Blog: Crafts

Cookies aren’t Julia’s only passion. She proudly admits to having a paper crafting fetish – and to being obsessed with crafting in general, especially repurposing and breathing new life into old things. Read on to learn more about Julia’s inedible crafting projects.

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Mini Costume Jewelry Christmas Wreath

I love crafting non-edibles just as much as making cookies and other sweets! I’m also a huge fan of those big retro Christmas wreaths adorned with tinsel and then jam-packed with vintage Christmas ornaments! In this video, I do a much

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Valentine’s Day Heart Box

Apart from decorating sweets, there’s little I like doing more than breathing new life into old things. There’s something about seeing underappreciated objects turn up in unexpected ways that puts a smile on my face, and a fresh sparkle on

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Spring Place Settings, Two Ways

With Easter and spring weddings fast approaching, we’re on the cusp of entertaining season! Yay! But if you entertain as often as I do, your usual dishware can start to feel tired and drab. Boo! The good news is: it’s

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Decoupage Easter Eggs

Add near-instant glamour to dyed Easter eggs with little more than pretty napkins and craft store baubles! At the end of the video, I also show a decorating option that uses all edible elements. If you like this video, please give it

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Vintage Gift Tag Place Cards

Call me a cardaholic, and I won’t argue with you. When I’m not cookie decorating, one of my favorite pastimes is scouring antiques malls for vintage postcards and gift tags. In this video, I show how to repurpose these finds into

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Christmas Ornament Name Tags

It’s holiday cookie swap time! After you’ve spent all that time making your favorite cookies, you can’t just toss them on a plate without any fanfare. No, no – even a great cookie needs a little dressing up for Christmas

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Elegant Edible Place Cards

Another video in the party crafting spirit, this tutorial shares how to make an elegant place card using frosting sheets, a little royal icing, and your favorite chargers. The card itself is edible, and unlike popular blackboard paints sometimes used for similar

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Vintage Perfume Bottle Place Cards

I love to entertain DIY-style as much as I like to bake and decorate, so it was high time I uploaded a party crafting video! Here, I show how to quickly make a quasi-edible place card, perfect for your Valentine’s Day

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Easy Ephemera Name Tags

Need some name tags or place cards, but hate your handwriting? Or tired of store-bought options and canned clip art, yet not the best artist? It’s all good – you can still craft beautiful tags using special fonts and ephemera

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Postcard Place Card

I’ve got vintage postcards for every major holiday. Often, I just tuck them into tabletop vignettes to help convey the seasonal party theme. But some cards are so gorgeous, they deserve a more prominent place atop a special place card

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Love Letters

When a box of Russell Stover’s no longer registers appreciative oohs and ahs, offer this Valentine’s project as a token of your undying love. It says something special, pun intended. What you’ll need for 1 box:(See accoutrements, second photo from

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French Bistro Menu

Oh, there’s nothing better than a project that lets me share my treasures and keep them too! Last year, I rescued a stack of blank vintage bistro menus from a dusty corner of a nearby antiques store. Rather than write

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Love Letters Redux

Another interpretation of cookie “love letters” – and a much more literal interpretation at that! The envelopes here are iced gingerbread cookies (yes, you heard me right!) and the carrying container is a dolled up papier mâché mailbox!What you’ll need

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After nearly six months in development, my new Kitchen Club Collection has arrived! Here’s an overview of some of the cookies you can make with my first kit in the collection, which released just in time for Halloween. Complete with stencils, cutters, and even an instructional video, each kit will provide all you need to make wonderfully rich and layered 2-D, and often 3-D, stenciled cookie designs. 

Stay tuned for more holiday releases in October and November! I hope you love my new club and kits as much as I loved designing them for you! – Julia