The winter holiday season brings bountiful baking, with Christmas cookies being the highlight. Of course, Christmas cookie cutters are useful for much more than just producing cut-out cookies.
Christmas cookie cutters can be the beginning of several super and simple Christmas crafts, particularly for holiday home decorating. From Christmas tree ornaments to wonderful wreaths or garlands and perfect package tie-ons, Christmas cookie cutters make creative fun.
Try these five simple holiday crafts, using Christmas cookie cutters, to deck the halls delightfully this holiday season.
Christmas cookie cutters may be purchased at craft shops, cookie supply centers and discount department stores. The metal cookie cutters generally are more suitable for Christmas crafts than the cheaper plastic ones.
Cookie Cutter Christmas Gift Tie-Ons
The simplest Christmas cookie cutter craft is fun to do. Tie pretty holiday ribbons, in your choice of Christmas colors, through a cookie cutter, and tie it into the bow atop a wrapped holiday gift for a festive flair.
Christmas cookie cutters may also be used in this way to adorn Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands.
Cookie Cutter Christmas Wreath
A simple evergreen or pine cone wreath may become a holiday treasure with the addition of a few Christmas cookie cutters. Fasten the cookie cutters artistically on the wreath, using colorful ribbons or chenille pipe cleaner stems. Hang the cute cookie cutter Christmas wreath in the kitchen or even on the front door.
The cookie cutter Christmas wreath also makes a super table centerpiece, particularly for a holiday cookie swap. Simply place the cookie cutter Christmas wreath flat in the center of the table, and stick a sturdy pillar candle in the center of it.
Cut-Out Cookie Christmas Tree Ornaments
Christmas cookie cutters can be also be used to produce play dough cookie ornaments for the Christmas tree. Roll the dough, cut out the cookie shapes and poke a small hole through the top of each one.
Allow the play dough Christmas ornaments to dry thoroughly (at least overnight). Decorate cut-out cookie ornaments with craft paints.
Finish the cut-out cookie Christmas tree ornaments with a spray-on gloss or painted varnish. Sprinkle with glitter, if desired, before ornaments are dried.
Lace a string, cord or ribbon through the top of each ornament before hanging it on the Christmas tree.
Fabric Christmas Tree Ornaments
Homemade Christmas tree ornaments are lifelong treasures, which can even be handed down to future generations. Cookie cutters are ideal for making sewing patterns for unbreakable ornaments for family Christmas trees. Just be sure to choose larger cookie cutters in simple shapes, such as Christmas trees, gingerbread men, hearts, stars and bulky wreaths.
Trace each Christmas cookie cutter onto newsprint to make a pattern. Pin each pattern onto woven holiday fabric (such as a Christmas calico). Cut out two pieces for each shape. With right (printed) sides together, sew each ornament, leaving a small space open for turning. Turn ornament right side out. Stuff lightly with cotton or fiberfill. Hand-stitch opening closed.
Add a yarn or string loop at the top of each ornament, and hang it on the family Christmas tree. Unlike many Christmas tree ornaments, these fabric treasures may be placed on the lower branches, as pets and small children will not break them easily.
Felt Christmas Ornament Lighted Garland
A lighted garland is delightful and festive, gracing a hallway railing or a fireplace mantle. This holiday decoration is even more celebratory, if it features adorable felt ornaments.
Use Christmas cookie cutters as tracing patterns to make fun felt ornaments for a great garland. Trace two pieces of felt for each ornament. Cut out shapes, and stack them in matching pairs. Hand-stitch pieces together, adding a handful of cotton or fiberfill just before finishing.
Glue on sequins, glitter, buttons or trims, if desired. Add googly eyes for gingerbread people, for example.
Fasten felt ornaments to a well-lit evergreen garland (real or artificial) by looping string, yarn or chenille pipe cleaner stems through ornaments and around light cords.
Enjoy a decked-out holiday with Christmas cookie cutters.