Are you looking for some unique and creative uses for your cookie cutter collection? Maybe you’ve kind of put their original purpose of baking on the backburner, or maybe you’ve given up sweet confections entirely. Maybe you’re like me and you’ve got a bunch taking up space in your pantry or whatever and they’re too cute to toss – or a treasured heirloom you wouldn’t dream of getting rid of.
No problem. Here are some fun things you can do…and great reuses, too! If you have a good collection of cutters this is your post.
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This is my cutter collection …many of these are vintage. I did have a few at one time that were holiday-themed -red and green and shaped like Santa and a star, or something such.At the moment I’m not sure where those went. That’s OK, they may turn up eventually 😁😁
Animals and playing card shapes, and a star…there’s a handle on the back of some of them. That might limit a few options.
Do you have any cutters that are hollow (unlike mine above) and better yet, shaped like stars, bells, snowmen, etc.? Christmas-themed cookie cutters are highly popular because making cookies themed around the occasion is such a great pastime – so these kinds should not be hard to find.
If you don’t use them anymore, clean them up and turn them into dynamite ornaments for the tree – the only thing you will need in addition is some pretty (and kind of narrow, as it’ll be easier to use) colored Christmas ribbon or cord to run around the top and secure.
This is the perfect Christmas ornament recycle….even simpler shapes like round circles or hearts would also work well with this too, if you wanted to embellish them a little more you could add some glitter or sparkly beads to the ribbon or cord.
Use Them for Clay Crafts
If you don’t do a lot of cooking or baking these days (or at least, not desserts so much…) your cutters could be used for clay projects instead! Especially if you’ve got a diverse group of shapes -they’d be ideal for cutting rolled out slabs of clay into unique shapes before baking in the oven or drying naturally.
That’s what I did and it turned out great for this purpose. Worked like a charm!
This is another gem you should take advantage of – use your old cutters, fill them with some beads and melt them in the oven for some gorgeous suncatchers! I had shapes like hearts and clubs which worked very well for these, but any shape will do just as long as they are metal/aluminum for the obvious reason they’ll be going in the oven.
Here is the full tutorial if you want to check it out; these things look really dope!
Did you know these could be used to make unique natural birdfeeders (if you’re familiar with the suet kind – certain species of wild birds prefer this to loose seed. ) Combine the seed/fat mixture and press it into the cutter and when it becomes firm, pop it out. Or if you have hollowed out cutters you can press the mixture into it and leave it in, it will be nicely held together.
You may need something stiff to hang it, like a piece of wire. Find a place outside in a good locale to hang it up, and let your avian friends enjoy!
Candle and Soap Molds
Non-hollow cutters like mine would be ideal for making candles, specifically tealights or floaters; the kind that are petite and made to sit atop a beautiful water filled centerpiece. You would want to make them the way you usually do but you’ll want to use short wicks or trim them down since these will be about an inch in height at the most.
And these babies would be excellent for making individual bars of soap in unique shapes; your approach may vary, but they will set up just like they would in conventional molds. Be sure to spray the inside of the cutters with Pam for easy release.
Well these are some to get you started…are there any other ideas you can think of? I’d love to add yours if you’ve got them. Have fun!