How to Make Your Own Cookie Cutter (tutorial)

by ilene on April 28, 2011 · 26 comments

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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!

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1 Mel April 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Brilliant technique, Ilene! I will have to use it when I make cookies for Isaac– especially fish-shaped ones!

2 Debbie May 5, 2011 at 6:16 am


3 Julie Bowersett May 5, 2011 at 6:52 am

Visiting today from TCB and enjoying your site very much. Something else that works great to make your own cookie cutter is the serrated strip off of a box of foil. You can peel it off the box and shape it as you suggest in this post. Thanks for all of the inspiration and best of luck on your blog.

4 ilene May 5, 2011 at 9:19 am

Hi Julie! that is a great idea! I never thought of that! I need to make another cookie cutter in the shape of a dog bone for some dog treats that I am making. I’m totally going to use your suggestion! Thanks!!

5 Athina May 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Hi ilene! I’ve just found your blog! I love it! And this tutorial is so useful!!

6 Amy's Cooking Adventures May 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Thank you for this tutorial! This will definitely come in handy! SO often I don’t have the cookie cutter I need!

7 Neda July 22, 2011 at 4:01 am

Big big big LIKE!!! Thanx so much!!!

8 Anonymous November 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm

This is a great idea! My grandson eats gluten free and finally got a fabulous recipe for them. Now I’m trying to figure out how to run or link or mount several of the fish cutters in a row so it’s not such tedious work doing one at a time. Maybe somehow with the serrated strip idea above because it would be a longer piece of metal than the soda can….hmmmm…need my thinking cap for this one!

9 Sarah Conord December 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Thank you so much for this post!!!! I needed a heart-shaped cookie cutter and couldn’t find one due to the season. I made one today and the cookies came out PERFECTLY! Thank you again!

10 raymond moyse January 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm

really great idea In how to recycle and save money but will use tin snips to cut with it has now opened up limitless posabilities to me as I’m an O.A.P it will also help pass the time. thanks ilene.

11 Tiffany February 10, 2013 at 11:11 am

Thank you for the great tutorial! I’ve included this in my weekly roundup of useful sites at Definately going to come in hand 🙂 Great Blog!

12 JakeAbbyBuddysmom July 1, 2013 at 3:59 am

May I ask what you roll these out on? In the picture I see a pan and some type of paper, doesn’t look like parchment nor wax paper- this would sooo save my Corian Countertops- thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes and for the tip on the tin can. Having 3 dogs, treats can get costly- so this is PERFECT for my babies, who range from a 90 lb. lab, a 35lb. husky-lab mix, to my pride and joy a 17 lb. feist. Thanks again!

13 ilene July 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I rolled these on Silpat mats. They are silicone mats that are great for cookies. THere are several other brands, too, but silpat is my favorite.

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