If you missed this week’s Thursday Night Live, you need to go check it out on Carol’s Carousel Classes Facebook group. We replicated a project by Michael Harbridge where he showed a Shamrock Cookie tree that was done and demonstrated making a Snowflake Cookie tree. You can see his video by going to his Facebook page.
We showed some of our collection of cookie cutters: hearts, circles, shamrocks, and gingerbread men. Most are metal and come in an assortment of different sizes. The top edge is folded over and the bottom edge is sharp for cutting. We also have a variety of smaller plastic cutters. In previous videos we have used cutters to make our Brown Sugar Bears.
For our Cookie Tree we used an assortment of Easter cookie cutters; egg, carrot, bunny face, chick, bunny profile, and a flower. We also used a small circle cutter to remove the center of the flowers. The tree was formed on a medium-size clay puzzling cone form. First the cone is wrapped in paper. A strip of clay was attached around the bottom of the cone. Then each cookie was overlapped over the base strip or over other cookies. The clay was rolled out with a rolling pin on a foam sheet and cookies were cut and attached one at a time using a brush and compatible slip. The tree is then removed from the cone, and the paper is removed before drying and firing. It usually takes about a week for the clay to dry enough for firing.
The cookies can be decorated using underglazes or EZ strokes when still in greenware or with stains or glazes after firing. Using a textured paint such as snow or French Dimensions will simulate frosting. We are looking forward to decorating our tree and will post pictures when completed.
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So how about making your own cookie tree?
Bring your cookie cutter collection or use some of ours.