Introduction: 10 Minute Cookie Cutter From Soda Can

When I needed a heart cookie cutter and didn't want to go hunting for one at the stores I decided I would make my own. It had to be sharp and sturdy enough to cut into dough of some kind and it had to be easy and quick to make.

My boys were going to be helping me use the cookie cutters so the edges could not be sharp. I didn't want any little fingers harmed!

When making cutters from a soda can you are limited with length so the shapes have to be relatively small. It worked so well I will definitely do it again - especially since it was so fast!

Step 1: Supplies and Directions

You will need the following items to make cookie cutters:

Empty soda can
Sharp scissors
Ruler
Sharpie marker
Pliers
Pattern

1. Cut the top and bottom off of the soda can using sharp scissors and discard. Don't worry about jagged edges.
2. Cut the remaining center piece down the side so when you unroll it you have a rectangle.
3. Using a sharpie marker and ruler draw a straight line down the side edge and cut along the line with scissors.
4. Measure one inch from the cut edge and draw another line but don't cut it yet. 
5. Repeat and draw another line (so you have two, 2 inch segments) and cut along the second line - now both edges are straight.

Step 2: Bend the Edges

6. Lay a ruler along one cut edge about 1/8-1/4 inch in. Using your scissors (or something other than your fingers) bend up the edge.
7. Once the whole edge is bent press it flat. Repeat on the other side and cut down the center line so you have two separate pieces.

Step 3: Bend Piece Along Pattern

8. Draw a pattern of the shape you want and bend one of the metal strips to match the pattern.
9. Once the two pieces meet to join the shape together, cut if necessary and crimp the edges together using pliers.
10. Use the cutter!!!

**Aluminum is sharp and can cut skin. Use caution when cutting and bending a soda can. This is definitely not a project for children.

**You will notice the bent edge (or the top of the finished cutter) will crimp a bit but the bottom edge (the cutting edge) is smooth so don't worry about the top not being perfect.

Comments

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AlexandreT19 made it! (author)2016-11-24

Thank you soooo much!!! This is perfect for fondant cutters as well!!

Just a word of caution: next time use gloves. They are wonky and harder to work with, but I've been working on a type of art called repujado since I was a litle girl, where you take a sheet of really thick aluminum foil, engrave designs, ink them, varnish them, and then either frame the piece or use it t decorate something else, and I can tell you that aluminum is really really vicious. So at least when you're cutting it try to use protective or work gloves, Iv'e had nasty and deep cuts, similar to paper cuts and they bug me so much when I need to do the dishes or when I use oil paints. x_x

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Phoil made it! (author)2016-02-08

Yes alum is very sharp, don't think this is a very bright idea

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Waterbug1 made it! (author)2015-04-05

I wanted to make a larger design (a horse shoe) so I joined two strips: I folded along one length twice and inserted the single fold from the other piece in between. Try this with a piece of paper if you can't visualize this. Then crimp it by flattening the fold with a rolling pin (I used a piece of wooden closet rod). Once it's rolled flat it's quite secure. Now I have a piece that's almost twice as long. I also rolled both edges so there's nothing to cut myself with.

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3D Printing Ninja made it! (author)2014-12-26

You should look into 3D Printing Cookie Cutters. I teach people how to, and see people make cookie cutters just about every week now: http://3dprintingninja.blogspot.com/2014/12/how-to-make-3d-model-from-image.html

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Bonsaiimut made it! (author)2014-11-17

Thank you so much for the tutorial. Now I can repurpose my cans while using it to bake cookies.

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sacmom3 made it! (author)2014-02-12

Thanks so much for this. You saved my Valentine cookies. I waited too long, now I can't find a heart shape cookie cutter anywhere.

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MYT CR8TiV made it! (author)2013-02-20

Thanxs for sharing !! (n_n) These would be great for using when cutting shapes in my Polymer clay projects and alot cheaper that buying the actual clay cutters which can be expensive. You also gave me the idea of making a polyblade from this too. So thanxs !

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wold630 made it! (author)wold6302013-02-20

You should post some of your polymer projects. I'm glad I can inspire new ideas that don't cost money!!!!

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atepinkrose made it! (author)2013-01-30

you beat me to it! Great job!

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wold630 made it! (author)wold6302013-02-01

You should still post them if you were going to make them. Maybe you do something different that will help someone else!

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atepinkrose made it! (author)atepinkrose2013-02-02

actually, I really like the way you did it and I'm only inventive when something needs much improvement, which is not the case at all. I like your instructable :)

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straycatmeow made it! (author)2013-01-30

Fantastic Idea, Way to repurpose/upcycle an everyday item!

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wold630 made it! (author)wold6302013-01-30

Thanks, they are even kind of cute with the soda can graphics on the side!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)2013-01-29

Ooh, I might have to try this tonight! I'm in need of a cookie cutter!

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wold630 made it! (author)wold6302013-01-29

It's super easy!

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scoochmaroo made it! (author)2013-01-29

Cute! I've also had luck using staples to hold the seams together.

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wold630 made it! (author)wold6302013-01-29

I never thought of stapling it - good idea! It would certainly make the seam smoother.

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