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How To Make Your Own Cookie Cutters

How To Make Your Own Cookie Cutter
The step-by-step guide will show you how to make your own cookie cutters using materials found at your local hardware store.
Items required:
  • Roll of aluminum flashing (the heavier the gauge the stronger your cutter will be and the harder it will be to bend) You can find this at your local hardware store. WARNING: Be sure to ask the hardware store if the aluminum is safe for food contact. Some kinds are not safe because they are chemically treated
  • photograph of shape you want your cutter to be
  • a ruler or straight edge
  • an old pair of scissors (or tin snips if you get a really heavy gauge aluminum)
  • a knife or any sharp instrument (used to score aluminum)
  • twine
  • clips (mini ones work great and cost about .35 cents each at the hardware store
  • adhesive (make sure it is non toxic) I use a two part epoxy (J B Weld, cold weld) I called the company and they said it is safe to use for cookie cutters.
  • about 20 minutes and maybe a little patience lol

Step 1 How To Make Your Own Cookie Cutter
Take the twine and lay it on the photograph following all of the lines of the picture, if the picture has a lot of turns and curves, add 2 to 3 inches for your measurement...once you have followed the lines of the photo cut the twine to length. Use the twine to measure a lenth of aluminum flashing, cut to length.

Step 2 How To Make Your Own Cookie Cutter
I purchased a 6" wide roll of flashing so I lay my ruler on it and score with the ruler the width I want my cutter to be, in this case the width of my ruler (approx. 1 1/2 to 2 inches).

Step 3 How To Make Your Own Cookie Cutter
Cut the aluminum using an old pair of scissors or tin snips to the desired width.

Step 4 How To Make Your Own Cookie Cutter
Begin bending the aluminum following the curves of the photo as a guide and template. ( You can use needlenose pliars if necessary...for small curves I use dowels, pencils, etc. in order to achieve the shape of your photograph.

Step 4 How To Make Your Own Cookie Cutter
Rub on a small bit of adhesive to the ends of the cutter, making sure to have an overlap of at least an inch. Place clamps and allow to dry per the directions of your adhesive. An adhesive tape would work well too (3M brand makes a double sided adhesive tape)

Step 5 How To Make Your Own Cookie Cutter
Wash your cookie cutter before use. The adhesive I use holds the metal together well enough that I throw my cookie cutters into the dishwasher with no trouble. Be sure to check the back of your package of adhesive to be sure it will work at high temperatures before doing this yourself. Make some cookies and have fun!!

Comments (13)

What I great idea! I didn't know it was possible to make my own cutters.
Thank you so much for this, I am going to attempt this today! I'll let you know how it goes!
I'm going to try this idea to make fondant/gumpaste cutters.
Do you sell cookie cutters?
wow thanks! That's a great idea.. I'm going to try it
Super. Who knew it could be that simple. Thank you for sharing this.
Thank you for such a good information,Coach bady diaper bagI really like your blog,I hope you can continue to keep well.
Great tutorial, thanks. How do you deal with the sharp top edge so it's comfortable when you press through your dough?
I really want to try this! The sales assoicate at the major hardware store in my area did not know if the aluminum flashing they carry is safe for food contact. Is there something in partiuclar I need to look for on the label that would let me know if it is chemically treated?
Thank you! I do this all the time now!
Wonderful! I was just about to drop $20 for a kit online. Now, I am going to go to the hardware store and price this out instead... Thanks so much!
My Dad has made me several cookie cutters. He has a rivot gun, and is able to rivot the edges together. If anyone needs a special cutter and can't find it let me know. I can get my Dad to make it.
Thanks cant wait to try this
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