If you know me well, this wont come as much of a shock but I have a confession to make. I have a cookie cutter problem. Big ones, small ones, tin, copper, aluminum, 3D printed, shiny, dull, coated it really doesn’t matter. My husband just recently turned a mostly unused coat closet into a closet to house my cookie cutters.
As much as I love cookie cutters, some of them can be really expensive to a small piece of metal. My family is so kind as to call me frugal, thrifty, and resourceful instead of cheap, which might be more accurate. I can’t always justify $5 + for a cutter that I might only use once a year. I needed an inexpensive and relatively easy way to make my own cookie cutters. My husband declined my request for a 3D printer.
So the research began….
Arty McGoo’s dad makes them out of tin cans (like the ones green beans and pasta sauce come in). That required me find one of those no sharp can openers for which I’m not willing to spend $15. (I told you…. Cheap).
I found several people making them out of soda cans….. to bending and limiting in size.
Some making them out of folded aluminum roasting pans…. Doesn’t seem cheaper and is a lot of work
Others out of galvanized steel hanger straps…. I didn’t like the holes and wasn’t super sure about food safety
Some repurposing old cookie cutters and reshaping…. Again limiting
They make kits you can buy, but the material seems a bit expensive and I would constantly be ordering more material.
Then I stumbled upon a YouTube video, which I can no longer find. Her method seemed simple enough and the material suitable, but seemed to leave out some safety elements.
So I have (hopefully) improved upon her idea.
What you will need to make your own:
UNCOATED aluminum roof flashing – it comes in a roll in the roofing section at home depot
Cheap gloves – I use the 99 cent winter ones from the big box stores
Pliers -(not pictured because I’m a forgetful dork)
Food safe or non toxic marker – a Sharpie will work, but won’t wash off
Food safe or non toxic adhesive – I’ve been using Scotch tape (also not pictured)
A rule or other straight edge
Metal file or wet stone
Cutter design – you can print this one or design your own
First, put on your gloves. It will keep your hands from getting cut. Then, unroll the flashing very carefully. The edges can be sharp and it kind of pops open like a biscuit can.
From here, I went ahead and cut off about 2 feet of the flashing and rolled the rest up and put it away. I think it’s easier to work with a small section.
Next, take your ruler and marker and mark a .75 -1 inch section lengthwise. You could do this for the whole section if you like. Then cut them out.
Once you have your piece cut, take your wet stone or file and file the strip(s) making sure that you are filing off the burs and making them dull so you don’t cut yourself making cookies or finishing the cutter.
When you are satisfied with your design snip off the extra and bind together. I wrap a little Scotch tape around it, but you could use anything non toxic or food safe or even put in a rivet.
Once you’re all done give them a good wash or run through the dish washer.
I will probably still cut cookies with a paper towel in my glove when I use these just in case, but since the filing mine were way less sharp and I was less scared of them.
I’ve tried to fold over the top to make it safer, but then the metal is thick and doesn’t like being bent as much.