As promised, I made a list of non-food projects that you can use your stash of cookie cutters to make. These cookie cutter crafts include a variety of ideas from giftables to pictures your kids will be proud of. All the instructions are below.
10 Crafts to Make with Cookie Cutters
- Sun art. Set a cookie cutter on top of solar paper (or even very dark construction paper) and set it in bright sun for a few hours. The cookie cutter will keep the paper from changing color where it sits, and the rest of the paper will darken (for solar paper) or fade (for construction paper).
- Cinnamon air freshener. Mix equal parts of sweetened applesauce and cinnamon. Knead and squeeze until a solid dough forms. Press it down to about ¼" thickness and cut out with a cookie cutter. Avoid drilling by using a drinking straw to poke a small hole near the top so that you can thread a ribbon through it after baking. (But if you forget to make a hole, the drill is a handy option.) Place the cut outs on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325ºF until they harden. Cool completely, then string a ribbon through the hole and hang.
- Recycled crayons. Set a metal cookie cutter on a metal baking sheet. Fill the cookie cutter up with broken crayons (wrappers removed) and bake at 350 degrees. Watch it closely, the crayons will melt and form one large, shaped crayon. Allow to cool and pop the crayon out of the molding.
- Stained glass candy. Use Jolly Ranchers (or similar candy) in the same way that you use the crayons in #3 above. Heat the candy until it just melts, allow it to cool, and pop out of the cookie cutter.
- Garlands or cookie cutter ornaments. For a garland, tie a dozen or so cookie cutters along a velvet ribbon, tying a knot between each. For ornaments, tie 1 to 3 cookie cutters to a loop of thin ribbon. Attach to a wreath, tree, mirror, or almost anywhere. For a personalized ornament, you could attach a picture inside the cookie cutter, and tie it up in the same way. What Grandmother wouldn't want to decorate her Christmas tree with ornaments of her little cherubs?
- Stencils. Cookie cutters are perfect stencils. Use them to make coloring pages for small kids, to make shaped cards, to decorate wrapping paper, and about a thousand other things. You can even use the cookie cutters themselves to paint.
- Dough shapes. Play dough, salt dough, homemade Bisquick dough. If you want to play, crumple up and reuse the shapes. If you want to use the shapes to decorate, bake and harden them to make salt dough ornaments. Cookie cutter Christmas ornaments from salt dough make great gifts! Check out the recipe and tutorial over here.
- Floating candles. I think these are really cute, and they are simple to make. The best part? You can recycle old bits o' candle that are lying around.
- Bird feeders. You can cut a piece of bread using a cookie cutter, smear it with peanut butter, and then press the peanut butter into bird seed. It's like the old pine cone bird feeder but with a piece of bread.
And in a nice, fun shape.
- Carve a pumpkin. It is a little tricky, but after you scoop out the seeds of the pumpkin, you can use some sturdy cookie cutters to punch out shapes for your jack-o-lantern.
- Melted bead suncatchers. These are a gorgeous little craft that you can make by melting plastic beads. The full tutorial is at the link.