Cookie cutter decorations

Cookie cutter decorations

These cookie cutter decorations won’t be eaten off the tree!

Cookie cutter decorationsUnlike the edible versions, these pretty cookie cutter decorations won’t disappear off the tree before the big day!

You will need

  • a smooth work surface (we used a silicone mat)
  • white clay (we used Jovi clay)
  • mini rolling pin
  • lace or other patterned object, like a doily, to imprint on the clay
  • Christmas cookie cutters
  • skewer
  • paints in colours of your choice
  • paint brush
  • paper towel
  • Heritage CPG Podge (Ceramic and Glass Podge)
  • twine

To make

  1. Roll out your clay to about 5mm thick, and carefully roll the lace pattern into the surface using your rolling pin.
  2. Use the cookie cutters to cut out as many shapes as possible. Roll up remaining clay and repeat the process until all your clay is used.
  3. Make holes using the skewer to thread twine through. Allow to dry.
  4. Once completely dry, paint your decorations. While still wet, take a dampened piece of paper towel and rub some of the paint off the raised parts of the lace imprint, and allow to dry. Glaze with a thin layer of ceramic podge and allow to dry.
  5. Bake in a cool oven (about 50°C-90°C) for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Thread twine through the holes and hang on your tree.

Tip Apply a thin layer of glaze, as it may bubble if it’s too thick it. If your oven is too hot, the glaze will discolour and burn, so keep a watchful eye on the decorations as they bake.

For delicious festive cookie recipes, try:


Magazine issue date: December, 2013

Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Your Family’s Digital editor. Avid retweeter. When I’m not scrolling Instagram you’ll find me in my garden. Keen on DIY and I don’t believe there’s anything that can’t be fixed with some chalk paint.