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How to make your own cookie cutter

post #1 of 47
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have had a lot of people ask me how I make my cookie cutters (seeing as how I'm too cheap to buy custom made ones and too lazy to look for the easy ones LOL) I made up some directions...hopefully they are clear enough to help some of you that want to give it a try!

Instructions on making your own cookie cutter


Things you will need:
*roll of aluminum flashing (the heavier the gauge the stronger your cutter will be and the harder it will be to bend)
*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.

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.

Step 2. Use the twine to measure a lenth of aluminum flashing, cut to length.

Step 3. 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 4. Cut the aluminum using an old pair of scissors or tin snips to the desired width.

Step 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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.

Step 8. Make some cookies and have fun!!
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post #2 of 47
Great tutorial KHalstead!!! Thanks for sharing your technique! This will definitely come in handy!

P.S. Those dracula cookies look awesome!
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post #3 of 47
excellent lesson!! thumbs_up.gif
post #4 of 47
KHalstead....you're the BOMB!!!!! This is just what I needed.

Thanks for sharing!!
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post #5 of 47
This is great!!! Thanks sooo much for posting this!
post #6 of 47
You are awesome, thank you!!
post #7 of 47
THANK YOU !!! I was just talking about this with my hubby. Now he has another item added to his 'honey do' list!!
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post #8 of 47
Thanks for sharing. You did a great job explaining it. I think I can even make one now icon_lol.gif
post #9 of 47
B4 your tutorial I thought making cookie cutters was going to be something out of my league. Thanks a bunch.
post #10 of 47
That was great thanks. I know what I'll be doing this weekend!
post #11 of 47
Thank you so much for posting that. I always think, if I could just make my own cutters life would be much easier, I am like you hate the searching and dont want to pay the crazy prices. Thanks again!!!! thumbs_up.gif
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post #12 of 47
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. We all benefit and learn from others to make this a very fun and interesting occupation.

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post #13 of 47
What talent you have, glad we are getting your know how in Ohio. icon_biggrin.gif
post #14 of 47
Thread Starter 
you guys are so sweet......I really didn't think it was that big of a deal...I'm always looking for ways to save money and I saw online a kit for making your own cutters and I didn't wanna pay 20 bucks for it so off to Home Depot I went LOL They didn't have the copper ribbon that the kit came with....so I thought....aluminum why not?? I make my own cutters ever since.....all the cookies in my photos are from homemade cutters....that's all I own except some cheapy plastic ones that were like 100 for 10 bucks lol I still use them too though. Glad everyone is benefitting from this...someone pm'd me a little while ago and said "hey next time you make a cutter, take photos and make a tutorial on it" I don't remember the name of the person (sorry...you know who you are) but thank you......I didn't even think about it...it was just something I do when I need a certain shape cookie......also takes less time than running to the store LOL I can make a cutter in like 10 min. and the adhesive I have is strong enough to use the cutter in 4 min. but takes 24 hrs. to completely cure....I usually make it the night before I plan on making cookies. I'm very impatient...so this was right up my alley..besides for the 6 bucks I paid for the aluminum and the 4 bucks for the adhesive I can make about 40 cutters...at least...for 10 bucks......40 cents a piece?? For custom cutters?? I can handle that!! lol Thanks for all the positive feedback!
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post #15 of 47
Thank you so much for posting this !!! I've heard of people making their own cookie cutters, but wasn't really sure how they did it. Now I know a cheap AND easy way to do it.

THANKS !!! icon_biggrin.gif
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