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Do you have a picky eater?

My 3 year old has got to be the pickiest eater ever. A year ago she was diagnosed with celiac disease so her food options are limited. Add her super picky eating habits on top of that and it is a wonder that eats anything at all. Anyways, a while back I got this great idea. i thought that if I could find some cookie cutters and cut her food up into fun bite-sized shapes, she might just eat more. I searched all over the local stores (which in my small town was a total of 3) but all I could find were larger cookie cutters. Then I happened to stumble upon a wonderful site called Bubbly Nature. While there I found these delicious looking Veggie Goldfish.





The goldfish were made using a strip of a soda can bent in the shape of a fish. This inspired me to make my own cookie cutters.


Here are the supplies needed to make your own cookie cutters.


  1. Soda can
  2. Scissors
  3. Super glue or tape (I used super glue. I'm not really sure if it is safe but I figured it would not actually be touching the food)

Before starting you need to rinse the can out and let it dry. Once your can is dry cut off the top and bottom of your can then cut a slit from top to bottom so that you have one large tin sheet. Cut off any sharp edges and then start cutting the can into 1/2 inch strips.

Cutting the can lengthwise will make larger cookie cutters, while cutting them from top to bottom will make smaller ones. I cut mine lengthwise but then decided these were too large and cut each strip in half.
Once you have all of your strips start bending them into shapes and glue or tape the ends together.

Voila... your very own mini cookie cutters.

These should be dishwasher safe although I would put them in a dishwasher basket so that they do not get banged up and bent in the dishwasher.

If you do attempt to make these, the edges are fairly sharp so I would recommend wearing gloves. Or you can do like I do and use the flat part of a spatula to push on them.


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53 comments:

  1. I really like yours too!!! Thanks for linking up... I'm lovin your blog!

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  2. @Rachel
    Thanks. It is such a great idea. I'm so glad you posted it.

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  3. WOW, what a super cute idea Ÿ I will be trying this. Thanks for the inst..

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  5. Great idea, this will come in handy at Christmas when sugar cookies are all I want to eat.

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  6. Cute idea! I never would have thought of using a pop can for a cookie cutter!!
    I'd love it if you'd link up with me:
    http://itssewforyou.blogspot.com/2011/02/fabric-wall-art.html

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  7. Super cute idea. Love the shapes you used. TFS!

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  8. @Its Sew For You
    I would have never thought of it either.

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  9. Really neat idea! I will have to try these.

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  10. Such a great idea! I would love to feature this on my blog, Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Thanks!

    http://reuseandupcycle.blogspot.com

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  11. Wow, what an amazing idea!! Have to file that one away in my head! :)

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  12. I love the thought of being to make my own cookie cutter shapes!!! Quick and easy! i am highlighting this idea at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  13. Genius!! I've been wanting to make my own cookie cutters but I didn't have any copper strips laying around--aluminum cans I have plenty of! Thanks!

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  14. Nice post. A new follower from Thrifty Thursday. See you in my page.

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  15. Wow! What a great idea! I will have to share this with my sister who collects all kinds of cookie cutters. I found out (after trial and error) that a Pampered Chef can opener will take the top (and maybe the bottom?) off of a can so there is no 'lip' anymore. Not sure that would be helpful to you or not. But there ya go! :)

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  16. What a great idea! I am going to make some of my own! No more spending on cookie cutters.

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  17. What a great idea! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  18. This is such a great idea! You could make practically any shape you want. I would love for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link parties!

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  19. Ingenious! I never would have thought of this!!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

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  20. We have so much in common: my 3 year old is GF as well. This is a great idea...He's been GF for a year and still misses goldfish crackers.

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice. Be sure to list your link party at my library button on my header. That page always gets a ton of hits...

    <3
    n

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  21. finally - I used to make these uber colorful Christmas Light Cookies - until I got sick of cutting each individual cookie for lack of a really good cookie cutter - now I have 9 months to plan for the return of the neighborhood's favorite cookie!

    (okay, that *might* be exaggerating just a tad... since I've never made them while living in this neighborhood...)

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  22. I enjoyed your post I am a collector of cookie cutters of all types

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  23. This is great! I was just thinking yesterday that I needed to figure out a way to make my own cutters. And NOW I know:)

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  24. I love this idea! So creative! Thanks for becoming my newest follower, I am yours as well! I linked up my Rag Wreath Tutorial to your Monday link party. Thanks again for stopping by! Can't wait to follow along with your other new great ideas!

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  25. Awesome idea! I am going to have to try this!

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  26. oh fabulous!! Im definitely going to try and make these for sure!! I've been looking high and low for little baby clothes.. You've given me a fab idea!!

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  27. Oh my gosh! How totally clever!!! I love this idea!

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  28. I never even realized you could make your own cookie cutters. I hope it helps her eat more. I was a picky eater too and this would have helped. Thanks for linking up to Creation Mondays @ ~The Life of Me~!

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  29. This is an especially great idea for custom shapes. I searched for a long time for the right one for a party I threw once. This idea would have saved me time and money!

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  30. That's a brilliant use of materials! Thanks so much for linking up!

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  31. These are sooo cool~ Love that you made that out of empty soda cans.. so clever! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo party!

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  32. That is ingenious! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

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  33. this is brilliant! thanks for a great tutorial!

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  34. What a great idea. Who knew? Thanks so much for linking up to the Swing into Spring party.

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  35. Thanks so much for linking this great idea to Make Something Mondays!! Can't wait to see what you have next week!

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  36. Wow! you made your own cutters! very cool!

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  37. TOTALLY rad girl. I LOVE this idea, VERY VERY VERY much!! Thanks for making it so easy to learn.

    I'm totally going to feature this on my facebook page.

    Come say hi sometime!! Bella Before and After , and if you want to win an Avocado Painting, come enter myGIVEAWAY HERE, I really appreciate the support.

    Hugs,
    Bella :)

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  38. This is such a great idea and good use of those cans! Featured this today! http://memakingdo.blogspot.com/2011/03/featuring-you-friday_11.html
    Have a great weekend!

    Heather @ Me Making Do

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  39. This is such a great idea! I'd love for you to come link up to the current <a href="http://whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com>Weekend Wander</a> if you get a chance.

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  40. Oh how I wish I had known this trick a week ago! I used a cardboard template to some custom cookies, but this would have cut them so much cleaner! Thanks for sharing.

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  41. What a great idea! Have you tried anything to make the top edge less sharp? I wonder if you could fold the top edge over before shaping them?

    I'd love to have you share this at my For the Kids Link Party! Come by and see what we're doing. You are sure to find something fun!

    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com

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  42. Jamie, super great way to be creative with your daughters food limitations. My daughter and I both have Celiac. She was diagnosed as a teenager so I didn't have that same problem but it's not fun. :) I am a new follower and I am enjoying reading through your posts!
    Alwayssewlove

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  43. Spread the word!!! You're on Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest! http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/cookware/make-your-own-cookie-cutters-from-old-soda-cansdiy-home-sweet-home-project-141949

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  44. This is a wonderful idea ... where I'm at its practically impossible to get cookie cutters at a reasonable price ... I'd love to try my hand at making my own!!!

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  45. Flippin' brilliant! My quest for unusual cookie cutter shapes is no more! You rock!

    New follower,
    Jenn

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  46. I'll never have the excuse that I don't have the right shape of cookie cutter again. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this awesome tutorial! I love the idea of making cookie cutters from aluminum cans :0) I just finished soda can crafts round-up and just couldn't help but feature your cookie cutters!! You can see it here:

    http://jamiebrock.hubpages.com/hub/aluminum-can-crafts-round-up

    Thank you again for sharing!

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  48. oh wow this is a great idea to make ur own cutters at home.My husbands birthday is next month and im planning a Jeep themed party for him because he loves jeeps and i was looking for a jeep cutter but they are difficult to find and there i found ur blog and what an idea it is....Thanks a million :)...have a nice day

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