cookie cutter ornaments

A few years ago, I made these cookie cutter ornaments for the Christmas Notebook ornament exchange.

cookie cutter ornament

They were pretty easy to make. I found a cookie cutter collection at Wal-Mart that had twenty cookie cutters for only $5.

What you’ll need:

  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Mod Podge decoupage medium
  • Scissors
  • Background paper
  • Paint brush
  • X-Acto knife
  • Clothespins or clamps
  • Trim for the outside of the ornament
  • String or fishing line to hang the ornaments

To begin, I prepared the picture background. I explained how I made it in this Decoupaged Ornaments Tutorial. For the decoupage ornaments, I printed pictures on regular copy/print paper. For the cookie cutter ornaments, I used photo paper, though printer paper in a heavier weight than copy paper would work.

To begin the ornament, place the cookie cutter on the picture, choosing the pictures you want to show. Using Mod Podge, glue inside the cookie cutter, all around the edge, then paint the Mod Podge over the pictures to seal them.

paint modge podge over the picture

glue the inside of the ornament to the paper

cookie cutter ornament

making ornaments

After allowing the glue to dry, cut around the ornament.

cut around the ornament

Use an X-Acto knife to cut away all the paper outside the ornament.

trim when glue has dried

I used tinsel pipecleaners to put a decorative edge around the outside of the cookie cutter. Clothespins make great clamps to hold the tinsel in place until the glue is dry.

clothespins make good clamps

They turned out very well. Of course, this same technique can be used for a single picture in each ornament. Maybe pictures of your kids’ childhood Christmas pictures. Or copies of vintage family pictures. Or pictures of your favorite Christmas cookies!

Scrapbooking papers can be used instead of pictures for a less personal look. They would be pretty tied to packages or given as gifts. You could even use Christmas fabric. How about Christmas carol sheet music inside a bell shaped cookie cutter? Or recycle Christmas cards by using your favorites as the picture backings.

cookie cutter ornament

I’ve also seen cookie cutters like this filled with fudge to give as gifts at during the holidays. Very cute presentation! Cookie Cutter Fudge at Betty Crocker

And here’s another recipe with pictures. Cookie Cutter Fudge at Chocolate Moosey



  1. Emily
    Posted August 15, 2014 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Love the ornaments! Very cute idea!!!

  2. Hilary
    Posted August 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I really love this idea!I might make some for my parents with pictures of us as kids or of their dogs..Dunno which yet.

  3. Posted September 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Hilary, I hope you give it a try. They were fun to make! ~~Rhonda

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