Do you have any rock collectors or nature nuts in your life? If so, this edible rock and mineral chart makes a really fun and unique gift! You could even make a few for the dessert table at your next nature/science themed party. (Looking for more edible DIY projects? Try these cookie cakes!)
Step 1: Roll out the sugar cookie dough and use a 1 1/2″ square template to cut out a minimum of 12 sugar cookies. I used this recipe for my sugar cookie dough so I followed the instructions there. Once the cookies are baked, let cool.
Step 2: On the card stock, draw a grid of twelve 2″ squares edged with 3/4″ rectangles on all sides. Cut off the excess card. (Note: make sure that your baked cookies fit into a 2″ square before drawing this grid. Depending on your cookie recipe and oven, the cookies may spread more or less, so adjust your grid accordingly.)
Step 3: Cut a slit on each corner, as shown below.
Step 4: Use the ruler and bone folder to crease the outermost lines.
Step 5: Fold the corner flaps over and use a glue stick to adhere closed, forming a shallow box.
Step 6: Use the straight edge cutter to cut several 1 1/2″ wide card stock strips. With the bone folder and ruler, crease and fold down the center of each strip.
Step 7: Cut the folded strips to fit the three width lines as shown below.
Step 8: For the horizontal lines, cut the folded strips into 2″ lengths and place on lines. Use a glue stick to attach all of the bottom flaps into the shallow box.
Step 9: Print out rock and mineral names on the white paper. Cut each out, leaving excess at the bottom for a flap; fold the flap back. (Make sure to the rock/mineral names you choose match the candies you have on hand – I used this as a guide.)
Step 10: Use icing (I made a simple powdered sugar and milk mixture) to attach the various candies onto the sugar cookies.
Step 11: Place the finished cookies into the box and use the glue stick to attach the rock/mineral names to their corresponding compartments.