Monday, August 13

Guest Post: DIY Cookie Cutter



Have you ever been in search for a cookie cutter in that special shape and you just couldn't find it? I have Well guess what? Your search is over! Why not make your own cookie cutter! The process is simple, its cheap, and you can finally have that toothless dragon cookie cutter you've always wanted!

Check out my sister's tutorial on how to make your own cookie cutter.


Supplies:
1" Aluminum strip (the aluminum needs to be food safe)
paper and pen to create your shape or a picture.
scissors
string
small pliers and other tools you can use to shape the metal, like a knife sharper.
sandpaper
adhesive (I used a 2.8 Oz J-B Stik Weld since it was safe for drinking water)

Sketch out your design for the cookie cutter


Fold sketch in half, and cut out sketch

 
Trace sketch to a new piece of paper

 
Measure the pattern using a piece of string to find the length of aluminum you will need.


 Use the string to find out where you want to cut the aluminum.


 Cut the aluminum using pliers or scissors. Be sure to add about 1 inch to allow for overlay.

 
Shape the aluminum using the sketch as your guide. The aluminum is pretty soft so for most of the parts you can just use your fingers. For corners, use small pliers and round the shape by going around a knife sharpener.



Once you finish your cookie cutter should look like your pattern, don't worry if it matches exactly.

 
To secure the cookie cutter, first use sandpaper to scorn the metal
 

Mix the adhesive and apply to the 1 in overlay.



Use pliers to keep the adhesive together, or if you’re really fancy, you can use clamps if you have them.



Once the adhesive is dry. Clean your cookie cutters with soap and warm water and they are ready to use!



14 comments:

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  2. how do you know if the aluminum is food safe?

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    1. Just make sure it is not coated with anything. When you search online, start with "cookie cutter aluminum" and it will direct you to Aluminum re-fill kits. These have no coating. If your using aluminum flashing from the Hardware store just make sure it is not coated with coated with a chemical treating as this will probably make it less than safe to use on food.

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  3. You can also take a cookie cutter that is similar to the shape you like and, using a pliers, re-shape it. As an English teacher, I'm always looking for a way to connect mainstream holidays with literary ones, and since John Keats's birthday falls on Halloween, I thought it would be the perfect way to celebrate on a day when kids don't want to work, and still do something academic. So every year on Halloween, I hold a birthday party for John Keats. For the occasion, a bunch of years ago, I got my artist-sister to re-form a turkey cookie cutter to the silhouette of John Keats and I bake John Keats cookies for my students. Yup, pretty cool stuff for an English teacher!

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    1. That is pretty cool of you, Annie! John Keats cookies! :)

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  4. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
    Desi

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  5. Hi Robyn! Where did you get the information that the J-B stik was safe for drinking water? There is a low toxicity level with the product- it is not considered non toxic. ? Please show your source for safety as I'd like to try this product myself, the way in which you demonstrated it! :) The MSDS for the J-B products is here- http://jbweld.net/techinfo/index.php

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    1. By reading the J-B Stick safety information it says "Very low toxicity if swallowed. Harmful effects not anticipated from swallowing small amounts" Since you will never actually swallow it and only a very small portion will even come into contact with the food, my sister decided it would be safe.

      If you are not comfortable with that. I have also seen cookie cutters where you punch a rivet into the aluminum to secure it.

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  6. ~*Thank you for sharing your tutorial on cookie cutter making!*~

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  8. Good art work done!! Let me try this stuff at home..

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  9. Dear Blogger,
    Pls. let me know, can i use this technique for making moulds for polymer clay?
    sachintanwar@rediffmail.com

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