Whether you're feeling nostalgic or vengeful, nothing can lift the spirits like eating a cookie in the shape of someone's face. It's impossible not to take some pleasure out of the methodical munching of a sweet treat that harkens back to the last time you bit the head off an animal cracker, or devoured your chocolate bunny ears-first. Where will you start? The nose? The chin? Or go for the eyes? Make up a dozen and have fun decorating them with crazy expressions! Let the fun begin.
This project is made super simple by the aid of an Epilog laser cutter. But if you're sadly lacking one of these, you could try using j_l_larson's technique using sheet metal and a little patience.
Step 1: Obtain Silhouette
You could also shine a light on the subject and either photograph the shadow or trace it and scan it into the computer.
I made cookie cutters of myself, my brother and my fiance. Even though my brother and I don't live in the same state, it was easy for him to email me a photo of his silhouette!
Step 2: Convert Silhouette Into .eps File
What we need to do is:
- Place the Image in a new document
- Live trace the shadow
- Expand the tracing into separate segments so you can clean up the image
- Remove unwanted elements
- Offset path to create a second tracing (to create an inner and outer edge to your cookie cutter)
- Fix any crazy weirdness that happens from the path being offset (though I'm sure this won't happen to you)
- Save as a .eps file for the laser cutter
Step 3: Bring Out the Lasers
Below are some images of cutting other shapes I was practicing with. Teeny tiny cutters, perfect for the top crust of a Pie-in-a-Jar!
Step 4: Make Cookies!!!!
This is a great surprise for parents and friends. Who knew eating someone's face would be so fun?