Vintage Cookie Cutter Ornaments

I love vintage cookie cutters, but I never use them to bake cookies.

Oh no.

I’m a more free form cookie baking kind of girl… like chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin.

Cookie cutters can be repurposed in so many ways, and I have bags of them in all shapes and sizes.

I can’t seem to resist bringing them home when I see that at the thrift stores.

cookie cutter ornaments

Today I’ll show you how I made some cookie cutter ornaments using some of the back handled kind.

I’ve also made jello mold and tart tin ornaments, and vintage measuring cup shadow box ornaments.

cookie cutter ornaments

To make these cookie cutter ornaments you’ll need something to decoupage… I’m using Christmas music pages.

Supplies needed for Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Cookie Cutters
Mod Podge
Tacky Glue
Jute Twine

How to Create Cookie Cutter Ornaments

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First, drill two holes where you think they should go so you can hang your ornament when it’s done.

You can also use a hammer and a nail, but you’ll have to hammer your holes from the inside.

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Then trace around your cookie cutter.

cookie cutter ornaments

Here’s the outline.

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Then simply cut it out.

You many need to trim it a bit so it’ll fit inside the cookie cutter.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. You’ll see why in a minute.

How to Decoupage Cookie Cutter Ornaments

cookie cutter ornaments

Here’s one I was already working on.

Put a thin layer of MP on the inside of the cookie cutter, place the cut-out inside and then cover it with a thin layer of MP. When the first layer is dry add a second.

cookie cutter ornaments

Once the MP is dry outline the inside edge with a stream of the white tacky glue.

Adding glitter inside cookie cutters

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Sprinkle in the glitter colour of your choice, spreading it around to make sure all the white glue gets covered.

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Turn the cookie cutter upside down and lightly tap it onto some paper.

When all the loose glitter has fallen, gently fold up the paper and pour the excess glitter into a baggie to be reused.

Hanging cookie cutter ornaments

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Then all you have to do is add your hangers.

I love jute twine so I’m using that, but you can use whatever you like.

cookie cutter ornaments

I made two sets of cookie cutter ornaments using five different colours of glitter… gold, silver, red, green, and white irridescent.

These were so fun to make and relatively easy.

I’m going for the simple look here and letting the music be the focus.

But these could be decorated even further by decoupaging vintage images in them, or adding bits of jewels, or whatever you have on hand.

Don’t forget to pin it!

How to make vintage cookie cutter Christmas ornaments

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Very cute idea! Children could put their picture inside or you could use last year’s Christmas cards or vintage Christmas cards. That’s a fun and easy craft idea for my 11 year old granddaughter. I love them!

    1. Thanks Sheila! Yes, I think this is a great project to do with grandkids, and the possibilities are really endless for the look depending on what’s used for the decoupage. It’s quite easy too.

    2. love idea of using last years or vintage christmas cards!!

  2. Ditto, Sheila! I’ve got a couple of gread-grands that would love this! So many possibilities! Way to go, Tuula, another winner!! Dona

    1. Thanks so much Dona! Anything goes with these cookie cutter ornaments. They could be personalized in so many ways.

  3. These make me think of my sweet Mamaw, who taught me to bake cookies using cutters just like these. I love what you’ve done with them, Tuula. xoxo

    1. Thanks Tina! They do bring back some nice memories for me too.

  4. Kris@Junkchiccottage says:

    Super cute Tuula.

  5. Sweet Tuula, theses are gorgeous! Now if only I had some vintage cookie cutters….. Hugs to you, my friend!

    1. Thanks Stephanie! I find mine at thrift stores, and they’re usually very inexpensive.

  6. Gail @Purple Hues and Me says:

    What a great idea! They are adorable!

    1. Thanks Gail! And such an easy project too.

    1. Me too Cheri! They do bring back memories.

  7. Very sweet and creative. I love the inside border of glitter. They will look great wherever you put them!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! That inside border of glitter helps to hide the imperfect fit of the paper, and it’s pretty.

  8. distresseddonna says:

    You know I am Utterly dismayed that you transformed the cookie cutters :>)))) I just cannot bring myself to do it. I sell them so others can make creative and cute ornaments like yours.

    1. I hear you Donna. They used to be on my no touch list too, but I have so many and they’re pretty plentiful in my neck of the woods so I decided to go for it. They’ll either be on my tree or I’ll sell them through Etsy. I haven’t decided yet.

  9. I have my mother’s Christmas ornaments, and I could never alter them permanently. But another way of displaying them is run a glitter ribbon (I used red) over the handle; pull both ends through the back and tie a loop — they look adorable hanging from my kitchen hardware — they would also look just as lovely on a tree. But crafting is also good for the soul, and if you don’t have any attachments to them … go for it … yours are very cute! Merry Christmas to you!

    1. I don’t blame you Cynthia, for not wanting to use your mother’s ornaments. For me thrifted ones are fair game, and I have so many. You are so right, crafting is good for the soul… and in may case repurposing is too. Merry Christmas to you too!

  10. Your cookie cutter ornaments are SO pretty. I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial at Vintage Inspiration Party.

    1. Thanks so much Betsy! They were really fun to make, and pretty easy too.

  11. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    These are so pretty and festive! Just perfect for Christmas !! Thank you for sharing this great how-to with us!

    1. Thanks so much Mary! And they’re pretty easy to make too.

    1. Thanks Cecilia! That’s what I thought too.

        1. That’s awesome Cecilia! Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you so much Kathy!

  12. Super cute, Tuula!! I LOVE glitter 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm–

    1. Thanks so much Diana! Me too!

  13. Melissa Stevenson says:

    Great idea!! You could also use copies of recipes instead of sheet music. Merry Christmas!!

    1. That is an awesome idea Melissa! Merry Christmas to you too!

  14. I absolutely love this idea. I hope I can find some vintage cookie cutters now. Grinned and Pinned! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks very much Cindy. I appreciate the shares! 🙂

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks very much Libbie!

  15. What a charming idea! I have my grandma’s back handled cookie cutters, but I still use them. But…will surely keep my eye open for some in the thrift stores. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Hugs, Lynn

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much Lynn! How wonderful that you have your grandma’s cookie cutters, and that you still make cookies with them. So special! This is definitely a project for thrift store finds. 🙂

  16. Oh I LOVE these Tuula! So creative! I was just wondering how to repurpose cookie cutters & Jello molds the other day, so I’ll check out that post too. Pinned.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Florence! Cookie cutters and jello molds are so fun to repurpose, and they make great ornaments because they’re so light.

  17. This is so cute! I have some old cookie cutters that I have been wanting to do something with them! Great idea!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much Maria!

  18. Love your adorable cookie cutter ornaments, Tuula. Sheet music ornaments are one of my favorites! Pinned

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much Marie! They are a favourite of mine too. Thanks for pinning!