DIY Cookie Cutters

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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.)
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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.

Step 2: Metal Strips

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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!

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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!  :)
rmazzupappa6 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. :)