I already knew I wanted the shape of a classic pointe shoe, and I wanted to hang them from a small white Christmas tree on the dessert table. So I headed to Lowe's in search of likely materials, and was surprised at how easy it turned out to be. To make your own cookie cutter, you'll need:
Homemade Cookie Cutter Materials:
- aluminum flashing (in the roofing section of your local hardware store)
- some scissors you don't care about making seriously dull, or tin nips if you want an excuse to buy a new tool
- pliers (I just used small jewelry pliers I already had)
- metal adhesive or epoxy (I used some metal jewelry glue I already had around, but epoxy is easily bought at the hardware store)
- pencil and paper for sketching your idea
- ruler, for tracing a straight line
- utility knife (optional--you could use the scissors instead)
- First, use the ruler and utility knife to score a strip of the aluminum flashing, approximately one inch wide. I just used the width of the ruler. It's important to make the strip perfectly consistently wide, if you want the cookie cutter to work well. Cut the strip using the old scissors you no longer care much about.
- Next, I scored another line a few millimeters in from the edge of my strip, and used the pliers to bend it over to create a smoother edge so the cookie cutter wouldn't also be a hand cutter. This worked fairly well, but next time I make a cookie cutter, I think I'll skip this step and instead try running a bead of caulk or glue on the top edge.
- Use a paper and pencil to sketch a to-scale version of the cookie cutter shape you'd like to make. Carefully bend your strip of aluminum to match the shape of your sketch. I mostly used my hands, but sometimes the pliers came in handy, especially for sharp turns.
- Trim off any excess aluminum, but be sure to leave some overlap for gluing the ends together. Glue the overlapped portion with an adhesive designed to work with metal. Use the clamp to hold the edges tightly together while it dries.