Recycled and food safe! I show you how to make cookie stencils using milk cartons, a craft punch, either a scanNcut or hand cut. Stenciling cookies have evolved into a popular edible art form nowadays. You can create your own custom food safe stencil by cutting up a cardboard milk carton.

I spent a bit of time searching online for food safe acetate. By the time you pay shipping it will cost too much, plus I was wondering was it really, food safe? With my DIY method of recycling milk cartons, there’s no waiting for stencils to arrive in the mail. When you think about it, you’ve already paid for the card stock packaging when you buy the milk. 

Be as creative as you like. Providing you stop to think about where the cut lines join and end up, you should be okay. I show you this in the video, make cookie stencils using milk cartons.

Make cookie stencils using milk cartons

The great thing about cookie stenciling is that they look great when you use the simplest of design. You don’t have to go overboard or become an overnight graphic artist. Some squiggly thickened lines or little hearts look awesome. The larger two litre milk cartons are great because you have a bigger area to make your own cookie stencils. 

  • empty cardboard milk carton 1 or 2 litre
  • a craft cutting knife
  • a craft punch for the design, example a flower or a dog paw
  • a scanNcut machine to cut out any design you create (optional)

Royal Icing Recipe

Here’s the royal icing recipe that I use. It’s not difficult to make, it turns out shiny and will make you look like a pro baker.
This recipe is best made in one batch of the thicker glue consistency first. Then split into sections of different consistency for flooding the cookie top, writing and stenciling.
The link to the video will explain, credit goes to Crouton Crackerjacks over at Youtube, for the royal icing recipe.

  • 3 cups of powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Water

Make cookie stencils using milk cartons for cupcake toppers as well. The stencils lay flat on the fondant and are perfect for a birthday cake. Finally I saw the large 2 litre size cartons of milk in Aldi the other day for 99c. Since they’re so cheap it would be worth buying one or two just to get the bigger sheets of card. Stuck for inspiration? pop over to my Pinterest page, where you’ll find heaps of idea’s.