How to Make a Bone Cookie Cutter

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How to Make a Bone Cookie Cutter
You can make your own dog biscuits with a homemade cookie cutter. (dog biscuits image by Greg Pickens from

If you plan on making your own dog biscuits, or simply want a fun option for making cookies, a dog bone cookie cutter comes in handy. If you can't find one, you can get a cookie cutter kit and make it yourself, or you can assemble the supplies on your own and make one from scratch. This is not a difficult project, but it may be hard to get the cutter shape perfect, and the cookies themselves may change shape slightly when they get baked.

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Things you need

  • Copper ribbon, 1 inch wide, or another type of thin metal strip (length depends on the cookie cutter size desired)
  • Tin snips
  • Needle nose or round nose pliers
  • Small round object, for shaping the metal
  • 2 clothespins
  • Sandpaper
  • Epoxy adhesive
  • Bone template (optional)

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  1. 1

    Draw a bone shape on a piece of paper, with the exact size and shape you would like the cookie cutter to be. A typical bone shape has two straight, parallel lines with heart-shaped curves at each end. You can also find a bone image online and print it out.

  2. 2

    Take sandpaper to the cut edges of your metal strip to make sure there are no sharp, irregular edges.

  3. 3

    Place the metal strip on its edge, on the bone image. Hold it in place along the top line of the bone. At the first corner where the straight line meets the heart-shaped curves, use the pliers and bend the metal outward.

  4. 4

    Put a round object, like a small bottle of correcting fluid, where you would like the curve to be, and bend the copper around it until you have a partial-circle shape. Use the pliers to bend the copper again, and repeat this process so that you have the copper shaped into two partial circles.

  5. 5

    Continue placing the metal strip along the image of the bone so you have another straight line parallel to the first line. Repeat Step 4 when you reach the end of the straight line, to create two more partial circles at the other end of the bone.

  6. 6

    Cut the excess metal strip if there is a large amount, but leave enough so you have some overlap to glue together to keep the metal strip in place.

  7. 7

    Glue the overlapping metal on the outside of the cutter, and then use the clothespins to hold it in place while the glue dries. Make sure the glue is completely dry, and then wash the cookie cutter with soap and hot water before using it.

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