What happens when you can’t find just the right cookie cutter? You Google “How to make a cookie cutter”. And if you’re like me – you are delivered to tens of search results that are too difficult, too expensive, or require too much time for glue to dry. That is what happened to me in 2012 when I was searching of – ahem – bachelorette themed cookie cutters for my good friend’s wedding. So what did I do? I combined the wisdom from a lot of those posts and experimented until I came up with my own glue – free method.
Since that year I’ve used this tutorial on how to make a cookie cutter several times. It is a fan favorite in my house because the sky’s the limit! We can make everything from super heroes to band logos. If you’re interested in DIY cookie cutters you’ve come to the right place. This method uses an aluminum roasting pan rather than smaller items like aluminum cans, so that I can make more complicated shapes. It is also dishwasher safe because there is no glue to dissolve or melt!
What You Need:
- Heavy disposable aluminum roasting pan
- Heavy duty scissors
- Paper and pen
How To Make a Cookie Cutter:
- Begin by drawing the shape of your cookie cutter on paper in the size you want to achieve.
- Using your scissors, cut the bottom out of the roasting pan. If the pan you’re using has ridges, use a roller to flatten it.
- Cut 1″ strips out of the bottom of the pan. Try and keep these straight, as the cutting edge of your cutter will need to be. Flatten these as well.
- Fold the strip the long way about 1/3 of the way down. This creates a nice smooth edge to protect you from being cut while using the cutter.
- Now, begin to make the cookie cutter but moving and bending the strip along the design that you drew. Use pliers, fingers, whatever works for you to get all the right bends in all the right places. If your strip isn’t long enough, skip to step 6 and use the tab-and-slot method to join another strip to yours. Then continue to shape!
- At the end of your cutter, overlap about 1″. Using your scissors, cut a tab into one end, and a slit into the other. Push the tab into the slit and bend the tab back on itself. This way your cutter stays together (even through the dishwasher!) with no glue.
- Use your cutter and bake some cookies!