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It's time to get creative and make your own cookie cutters!

This is a fantastic way to create your own shape without having to cut templates over and over again.  Personally - I've never cut a template, but I can imagine that it would be tedious.  I'd rather make a cutter if I ever plan on using that shape ever again.

I was working on one of these last night and I kinda cut my fingertip off.  I urge you to use safety.  (Basically, don't try to reshape your cutters with a serrated knife at full force, without gloves on.)

Step 1: Tools for the Job.

You will need:

Crop-a-dile.  It's a crafting thing for scrap booking.  Use a 40 or 50% off coupon!  
Scrap booking grommits, any color.  I used 1/8".
Sheet metal, aluminum, from Home Depot.  Make sure it's not too thick to shape!
Tin Snips.  I got a set of 3 at Home Depot for $10.  Super great/cheap.
GLOVES.  Yeah.  You will get snips of metal stuck in your skin when cutting, if not carefully watching for splinters sticking out.


Step 2: Metal Strips

First thing you need to do - is gear up and cut some strips.  Try to keep them straight.  If you're more professional than me = you may mark some lines and cut them.

Try to keep them less than an inch in width, you don't need them to be so thick.

Step 3: Bend Your Shape!

Think about the cookie that you need, take into consideration - the size.  Freehand it, or if you are more technical - you can think of a professional way to shape them.  I've seen boards with nails in them, outline your shape with nails and bend the metal around them. Seems awesome, but a lot of work.

When you bend the metal, watch out for splinters and wiggle them off.  Also, since you are wearing gloves, you will be protected from any cut edges.

I am making this rectangle on purpose, because I need it LOL.  :)  You will see it in another instructable!  :)

Step 4: Fasten and Finish

Now, the Cropadile isn't Hercules, so you have to go easy on it.

My technique is to overlap the 1/2' flaps to secure, select my 1/8" PUNCH setting, try to punch through both pieces at the same time.  (But they are too thick.) This will dent the two sections where you will need to do each individual punch.  Move up to your second grommet placing and FAKE PUNCH that also.  

Then push them apart, punch each of the 4 holes by themselves.  

Line your first grommet into the hole, set your Cropadile to ... flatten the grommet-mode.

PUNCH/FLATTEN your grommet in place, which will fray the inside flat-like and secure your cutter shut.  

NOW...................Take your cutter and press it onto a surface and make sure you have a pretty flat-cutting edge for cutting the dough.  THEN, pinch it to hold where it lays flat....CHECK your second punch.....is it a perfect hole?  If not, RE-PUNCH it.  It will be fine! :)

Then set your second grommet and flatten it in place.  The two grommets will be totally secure and you will be proud of your new cutter!

Trouble-Shooting---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

If you have an overlap on your grommet edge, just clip it off to make it straight - using your snips.
If you have splinters or sharp edges, remove them safely!  - They wiggle off with some effort.
If you use your cutter and it does't fully cut because it wasn't flat enough --- Make sure to flour your surface, roll your dough, then do a wiggle once you've cut and pressed your cutter.  That will separate the shape from the dough.  Since your surface has enough flour, it will not stick.  And if your sugar cookie dough is cold enough, the shape will hold.  :)
<p>I like this. And I just happen to have all the required materials and tools on hand. (Scary, huh?) For those of you who don't, or just want to make a down-and-dirty cookie cutter for the fun of it, try this: Pull the serrated cutter off a dispenser for aluminum foil, plastic wrap, wax paper or the like. Manipulate it into the shape you want. If you're clever enough to do this, you're probably clever enough to figure out a way to secure the ends... oh, I remember now how I did that! -- I bent about an eighth or quarter inch on each end, in opposite directions and then linked the two ends one over the other and pinched it shut. You can use a drawing as a guide for your design or just freehand it. I remember making miniature gingerbread men this way, way back in the Stone Age (1975 or so?). That cookie cutter rattled around in kitchen drawers for many years and in several states before I lost track of it!. </p>
<p>In lithography we use a lot of aluminum plates. The aluminum sheet you're using looks to be the same thickness. I mention this because alternatively you can cut your cookie cutter strips by scoring the metal with a utility knife and straightedge. Then using the edge of a table bend the metal along the score back and forth several times and it'll make a very clean break. This should eliminate any hazardous jagged edges and provides a straight/level surface. I would recommend using a fine tooth file to get rid of any burring on the edges, but this is necessary too with tin snips. Great Instructable! I hadn't thought about using grommets!</p>
Excellent, not I can make the cutters that I can never find!! Thanks!
That's quite a collection of custom cutters. I have only made one or two cutters. I used plumber's strap for the cutter (see http://www.beam-wiki.org/wiki/Plumber%27s_Strap for a picture and description). It's already in strips and no sharp edges. It is galvanized steel, so there are a few disadvantages. It will rust if you let it sit around wet. It is steel, so it is harder to punch. On the other hand, it already has holes punched and you might find grommets or rivets that fit them without alteration. Galvanized also solders well, and that's how I did mine. I overlapped the ends, clamped with a pair of vice-grip pliers, and soldered them together with lead-free solder. <br> <br>Like your strips, plumber's strap can be bent with your fingers, using a pair of pliers, the edge of the table, etc for forming shapes.
Awesome! Now I should make a leaf cutter and make my cookies again :)
no way! lol. it's much simpler to do what you did :D
I've done this...but I cut my stripes then fold it in half length wise ( so no sharp edge at the top and very safe )and then shape it...to shape it ...nail a board with the design and pass the aluminum sheet in the shape. It would be great if you can add this step to your tutorial...just my suggestion...I love most of your stuff :-)
yep! i actually mentioned this in one of the steps. but i wouldn't recommend folding the metal in half because that would be with the use of machinery or someone reaaalllly strong. this metal is tough! i can understand doing that with the foil pans from the dollar store, but this is a different material. :)

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