Homemade Cookie Cutters....a First For Me!

Baking By cambo Updated 5 May 2007 , 5:35pm by KHalstead

cambo Posted 3 Jan 2007 , 9:19pm
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I've always wanted to try to make my own cookie cutters because there are so many designs I like but can never find, or when I find them they're not the right size! So, I bought a 12x18 sheet of tin at Hobby Lobby ($8.49), a pair of tin scissors ($12.99) and metal glue ($3)....then got my shapes together, some I freehanded (corset, rectangle which will be postage letter sealed with a heart, and the boxer shorts), the other were foam shapes I found at WalMart for .97 that I thought would make outstanding cutters! I've attached a picture of the foam shapes I found and the finished cutters!

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ShabbyChic_Confections Posted 3 Jan 2007 , 9:26pm
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Wow, you did a great job. Those cookie cutters lookk perfect, I may have to give them a try.


Alison01 Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 12:22am
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Those are great!! I think this will be my next project!!

cookiemookie Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 3:55am
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Great job! They are awesome!
You are so clever! Love them.

Kate714 Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 4:02am
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those came out great!! you must be very patient icon_smile.gif

AngD Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 4:08am
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Wow, thanks for the idea, I will definatley keep this in mind. icon_smile.gif Those are awesome!

tracy702 Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 7:48am
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Those are awesome! How long did it take for them to dry? Did you have to clamp them to keep the glued ends closed?

I can't wait to make some.

ValMommytoDanny Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 9:07am
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How cool is that? I think they look great!


cambo Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 9:09am
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tracy702 - the metal glue I purchased was just like super glue (non-toxic) and took only a few minutes to hold! After the first one, I did use some small hand-held clamps from my husband's toolbox to hold them together just to ensure a really good bond! Altogether these probably took about 30 minutes each to make, of course, with the first taking longer! I think they're worth it because I got exactly what I wanted!

tyty Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 9:16am
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Great idea, great job. Now the next time I rec a call and can't find a cutter I know what to do. I will have to give it a try.

flytrap77 Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 9:24am
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Cute and very creative... when I first looked at the XO one I thought oh cool a skull and crossbones... then I saw your foam thingys. Maybe it can do both icon_wink.gif


playingwithsugar Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 9:25am
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Hey, nifty work!

If I might make a suggestion --

Go to the hardware store and buy some roof flashing. You will get a lot more tin for your money that way. It is food safe - it is what Jacques Torres uses to mold chocolate from time to time.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

tracy702 Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 9:31am
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Thanks! I am going to try it. You have convinced me. LOL!!!

cambo Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 9:34am
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tmriga....thank you so much for the suggestion, my husband used to do roofs (way back) and we had lots of leftover flashing (he never throws anything away) but it wasn't sturdy enough. I'm not sure what gage the flashing is compared to what I bought, but the kind I purchased is pretty thick, which is what I was looking! Maybe the flashing we have is just cheap! hee hee! I'll have to check and see if it comes in different gages! Thanks!

playingwithsugar Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 9:40am
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Does that mean I get free cookie cutters?

Theresa icon_smile.gif

cambo Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 9:47am
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You know what, Theresa....if I find the right gage in flashing for a lot cheaper.....I'll take you up on that! BUT, I have to let my fingers heal a little! The metal didn't cut me up or anything, I was very careful, however, they're soooo sore! hee hee!

playingwithsugar Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 9:53am
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Oh, I bet. I love to cook ethnic foods, and one of the seasonings that I use to make Puerto Rican food is called sofrito (don't ask me for the recipe - it took me 35 years to find a Latina who would let me in on the secret!). Anyway, I make my own sofrito, which contains a lot of garlic. Now, the easy way would be to buy the minced garlic in the jar, but NOOOO, I had to peel my own! My fingers were sore the next day, but the fingertips, where I actually peeled the garlic from were numb!

You have my sympathy.

By the way, did you use the nails method to make those cookie cutters, or did you bend them by hand?

Theresa icon_smile.gif

cambo Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 10:10am
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Hey, at least my fingertips were only sore....but yours were probably sore AND smelled like garlic for days! hee hee! How about I'll make cutters for you and you can ship some sofrito to me! I thought about the nail method, but just bent them freehand instead. If I had a lot of each to make....and say sold them, I would probably make "jigs" with nails to move it along faster!

playingwithsugar Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 10:22am
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Get some different sizes of galvanized pipe or copper tubing, and bend the flashing around them, instead of trying to bend them by hand. And go to a restaurant supply store or go online and buy cut-resistant gloves. We don't want to hear that the flashing slipped and cut your hands down to the tendons.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

CarolinaBelle Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 3:34pm
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The cookie cutters look wonderful. Great job.

cambo Posted 4 Jan 2007 , 5:16pm
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Thanks tmriga! I have all those things! I used all kinds of tubes, copper, pvc, etc to bend them.....and you absolutely MUST wear gloves! Wouldn't want to end my cake decorating career on some tin! he he!

Denisedk Posted 7 Jan 2007 , 11:10am
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What a great idea.
They are wonderful, good job.
Mabye I should try it some day.

ShirleyW Posted 14 Jan 2007 , 5:48pm
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I swear, I think cake decorators are the mother of invention. We can think up the most creative things to be used for the project we need and make it work. These are brilliant!

playingwithsugar Posted 14 Jan 2007 , 5:52pm
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Oh-oh, Shirley, I see that great big lightbulb going on over your head again. Why do I get the feeling that you are tempted to give this a try? Go on, you know you want to. LOL!

Theresa icon_smile.gif

Cookie4 Posted 14 Jan 2007 , 6:03pm
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Wow - what a great idea! How about using ideas from kids coloring books and either enlarging or reducing the sizes.

ShirleyW Posted 14 Jan 2007 , 6:07pm
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Originally Posted by tmriga

Oh-oh, Shirley, I see that great big lightbulb going on over your head again. Why do I get the feeling that you are tempted to give this a try? Go on, you know you want to. LOL!

Theresa icon_smile.gif

Me thinks you know me too well. icon_biggrin.gif

megamere Posted 21 Jan 2007 , 4:08pm
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Thanks for the great Idea- I went right out and bought some roof flashing and tried it out. THe flashing might not have been sturdy enough, but it will work. I made a beer mug and a pot of gold!

AlamoSweets Posted 21 Jan 2007 , 4:24pm
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Glad to hear someone else has resorted to making their own cutters. I get so frustrated looking for the right shape and when I find them they are usually too small. When you have to order them they can be expensive. Great job on yours. Very impressive!

Jesjacster2 Posted 21 Jan 2007 , 9:10pm
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Very Creative! and they came out awesome..looking forward to trying it myself

alysmom09 Posted 21 Jan 2007 , 9:56pm
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Those are so GREAT!!!! I too have a difficult time finding the cutter I want....any tips for someone going to give this a try? Thanks for the inspiration!

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