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How to Make Custom 3D Cookie Cutter Shower Favors

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Posted on June 9, 2021 by Carrie Christenson

I believe that party favors are not just for kid’s birthday parties. Seriously, who doesn’t love getting an unexpected present?  I made some fun cookie cutters and sugar cookie recipe cards for the bridal shower I’m hosting.  If you’ve been following along with the other bridal shower posts, this is my third of the series for the shower DIY projects.

I’m going to teach you 3D printer owners how to make your own cookie cutters using design files purchased from Creative Fabrica with just a few clicks of a button, it’s so easy!  We’re also using gorgeous fonts to create the recipe cards for a sugar cookie with my own little twist added!  I always seem to make small changes to recipes I find.  For this one, it was the flavorings that I switched up to be more exciting and summer-like.

Let’s start with the cookie cutters!

Supplies Needed:

  • Design File (black and white lines only)
  • 3D printer
  • 3D PLA filament
  • 3D printer design software (I use Cura)

This is the most important part, head to to upload the design file you want to use.  It’s a free app that will create the STL file you will need to open in your 3D design software for your printer.  

Select the file you’re using making sure it’s black and white for getting the best file.  

You can modify it to be any size you want using the tools on the left-hand side of the screen.

The app will work its magic in about a minute or less!  Look at the perfection!!  I’m impressed every single time I use this software.

Download the STL file (you’ll need to create a free account first) and then open that in your printer software.

Open the new STL file in your software.

Next, have the software slice the cookie-cutter design so it properly prints. I’m sure you already have all of your settings preset for the filament you prefer to use. If not, I recommend checking the filament manufacturer recommendations and using those. There are also tons of YouTube videos that can walk you through the process.

Finally, save that file to your removable disc, or whatever you use to transfer it to your 3D printer machine.  Load it in and hit print!  Depending on your design it will be ready in a few hours.

I also want to show you another feature that the cookiecad app has, you can make a cutter that will create an imprint in your dough too! For this feature to work correctly you’ll need to make sure your design doesn’t have any free-floating elements to the design otherwise they won’t be connected to anything. You’ll just need to select this tool before you create the cutter design file and it will add it for you.

You’ll repeat the rest of the same steps as above for that cookie-cutter to be printed.

Here’s how my cutters turned out!

Of course, I had to test them out while making the cookies for the shower and they worked perfectly!

Recipe Cards

Let’s create the recipe cards for those scrumptious cookies we made with our custom cookie cutters.

I’m using the fonts Limonata and Modern Deluxe to type out the recipe. This part is pretty self-explanatory for typing it all up. I play around with the scale of the font sizes too to make sure it all looks balanced visually.

Once you have it done make sure to take some time centering the word blocks so it looks clean and organized. I like to group it all together when I’m done so I don’t accidentally move things while resizing and rotating them around the page.

Did you know that if you click on the rulers on the top and side and then hold your mouse button down while dragging to the side or down you can create guides? They are useful for making sure everything is aligned correctly or for visually seeing areas of the page.

Once you’re satisfied with the final design you’ll want to print it on nice cardstock paper. There’s a way to print borderless so you can maximize your paper and get two prints per page.

When you hit print and the menu pops up, click the paper size top down.

You can then select to use borderless 8.5” x 11” paper and now you’re saving almost a 1/2” of space all around the page!

Repeat those steps for the royal icing recipe card too!

Assemble the Favors

My favorite part is putting it all together at the end.  I found these cellophane bags a few years ago at Paper Source while shopping and bought them because they were so pretty! I didn’t need them but I figured I would find a use someday in the future, and guess what, I did!

I printed the recipe cards on each side of the page, folded them in half, and placed it inside the bag.  Next, add your cookie cutter and tie it all together with a pretty ribbon!  

We are having a little cookie decorating activity at the shower, we figured that would be fun and different from your typical bridal shower. We will still have a few games though, don’t you worry!  Now all of the guests can go home and make their own delicious cookies!  

I would love to see if you make any custom cookie cutters!  Tag me @designedtobecrafty on Instagram if you do.

Happy Baking!!

-Carrie Christenson

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