I’m a lazy crafter, meaning I’ll look for short cuts and work-arounds to save time, money or my sanity. To think that wouldn’t carry over to cookie decorating is to be viewing life through rose colored glasses, don’t ya think?
True to form, I got quite lazy when decorating this set of cookies, but I’m sharing because the idea was awesome (if I do say so myself), even if my cookie decorating skills are not.
Not having a space ship, alien or monster cookie cutter, I improvised. Okay, I flat-out stretched to the far reaches of the cookie decorating galaxy.
When asked what she wanted to learn about next, the kidlet said “space and the aliens with some monsters in spaceships.” Her only other requirement was that we used green.
So, click on “Read More” to join us in space. With monsters. In spaceships.
Yeah, I don’t get it either, but I’m working with the whims of a 2.5 year old here.
Cookies are a great ‘special treat’ we allow for the little one. They can be made over a good length of time and then frozen, and not lose any of their charm or taste when we pull them out one by one (or two by two). They are also so much easier to store than baking cakes or cupcakes.
When I asked her what she would like to learn about next (learning theme days like Monsters or Dinosaurs), she said “space and the aliens with some monsters in spaceships.”
When asked what that would look like, she simply replied, “green, mommy.”
Again I say, ummm… Okay…
As she trotted off to play in her kitchen, making cookies as it were, I kind of started to worry. Can people have panic attacks over cookies? After I collected myself by repeating over-and-over that these were for a kid, I went through the cookie cutters I did have and improvised.
Some of the cookies are, ummm, well done on the edges but they tasted just fine! I might, or might not, have been distracted by a twirling toddler in a Princess Anna dress, singing, “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?”
You’re welcome for that. For what, you ask? For getting that song stuck in your head. All. Day. If you’re the one person on the planet who hasn’t heard the songs from Disney’s FROZEN movie, I envy you. They’re adorable, but every one of them becomes an ear worm.
Back to the slightly over done cookie decorating.
Oh, before moving on… You’ll see a lot of eyes on these cuties. They are candy eyes you can get in the baking section of your grocery store. That’s where I got mine. Speaking of, you might see a few hundred other cookies with eyes, because we have quite a few left that are now tucked away in my decorating box. Any ideas?
To make the spaceship cookie, I used a woman’s hat from a set of Ladies Day Out Tin Cookie Cutter 6 Pc Set I got about a hundred (or 6) years ago (partner link). It’s a great set because it includes a lot of versatile pieces.
The idea was to make panels using a technique of waiting – hahahaha, yeah right – to let one area dry before working on the next one. As you can see, I really didn’t wait long enough.
This spaceship cookie was also my first foray into adding luster dust. It’s supposed to make it shiny but I think I did it wrong. I might, or might not, have thrown away the instructions for use.
Next up: aliens. Yep, didn’t have any cookie cutters that looked remotely like an alien. But then I thought:
- She’s only 2.5 years old. What could she possibly have already cemented in her mind about aliens?
- If I root around more in my stash of cutters, something will inspire me. Right?
A spider, Sarah? Really?
Stay with me now.
I chose the spider, yes. And then I turned it upside down.
BAM! I know – pure creative genius, right? Okay, listen: I know it’s a stretch, but the two points noted above allowed me a LOT of creative leeway, so I’m calling this a win.
Horrible picture but adorable aliens, right?
The first television we let our daughter watch was Pocoyobecause it was great for early toddlers (partner link). Because I was neurotic a first time mom, I did quite a lot of research before setting Elise down in front of a television. I fell in love with Pocoyo because it came in 7 minute mini-sodes, had more white space than active cartoon, was paced slowly, and there was no violence.
Trust me when I say that cartoons with those attributes are kind of hard to find these days.
Oh wait! The best part? The English version is narrated by Stephen-freaking-Fry you guys! Go ahead, Google him, I’ll wait. I’ll give you a hint before you Google: Monty Python!
Isn’t he awesome?
Anyway, the reason I mention Pocoyo is because she loved the little aliens that are featured in a few of the mini-sodes and I wanted to at least have something recognizable for her.
Know what? I didn’t have a cookie cutter that could even be passed off as a Pocoyo-esque alien.
So I tried to make them. I used a small circle and a small square cookie cutter. I hacked off half the circle and kind of pressed the dough together before cooking. Once cooked, they were solid with no risk of breaking.
We haven’t done our space theme learning set yet because I’m still buying some hard-to-get or out-of-date books that I really want to add to our library. Elise is really interested in the stars and moon right now though, so I’m sure we’ll be having some out of this world fun soon.
Do you have any ideas (or links) for games, songs, or crafts that I could add to my space-themed Pinterest board?
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