I’m taking a short break from my Unwrapped: Your Favorite Snack Recipes series, to show you how to make your own cookie cutters!
Yesterday’s post showed how I made my own goldfish crackers. To cut the dough into little fishies, I needed a mini goldfish cookie cutter. I had a large 5″ fish cookie cutter but that wouldn’t work, I needed something about 3/4″ long. I searched online for “mini fish cookie cutter” but the only one I found was $7.99 without shipping costs. There was no way I was going to shell out that much just for this project, so I decided to make my own!! All it took was an aluminum can, scissors/knife, pliers and a stapler.
1. First, I had my husband drink a can of Sprite Zero for me. Then I used a sharp knife to cut off the top and bottom of the can so all that you have left is a strip of aluminum (this part was a little scary and it makes an awful sound. I should’ve had hubbie do this part for me, too!):
2. Cut strip in half lengthwise. Then fold the ends towards the middle. This is so the sharp edges don’t cut into your fingers when you work with it, and makes it extra sturdy:
3. I was able to use mostly my fingers to shape the strip into the shape that I wanted. For corners, it was easier to use pliers to bend:
4. Trim excess aluminum and use a stapler to attach the ends together. Voila!
Cheap, fast and simple. And it does the job well!
This is a great technique if you are ever in a hurry and need a custom shaped cookie cutter!