Cutting-edge designs

Cookie cutters make more than sweet treats ― use them to fashion festive gifts
Mary Jo Bowling and Jil Peters

Cookie cutters are irresistible because of their delightful shapes, which also make easy-to-use templates for many projects other than baking. This holiday season, make the magic of cookie cutters extend beyond the kitchen by using them to create beautiful wrapping paper, candles, and soaps. The colorful packages above feature circle and snowflake imprints. No special skills are required, just a little patience and a steady hand. Let paint dry several hours before wrapping gifts.

TECHNIQUE
Whether you're making wax designs for votive candles or decorative soaps, the same equipment applies ― use a disposable foil pan or an aluminum foil-lined pan to hold melted material. When pressing down on the cookie cutter to create your shape, push gently but firmly.