Julia’s Project File
I love to craft just as much as I love to cook. (The large number of non-edible projects in my book Cookie Swap should have tipped you off!) There’s something very satisfying about shaping nothing into something with my own two hands. Plus, a handmade invitation, party favor, or gift is the truest expression of the heart. Make something special for your next party or event, and guests will know you genuinely care.
Below, in sections 1 through 4, you’ll find an assortment of my latest crafting projects, tutorials, and tips, some edible and others not, classified by project type and the holiday or occasion that fits each best. Just click on the link for photo(s) and detailed how-to instructions!
NEW! I very recently introduced a new project category called Community Cookie Collections in section 5, below, which is a space for friends, followers, and fans to share their cookie decorating work. I hope you’ll find it a low-key environment in which to learn and grow from all the fabulous cookie work circulating on the Internet.
Behind each link in this category, you’ll find a themed cookie collection with contributions from me and other cookie decorators. And If you click on any of the photos in the collection, you’ll be whisked away to the site of the creator. Sometimes you’ll find a tutorial on that site, sometimes just a photo - but in all cases, you’ll find ample food, so to speak, to fuel your own creativity! I plan to add a new cookie collection roughly once a month, so be sure to check back here often and share your stuff.
For the more competitive sorts, I also run quarterly cookie decorating contests on Pinterest, complete with prizes and loaded with inspiration for all. Check section 6 for links to past and current contests.
2. Cookie Tutorials: Gifts, Favors, and Décor!
Love Letters, Valentine’s Day
Love Letters Redux, Valentine’s Day
Cotton Candy Cupid Clouds, Valentine’s Day
Baby Rattle Cookies, Baby Shower or Birthday
Needlepoint Easter Basket Cookies, Easter
Rubber-Stamped Springtime Cookies, Easter
Panorama Easter Egg Cookies, Easter
Fiesta Dress Cookies, Cinco de Mayo
Cocktail Cookies, Just about any occasion!
Rose Cookies: Four Ways, Mother’s Day, Wedding
Stuff-able Stockings, Christmas
Holiday Party Crackers, Christmas, New Year
Easy Spring Flower Transfers, Easter
3-D Contoured Baskets, Easter, Mother’s Day
3-D Needlepoint Baskets, Easter, May Day
3-D Stenciled Baskets, Easter, May Day
3. Cookie Decorating Techniques and Tips
Beadwork, All Occasions
Marbling, All Occasions
Stenciling, All Occasions
Wafer-Papering, All Occasions
Dough-Wrapping, All Occasions
Making a Parchment Pastry Cone
Filling and Handling a Parchment Pastry Cone
Packing Cookies for the Long Haul
4. Other Decorating Techniques and Tips
Chocolate Lace Wraps, All Occasions
6. Community Cookie Contests on Pinterest
See all, past and present