Last fall I bought this ginormous set of cookie cutters from a yard sale, pretty much just wanting the letters and numbers. There are 6 or 7 shapes for each major holiday/season, but it somehow ended up having two sets for Valentine’s so I took one set out and put it aside thinking to sell them in my own yard sale come spring. When I decided to (try to) launch this blog before Valentine’s day and started brainstorming a few projects I could post with
the crap, er, things I already had lying around the house (thus killing not 2, but 3 birds with the proverbial stone- blog post, decluttering, and cute décor, yay me!), this garland is the first thing that popped into my head. This could easily be adapted for any holiday, season, birthday, graduation, whatever!
I did have to go out and buy some glitter, because my kids are long past the glue & glitter & construction paper project age, and whatever I might have had left has since been given or thrown away. You could probably use just about any glue you have on hand, though for ease of use and prospective plastic-cookie-cutter-meltiveness, I really wouldn’t suggest hot glue, teehee.
The process is pretty simple and the pictures are probably self-explanatory, but here goes-
- Simply shaped, unwanted cookie cutters (check yard sales, thrift stores, dollar stores, or wait til after the holiday to buy on clearance)
- Glitter (As I am making this for V-Day, I chose red, hot pink, and iridescent white. Choose colors to match the theme you’re going for)
- Glue (school, wood, tacky, etc)
- Trays (foam or paper plates for easy
- Newspaper or Dropcloth to protect your workspace
- Wax paper covered cookie sheet for drying
- Ribbon (I used around 5 feet total, but this depends on how far apart you want your shapes, and if you want bigger bows, etc)
Pour your glue and glitter(s) into
separate trays, then dip the wide brim of each shape into glue. Check that it’s covered but not drippy, then dip into the glitter and set glitter-side-up on wax papered cookie sheet to dry for several hours (I left mine overnight just to make sure) up high if need to keep little fingers/paws off.
When your now sparkly shapes are dried well, lay them out to decide
what order and spacing you want to hang them and cut ribbon to double the length in each space plus 1 inch. Thread the ribbon through two adjacent shapes, overlap the ends by half inch and glue in place, using a clothespin to hold it until dry. (Sorry I didn’t get a pic of this step-just imagine my garland strung across the table there with clothespins between each heart, for about two hours…). Finish the ends the same way, adding bows if you like or tie them off like tassels.
Tada! Now, where will you display your new creation?