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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 # 27: Ladybug Cookie Cutter Pin Cushion


In just one afternoon your decorative pins and your ladybug pincushion can be ready for gifting!

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 27: Ladybug Cookie Cutter Pincushion

 

It’s not too late to make a last minute special gift for Mother’s Day.  All you need is a metal cookie cutter, a little fabric, a metal pot-scrubber and a few other craft materials you probably have on-hand!

This is one cookie cutter craft item that somehow did not make it into the series yet.  I was quite sure I had included a link to a tutorial, but in searching I do not see this mentioned!  That is about to be rectified.

There are numerous tutorials on making cookie cutter pincushions and several on using a metal pot-scrubber to make a pincushion, but to my knowledge there is not one that combines both.

The metal scrubber will function to keep your pins & needles sharp.

This would be a great way to display a vintage cookie cutter and if you use vintage material, trim and buttons from you stash inherited from your grand-mother, this would make a wonderful memory craft!

Materials

  • Metal outline cookie cutter
  • Fabric
  • Button or other embellishment
  • Lace and other trims
  • Metal pot-scrubber
  • Heavy cardboard
  • Decorative pins(link to tutorial below)

Also Needed

  • Needle and embroidery thread
  • Fabric glue
  • Chopstick
  • Scissors

Costs: I had all material on-hand from other projects.  I had the metal pot-scrubbers because I was making some teacup pincushions (17 to 25 cents per scrubber) .  This is a $1 and up project.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.  Minimum sewing.

Time To Complete: An evening.  This would be a great rainy day activity or a great project for your tween.  Knock out lots of these in a day to have on-hand for last minute Christmas gifts that look anything but “last minute”.

 

https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/vintage-look-a-like-minihat-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.

Thanks again. 

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 25: Cookie Cutter Gift Ideas


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 25: 

Cookie Cutter Gift Ideas

Cookie cutters themselves make great gifts but they can also be used to create unique and inexpensive, even awesome, homemade gifts. 

Here are some great gift suggestions I have found on the net or gifts I have given. I have yet to do tutorials for these but hopefully will get around to doing so soon.   If you know of or have a tutorial on one of these projects, please paste the url below and I will add it to the post.

I’d love to hear about any cookie cutter related gifts you have given or received yourself.  Please leave me a comment below describing the gift/s.  If you have photos, that would be extra wonderful!

  •  3D Clay Tiles: Roll your clay out into a 1/4 inch thick slab. Cut it into 4×4 inch squares. Roll out another slab and cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Rough up the back of each clay shape and the area of the tile square that will be under the shape. Then “glue” the shape to the tile with clay slurry (clay mixed with water). Allow to air dry or fire per the product’s direction. Paint or glaze when dry.

 

  • “Bean” Filled Cookie Cutters:  Mix colored beans & seeds (or colored opaque plastic beads) with plain Mod Podge to make a bumpy “dough”.  Lay a cookie cutter flat on a plastic plate or foil wrapped tray.  Fill the cutter with the “dough” packing it down loosely.  Allow to dry.  This will take about a week.   Glue on a ribbon or raffia hanger.  Hang from a curtain rod for a unique kitchen decoration or hang an opaque plastic bead filled cutter in a window as a nice sun catcher.

 

  • Candle Holder:  Place a heart-shaped candle holder (glass or tin) inside a larger cookie cutter (such as a teddy bear) so that it fits tightly.  Then fill the candle holder with potpourri. Wrap in cellophane, gather at the top and tie with several colors of curly ribbon.

 

  •  Cookie Cutter Coin “Bank”:  This is a great last minute gift for a child (hey, I’d like to get it!).  Have a few made up and ready for impromptu gift giving.  Stretch clear packing tape across the back of a colorful plastic cookie cutter.  Fill the cutter with coins and then stretch a layer of clear packing tape across the front of the cutter. Wrap tightly with cellophane and tie the top with colorful ribbons. 

 

  • Cookie Cutter Cutting Board:  Hammer small nails into an old cutting board, the more battered the better! Tie a torn fabric strip bow around the handle.  Then hang vintage cookie cutters from the nails. Change the cookie cutters to fit the season.  

 

  • Cookie Cutter Photo Collage:  Trace themed cookie cutters on a piece of mat board (Book, apple, & school bus for a child. Cats & dogs for a vet.) to create a custom photo collage mat.  Cut out the shapes with a sharp craft knife.  Add photos and insert in a frame and your collage is ready to hang.

 

  • Cookie Cutter Shaped Candles:  Make two molds from matching metal cookie cutters and aluminum foil (face them the opposite way so when they are put together you will have a complete 3D shape). Melt your wax per product instructions and then color & scent it (sugar cookie or gingerbread of course!).  Then fill the molds and allow the wax to harden.  Push the shapes out of the molds.  Brush a layer of melted wax on one wax shape and then lay a wick down.  Apply a little more melted wax on the other shape and join the two halves together. Let cool completely.  Wrap the completed candle in cellophane and tie on a ribbon for a cute gift. 

 

  • Cookie Cutter Shaped Wax Tarts:  Use mini cutters to create mini wax tarts. Make a mold and then continue with melting, scenting and coloring the wax.  Fill the molds and allow to cool, then pop out your tarts and they are ready to scent your house.  Wrap several in cellophane and tie with a colorful bow to make the perfect little “I’m thinking of you” gift!

 

  • Cookie Cutter Tote Bag:  Embellished a tote bag with fabric or felt cookie cutter shapes for your favorite baker.  Cut out felt or fabric die cuts using cookie cutters as templates and then iron them on a fabric tote bag with heat fusible webbing.  An alternative is to make homemade cookie cutter stamps with potatoes or sponges then stamp the tote using fabric paint. Or simply stencil cookie cutter shapes directly on the tote with fabric markers.  When the paint/glue is dry embellish your tote with rick-rack, buttons, embroidery thread, fabric paint & markers. Let dry and it’s ready for gifting.

 

  • Cookie Mix in a Jar:  Start with a clean re-cycled Mason or food jar and stencil cookie cutters on it.  First trace mini cookie cutters on a very thin, flexible plastic sheet (like a “cheap” binder divider). Lay the plastic sheet on a self-heal cutting mat or old phone book cut the shapes out with a craft knife.  Apply spray adhesive to the back of the stencil so it will adhere to the glass.  To store your stencil lay it on a piece of plastic wrap sticky side down.  Trace the shapes and then fill in with paint markers.  Allow to dry.  Layer the dry ingredients for sugar or gingerbread cookies in the jar and close the top tightly. Cut a square of sugar cookie or gingerbread print fabric with pinking shears, place it over the lid and secure with a rubber band then tie it off with raffia or matching ribbon.  Trace a large matching cookie cutter on white cardstock and cut it out to make the icing part of a “cookie” hangtag. Glue it to light tan or brown cardstock and trim this close to the edge.  Decorate the front with paper “sprinkles” and then write your cookie recipe on the back.    Punch a hole in the top of the card and then attach it and a mini cookie cutter or two to the tails of the ribbon.

 

  • Fabric & Felt Cookie Cutter Coasters:  Make a set to have on-hand as an “Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I forgot Aunt Agnes!” gift.  Cut a piece of quilt batting to fit a round paper coaster (or a circle cut from cardboard).  Then attach the batting to the coaster with a THIN layer of fabric glue.  Next cut a circle a little larger than the coaster from seasonal fabric.  Glue it to the batting.  Then make small cuts in the edges of the fabric (so it will fit better) and wrap the fabric around to the back.  Secure with fabric glue.  Cut and glue a felt circle to the back of the coaster.  Make a pattern from newspaper of a mini cookie cutter.  Then cut the shape from contrasting felt or fabric.  Whip stich around the edges of the shape with contrasting embroidery thread if desired.  Then glue it to the front of the coaster.  Embellish with rick-rack or other trim as desired.  When all is dry, your coasters are ready to gift. 

 

  • Fairy Princess Wand:  Paint a small (or mini) star or heart cutter with metallic gold or silver paint and let dry.  Cover it with several coats of glitter paint and let dry.  Alternatively coat the painted cutter with glue and then sprinkle with the color of your choice glitter.  Next paint a 12 inch long dowel to match or contrast with the cutter and let dry.  Hot glue the cutter to the dowel.  Then embellish the wand with ribbons, rhinestones, lace, pearl beads, or metallic star garland (curled into spirals) to create a fairy princess wand.  This is a great craft for a little girl’s party – have the wands ready for the girls to decorate and enjoy.

 

 

  • Floral Arrangement:  Wire cookie cutters to long floral picks and add to flower arrangements to enhance (plus add a little extra gift) the arrangement. For example: baby rattle, bib, ducky, & bottle cutters in a pastel arrangement for a new mother.   Use a large cutter to create a custom floral pick (see below) with the recipient’s name or a special message.

 

  • Floral Picks:  Cut two cookie cutters shapes (one reverse to the other) from scrapbook paper glued to cardstock.  Glue the two shapes together with a bamboo skewer sandwiched between them.  Then decorate the pick with rick-rack or other trim, scrapbook letters, buttons, etc.  Insert into a floral arrangement or place an odd number of picks into a vase for a bouquet.  Link to my post showing my “Conservation Heart” floral picks.

 

  • Gift Wrap:  Trace cookie cutters on butcher paper, brown wrapping paper or paper bags with colored markers.  Alternatively, stamp plain brown paper with cookie cutters (dip the cutter in paint, then stamp) or stamps made from a potato or a sponge.  Another alternative is to make die cuts from leftover pieces of gift wrap or scraps of scrapbook paper and glue them to solid color gift bags or wrapping paper. 

 

  • Grandma’s Cookie Cutters Shadow Box:  When it’s time to pass on your vintage family cookie cutters do it in style.  Type or write out the family recipe and/or a memory of baking cookies with your mother or grandmother.  Leave one side of the paper blank for the cutters and a photograph.  Size the document to fit your shadow box frame and print it out in brown ink on parchment look cardstock.  Cut the paper to fit the frame.  Mount one or more of grandma’s cutters using hot glue (it is easy to peel the glue off if you would like to use the cutters in the future).  Add any cookie related embellishments, stickers, etc.  Then insert into the frame. This one-of-a-kind gift is sure to be greatly appreciated.

 

  • Jewelry:  Use tiny, ½ to 1½ inch, cookie cutters to make cookie cutter jewelry.  “String” the tiny cutters and beads on fancy ornament hooks and attach to earing wires to create unique earrings.  Or string several ½ inch cutters on a ribbon with beads to create a custom necklace.  I found tiny cutters in the decorative button section of my local craft store.  To create a unique lapel pin wrap a 1 ½ to 2 inch cutter with a narrow red silk ribbon, add a tiny sprig of holly or other greenery and a bow then attach a pin back and it’s ready to wear.  Package these is a cookie cutter box (instructions below) to make a one-of-a-kind gift!

 

  • Mobile: This is a great way to display or gift those vintage cutters you have collected for so long.  First create a mobile base by joining two dowels or wooden skewers (cut the pointed ends off first) together in an “x” shape with clear packing tape.  Then wrap the join with ribbon, raffia, or yarn.  You can also use a wooden embroidery hoop (separate the loops and make two mobiles!) or a large macramé ring as a base.  Tie three or four ribbons evenly spaced to the “X”, hoop or ring, then gather them together and tie off to create a hanger.  Hang the base from a hook on the ceiling.   Next tie 6” to 24″ lengths of fishing line, yarn, or ribbon to vintage or interesting cookie cutters. You can use a season, theme (barnyard animals, Easter, etc.) or a mix-match of cutters.   Last attach the loose ends of the ribbons to the base from long ribbons to short ribbons.  Now your uniquely different mobile is ready to hang from the kitchen ceiling of one lucky person you know!  

 

  • Napkin Rings:  Gift a set of eight small matched cutters with an equal number of napkins for a unique bridal shower gift.  Paint the cutters to coordinate or contrast with the napkins or leave them the original color.  Copper cutters would be really nice.

 

  • Paperweight:  First make a mold of the cookie cutter using foil to form a bottom in a cutter.  Then fill the mold with a quick setting Plaster of Paris mix (available at hobby stores).  Embellish plaster with beads, stones, etc. after the plaster sets a little. Let dry and then paint if desired.

 

  • Photo Frame:  First choose your outline cutter.  Again copper makes a nice frame!  It needs to be able to stand upright and the section of the photograph you want to use must fit neatly inside the cutter.  If needed, make a base out of air dry clay for the cutter to rest on.  Paint the cutter with enamel paint if desired and let dry.  Next glue the photo to cardstock.  Place the cutter on the photo and move it around so the area you want to feature is centered in the cutter.  Next trace around cutter lightly with a colored pencil and then cut the shape out.  Run a line of hot glue around the edge of the photo and carefully place the cutter on top.  Attach a bow of ribbon, rick-rack, or raffia to the top of your new photo frame if desired.  Make several of these to gift as a photo grouping.

 

  •  Potpourri Filled Cutter: Create your very own unique pompadours to hang from a door knob or shelf peg to scent the room or use it a sachet in a dresser drawer.  First create a back to the cutter with clear packing tape.  Then pack the cutter tightly with potpourri (add refresher oil as needed).  Last wrap the cutter with a small weave net, gather it at the top or bottom and tie off with a ribbon. Attach a ribbon as a hanger.

 

  • ·Stamped Gifts: Use cookie cutters to make sponge, potato or Styrofoam stamps (or dip the cutters in fabric paint and stamp).  Then stamp tote bags, flower pots, cookie jars, etc.   As an alternative cut out paper & fabric die cuts with cutter templates.  Stamp an apron with gingerbread men for a cute Christmas gift, stamp a t-shirt with multi-color stars for a colorful child’s tee or decoupage heart & flower paper die cuts to a flower pot for a Mother’s Day gift.

 

  • Sun Catchers,Stained Glass”: Use unflavored gelatin to create a sort of “plastic”. To make this gather the ingredients:  3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin; 8-10 tablespoons water; several drops of food coloring; plastic plate and a straw. First mix the water and food coloring in a saucepan over low heat. Add gelatin stirring continuously. Cook until thickened (30 seconds to one minute). Pour the mixture onto a plastic plate and remove as many air bubbles as possible by tapping the plate on the counter. Let it set for 45 minutes to one hour. Remove gelatin from plate – it will be flexible. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the gelatin and punch holes in the top with the straw. Let the shapes air dry for 2 to 3 days.  Then hang them in the window.  Or make a no-cook sun catcher simply by using Mod Podge to glue strips of colored tissue paper to the back of a cookie cutter and let dry.

 

  • Treat Filled Cookie Cutter:  Fill cookie cutters with homemade fudge, white chocolate, or Rice Krispies Marshmallow Treats.  To make white chocolate filled cutters place the cookie cutters flat on parchment paper. Melt white chocolate and pour into the cutters. Add sprinkles, M&M’s, etc. to the top of the melted chocolate. Once the chocolate hardens (check it at 5 minutes), cut off any extra chocolate that may have oozed out the bottom.  Place filled cutters in a cellophane bag and tie the bag with curly ribbon or other trim to create a unique party favor or a memorable “trinket” gift for teachers, postmen, etc.   Have your children make a homemade cookie cutter shaped gift tag to attach to the gift. 

 

  • ·Trinket Box:  Make a cookie cutter shaped trinket box to gift small cookie cutter related gifts in.  If desired first glue backing themed scrapbook paper or fabric on cardboard.  To make the bottom trace and cut out the inside of a simply shaped cutter on stiff cardboard. Cut a 2″ wide strip from the same cardboard and glue around the edges of the bottom. Then trace the outside of the cutter to make the lid of the box.  Cut a 1″ wide strip of cardboard and glue it around the edges of the lid.  Decoupage the top and sides of the box with cookie or baking printed fabric or scrapbook paper.  Leave the inside edge of the lid and one inch of the side of the box plain (where the lid of the box fits).  Add appliqués, sequins, beads, glitter, etc. as desired.  Fit the lid on the box and your gift box is ready.

 

  • Wind Chime:  Create a theme with the cutters; for example: an animal theme, star theme, sports theme, holiday theme, baby theme, etc.  This is basically made the same way as the mobile is except you use only metal cutters and a length of lightweight metal pipe. Tie different shapes, sizes, and styles of metal cutters to different lengths of nylon wire.  Tie the loose ends of the wires to a large metal hoop.  Graduate the size of the cookie cutters from large at top to mini at the bottom. Add a lightweight hollow metal pipe to the inside of the chime.

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

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Thanks again. 

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 23: Souvenirs & Special Occasion Reminders


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 23:  Souvenirs & Special Occasion Reminders

Some people collect thimbles, refrigerator magnets, tee shirts or cups on vacation and buy ornaments for a special occasion (ex: baby’s first Christmas) but why not collect cookie cutters instead?   With all the shapes available in stores and on-line you will be able to find that special cutter that is perfect for the occasion.

  • Re-live the trip or the special day every time you make cut-out sugar cookies with that cutter!
  • Use your cutter to make a “memory ornament” described in Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10B: Ephemera Cut-out Cookies.  Click on the link below to read the post.

https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-10b-ephemera-cut-out-cookies/

  • Use the cutter to make die cuts for your scrapbook page about your vacation as described in Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 13: Die cuts.  Click on the link below to read the post.

https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/die-cuts/

 

“Instructions”

 Label the cutter on the side with a permanent marker with the occasion and date.  In your “Cookie Cutter Log” journal additional detail about what the cutter represents.

  •  ANNUAL: Find a cookie cutter that represents the best thing to have happened in the past year:  A wedding bell for a wedding in the family, a house for moving into a new home, a baby rattle for a new baby in the family, etc.
  • VACATION: Find a cookie cutter shape that represents what you liked best on vacation or that represents an event that happened. For example: A bear shape for the time you saw a bear in the Smokey Mountains, a teepee for going out west, etc.  I have even found one of George Washington’s profile to represent a trip to Mount Vernon!  Don’t stress too much about actually buying the cutter on vacation, although it’s fun to look – try flea markets, as you can always find one on-line when you get back home and soon have it ready to make canoe cookies to celebrate the first time your child paddled a canoe!

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

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 22: Party Favor & Party Ideas


COOKIE CUTTERS:  NOT JUST FOR COOKIES ANYMORE! POST # 22:  PARTY FAVOR & PARTY IDEAS

It’s been a while since I made a Cookie Cutter Series post, so here is Number 22 just in time for summer wedding planning season. 

They may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of party favors, but a cookie cutter is a fun, attractive & useful party favor to give your guests.

This is especially true for themed parties such as weddings or baby showers.

While you may not go so far as having a Cookie Cutter Wedding, a cookie cutter favor can complement your next event and give your guests something that will bring you and your awesome event to mind every time they use it!

CHOOSING PARTY FAVOR CUTTERS

 When choosing party favor cutters here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Metal or Plastic: Silver colored metal cookie cutters will match most weddings best while colorful plastic would complement a luau best.   Copper is also an option that would work great with any fall party.
  2. Shape:  The shape should stand for something that is special about your event.  Are you celebrating a Baptism or Confirmation?  A cross cookie cutter would be an excellent choice.  Are you hosting a “Back-To-School” party? Use an apple cookie cutter of course! With all the shapes available now on-line now, you are sure to find one that makes your guests go, “Wow! That was a great time!” when they are making cookies months and even years after your party.
  3. Presentation:  Don’t just pile your cutters in a basket or hide them away in party favor bags, use them as place cards and party decorations!

COOKIE CUTTER PLACE CARDS

 Tent Place Card: 

  • Oriental Trading and Sugarcraft have cutters that come complete with a note card that can be used as a place card.  Or you can make your own (make a sample card first). 

http://www.orientaltrading.com/personalized-spring-wedding-cookie-cutters-with-card-a2-3_2553-12-1.fltr?Ntt=cookie+cutters

http://sugarcraft.com/catalog/cooky/heartcard.htm

  • Make Your Own:
    • Purchase some blank note cards that are larger than your cutter or make your own cards by taking a half sheet of cardstock and folding it in half.
    • Print the note cards with the event information. See “Party Information to Include” below.
    • Add the guest’s name to the front of the card if you are using as a place card.
    • Make a template by tracing the cutter shape onto thin cardboard and adding a “seam allowance” of ¼ to ½ inch (so the cutter can hang freely from the card).
    • Now trace the template on the front of the note card and cut it out.
    • Next cut a small slit at the top of the folded edge of the card to thread the ribbon through and attach the cutter to the card.

 Snow Globe Place Card

  • Create this lovely cookie cutter “snow globe” with a cookie cutter, a wine glass, and artificial snow.   See the link below for a tutorial.

http://yievents.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-place-settings.html

 “Scroll” Place Card: 

  • Print a copy of the family cut-out cookie recipe on decorative paper.  Roll it up and insert it into the mini cutter.  Or tie the scroll with raffia or ribbon and then attach the cutter.  Tie on a hang tag with the guest’s name.  Place the scroll diagonally across the plate/charger at each place setting.

 Scrapbook Paper Backed Cutter Place Card

  • Trace and cut out the cookie cutter shape from decorative scrapbook paper (glued to cardstock to reinforce it) that coordinates with the event.  Write the guest’s name on the front of the paper shape or attach scrapbook sticker letters.  Then attach the paper shape to the back of the cookie cutter with the guest’s name displayed inside the cutter with removable glue dots (so the guest can use the cutter later).  Attach a party information hang tag (see below).  Stand the cookie cutter place card beside the plate or lay it flat on top of the plate.

https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-4-cookie-cutter-christmas-ornament/

Plain Cutter Place Card: 

  • Simply use a plain cookie cutter as a place card. Write a name on the side with a permanent marker or attach a piece of ribbon, ribbon slide and a nametag to the cutter.

http://www.parents.com/baby/shower/themes/twinkle-twinkle-little-star/?page=7

 

DISPLAYING COOKIE CUTTERS

DECORATIONS & PARTY FAVORS

  •  Cookie Cutter Tree:  Hang the party favor cutters on an evergreen tree or a white bare branch tree.  Attach a party information hangtag with a ribbon.  Click on the link below for a tutorial on making your own tree.

http://madisonviningsridge.myaptportal.com/apartment-living/make-a-bare-branch-christmas-tree/

  • Napkin Rings:  Mini/small cutters can be used as napkin rings.   Simply insert the napkin into the cutter and attach a party information hangtag with a ribbon.
  • Centerpiece:  Create a special centerpiece for your cookie swap party.  When you send the invitations include a “Cookie Survey” with room for a favorite recipe and best cookie making tips.  Ask the guests to return the survey well before the party so you can compile all information into a “Cookie Swap Recipe Booklet”.  Also ask party guests to bring a unique cookie cutter (vintage, new, etc.) along with cookies to trade and sample.  Fill a wooden bowl with real or artificial greenery and pick in some bows and peppermint candy picks (or for a large party substitute a greenery garland wound down the center of the table).  As the guests arrive have them tuck their cutter in among the greenery.  When the guests leave, they each pick a “new to them” cutter from the bowl.  Have several extra cutters of unique shapes on hand for people who forgot tp bring a cutter.
  • Garland:  Loosely braid raffia to make a garland.  Tie in themed colorful cookie cutter shapes cut from cardstock (example: fall colored autumn leaves, pearly pastel seashells & starfish, etc.).  Lastly attach themed cookie cutters to the garland with wire Christmas hangers.  Another alternative is to use a greenery or grapevine wreath.  Guest will then pick a cutter from the garland when leaving the event as a party favor.

PARTY INFORMATION CARD OR HANGTAG

Print this information directly on the place card or print on transparent address labels to stick on the card:

  • Event,
  • Honoree’s name/s,
  • The date,
  • A favorite quote or a Bible scripture
  • A “thank you for coming” note
  • Guest’s name if using as a place card.
  • Also consider adding an explanation why you choose that cookie cutter shape and what it means to you on the inside of the card (ex: “the beach is a special place to us.  It’s where we meet.”).

OTHER PARTY IDEAS FOR USING COOKIE CUTTERS

  • Attach several to balloons as balloon weights.
  • Stencil cookie cutter designs on cloth napkins with fabric markers or fabric paint. For holidays, wedding or baby showers, or birthdays add the date & event.  Let the guests take their napkin home as a party favor.
  • On a bridal or baby shower invitation ask each guest to bring a special cookie cutter either new or from their collection.  Mail hang tags with ribbons already attached with shower invite for the guest to write in this info: who gave the cutter, why they choose that shape, history of the cutter if vintage, etc.  Have extra tags at the event on a table near an entrance (have lots of pens!).   After guests have completed the hang tag they it on the cutter and then hang it on a white branch tree or place in a wooden bowl.  The shower honoree’ gets the cutters at the end of the shower.
  • Create a party favor box from a cookie cutter.   Trace the cookie cutter on heavy cardstock and cut it out.  Glue the shape to the back of a cookie cutter.  After it dries, fill it tightly with small candies (M&M’s, Skittles, etc.) and then wrap with clear or colored cellophane.  Fill with confetti for a party or New Year’s  celebration. Secure  with a rubber band then tie on a ribbon and make a bow.
  • Play a party game using cookie cutters.    Place a variety of fun shaped cookie cutters in a bag. Have guests sit in a circle and pull out a cutter. They must start (or add several lines) to a story using that shape of cutter in the story.

COOKIE EXCHANGE PARTY

Wouldn’t cutters make great favors at a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party? If you’ve never hosted or been to a party like this you simply open your home and ask people to bring several dozen (number depends on the number of guests) of one type of cookie and copies of the recipe.  At the party you sample the sweet treats and then take home several dozen different cookies.  I did a little search on the internet and I found this site that has some great tips on a cookie exchange party.

http://entertaining.about.com/cs/christmas/a/cookieexchange.htm

PLACECARD PHOTO TUTORIAL

Photo 1: Trace template on front of card.

Photo 2: Allow about 1/4 inch seam allowance so cutter will swing freely.

Photo 3: Cut out shape and then cut a slit in top of the card to thread a ribbon through.

Photo 4: Thread a ribbon through the slit and through the cutter then tie a knot behind the card.

Photo 5: Cutter should hang freely in the cut-out. Write name on front of place card. Consider gluing information about the cutter inside the card: why you chose the cutter, etc.

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

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Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 18: Kid’s Cookie Crafts & Activities


Decorate a box to resemble as stove. Fill box with kid sized baking utensils.

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 18: 

Kid’s Cookie Crafts & Activities

Don’t limit the cookie cutter just to food!  It can also be the world’s greatest craft item & toy! 

Think of the sheer range of uses – – –

  • from simply making pretend cookies (a favorite past time of my kids as toddlers) to using a cutter as a stencil for drawing; 
  • from cutting shapes from clay with a mini cutter to coloring shapes traced with a jumbo cutter;

– – – your cookie cutter never has to stop working! 

Even your youngest can use cookie cutters to play – – – give your 2-year-old a ball of pretend “cookie dough” (modeling clay) and a cookie stamp and watch them go into the bakery business!

 

Uses For Cookie Cutters, Kid’s Style

Here are some ways for kids to use cookie cutters and some web sites that feature cookie cutter crafts for kids that I have found in my internet wanderings. 

  • Up first are a few project ideas I have found just listed.  I have developed them more thoroughly  and may in the future create tutorials for each.  
  • Next up are tutorials I have found since the internet craze.  These tutorials are so great that I cannot improve on them and am simply sharing the links with you.
  • Also you will find some ideas included that are not technically crafts but are neat uses anyways!

A FEW CRAFT & ACTIVITY IDEAS

Here are a few craft & activity ideas that I have found a brief mention of in my years of collecting.  These did not have tutorials associated with them.  I hope to do a photo tutorial on some of these projects in the future. 

Bean Bags:  Use cookie cutters to create a pattern for super cute bean bags for your pre-school children to play with.  Trace a cookie cutter onto newspaper or tissue paper.  Pin it to doubled fabric (patterned side out) and cut out two matching shapes.   Sew together (patterned side in) leaving a gap to turn the fabric.  After turning, stuff the shape with beans and sew the gap shut.  Glue on embellishments: tail on animals, hair on people, rick rack on a gingerbread boy, spots on a ladybug, etc.   An alternative to machine sewing is to use felt for the beanbag and then whip-stitch the back and front together.

Bubble “Wands”:  Use mini cutters to blow bubbles.  To create a bubble wand glue the cutter to the end of a dowel.  Dip the cutter into the bubble solution being sure that the entire base of the cutter is covered.  Lift and blow.  To make your own bubble solution:  Mix together 2 C. warm water, 1/4 C. good quality dish soap (i.e. – Dawn), a little food coloring or paint/Kool-Aid powder, and 2 Tbsp. glycerin or corn syrup.

Clay Bead/Pendant: Use a mini cutter to make a clay bead/pendant for a necklace.  Knead and roll out air dry clay per package directions.  This bead will have a hole so it needs to be thick enough to “drill” a hole through without breaking.  First let the shape sit to slightly harden.  Then drill a hole through the “bead” with a toothpick.  Lay flat to dry completely.  Next paint the “bead” and allow it to dry.  Then string with other beads.

Counters & Sorters:  Place cutters in a box and let your pre-school children count them or sort them by color, shapes that go together, size, etc.  Use cutters to teach children sounds – animals, trains, etc.  Older children can use them to hone their addition and subtraction skills.

Felt Lollipops:  Make some durable lollipops by tracing a large round cookie cutter on felt.  Cut two shapes from felt and one from cardboard for each pop.  Trim the cardboard shape down slightly.  Glue one round shape to the circle of cardboard.   Trim a wooden skewer (or craft stick) to the desired length and paint it white if desired.  Turn shape over and glue the wooden skewer in the center of the cardboard.  Then apply a thin layer of glue to one side of the other circle and glue it in place.  Next decorate the pop – – – add hair, eyes and a mouth to make a “people pop”, add felt hearts or some felt swirls.   Another option to this craft project is to use a gingerbread boy cutter to make the pop.  Decorate with felt rick-rack, googlely eyes, etc.

Homemade Rattle:  String a few plastic cookie cutters on a length of soft ribbon and tie it securely for a rattle babies and toddlers will love.  Always supervise baby during use of this rattle.

Kid’s Kitchen Baking Box (pictured above):  Keep a box of baking supplies on hand in the kitchen to entertain children while you cook.  I decorated my box to look like a stove.  To make the faux stove I used a photo storage box but you could just as easily cover a sturdy shoebox with freezer paper or brown paper.  Next trace a large circular object to create two burners out of black cardstock.  I used some aluminum foil punches I made sharpening my circle punch as dials and then mounted them on black cardstock.  I drew in “on”, “off”, and “oven temps” with a gold metallic permanent maker (I found mine at Wal-mart and got 2 for $1.  These are the best thing to write on black or dark paper that I have ever found!).  I also added a black rectangle for an oven door to the top.  Then fill the box with kid sized baking goodies: miniature cooking utensils, a plastic cereal bowl for a mixing bowl, several small cookie cutters, small baking sheet, etc.  I used a purchased kit from Bed, Bath, & Beyond that is super, super cute.  I also linked a tutorial to making a homemade kid’s baking kit below (Felt Cookie Making Kit For Kids). Place the finished box in the kitchen.  Your kids will then be able to cook right alongside you.

Cookie Cutter Lacing Cards: Trace a jumbo cutter on heavyweight cardstock and trim around the shape leaving about a two-inch border. Punch holes over the xs. Lace with a shoestring.

Lacing Shape:  On a HEAVYWEIGHT piece of cardstock or cardboard trace a jumbo cutter.   I glued 2 pieces of cardstock together to get the desired thickness.  Go over the trace line with a marker.  Mark an “X” about every inch on the traced outline.   Trim around shape with pinking shears leaving about an inch to an inch and a half border.  Punch holes where the “X”s are.  Depending on your shape you may need a long reach punch.  Use hole reinforces (I found clear ones at an office supply store) to give the lacing shape more durability if desired.  Measure out a piece of yarn long enough to thread through the shapes, dip both ends in white glue and twist then allow to dry.  You can also use a colored shoestring.  Your lacing shape is now ready to use.  The shape can be laminated to make it more durable.

Macaroni Necklaces With Construction Paper Cookie Cutter Shape Pendant:  Have your children cut out shapes and decorate them.  Then punch a hole in the top of the shape and tie on a yarn “jump ring”.  Next string the pendant on yarn along with colored macaroni to create a kid inspired unique necklace!  To make colored macaroni place dry pasta shapes in a zipper lock bag, add a little alcohol, then drip in food coloring until you reach the desired shade.  It will dry lighter.  Mix the pasta and colorants well by shaking the bag.  Put on your favorite song and shake till it’s done.

Mobile:  Use cookie cutters to trace and cut out shapes from paper or cardstock to create.   The shapes can all be related (all animals, only sea creatures, etc.) or a mixture of shapes.  Punch holes in the top of cookie cutter shapes.  Cut ribbon or yarn in varying lengths and the tie one to each shape.  Tie the loose end of the ribbon to an embroidery hoop in staggered lengths (from short to long).  Suspend the hoop from the ceiling with 3 ribbons.

Recycle Window Clings:  Use as a pattern to create vinyl window or wall clings from old, tired widow clings.   Simply use a cutter smaller than the window cling to trace and cut a shape out.  Adhere to glass and enjoy!

Refrigerator Magnets:  Create refrigerator magnets using cookie cutters. Using mini cutters trace and cut out foam or felt shapes.  If needed reinforce them with cardboard glued to the back of the foam.  Use layers to create a 3D effect.  Attach a magnet to the back.  Embellish the front with fabric paint, glitter glue, etc.

Sand Shapes:  Use cutters on the beach and in the sandbox (or mud!) as sand shapers.  Pack moist sand into the cutter then lift and you have a sand shape ready to decorate with tiny shells, leaf flags, and pebbles.

Shrinky Shapes: Use as a stencil to make shapes from shrink plastic.  Color and bake per package instructions.

Sidewalk Chalk:  Use a jumbo cutter as a stencil for sidewalk chalk or as a mold to create your own sidewalk chalk.   For a “recipe” on how to make it, take a look at this post by MadMaggiesDesigns!

Sun Pictures:  Instead of a rainy day activity, this is a sunny day activity!  In the morning place a dark piece of construction paper on a flat surface in the sun.  Place various baking objects (cookie cutters, spatula, wooden spoon, etc.) flat on the sheet.   Late in the day remove the objects from the paper and see your shapes bleached by the sun!

Zipper Pull:  For a creative backpack zipper pull attach a sturdy cookie cutter to the zipper.

WEB SITES OF INTEREST

Listed below are links to websites I have found over the years. 

I also have pinned those with a photo tutorial to my board “Uses For Cookie Cutters” on Pinterest.  Also you will find a lot of “non-kiddie” crafts there too.  I’d love to hear from you if you have a blog, store, etc. with alternative uses for cookie cutters.

http://pinterest.com/buggal1989/

Baking Party:  This site gives details of an entire party centered around baking!  How neat is that?  Pretty neat if you ask me!

Cookie Cutter Stamping:  Make your own cookie cutter stamps out of Styrofoam or sponges. Then dip the shapes in paint and stamp on plain gift bags or brown paper creating your very own unique kid made wrapping paper!

Cookie Cutter Crayons:  I have found several ways to make these.  One involves melting the crayons on the stove top and then pouring melted crayons into a cookie cutter placed on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.  Another just uses a muffin tin.  In yet another method you melt crayons on a jelly roll pan in the oven. Then while the wax is still warm use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the wax layer.

Cookie Jar Tote:  Here’s another craft to make for your kids.  Make this cute tote with a vinyl cookie jar on the front.  Fill it with handmade felt cookies.  So cute!

Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar:  Use a cookie sheet to create a unique Advent Calendar that the kids will love!  Instead of using 25 random magnets shown in this tutorial, how about making a set of 25 scrapbook paper-backed mini cookie cutter magnets and use scrapbook letters to number each.  It might be hard to find 25 different Christmas shapes, but non-seasonal shapes can be used or just use shapes over again with lots of different paper as the backing. Another possibility is to use toy cookie cutters.   Mini copper cutters would add extra gleam to this project! Or try your hand at making some sugar cookies out of air dry clay!  See my tutorial (link below) for instructions on making scrapbook paper-backed cookie cutters.

Dough Shapes:  Use cookie cutters and cookie stamps to cut pretend cookies out of Play Dough and modeling clay.   You can even make your own homemade modeling clay.  This site also has a few other uses for cookie cutters.

Felt Cookie Making Kit For Kids:  This pair of fantastic tutorials show you how to create a felt cut-out cookie making kit for your favorite little baker – complete with rolled out felt “dough” for the little baker to “cut” cookies from.   The kit also has “icing” shapes the child can use to decorate their cookies with.  Add a small baking sheet (Dollar Tree has some small ones or create one out of a disposable aluminum pan or a sheet of silver metallic poster board.), mini or small cookie cutters, and a miniature rolling pin and you have a kit that will entertain your little one for hours!

Fun With Food: Make up some fun with food with your kids using cookie cutters.  One suggestion is to cut a heart with a cookie cutter from a red apple and a green apple, then insert the red heart plug-in the green apple and the green in the red.  You can create the effect without the hassle of cutting a plug out of an apple simply by using a Fruit Roll-up and cutting a heart from it then “gluing” it to the apple with a little water.  In the fall use a caramel apple sheet and adhere shapes to the apple.

Fun With Food II:  Make up some fun dough for your kids to cut with their cutters.  This dough however isn’t edible, but it smells great!

http://www.danamadeit.com/2011/12/day-20-12-nutella-play-dough.html

Homemade Goldfish Crackers & Cutter:  This site has a great tutorial on making those perennial childhood favorites – – – goldfish shaped crackers!  It even has instructions on making your own cutter!

Homemade-Paper Stars:   Get your toddlers involved in the easy craft.  Recycle those old cards and used paper with this craft.  Make a paper pulp, tint it, and then press the paper pulp into star cookie cutters or other cutters of your choice.

More Cookie Cutter Crafts: From cookie cutter shaped magnets to cookie cutter shaped soap, this site lists several kid’s crafts that are sure to please kids of all ages.  There are even a few crafts for the home listed.

Paper Mache:  Use as a mold for paper mache shapes.  Make a mold by wrapping the bottom of the cutter with aluminum foil to create a mold.  Make paper mache and then lay strips of coasted newspaper in the cookie cutter mold.  Repeat until mold is about one half full.  Allow to dry, and then pop shape out and paint.

Shape Matching Game:  Simply trace various cookie cutter shapes on to a large sheet of heavyweight paper or poster board then go over the outline with a marker and then your little one can match the cutters to the shapes.  Laminate the paper for increased durability.  Great rainy day activity!

Soap Cookie Cutter Shapes: Use a cutter to make unique soap shapes.

State Cookie Map:  For an edible geography lesson roll out sugar-cookie or gingerbread dough and then cut the dough into the shape of your state with a cutter or a template and knife.   Make everyone their own cookie or make one big cookie map.  Decorate with icing and sprinkles and icing tubes, mark the capital and major cities (don’t forget to mark your town!) and roads & waterways.  Make it as simple or detailed as you wish.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed reading about crafts you can do with or for your kids. 

If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial description.   

If I missed your blog on cookie cutter crafts for kids, or have come across a blog post or website please take the time to comment below.

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Thanks again. 

buggalcrafts

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 17: Hand Decorated Greeting Card


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 17:  Hand Decorated Greeting Card

Holiday Card

Lunch Box Note

Decorative Name Tag

Thinking Of You Card

Need a quick greeting card?  All you need is a blank card (or some cardstock), a couple of cookie cutters, and craft supplies that you probably have lying around the house!

Make one unique card to send to a special person or make a set of matching cards as a gift.

This is a great idea for any holiday: Valentine’s Day & Mother’s Day cards especially, lunch box notes or just any time you want to add a little something extra special to a note.

Easy for kids to make too!  Making a set of unique greeting cards for grandma or a special aunt or creating a set of can’t be purchased Christmas cards would be a great way to pass a rainy day.

Materials

  • Blank card/s or cardstock
  • Small piece decorative material:  glitter, dried floral, decorative sand, tiny shells, tiny confetti, etc.
  • Scrapbook paper, fabric, felt, etc.
  • Embellishments: beads, buttons, rhinestones, etc.
  • Ribbon and trim

Also Needed

  • White glue
  • Cookie cutters or cookie cutter die cuts
  • Cotton swab or paint brush
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers, glitter glue, etc.

Costs

  • Cards: $1 a package of eight at Dollar Tree or cardstock at about 22 cents and up per sheet.
  • Decorative material: on-hand or $1 and up.
  • Scrapbook paper: on-hand or 22 cents and up per sheet.
  • Embellishments and trims: on-hand or $1 and up.

Instructions

Photo 1: Assemble materials. If you do not have any small piece dried floral material on-hand crumple or cut larger pieces of dried floral into small pieces with scissors.

Photo 2 Place a large, simply shaped outline cookie cutter flat in the center of the front of the card. While pressing down firmly on the cutter apply a thin layer of glue inside the cutter using a cotton swab.

Photo 3 Then sprinkle the small piece decorative material evenly inside the cookie cutter. Tamp materials down with the wrong end of a large paintbrush.

Photo 4 Remove the cutter and wipe it with a paper towel to remove decorative material. Wash thoroughly in soap and water. Allow the glue to dry.

Photo 5: Then embellish the card with buttons, bows, etc.

Photo 6 Glue on a cookie cutter die cut and then embellish with bronze glitter glue stiches.

Photo 7 Use the cookie cutter as stencil and trace the shape of the cutter on the front. Then color in with markers, glitter glue, etc.

Photo 8 Use the cookie cutter as stencil. Press firmly down on cutter and apply a thin line of glitter glue just inside the cutter.

Photo 9 Allow the glitter glue to dry thoroughly.

Photo 10 Glue on a snowman cookie cutter die cut and then embellish with scrapbook paper, craft foam, buttons, etc.

Alternatives

  • Die Cut Embellished:  Glue cookie cutter die-cuts (cut from scrapbook paper, felt, fabric, tissue paper, used Christmas cards, etc.) to the front of the card.  Then embellish with an outline of dots or dashes around the die cut with glitter glue or markers.  Add ribbon, trim, etc. as desired.
  • Stenciled: Or simply use the cutter as a stencil and trace the shape of the cutter on the front.  Then color in with markers, glitter glue, etc.
  • Post Card:  You can also use an un-ruled index card to create a decorative name tag.
  • Attach a Small Gift:  Instead of using buttons & bows to decorate the front of the card, use a small gift: decorative erasers, necklace, earrings, etc. as the embellishment.  Cut out a cookie cutter die cut in a shape coordinating with the small gift to be attached (ex: heart shaped locket – use a heart shaped cookie cutter to create a die cut).
  • Stamped:  Another method of using cutters to decorate cards is to make a potato stamp.  You can also make a stamp from Styrofoam or a sponge.  Find the instructions at the link listed below:
  • Stationary:  Glue mini die cuts around the edges or in the corners of a sheet of blank paper to create a border for your own unique stationary.
  • Window:  Trace a shape on the front of the card and then cut it out with a craft knife to make a window.  Place a photo or a 3D sticker on the inside of the card where it shows through the window.

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

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Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 16: Crafting With Food or Cookie Cutters as Food Shapers


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 16:  Crafting With Food or Cookie Cutters as Food Shapers

Cookie dough and paper are not all you can cut with cookie cutters!  They also are great to make decorative shapes from food. 

I was going to do a photo tutorial on using cutters as food shapers, but when I went on-line to see what I could see I found so many great tutorials that I decided to give you the links instead.  Take a look at some of the sites – you will never look at a melon slice the same way again!!!

There are so many different ways you can use shaped food that I cannot have possibly thought of found a reference to of all of them.  I’d love to hear any ways you have used shaped food.  And if you have photos e-mail them to me at buggal1989@yahoo.com and I will add them to this post and give you credit.

So go ahead – – – Play with your food! 

 

Materials

  • Food that can be cut into slices

Also Needed

  • Mini or small cookie cutters
  • Cutting board
  • Plate
  • Sharp knife

 

Instructions

  1. Assemble materials.  Choose food that can be cut into about 1 inch thick slices.  Select a mini or small cutter that will fit on a slice of the food to be shaped.  For example a cake slice will accommodate a larger cutter than a slice of melon.  Wash your hands thoroughly before handling food.
  2. Cut the food to be shaped into about one inch thick slices.  Fondant will be rolled out thinner.
  3. Lay the food slice flat on a plate or CLEAN cutting board. Carefully place the mini cutter on the slice to maximize the number of shapes that can be obtained from each slice.
  4. Press down and cut out shape. Remove cutter and the carefully lift and place on a plate.
  5. Once all the food has been cut arrange the shapes on a platter or in a bowl.

 

Additional Notes

  • Save the scraps of food to be used in another manner.  For example, if cutting out cheese shapes keep the cheese scraps to use as cheese crumbles on top of a salad or in a cheese ball and fruit scraps can be used to make frozen drinks or in a fruit salad the next day.
 

Shaped Foods

Below are some links I have found on using cookie cutters to shape food.  They tips range from using the cutter to make decorative accent pieces to using the cutter as a mold.  There is something for all skill levels.

Biscuits:  Use a floured cookie cutter to cut biscuits or rolls in cool shapes.  Make special shapes for holiday & event suppers:  hearts for Valentine’s Day or your anniversary, shamrocks for St. Pat’s, etc.

Breakfast Sandwiches:  Mold ground sausage into a simple roundish shape (ex: flower) and cook as usual.  Cut biscuits with the same cutter and bake.  Cook an egg in the cutter.  Cut a slice of cheese in the same shape.  When all parts are ready, assemble sandwiches for a special breakfast treat!

Cake & Other Dessert Shapes:  Use cutters to cut any food that can be made in a jelly pan or cut into slabs – – – brownies, cake, ice cream, etc.  Use as a mold and pack with Rice Krispie treats (wet your hands first).

  • Serve cake in a way you may have never served it before – in shapes!  I can just see pound cake stars on top of cake scraps layered with strawberries and blueberries and then topped with whipped cream. How red, white & blue can you be?
  • Use cutters to cut out dough other than cookie dough:  scones, doughnut dough. puff pastry and tiny tarts or pies.
  • http://www.ehow.com/how_7724487_use-cookie-cutters-cake.html

Cake Stencil, Reverse:  Use the cutter to make a reverse stencil.  Example:  place the cutter in the middle of a cheesecake then spread fruit filling around the cutter.  Carefully remove the cutter and leave a cookie cutter shape in the center of the cheesecake.  Place mini stars randomly around the cheesecake and then spread blueberry and cherry pie filling around the cutters either in stripes or an outer ring of cherry, then center of blueberry.  Then fill in the cutters with whipped cream, chill pie in the freezer for 30 minutes, and then carefully remove the cutters.

Cake Stencil:  While this idea is not cutting a shape from food, but is using a cutter to make a shape on top of food, I have included it in this category anyway.  Want a unique cake topper FAST?  Simply put an outline cookie cutter on top of the cake and sprinkle colored sugar, cake glitter, or sprinkles directly into the inside of the cutter.  You can also pipe in more frosting in a contrasting color into the shape. Mini cutters can be used for cupcake stencils.  Place mini cutters on top of cupcakes for décor and a favor. Or use a cutter to dust a plain cake with powdered sugar to create a lacy design instead of frosting.  A snowflake done this way is beautiful.

Cake Topper:  Trace a large cookie cutter on a sheet of very heavy cardstock (glue 2 sheets together or glue scrapbook paper to the cardstock) and add a large tab to the bottom of the shape.  Cut the shape out and then use markers, paints, etc. to decorate it (do not decorate tab).   Then insert the tab into the center of a frosted cake.  Use mini cutters to create cupcake toppers.  Either use the method above or make and decorate two shapes (one the reverse of the first) and glue the shapes together with a mini food skewer sandwiched between the shapes.  After the pick dries, insert into the cupcake.  You can use this method to make a set of picks depicting a scene (example:  pilgrims, Native American, pumpkin, turkey, etc.) for a cake topper.

Candy & Cake Molds:  For both candy & cake start by making a mold with a cutter (mini – candy, regular – cake) and aluminum foil (Wrap the bottom of a metal outline cookie cutter with aluminum foil, leaving top open.). Use mini cutters as molds hard candies.  Then fill the mold with ground up hard candies (Life Savers, root beer barrels, etc.) or cake batter and bake. Pop treats out of the mold when cool.  Insert a sucker straw into the mini cake to make a cookie cutter cake pop.  Also use mini cutter to cut out and make shaped petite fours out of cake batter baked in a jelly roll pan.

Chocolate Cutouts: Spread melted chocolate on wax paper.   When the chocolate is slightly set, cut shapes using cookie cutters. Let set up completely and then remove chocolate shapes to be used to embellish desserts.

Cookie Cutter Cut Brownies: Bake and then cut brownies in cookie cutter shapes or use the cutter to bake the brownies in – make a “mold”, spray the sides and bottom of the mold with vegetable spray, add a little more flour to the recipe, then pour and bake.

Cool Whip:  Spread Cool Whip in a thick, even layer on a cookie sheet with sides or jelly roll pan.  Freeze.  Remove from freezer right before serving and cut shapes with a small or mini cookie cutter.  Place on top of a mug of hot cocoa and serve.  The shape can also be used as a decorative accent for cold pies.  Add  the shape IMMEDIATELY before serving (like cherry cheesecake).

Egg-tastic Breakfast: Simple to do and delicious to eat!

  • Butter a piece of bread on both sides and lay flat on a plate.
  • Then use your child’s favorite cookie cutter shape (or a shape to fit the season) and cut the center of the bread out.
  • Place the bread outline in a hot, buttered skillet and give it a few seconds head start.
  • Then crack an egg INTO the outline of the bread – the egg will spread out to fill the open shape (if your child does not like their egg with a runny center “pop” the yolk and hard fry it or scramble the egg before pouring it in the middle of the bread).
  • Once the egg has cooked and the bread “toasted”, flip it over and let it cook & toast on the second side.
  • Then toast the shape you cut out of the bread.
  • Add it to the plate with some fruit slices cut with a coordinating shape and get ready for egg-tastic reviews!

Photo !: Make a CAKE TOPPER in a seasonal shape or make smaller ones as FOOD LABEL PICKS to let people know what's in the dip, etc. or to tell them the name of the the dish for a themed meal. Example" "Salty Sailors" (mixed nuts), "Ship's Timbers" (carrot sticks & pickles),, etc.

Food Label Picks:  Cut two cookie cutters shapes (one reverse to the other) from scrapbook paper glued to cardstock.  Then glue the two shapes together with a bamboo skewer (cut to the needed length) sandwiched between them.  Decorate the pick and the insert into a large piece of food (for example: Label a cheese platter with the type of cheese by inserting the pick into a large hunk of cheese.  Surround this with cubed cheese and crackers.).

Photo 2: Cut shapes from rolled out fondant to decorate cakes or cupcakes. Layer shapes to create a 3D effect..

Fondant: Finding unique shapes in edible sugar decorations that top cupcakes or cakes in stores can be hard and if you need them say by “tomorrow” – it can be impossible!  The ever useful mini cookie cutter to the rescue!  Instead of fruitlessly searching for the perfect cake topper to go with your theme, turn instead to the craft and baking aisles of almost any department store  (even scour your own kitchen for cutters) to find pre-made fondant and a mini cookie cutter.

  • You can tint white fondant any shade using paste food coloring and fondant even comes pre-tinted in a variety pack in several color schemes (primary, pastel, earth tones, etc.).
  • Simply roll out a thin layer of fondant and then using cookie cutter shapes that fit the occasion cut out fondant shapes.
  • You can even create layers for a 3D effect; just slightly dampen the back of the shape so that it sticks to the larger piece of fondant.
  • Use an imprint cutter to make fondant shapes with imprints.
  • Apply a thin layer of cake glitter to dampened fondant to give the cut outs a little extra sparkle.
  • http://www.ehow.com/how_5852187_cut-fondant-shapes.html

Food Mold:  Cookie cutters can be used to mold almost any food that can be molded – – – hamburgers, ground sausage, cheese “ball”, cream cheese (hot pepper jelly “dip”), butter, custard, sticky rice, ice, etc.  Pack food to be molded into a cookie cutter, chill and then pop food out of the mold.

Fruit & Veggies:  Cut fruit & veggies into cool shapes for great decorative accent to salads, drinks, and garnishes. Start out with thin slices of fruit or veggie that can be sliced into “slabs” and your favorite mini cookie cutters. Then just cut and serve!  Think of almost white honeydew melon stars in a red, white & blue fruit salad or yellow, green & red bell pepper or cucumber flowers in green & other salads.   Potatoes can be cut into shapes and then fried for unique French fries.  Make frozen fruit pops – cut out larger shapes from watermelon or other fruits then place on a stick and freeze for a cool summer treat. I’ve posted some cool fruit and veggie “cookie cutter” foods on my Pinterest board.  Take a look!   Here are links to a really great site that has tons of ideas for carving watermelons using cookie cutters to make fruit shapes.

Fruit Flower Bouquet:  Fill the bottom of a new, small clay flower pot with decorative rocks.  Place a piece of Styrofoam that reaches the top of the pot on top of the rocks. Fit parsley over the Styrofoam and secure with a “U” pin to resemble grass.  Cut fruit (kiwi, watermelon, apples, bananas, cantaloupe, etc.) into 3/4 inch thick slices. Then cut with mini flower-shaped, doughnut hole cutters (for centers of the flowers) and leaf-shaped cookie cutters.  You can also use mini ladybugs, bees, etc.  Insert skewers into the Styrofoam. Thread the fruit on bamboo skewers layering the fruit to create flowers. Add bees or ladybugs as accents.

Fudge Filled Cutters: Make fudge or white chocolate filled cookie cutters as gifts, place cards, party favors and more.  Tightly wrap the bottom of metal outline cookie cutters with aluminum foil and place on a cookie sheet.  Pour fudge or white chocolate mixture into the cutter and allow it to harden.  Decorate the top with sprinkles, crushed peppermints, etc. before it completely hardens.  If using as a place card pipe cookie icing on the top of the cooled shape.  Place in a clear cellophane bag and tie with ribbon that coordinates with your event/the season.  Attach a hang tag (can use the hang tag as the place card).

JELL-O Jigglers:  Make JELL-O Jigglers per the recipe on the box in a jelly roll pan and then cut out shapes using mini cookie cutters.  Eat as is or use them as accents on top of the whipped cream on a JELL-O dessert..

Meat & Cheese Appetizers:  Have the deli in your favorite grocery store cut pepperoni, hard salami, other hard meats and your favorite kinds of cheese into one inch thick slabs. At home use an assortment of cookie cutters to cut out shapes that fit the reason for your party (for example; hearts, clubs, diamonds & spades for a card party) and arrange on a tray. Serve with crackers.  Cut mini shapes of meat and cheese for a fantastic chef’s salad.  Cut sliced cheese with a cutter for a hamburger or sandwich!  Save the scraps to use in cheese balls (how about using a cutter to shape it?), crumble on top of salads, to use in cheese biscuits, etc.

Mini Pizzas:  Use large simple cookie cutters to cut pizza dough into decorative shapes.  Then prepare per the recipe.  These can be a seasonal shape for a holiday party or in just about any shape for an everyday pizza treat!.

Pancakes, Waffles & Toast:  How cute would heart shaped pancakes or toast be for Valentine’s Day?  Don’t have a pancake mold on hand?  Just cut the ALREADY COOKED PANCAKES OR WAFFLES OR TOAST into heart (or whatever!) shapes with cookie cutters (use your largest cutter that will fit on the pancake/etc.). You can also use a metal outline cutter to make shaped pancakes.  To prevent sticking, spray the edges and inside of the cookie with a non-stick vegetable cooking spray. Place it flat on a hot griddle. Pour the pancake batter into the cutter.  Do not remove the cutter until the pancake batter is set (but not completely cooked). Lift off the cutter and flip the pancake. For added fun, tint the pancake batter with food coloring paste.  Top pancakes with fresh sliced & sugared strawberries and whipped cream. Use fruit to fit the occasion, example: blueberries & strawberries for Fourth of July pancakes. Make your kids extra-special pancakes for their birthday, Christmas, or just because.

Pies & Pie Crust Cut-out or Accents:  Use your mini, mini cutters to cut shapes from the top crust of a pie for cute cut-outs or cut shapes from leftover pieces and then attach to the top of the crust with a little water for a raised pattern on top of your pie.

Sandwiches:  Everybody loves small sandwiches at a party (my favorite is chicken salad!), so why not make yours extra special?  Make your sandwiches as usual and then use a sharp cookie cutter (metal are sharper than plastic) to cut out shaped sandwiches. You can get one to four mini or one large shaped sandwich from each sandwich, depending on the size of the cutter.  For tuna or chicken salad (other) sandwiches cut the bread first and then make the sandwich. Don’t reserve this idea for parties only – – – cut your child’s favorite sandwich into their favorite shape to make an everyday lunch special.  I have some sandwich cutters that cut two medium sized shapes from a sandwich with very little waste.  Dollar General and Wal-mart have these.  They work great on sandwiches and toast.  I love them.  “Reverse it up” by using these sandwich cutters to cut out pairs of cookies!

Tortilla Chips:  Make homemade tortilla chips in cookie cutter shapes for that special party touch!  Preheat your oven to 350º F. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray. Using 3″ to 4″ cookie cutters cut flour tortillas into shapes. Lightly spray the tortilla shapes with cooking spray. Place on baking sheets and sprinkle with salt to taste.  Bake the shapes for 5 – 7 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

 

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

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Cookie Cutters, Not Just For Cookies Anymore: Valentine Versions


Valentine Versions of “Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore” Crafts

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 Cookie Cutter Graland

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!

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Photo 2 Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

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.

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https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/salt-dough-recipe/

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Photo 3: Quilted heart. I braided a fabric hanger for this ornament.

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.

https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/quilted-cookie-cutter-shape-christmas-ornament/

Photo 4: Scrapbook Paper Backed Cookie Cutters

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.

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Photo 5 Valentine’s Baking Wreath

Photo 5B: Close-up of baking utensils.

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!

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Photo 6: Cookie sheet with homemade foam cookies.I pnched a white foam heart, then glued it to tan craft foam and cut it out with decorative scissors and glued a pink or red small heart punch to the center.

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!

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Photo 7: Heart Shaped Stuffed Felt Ornament

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!

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Photo 8: Heart Shaped Paperbag Backed Felt Ornament

Photo 8: Ladybug Paperbag Backed Foam Ornament

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.

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Photo 9: Heart Shaped Paper Bag Ornament

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.

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Photo 10 Paper Cut-out Cookies

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.

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Photo 12 Play Box Decorate box to resemble a stove

Photo 12B: Fill box with baking utensils.

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.

Tutorial pending.

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.

Tutorial pending.

Photo 14: Hand-decorated Greeting Cards

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.

Tutorial Pending

Photo 15: Cookie Cutter Shaped Note Cards

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.

Tutorial pending.

Photo 16: Cookie Cutter Shaped Note Pad

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.

Tutorial pending.

 

Photo 17: Heart Shaped Cut-Out Cookies

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!

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Here is a “sneak peak” (sneak tell?) at my upcoming Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore tutorials.  Look for these posts within the next month.

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.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.  I really LOVE comments!

Thanks again. 

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Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 13: Cookie Cutter Die Cuts


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 13: Cookie Cutter Die Cuts

This is maybe my favorite way to use my cutters (besides baking that is).  There are so many ways to use die cuts in your everyday life!

I don’t have a personal die cut machine (yet!) so when I need a die cut shape I turn to my extensive collection of cookie cutters.  I have been collecting for over 20 years and have a wide variety of cutters both seasonal and “everyday”.

This is the perfect way to put that collection of cookie cutters to use outside the kitchen!

There are lots of different ways to use die cuts.  They are perfect for many arts & crafts projects and for use in the classroom.  Great for any season or holiday!

I’ve already covered some uses for die cuts in craft projects in previous “Not Just For Cookies” posts – gift tags and holiday decorations.  But there are lots of other ways to use die cuts.  Your imagination is the only limit to the number of uses.  The more you use your cookie cutter die cuts the more uses you will find for them.

  • Use cookie cutters to make heart shaped Valentine’s cards, shamrock shaped decorations for the windows for St. Pat’s Day, red & white & blue stars to hang in the windows for the Fourth of July, turkey shaped place cards for Thanksgiving, or gift tags at Christmas.
  • Think of how impressed your scrapbook friends will be at your Christmas Crop when you show off a double page spread with photos of you and your kids making cut-out cookies with a scrapbook border of the same shapes (in mini form) that you are cutting out in your photos!
  • Use jumbo shapes to make a die cut photo “frame” and then cut out a same shape smaller size photo to mount on the “frame”.  How cute would an elephant be with a photo of your child riding a elephant at the circus?
  • This is a great rainy day activity for kids.  Let them use cutters and paper to cover an entire wall with a storybook scene.  Or make stars for their bedroom ceiling out of heavy cardboard.  Paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint for maximum effect at night!

Bulletin boards

Cards

Gift tags

Party & holiday decorations

Photo frames or accents

Place cards

Scrapbooking

Themed name tags

And much more!

Materials

  • Acid free scrapbook paper and cardstock or construction paper
  • Thin cardboard
  • Embellishments 

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Pinking Shears
  • White craft glue
  • Cookie cutters

Die Cut Instructions

1)    Assemble materials.

2)    To make your own die cuts all you need to do is make a template by tracing around the cookie cutter on poster board or other thin cardboard and cut the shape out.

a)    The side of the cutter (cutting or blunt) you trace will determine whether you template is a fat simple shape or a more narrow detailed shape.  Experiment with both sides of the cutter to achieve the effect you desire.

b)    You can also trace the inside of an outline cutter to make a slightly smaller die cut in the same shape.  For example:  Trace the outside of the cutter on cardstock to make a photo “frame” and then trace the inside of the cutter on a photo to make a same shape smaller size photo to mount on the larger die cut.

c)    Cut as closely along the trace line as possible.

d)    If the cutter has intricate details use a small pair of scissors.

3)    Store die cut templates in a coupon organizer. One template is a lot easier to store and tote to that scrapbook crop than a lot of cookie cutters!

4)    When a die cut is needed, pull out the template and trace on acid free cardstock or scrapbook paper, then cut out and you have your very own handmade die cut.

a)    To avoid leaving trace lines on the front of your die cut, trace the template on the back of the paper.  Make sure you turn your template backwards to the way you want it to face so that the finished die cut faces the way you want it to.

5)   Embellish the die cut with acid-free pens & markers, stamps, glitter, buttons, stickers, trims, etc. to add detail to your die cut.

6)   Create special effects to your die cut: cover with vellum or tissue paper, layer with a smaller same shape die cut (this is where those nesting cookie cutter shapes come in handy!), etc.

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.

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Depending on the side (cutting or blunt) of the cutter you use determines if you have a “fat” shape or a thinner more intricate shape.

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