When I made it, I used very crappy pliers, a chopstick and a soldering iron. Even though I was very excited to have my own custom cookie cutter and wanted to encourage people to make their own, it just didn’t look beginner friendly.
After spending some time trying to figure out a way to make it easier, I finally came up with a method to make a handmade metal cutter/shaper.
- *Wilton’s circle metal cutter (I used a 3 inch diameter circle)
- Pliers (needle nose pliers are the best for this, but you can use any pliers)
- A couple of pipe cleaners
- Markers in two different colors
- Scotch tape
*about the circle metal cutter
Q. Can I use any circle metal cutter?
A. If it’s thin enough, yes, but I highly recommend Wilton’s circle metal cuter for this project. It’s CHEAP (69 cents each) and EXTREMELY MALLEABLE. Many cookie cutters are way too sturdy and you won’t be able to bend it. You can order them online or you can find a place that carries Wilton’s product near you on the official website of Wilton.
EDIT: Just to be clear… IF YOU CAN’T EASILY BEND THE CUTTER WITH YOUR FINGERS, THIS METHOD MIGHT NOT WORK!
1. One side of the circle cutter is very sharp. Please make sure to tape the sharp side all around it with scotch tape before you begin so you won’t cut yourself.
2. Put a pipe cleaner around the metal cutter. (I used two for a 3-inch circle.)
3. Cut the excess pipe cleaner, twist it around and make it into a loop.
4. Make a shape of whatever you want with the loop. I made, what else, Totoro!
5. With one of the markers, mark where the pipe cleaner is bent INWARD, and with the other marker, mark where the pipe cleaner is bento OUTWARD. This will be your bending guide. If you’re making a complicated shape, trace the shape of the pipe cleaner on a piece of paper so you’ll have a reference when you shape the metal cutter. I didn’t do it because I can draw a shape of Totoro with my eyes closed.
6. Make the pipe cleaner back into a loop.
7. Put the loop over the metal cutter, and mark the cutter. Make sure to use the same colors you used for bending inward/outward on the pipe cleaner.
8. Using the pliers, lightly bend the cutter inward and outward where you put the marks on. And repeat the bending process with a little more force, adjusting the shape.
9. Take the tape off and you have a handmade cutter/shaper!
It took me about 30 minutes from start to finish! You can use the sharp side as a cookie cutter, or any food cutter. Now I can make an army of Totoro food! I’m going to try using this cutter / shaper and post results later!
If you have any questions about any of my how-to’s, please feel free to leave a comment or email me!