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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.

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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.


 

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!.

rmazzupappa7 months ago

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!

Excellent, not I can make the cutters that I can never find!! Thanks!
r_harris22 years ago
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.

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 :)
kristylynn84 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
no way! lol. it's much simpler to do what you did :D
shazni2 years ago
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 :-)
kristylynn84 (author)  shazni2 years ago
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. :)