I started experimenting with this technique last year in 2009, using a thick cardboard, I traced the design on the cardboard and then cut it out. For these cookie below I used cardboard templates.
Avery Plastic Dividers, they work like magic and are also perfect for home made stencils, for the price of $3-4 you get 8 large plastic sheet.
As you can see in the photo below I'm going to be making some cookie shoes. I found some inspiration online, so I printed them in the approximate size I want the cookie to be, all you need to do is to trace the outline of your desired design on the plastic divider and then just cut with scissors...and voila your cookie template is ready
Few Tips when making cookies using Cookie Templates
- Use a sharp knife / I like to use paring knife/ or exacto knife / you can get one in craft store, I think Walmart carries them too/.
- Make sure the blade is clean and if needed replace the blade of exacto knife.
- Roll your cookie dough between two pieces of wax paper and put in the fridge/freezer till the dough is well chilled, this helps keeping the edges of your cookies sharp when cutting the dough using the knife.