Cookie cutters are a surprisingly useful crafting tool. They are low cost and readily available plus there is also a wide range of cookie-cutter shapes.
Cookie cutters are a versatile and low-cost piece of crafting equipment and can be used in many craft projects. As well as using cookie cutters to cut out shapes from materials such as salt dough, air dry clay, and polymer clay, cookie cutters are also perfect to use as templates.
Using Cookie Cutters in Crafts
There are many ways to use cookie cutters in crafts. Here are a few ideas:
- Make ornaments – ornaments and decorations for any occasion are quick and easy to make using cookie cutters as a template. Simply pick an appropriately shaped cookie cutter and use this to cut shapes from air-dry clay or polymer clay. The cookie-cutter can also be used as a template to cut shapes from thick card, craft foam and shrink plastic. Decorate the shapes with paints, marker pens, glitter, stickers, or other adornments before attaching a ribbon so the handmade decorations and ornaments can be displayed.
- Small pillows – use a cookie cutter as a template to cut two pieces of felt to make small pillows, such as lavender pillows, pincushions, and fragrant ornaments. Felt and other non-fraying material are ideal for sewing by hand and this is a great beginner sewing project for adults as well as children.
- Stencils – cookie cutters also make great stencils. Firmly hold the cookie cutter onto a piece of paper or fabric and use a sponge to dab color into the cookie cutter. Alternatively, use the cookie cutter as a mask and dab color around the outside.
- Greeting cards and scrapbooking – a cookie cutter makes a great template for a handmade greeting card. Pick a themed cookie cutter to make a card for a specific occasion or celebration. Use the cookie cutter as a shape template to make paper embellishments for a scrapbook page. There is some amazing glitter for crafts available in the market. You can use them to further enhance your crafts.
Other Ways of Using Cookie Cutters in Crafts
There are many other innovative ways to use cookie cutters in crafts. This project from Martha Stewart uses the actual cookie cutters as small frames – Cookie Cutter Ornaments.
Buying Cookie Cutters for Crafts
Any cookie cutter can be used in crafts, however once used in crafting projects it is best to keep the cookie cutter dedicated for craft use only. Cookie cutters are readily available from stores, however, they are also often found in thrift stores, garage sales and sold second-hand on online auction sites such as eBay. One of the benefits if cookie cutters are that they are available in a wide variety of shapes and many of these are themed to holidays and occasions.