Creative Crafting with Cookie Cutters

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.

By Claire B from Phoenix, AZ

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January 14, 20080 found this helpful

If you have duplicates, or cookie cutters you won't use again for food, they work great for polymer clay, applesauce/cinnamon/glue mixtures, or play do for kids.


With a cardstock backing and wrapped with cling wrap, they make great "gift boxes" for little candies, nuts or other little goodies.

Use them to cut out rice krispie treats for a fun shaped snack.

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January 14, 20080 found this helpful

Cookie cutters can be used to trace shapes onto colored or neutral cardstock or oaktag, then cut out for simple "country style" gift tags. Punch a hole & use ribbon to attach it if you wish.

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January 15, 20080 found this helpful

On creative juice they took metal cookie cutters and clipped a clothes pin on one side for a handle. They dipped it in wax and placed on a clean white silk scarf. After they repeated that all over the scarf they dipped the scarf into dye and then washed it out. It was so pretty! I have been collecting inexpensive metal cookie cutters since I saw this so I can try my own version.

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January 15, 20080 found this helpful

I've been waiting for these ideas. I've collected a couple of dozen cookie cutters from after-holiday sales and I knew I'd eventually find ideas on what to do with them.



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By lisingreece (Guest Post)
January 17, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Claire,
These are just wonderful Ideas! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.

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September 12, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you for these great ideas. These would be great to use with kids (with adult supervision only in some cases). I have been involved in Scouts and VBS and love these ideas.

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