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9 Crafty Ways To Use Cookie Cutters (Other Than Making Cookies)

Turns out cookie cutters aren’t just for making cookies — and you might be surprised at what else they can do!

Margo Gothelf · about 1 month ago

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Did you know that you can make a candle using a cookie cutter? What about a cutout unicorn? Turns out that cookie cutters aren’t just for making cookies — and you might be surprised at what else they can do! Check out the list of cookie cutter crafts and activities below to see how you can give your cookie cutters a whole new life. 

1. Homemade Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders

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Freebie Finding Mom

Birds can't eat cookies (poor birds), but you can still make them a tasty surprise with this cookie cutter bird feeder project. Take a bunch of your favorite cookie cutters and fill them with the birdseed mixture that you’ll find on Freebie Finding Mom. When the seed mixture is dry, find a good spot outside and hang up the shapes up for the birds to find.

2. DIY Cookie Cutter Candles

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Evermine

Chances are you have some broken crayons sitting in a bucket somewhere in your house. Upcycle those broken crayons and turn them into adorable candles with this DIY cookie cutter candle craft. Pick out a few bright colors from the broken crayon bin and get ready to melt them down into wax. When the wax is ready, gently pour it into your favorite cookie cutter shapes with a wick, and let it harden. If you want to elevate your candles, add a few drops of essential oils to the melted wax. Pro tip: The wax can get very hot so make sure adult help is on hand!

3. Cookie Cutter Clay Unicorns

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Red Ted Art

Swap cookie dough for clay to make these fabulous unicorns. Roll out your clay just like you would roll out cookie dough, and use the cookie cutter to cut out a bunch of unicorns. While you wait for the clay to dry, plan out your decorations and gather all of your supplies to make them sparkle and shine — make sure you have lots of glitter! Get the details over on Red Ted Art

4. Homemade Marshmallows

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Sugar and Charm

When hot chocolate and marshmallow season is in full swing, why use boring round store-bought marshmallows when you can have homemade marshmallows in fun shapes? Head over to Sugar and Charm where you’ll find the recipe for making homemade marshmallows — don’t worry, it’s much easier than you think. When the marshmallows are set, grab your favorite cookie cutters and cut out your favorite shapes. Add them into hot chocolate and enjoy your DIY creation.

5. DIY Bubble Wands

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Red Ted Art

The plastic bubble wands that come with the bubbles always seem to get lost or stuck inside the bottle — so give your bubble wand an upgrade with this cookie cutter bubble wand craft. Red Ted Art shows how to wrap pipe cleaners around cookie cutters and turn them into bubble-creating magic wands. When you're done decorating the wands, dip them in bubbles and watch the different shapes and sized bubbles come to life.

6. Cookie Cutter Painting

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One Little Project

You use cookie cutters to create fun animals and shapes on cookies, so why not dip them in paint to create the same fun designs on paper? Grab a giant sheet of paper, some basic crafting paint, and a fun set of cookie cutters. All you have to do is dip the cookie cutters in the paint and get stamping! Use a set of animal cookie cutters to make a fun safari picture or use your holiday set to create a winter wonderland. When the paint is dry, you can even color in the stamps to give your artwork that extra special touch! 

7. Vibrant Clay Butterfly Ornaments

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Happy Hooligans

With some basic white clay dough and a butterfly cookie cutter, you can make a whole family of butterflies to hang around your house. Head over to Happy Hooligans blog to find all of the instructions for this project and a recipe for versatile, flexible claydough. The clay can easily be decorated with watercolors, acrylic paint, or markers. If you want to get super specific when decorating your butterflies, print out pictures of different types of butterflies like a monarch or the blue morpho and see if you can recreate the design on the clay cutouts. 

8. Cookie Cutter Stamped Wrapping Paper

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Things to Share and Remember

Next time you have to wrap a gift, give it a personal touch by using customized wrapping paper. Use a thicker piece of paper and the cookie cutters of your choice to make a one-of-a-kind design. If you have an older kid who wants to make their own wrapping paper, have them come up with a theme using animal or winter-themed cookie cutters. Having your kids decorate the gift wrap will give the gift an extra special personal touch. 

9. Homemade Swirly Letter Crayons

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Oh Yay Studio

Little kids are notorious for breaking crayons in half for absolutely no reason. Instead of throwing broken crayons out, recycle them into one giant crayon using a cookie cutter. Pick out a cookie cutter with a fun shape and place all of your broken crayons inside the mold. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the different colors to make a multicolor crayon. If you want to make a crayon of the same colors, use all of the same shades to form a mega crayon. Once the molds are full, stick them in the oven and watch the crayons come back to life. Head on over to Oh Yay Studio to see how she uses this method to create swirl cookie cutter letters.