I’ve been talking a lot about my desire to learn to think outside the box a little more. I am always completely blown away by Callye (Sweet SugarBelle) and her ability to make anything out of nothing. In fact, I really need her to be my buyer because I’ll pass right over certain products (like the Wilton Fangs cookie cutter, for example) and then she’ll do something totally crazy awesome with it.
So I’m trying to learn. And after meeting Callye last week, and learning some of her methods for thinking outside the box, I came home totally stoked to try some new things.
I love the rectangle set of cookie cutters.
I actually resisted liking them for quite some time. Because really, you can do without them in a pinch. You can use a ruler and a pizza cutter and get all the rectangles you could ever want. But once I bought this Fox Run Set, I wondered why it took me so long to get them! They have come in handy for so many things, and are so infinitely easier to use than a ruler and pizza cutter.
I have been wanting to feature them for a while, but didn’t really know what to do with them.
Well, I came home from Cookie Camp all fired up to be creative. I knew I wanted more Halloween cookies on the blog. I knew I wanted to feature the rectangle set. So I decided to think outside the box by thinking inside the box. Get it? Inside? The box… because it’s a rectangle….
So the first cookies I came up with were these guys:
I’m quite sure Frankenstein has been done on a rectangle before, since his head is a giant rectangle and all. But I was proud of myself for thinking of the other ones!
Then I thought just some spider webs would be cute and simple.
Easy, simple. Anyone can do it. Outline, flood, let dry, then add a spider web and spider. Easy peasy.
Then I got crazy ambitious. I had just seen the most adorable cookie done by Haniela, that was just a silhouette of a child blowing a dandelion. And then I saw a Halloween card that had the silhouettes of trick-or-treaters. I figured it was a sign, so I tried it.
I think it has potential! It isn’t perfect, but it’s kind of a cool effect. I want to try it again soon.
So then I got off my ambitious kick and went back to simple and less creative.
I don’t have a Kopycake (obviously! Ha ha), and I really didn’t feel like spending a ton of time getting the font just right, so I didn’t. I just looked at a picture of fun-size Hershey bars online and went for it. These are pretty small– about the actual size of a fun-size candy bar. So I kept them super simple. Although it doesn’t look too impressive up close like this, when they were mixed into a platter of cookies, it totally worked. I’ll show you that in a minute.
The next two were thoughts along the same lines. I wanted a haunted house, but a rectangle is kind of limiting. So first I did another silhouette-type design:
And then I got an idea. How about just a haunted door?
Does it work? I don’t know. I’m not sure I’ll do it again, but it was worth a shot.
I recently got to see a Cookie Artisan (Maryann) platter of cookies in real life. They were amazing. I loved her sign, and so I got the idea to do a scary “KEEP OUT!” sign.
I tried to make the lettering look rough and scary. I piped it on and then scraped at the edges a little with my boo-boo stick. I think next time I could do it better. But not bad for a first shot.
This next one is a simple idea that wasn’t executed as well as I’d hoped, but again, it has potential. I think that’s what I’m learning about “thinking outside the box”– sometimes you have to try it a few times to make it work, but you know if you’re on the right track.
Next time I’ll do the background a different color. But it’s cute in its own way.
I really liked this next one. It was fun to do, super simple, and it turned out cute.
I know what you’re thinking. That this isn’t a true rectangle. Which is true. But all I did was trim the tiniest bits of the top left and bottom right corners off before baking so that the bag would have some dimension. Easy easy easy.
I thought it needed some depth, so I painted on some charcoal black petal dust in the corners where the bag would be folding inward.
Here’s how it looked afterward:
Just like the fun size candy bars earlier, I went super simple with the candy in the bag. You just want the overall look to be there.
So those are my thinking outside-yet-inside-the-box cookies.
And I tried some Glorious Treats tricks for photographing my cookies. You know, like actually putting them on a plate and stuff. I hope she’ll be proud of my attempts at taking some prettier photos.
Look Glory! Props! I’ll get the hang of this yet.
I came away from this little exercise realizing the the possibilities for the Rectangle Set of cookie cutters is seriously endless. What would YOU do with them?
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Another fun (similar, yet different) project coming up soon!