ribbon rolls for this purpose. Glue a 2 inch cameo (EK Sucess) in the center of the card. Then glue a punch or place a sticker in the cameo.
Snowman Card: I used a McGill snoman punch to make these snowmen but you could just as easily use nesting cirle punches and stack them. Draw on the features and arms with markers.

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Seed Packet Ornament


Seed Packet Ornament

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

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

Materials Needed

  • Seed Packets
  • Buttons
  • Raffia
  • Cardstock

Also Needed

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

Instructions

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

Rustic Burlap Pumpkin


Rustic Burlap Pumpkin

I love autumn best of all the seasons.  It’s always been my favorite time of the year and I only truly feel alive when there is a nip in the air.  Living in Louisiana all my life I THOUGHT the fall leaves were beautiful, but it wasn’t until my husband and I lived in Virginal for a while that I made my first trip to the mountains and discovered how colorful fall leaves really are.

Subsequent visits to the Ozark, Ouachita, and Smokey Mountains proved equally colorful.  It’s been a while since I’ve last visited the mountains – illness has prevailed both physically and financially  – and I have no hope of visiting them soon but sometimes when I drive through a hilly (for Louisiana) area I pretend I am in the mountains.

Right now pretending and creating fall crafts will have to be enough.   So I present to you this Rustic Burlap Pumpkin.  I am using mine as an ornament for my Fall Garland but you could use this on a greeting card or a scrapbook page or even frame it for a cute fall wall decoration or use it as a package decoration for a fall gift.

Materials

  • Burlap, assorted colors
  • Cardstock
  • Embroidery thread, orange
  • Fabric glue
  • Green buttons
  • Raffia

Also Needed

  • Bamboo skewer
  • Needle
  • Scissors

Photo Tutorial

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Fall Leaf Ornament


Fall Leaf Ornament

I wanted to do a little something different, kinda multimedia-ey, with a package of really cute fall silk leaves I picked up at Dollar General. This ornament was inspired by the stitched hearts I am making from an old, literally falling apart, quilt and one of my last year’s Christmas projects involving gluing shapes to paper bags.  So looking at my bag of leaves I thought “Hey, why not combine the two?” and thus this ornament idea was born!

While I was stitching I was reminded of the Doctor Who episode “A Good Man Goes to War”.  In this episode a human female “Order of the Headless Monks” solider hailing the Gamma Forest stitched a prayer leaf (a good luck token) for the kidnapped Amy’s newborn baby girl, Melody Pond.   The solider, Lorna Bucket, only joined the order’s army in an attempt to meet the Doctor, who she met as a child, once again.  She later goes to warn the Doctor’s Army of treachery and fights with them but is slain.

It doesn’t really resemble the prayer leaf much but just somehow the hand – mind connection was firmly established while I was stitching!  Maybe it’s just the time immortal figure of a woman hunched over her sewing placing well wishes for the recipient with every stich taken.

Materials

  • Silk fall leaves
  • Embroidery thread
  • Rick-rack
  • Buttons
  • Fabric strips
  • Paper bags
  • Fabric glue
  • Brown cardstock

Also Needed

  • Bamboo skewer
  • Needle

Photo Tutorial

Thanks so much for stopping in, and as always I love for your comments!

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Mini Beaded Candy Cane Earrings


Mini Beaded Candy Cane Earrings

Made from just seven beads these mini canes are the perfect holiday earrings for a young girl or any time you just want a hint of bling.

The real beauty of these little earrings is there are so many variations you can make  – change the color – or the direction – or the length – or just make as many pairs in as different ways you can dream up!  I’ve listed a few below to get you started.

Variations:

  • Any Color Combination: Why stick with the traditional candy cane color combinations of red & white or red & green? Candy canes now come in so many different colors so why not make a pair to coordinate with every holiday outfit!
  • Any Size: Use a longer  headpin and more beads for longer earrings.  Use a different size bead for a more delicate or heavier look.
  • Any Direction: Turn your canes upside down to make a “J” for a “Jesus Cane”. Substitute an eyepin for the headpin to give you a ready to hang loop at the “bottom” of the cane.
  • Any Materials: Don’t have      headpins, eyepins or the like on-hand? Simply substitute a 2 inch piece of jewelry wire. Experiment with materials to achieve different looks – acrylic or glass beads – faceted or smooth – round or square.

Uses: 

Why only use these cute little canes to make earrings?  Like real candy canes they have a bevy of uses.  I’ve listed a few below to get you started.  I’d love to hear about how you’d use these beauties in your crafting this season!

 

  • Beaded Charm Pin:  “String” them as charms on a coil-less safety pin along with some beads.
  • Decorate a Dollhouse For Christmas:   Hang on the tree or have thempeeking out of a doll’s stockings.
  • Greeting Card Embellishments & Bonus Gift:  Attach a pair to a handmade greeting card with removable glue dots to serve as both!
  • Decorate a Christmas Scrapbook Page:   Hang them all in a row on a paper chimney to add some dimension to your page.
  • Wine charms:  Attach them to a wire hoop earring along with a few beads.
  • Dress Up a Pillar Candle:  Attach a dozen with a beaded pin made by gluing a small bead to a regular straight pin.
  • Decorate a Twig Tree:  Stick a twig from the garden in a rock filled container and hang some of the longer baby canes from the bare branches.

Materials

  • Four 4 mm Red Beads
  • Three 4 mm Green Beads
  • Two 1½ Inch Headpins
  • Two Fishhook Earring Wires
  • Two Jump Rings

Also Needed

  • Round  Nose Pliers

Photo Tutorial

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


Photo by Kristen

Felt Christmas Cookies

Today in my Craft Gossip newsletter I found a great site by Kristen – Make the best of everything! Love, love, love her great ideas and crafts. Of course you know that I am absolutely barmy about ANYTHING to do with cut-out cookies so Kristen’s craft that appealed to me most is her Felt Christmas Cookies project and I just have to share it with you!

Kristen cuts her felt items free-hand and hand sews them.  But you could easily use large cookie cutters to make a pattern and machine stich them.

She does not give a tutorial but these would be easy to do.

  1. Make patterns from newspaper with large cookie cutters.
  2. Make a “sandwich” with two pieces of felt and several layers of quilt batting.
  3. Pin the pattern to the “sandwich”.
  4. Cut out.
  5. Open the “sandwich” and trim the quilt batting about one inch around the edges.  Replace it in the “sandwich”.
  6. Hand or machine stich around the edges.
  7. Glue or stich on felt decorations.

One of the commenters suggests “make our own set of cookies that Santa just may hide instead of eat.”  This is a wonderful idea and you could make a new cookie (per child) to add to the set each year. Embroider the date and child’s names on the back of the cookie.

Take the time to look at her other felt play sets – her pizzeria one is amazing!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  As always I’d love to hear from you.  Please take the time to visit Kristen’s site and let her know how much you like her craft projects.

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.

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


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 7: Stuffed Fabric or Felt Cookie Cutter Shape Christmas Ornaments

Stuffed Felt Cookie Cutter Star

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

Stuffed Fabric or Felt Cookie Cutter Shape Ornaments

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

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

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

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

Materials

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

Also Needed

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

Cost

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

 Instructions

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

Photo Tutorial

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Materials:

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

Also Needed:

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

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

Instructions

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

Assemble all materials conveniently at hand.

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

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

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

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

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

Seal and paint per product instructions for best results.

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

Attach a hanger with Foam Glue or a Glue Dot.

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

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Gingerbread Wooden Spoon


Gingerbread Wooden Spoon Instructions

I love wooden spoons – always have – I used to play with them all the time as a kid and now I rather stir with one than anything else!
So when I saw wooden spoons at the Dollar Tree at 4 for only a buck I just HAD to have some to see what I could come up to make with them.
And this was so super easy to make with two of my favorite crafting materials – punches and Mod Podge!

Materials

  • Wooden spoon
  • Mod Podge
  • Gingerbread punch
  • Small heart punches
  • Torn fabric strip about 20 inches long
  • Paint brush or cotton swab
  • Ornament hanger

Directions

  1. Start with a wooden spoon with a short handle.  Either purchase one with a short handle or cut the handle of a longer wooden spoon off and sand the top.
  2. Glue the paper/cardstock gingerbread punch to the back of the spoon bowl with Mod Podge.  Glue the embellishments on the gingerbread man.  Glue hearts in an arc above the gingerbread man.
  3. Paint over the punches with Mod Podge.  Cover the entire back of the spoon.  I used gold Glitter Mod Podge for a little glitz.
  4. Allow to dry and apply a second coat.  Dry.
  5. Apply Mod Podge to the spoon handle.  Wrap the fabric strips around the handle starting at the bottom.  Alternate wrapping the strips in a loose criss-cross pattern.  Stopping wrapping about 2 inches from the top of the spoon and tie a bow.  Insert a hanger under the ribbon on the back of the spoon before you tie the bow.

Thanks for taking a look at my gingerbread craft tutorial.  I’d love to hear from you!

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