How to Make a Dog Bone Shaped Cookie Cutter




About: I love to make things & work with my hands. I mostly make stuff for dogs and sometimes I dabble with recipes, too. Right now I'm in the process of setting up a DIY blog for pet lovers.

For those of you that make your own dog cookies, you might want to try your hand at making a cookie cutter.
I used a type of copper that is alloyed with brass, so it was very springy, but it’s what I had on hand at the time. (The benefit of having parents that own a metal shop ) This why the straight parts of the cookie cutter are slightly rounded & that the ends didn’t properly glue together. Pure copper is much softer and behaves a lot better when you bend it.

If you want to buy metal stock to make your own cookie cutters, check your local hobby shop OR you can buy it here.

And if you loved this tutorial, check out my blog for a bunch of other pet related crafts! Need a dog coookie recipe to go with your spanky new cookie cutter? My website has about 200  free ones!!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

You will need; tin snips, round nose and chain nose pliers, 5 minute epoxy glue, any kind of string, sand paper, clothes pins, a round something or another for bending, copper stripping and a picture template of your choice. I got my picture from a free clip art website.

Step 2: Measuring Your Template

To determine how much copper you will need, measure the picture, all the way around, with a string. Then measure your string and add 2 inches extra. Take this measurement and cut your copper with the tin snips.

Step 3: Sanding the Rough Edges

Sand the rough edges of the copper that resulted from cutting with the tin snips

Step 4: Bending Part One

Place your copper strip in the middle of the first straight line and make the first bend with the chain nose pliers.

Step 5: Bending Part Two

Take the round bending tool of your choice and bend the copper strip all the way around it. I used a tube of liquid paper since it was the right size.

Step 6: Bending Part Three

Match the copper up with the template and make a bend with the round nose pliers. Repeat step 5 for the other round part of the dog bone.

Step 7: Bending Part Four

Match up the copper with your template and make a bend with the chain nose pliers. Repeat the above steps to complete the cookie cutter. You might have to trim the ends of the copper stripping if they are a little long, but there should be an overlap of the strip ends for gluing.

Step 8: Preparing for Gluing

Use your sandpaper to rough up the parts of the copper that will come in contact with each other during gluing. This will give the glue something to adhere to.

Step 9: Gluing the Ends

Apply a generous amount minute epoxy glue and bring the two ends together

Step 10: Securing the Ends for Drying

Use the clothespins to clamp the ends together. The glue will be dry in about an hour and will reach full bonding strength in 24 hours. Happy Baking!!



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    11 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Quit question: What is to prevent this diy cookie cutter from cutting into my fingers when I push down on it to cut out my cookies?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Oh what a good idea to use copper stripping! You could make so many other designs using this method, thanks!

    Oh and great website; those are indeed a lot of recipes!

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    Doggie StylishBatness

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     With pure copper stripping and a picture template, the only thing that limits you is your imagination! Thanks for the compliment on the website, it took me quite sometime to get the dog cookie recipes together, but it was worth it!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    My sister was just saying yesterday that she would like some truck, bus and earth mover cookie cutter's for her toddler son. . . who is fascinated by such things.  Maybe he'll explain to Auntie Marya what the difference is between a front end loader and a Back loader, so I can make make the tools.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I've found that an empty tin of those dutch cookies works very well for something like this. It is a little stiffer than copper though! It is also solderable and rivetable.