Cookie cutters can be used for more than just making cookies. Their variety of shapes and sturdy construction make them perfect for use with other foods and many types of craft projects. This is a guide about creative uses for cookie cutters.
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Here's a way to display my cookie cutters. Some are gifts, some are ones I bought, some are my mom's, and some are my grandmother's. I can't tell you what wonderful memories they all hold for me, as I can remember why I bought or received every one. I get lots of compliments on them, too!
If you're crazy for cookie cutters, you probably have a drawerful of all shapes and sizes just begging to be put to use. Here are some ways to have fun with your stash, without rolling out the dough.
In The Kitchen:
Cut cheese for appetizers.
Make pancakes from animal-shaped cutters.
Cut out star shaped sandwiches for your "star" pupil to carry in lunchbox.
Liven up a plain bakery cake or box-mix cake by pressing cookie cutter shapes into sides. Dust with confectioners sugar, if desired.
Need a fast and fancy dessert? Cut store-bought pound cake into shapes with cutters, place on a pretty plate and top with whipped cream and berries.
Encourage kids to eat more fruit. Cut watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew into shapes for after-school snacking.
For The Holidays:
Tie stars, bells and other holiday shapes with ribbon and hang on Christmas tree.
Attach to a homemade kitchen gift (such as a box of fudge, your own special granola or a potpourri jar) for a special touch.
Let kids cut out shapes for Fourth of July, Easter, or Thanksgiving using cardboard, construction paper, and glitter. Punch hole in top, tie a ribbon or piece of twine and hang over a doorway for a mobile.
Around The House:
Use as picture frames. Go through that old box or drawer of photos that didn't make it into the scrapbook and cut the shapes to fit inside the frames, using a little craft glue to keep them in place.
Trace cookie cutters onto cardstock for unique greeting cards.
Use up fabric scraps from sewing projects. Trace and cut out designs, sew together and fill with beans for beanbags or use as homemade patches for blankets, jeans or jackets.
When my children were home, we were on a pretty tight budget. I would save the white foam meat trays and use the cookie cutters to cut designs in the meat trays. I would have to trim some of them with a knife or scissors. I would then give them to my children along with craft paint and brushes, and we made Christmas ornaments, decorations for Easter baskets, name tags for parties, and Thanksgiving place cards. I still have some of these as mementos of my kids growing up.
Use your cookie cutters for something other than making cookies. Small cookies cutters can be used to press shapes (heart shaped for instance) out of carrots, cucumber coins, apple slices and any other vegetable that can be sliced thinly or flatly.
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