The step-by-step guide will show you how to make your own cookie cutters using materials found at your local hardware store.
- 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)
- 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
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.
my cutter to be, in this case the width of my ruler (approx. 1 1/2 to 2 inches).
needlenose pliars if necessary…for small curves I use dowels, pencils, etc. in order to achieve the shape
of your photograph.
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)
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!!