Sunday, June 15, 2014

Betsy Ross Star Cookie Cutter Ornament + Free Image

Oh, Betsy Ross!  Is the story we know of her true or not?  Did she sew the first American flag or did her grandson make it all up?  I suppose we will never know and I've decided that it is perfectly okay to love the idea of Betsy Ross (as long as I acknowledge that her history may be entirely fiction)!  

I do know that I think this image of Betsy is perfectly adorable and I as soon as I bought it at a Wichita antique store, I wanted to use it on an ornament.  You can download her below for your personal projects.

This cookie cutter ornament is so sweet and fun to make!  I just love the 1776 ribbon I found at MIchaels - seems perfect for Betsy, doesn't it?

I have found that Aileen's works really well for adhering ribbon to a cookie cutter.  Start at the bottom and work your way around - you may need to hold the ribbon in place for just a bit at the joints of the star.

Placing the knot closer to the front of the star helps the ornament hang straighter and not tilt forward.

Now you're ready to decorate.  I stamped a 1776 tag and punched two holes along the side.  Then I threaded the twine through the tag and tied a knot. I also added a bit of yellow (toned down with white) watercolor to make the tag more the color around Betsy.

I created the Betsy Ross tag with one of the framelits from Chalk Talk from Stampin' Up.

I wanted to tone down the yellow around Betsy, so I painted about three layers of white watercolor around her.  In the above picture, I've painted over the yellow once.

These watercolors are brand new - we just got them at the store.  They are so pretty and creamy!

I tied the Betsy tag around the bow and hot glued it to the cookie cutter.

I love my new Betsy Ross star ornament!

You can use Betsy in your July 4th creations, download her HERE.

Have a wonderful week!


  1. So adorable! What a wonderful idea to use the star-shaped cookie cutter! Thank you for the image! I'm not from the U.S. but it's so cute with the little kitty!

  2. What a wonderful decoration Lori.

    Toni xx

  3. Sweet! But now I have to Google Betsy Ross to read more about her not sewing the first flag!! Makes me often wonder how many things we're taught in school that just aren't true. I say, Pluto's STILL a planet!

    1. There are T-shirts now that have "When I Was Your Age, Pluto Was a Planet" written on them.

    2. I still think Pluto is a planet, too!

  4. Well, whether or not she created the first flag that Betsy Ross image is adorable.

  5. You did an awesome job with that sweet image Lori! Fabulous idea to use this ribbon and star shape, perfect adornment for July 4th!
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  6. Lori, this is stunning. I love the cookie cutter and then all your embellishments. The ribbon is fabulous and what a wonderful tag! TFS and have a great rest of the week.

  7. The Betsy image is too CUTE! Love the cookie cutter and all the sweet trimmings! So festive...well done!:-)

  8. Oh Lori this is the sweetest ever!!!

  9. The virtual salivation that is happening right now is overwhelming. Words can't explain the cuteness factor that you take everything you touch to. I am so in awe. These ornaments are filled with patriotism and creativity. Love, love, ADORE them


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