If there are Groundhog cookie cutters out there, I have never seen one. I also wouldn’t have the cash to buy one if I did. So, when Little Girl wanted her Groundhog’s Day cookies, I had to come up with something made of a material I had around the house.
Unfortunately, I have to say it: if you try this at home and cut yourself on the sharp can, don’t come crying to me because I told you so. Don’t play with sharp objects without proper protection. Aluminum cans are SHARP. Little Girl was not allowed anywhere near this project and Little Guy was napping. Anyway, I don’t have anything sharp enough to cut through the edge of the metal, so I washed out the can and cut off the bottom next.
Then I took off the wrapper and used the can opener along the bottom edge of the can to cut beyond that maddening, impenetrable edge. I widened the new hole with some needle-nose pliers and started cutting up toward the top of the can with my scissors.
My cheap, old, dull scissors were not going to be able to make a hairpin turn when I got to the top inch of the can that I wanted to use for the cutter. So, I angled the cut. It is always easier to cut off more later than to try and put metal back together. Trust me.
This was the tricky part. I had to kind of “filet” what was left of the ribbed part of the can so I could get to the nice smooth cookie-cutter-like part of the can. I made vertical cuts up to the smooth part, about 1/4 inch apart around the entire can, then bent the tabs up so I could cut them off with my scissors. Wear eye protection when cutting off the tabs, they want to fly.
Then I cleaned up the edge of the can with my scissors, checking frequently to make sure that the edge was level all the way around.
Then I used my hands to pinch a little “chin” on one end of the Groundhog’s face.
Then I took my needle-nose pliers, travelled about halfway up from the chin and started crimping the can to make the ears.
Little Girl was really happy with the outcome!