Make Your Own Cookie Cutters




Make cookie cutters in custom shapes this year.

Step 1: Materials

sheet metal (hobby store)
tin snips
pliers for bending metal
file for smoothing edges
nuts and bolts
safety glasses

Step 2: Cut the Metal Strips

cut metal strips about 3/4" thick or greater.

smooth the rough edges with a file

Step 3: Bend

bend the metal into the desired shape

Step 4: Close Shape With Screw

secure the closure with clamps.

align the metal edges so the interior of the curve is smoothest. Put the screw hole near the edge so the amount of metal overlapping in the interior is minimized.

drill a hole for the screw to fit

assemble so the head of the screw is inside of the form and the remainder of the screw extends outward. Secure with a bolt.

Step 5: Finis

tada! your own custom cookie shapes. pretty cool

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    LOVE the simplicity. I went for a few more complicated shapes (per the interests of the person I made them for), and improvised the bends with misc. screw driver shafts or dowels. The nuts and bolts I found at work, and the sheet metal is from the Depot. Thanks for the idea!

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    My cookie cutter came out great! Thank you for the tutorial. Time to put it to the test.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    you should look me up my name is dylan sprouse and i like cookies and donuts


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Crispy creme anyone? 99 Really? How is Bubba? Have a beautiful day dylan.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    There is a kit by R&M "Make Your Own Cookie Cutter" specifically for this purpose. Includes 1" aluminum strips, double stick tape and tools. Also comes as a refill kit with aluminum strips only. Available at cake and decorating supply stores. Works great. No sharp edges and no worries about contaminants or lead or rusting.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Drill bits might work for bending mandrels as well. You can find them in sizes from 1/32 inch to 1 inch, or sometimes larger.

    Cool idea. You could make Star Trek crew member cookies. The ones with the red icing would get eaten first. XD The only concern I have is that a lot of sheet metal and hardware has traces of lead in it or on it. I think you can get an inexpensive test kit at most hardware stores that will indicate if something contains lead, via a color change or something. There's a possibility of other toxic metals as well, but lead is the only one I know about a home test for. The best approach might be to cut up an old cookie sheet, spatula, metal bowl, or other object already known to be food-safe. Also, keep in mind that older solder contains lots of lead, so if you're going to solder them, be sure you use the newer, lead-free variety.


    8 years ago on Step 4

    Futurama reference! HA!
    And a great 'ible'. Just a couple weeks ago I was trying to convince my wife to let me make her some custom cutters using copper sheeting. She said "That won't work." I'm going to send her to this 'ible' and shout "In yo FACE!"


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I used a steel box packing strap I found in back of a warehouse--it was already .5 inch wide, so no cutting into strips and sanding needed.  I welded the edges together, but otherwise I'd say use rivits.

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    9 years ago on Step 5

    Thanks for this infromation n_n This may be useful in my project n_n Yay!


    10 years ago on Step 5

    I was just looking at my collection of biscuit tins and wondering what I could do with them, and here is the answer. I tried this years ago, with pop cans, and the metal cracked and broke on sharp corners - I notice that you haven't made any really sharp bends, although probably pop cans aren't the best material either. (Also it is easier to get the dough to fall out of a curve than a point.) I notice that commercial cutters have a lip folded over on the top, presumably to make them more rigid and make pressing down more comfortable. Probably one could find a way to fold the metal over a couple of times. Did you use long bolts because you had them, or for some other reason? I have a device I got at a yard sale that punches a hole in light metal and crimps it, which would be good for this, or one could also use pop rivets. Thanks for an inspiring instructable - the best ones are always simple and make you wonder why you didn't think of that.