Picture of 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

Picture of Supplies and Directions
You will need the following items to make cookie cutters:

Empty soda can
Sharp scissors
Sharpie marker

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.
Amberrr27803 months ago
SaraS63 months ago
Waterbug1 made it!5 months ago
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.

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

Bonsaiimut9 months ago

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

sacmom31 year ago

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.

MYT CR8TiV2 years ago
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 !
wold630 (author)  MYT CR8TiV2 years ago
You should post some of your polymer projects. I'm glad I can inspire new ideas that don't cost money!!!!
atepinkrose2 years ago
you beat me to it! Great job!
wold630 (author)  atepinkrose2 years ago
You should still post them if you were going to make them. Maybe you do something different that will help someone else!
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 :)
Fantastic Idea, Way to repurpose/upcycle an everyday item!
wold630 (author)  straycatmeow2 years ago
Thanks, they are even kind of cute with the soda can graphics on the side!
Ooh, I might have to try this tonight! I'm in need of a cookie cutter!
wold630 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
It's super easy!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Cute! I've also had luck using staples to hold the seams together.
wold630 (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
I never thought of stapling it - good idea! It would certainly make the seam smoother.