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A Shaped Sandwich Makes a GREAT Kids Sandwich!

Updated on April 6, 2014

How to Make a Shaped Sandwich for your Kids

Learn how to use sandwich cutters for lunch and teatime fun! Do you want to make something a little more inspiring for your kids' lunchboxes than limp, soggy sandwiches? Do you have trouble getting them to eat their sarnies at all, no matter how yummy you try to make them? Or perhaps they love sandwiches already, but you simply want to have some fun!

Shaped food of any kind is always a hit with kids. While shaped pre-packaged food is not always that healthy, making your own shaped sandwiches is easy and you have full control over the content, so can make them as healthy as you want! All you need is a selection of cookie cutters or sandwich cutters.

The trend of Bento is also growing in popularity, where the food in a lunchbox is turned into a wonderful miniature scene, so if you're inspired to try this, a shaped sandwich is a great place to start. Shaped sandwiches are also ideal for children's parties and other events!

Photo Credit: Heart Shaped Sandwich Lunch by anotherlunch.com via Flickr Creative Commons

Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

How to Make your Shaped Sandwich

1. Use your cookie cutter to cut out the shape from two slices of bread. Do this before filling the sandwich, so there is no waste. Some cutters are made with two-in-one shapes, so you can cut both halves of the sandwich from one slice of bread.

2. Butter the bread and add your filling!

3. You can also decorate the top of your sandwich - for example, use raisins for eyes, slither of carrot for a mouth and so on.

4. Waste not want not - save the leftover bread and whizz it in a food mixer to make breadcrumbs. You can freeze batches if you're not going to use them right away. Or take them out and feed the ducks!

Photo Credit: Star Sandwich by PrettyKiku via Flickr Creative Commons

Sandwich Cutter Options!

The sky's the limit when it comes to the choice of cookie cutters these days. So whatever your child is into, you'll probably be able to find a cutter relating to it - from popular themed characters, animals and themed objects, to seasons, shapes, letters, party themes and more!

Lunch Punch Transport Shape Sandwich Cutters (Set of 4)
Lunch Punch Transport Shape Sandwich Cutters (Set of 4)

Make a zoom-tastic lunch with this set of cute vehicle cutters! Great for boys and girls who love cars and trains. You can get creative with these and decorate the tops of the sandwiches, too! Or turn them into characters, like Thomas the train.

 
Munchkin Silly Sandwich Cutter Set, 3 count
Munchkin Silly Sandwich Cutter Set, 3 count

Silly shapes always get a giggle! Make fun silly sandwiches with these wiggly cutters. Great for parties too!

 
CuteZCute Animal Friends Food Deco Cutter and Stamp Kit
CuteZCute Animal Friends Food Deco Cutter and Stamp Kit

For super cute sandwiches why not try these animal friends face cutters and stamp kit? Have fun with your kids creating the faces with yummy fillings and toppings!

 
Evriholder Butterfly Bytes Sandwich Crust Cutters, 2-Pack, Red and Blue
Evriholder Butterfly Bytes Sandwich Crust Cutters, 2-Pack, Red and Blue

The classic butterfly cutter - a lovely sandwich in itself, and especially great if you love Alice in Wonderland - bread and butterfly sandwiches anyone?

 
Evriholder 90420 Sesame Street Crust Cutter with 4 Stamps
Evriholder 90420 Sesame Street Crust Cutter with 4 Stamps

This is fun (and a bit different!) - this kit cuts off the crusts from your sandwich and then adds funny Sesame Street faces to the bread using the stamps!

 

8 Ideas for Shaped Sandwich Themes

  1. General shapes - hearts, stars, flowers, squares, circles, ovals, hexagons, clouds
  2. Animals, birds and insects
  3. Princess shapes - crowns, tiaras, dress, Disney Princess cutters
  4. Fairy shapes - stars, wands, wings, butterflies, treasure chest
  5. Pirate shapes - skull, pirate ship, pirate hat, large coins, treasure chest, parrot, flag
  6. Party shapes - cake, cupcake, balloon, candle, present
  7. Movie and TV shapes - be creative here! If there are no cookie cutters available from the show or film, use shapes associated with it. For example, alien, planet or star for Doctor Who; apple, wolf or chess piece for the Twilight Saga; playing card, rose, heart, club, spade, diamond, cat for Alice in Wonderland
  8. Seasonal shapes - change the shapes in your child's lunchbox month by month! Strawberry for July, pumpkin for October, Christmas Tree for December, egg for March or April, snowman for January, sun for August and so on!

Heart Shaped Sandwich

The easiest place to start is with a simple shape. A heart shape is lovely for little girls! You could carry on the theme with a red filling, such as jam, and top with half a strawberry.

Or go for a ham and tomato filling and top with half a tomato - the more heart-shaped the better!

Other great shapes include circles and ovals (make them into funny faces), triangles or diamonds (make patterns with them), flowers (make a garden scene with a bed of veggies and salad for grass, leaves and so on) and stars (combine with a circle to make a moon and stars platter).

Photo Credit: Heart Shaped Sandwich by Melissa via Flickr Creative Commons

Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

Heart Shaped Kids Sandwich Cutter

Evriholder Products Sweet Bytes Crust Cutter, Colors May Vary
Evriholder Products Sweet Bytes Crust Cutter, Colors May Vary

Make your sandwiches sweet as pie with this double heart sandwich cutter!

 

Kids Sandwich Cutters - Shapes

Here are some more great ideas for shaped sandwich designs.

Cooking Concepts Star Shaped Crust & Sandwich Cutter
Cooking Concepts Star Shaped Crust & Sandwich Cutter

Be the star of lunchtime with this star cutter! Make a starry night sky with a circle for a moon.

 
Fox Run 3621 Flower Cookie Cutter Set, Stainless Steel, 6-Piece
Fox Run 3621 Flower Cookie Cutter Set, Stainless Steel, 6-Piece

Use these cool flower cutters to create an array of sandwich flowers, and create a garden plate with watercress for grass, lettuce for leaves, spring onions for stalks and anything else you can think of!

 

Dinosaur Shaped Sandwich

Photo Credit: Dinosaur Sandwich by Kilrothi via Flickr Creative Commons

Dinosaurs are great for boys or girls, and especially helpful in getting kids to eat their sarnies! There is a great dinosaur sandwich cutter available as well as other tools, so you can theme a whole meal or party if you wanted to, with dinosaur cookies and chocolates as well as the healthy stuff!

Speaking of which, you have the perfect excuse to add in lots of extra salad and veg, making up the "undergrowth" that the dinosaur lives in!

Dinosaur Kids Sandwich Cutter

EvriHolder DynoBytes Sandwich Crust Cutter (assorted colors)
EvriHolder DynoBytes Sandwich Crust Cutter (assorted colors)

Make your sandwiches a roaring success with this groovy dino sandwich cutter!

 

Kids Sandwich Cutters - Animal Shapes

Of course, it's not just dinosaurs that will get your kids tucking into their lunch - all kinds of animals are available as cutters! Whether you are catering for lunch for one, or a party for a whole class, there is something ideal for you - the cutters come as singles or in packs of various designs!

Try a zoo lunch, farmyard tea, ocean picnic or dinosaur party - team with delicious fillings, sit back, and wait for your creations to be devoured!

R & M International Best Selling Set of 6 Dinosaur Cookie Cutters - Great for Baking, Sandwich Cut-outs and Crafts
R & M International Best Selling Set of 6 Dinosaur Cookie Cutters - Great for Baking, Sandwich Cut-outs and Crafts

More dino fun with this selection of prehistoric giants, for a historic lunch! Make a few salad and veg trees and terrains for the sarnies to sit on, too!

 
Fox Run 36008 Zoo Animal Cookie Cutter Set, Tin-Plated Steel, 5-Piece
Fox Run 36008 Zoo Animal Cookie Cutter Set, Tin-Plated Steel, 5-Piece

Make a zoo-themed tea with these great animal cutters. Great for taking on a picnic to the zoo!

 
Fox Run 3651 Farm Animal Cookie Cutter Set, Stainless Steel, 7-Piece
Fox Run 3651 Farm Animal Cookie Cutter Set, Stainless Steel, 7-Piece

Or if you're heading to the countryside or the farm, these farm animal shaped cutters are perfect too!

Use them at home to make a farmyard platter for an animal party, or use a few for lunchtime yumminess!

 

Character Shaped Sandwich

Have sandwich fun with your kids' favourite character from books, films and TV! Look for themed cookie cutters, such as Disney and other cartoons.

This Winnie the Pooh sandwich would be great with yummy honey spread inside!

Popular characters like Hello Kitty, Thomas the Tank Engine and Mickey Mouse have plenty of cookie and sandwich cutters available with their faces or shapes.

But if you can't find an actual cookie cutter of your child's favourite, you could look for shaped cutters of objects that are relevant to the theme, such as a wand for a fairy or an alien shape for Ben 10.

Don't just think about cartoon characters - what about favourite themes? Princesses, pirates, fairies, teddy bears - all available in cutter form!

Photo Credit: Winnie the Pooh Sandwich by Dale Lane, via Flickr Creative Commons

Shaped Sandwiches for a Kids Bento Lunch

Photo Credit: Bento Lunch by Sakurako Kitsa via Flickr Creative Commons

Bento is a boxed meal, that is art as well as a healthy meal. Originating in Japan, it consists of a healthy lunch in a box, made to resemble cute characters in a cute setting.

Make faces, characters, people, animals and anything else that grabs your imagination out of a sandwich, and build an entire lunchbox around them! For example, use fruit and vegetables as rocks, bushes and other landscape features to accompany an animal sandwich.

You can buy Bento boxes to put the lunch in, which have divided sections in which to put the different elements of your Bento meal.

Bento Recipes

Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches
Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches

Oh, boy obento! These cute, yummy, healthy lunches are all the rage in Japan, where mothers think of them as an expression of love for their children. Yum-Yum Bento Box is one of the first cookbooks in English devoted to these healthy and adorable meals they're fresh, they're tasty, and they're almost too cute to eat!

Each step-by-step recipe in Yum-Yum Bento Box is simple and adaptable. Readers will learn how to form their favorite foods into a variety of shapes from zebras, panda bears, and monkeys to kitties, piggies, and puppy dogs. Chapters include instructions for classic bento boxes and character-driven bentos (called Kyaraben), plus shopping advice, general tips and tricks, and much more. Stop wasting money on prepackaged lunches and start making beautiful, healthy bentos!

 

Shaped Sandwich VS Normal Sandwich!

Are you into shaped sandwiches? Are they hot or not? Tell us why!

Shaped sandwich or normal sandwich?

Shaped sandwich - what fun!

Shaped sandwich - what fun!

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    • CharMarie 4 years ago

      I think they're a great idea! My little grand-daughted already loves her sandwiches, but I think these would really "tickle her"!

    • Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I prefer a regular sandwich, but I love making the shaped sandwiches for my kids. They think it is cool, and if it puts a smile on their face I am all for it!

    • Croyds1011 4 years ago

      This is really innovative

    • annayjo 4 years ago

      shaped is so much more exciting!!

    • moonlitta 4 years ago

      Normal is boring! I'd have each day a different shaped sandwich.

    • moonlitta 4 years ago

      Normal is boring! I'd have each day a different shaped sandwich.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      this is cool but how can i get it

    • maryseena 4 years ago

      normal when busy but a shaped one is great and worth the extra effort.

    • norma-holt 4 years ago

      Well, this is a great idea. I want one,

    • veldagtz 4 years ago

      i love this, it will be a new experience for kids sandwich

    • mueedahmad 4 years ago

      Shaped sandwich is very interesting.

    • Keepingscore 5 years ago

      Great lens!!!

    • WebWriteGirl LM 5 years ago

      what a fun lens!

    • miaponzo 6 years ago

      Shaped is way more fun!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes they are so much fun and give me a smile on my face!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Shaped sandwich is a great idea. If I try making a sandwich in shape of my 4 year old son's favorite cartoon may be he wont make as much fuss eating as he does.

    • tssfacts 6 years ago

      Let's take the boring out of sandwiches.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Let's get artistic!

    • IscahDesigns 6 years ago

      You're right...the healthiest sandwich could be disguised as something fun for kids to eat!!! *shock* :D Great lens! Love it!

    • Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      You secret is indeed safe with me Sylvestermouse, I secretly love them too!! :)

    • Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Your right! My children always loved shaped sandwiches. Don't tell anyone else, but I like mine shaped too We can just keep that little secret between you and me, okay?

    • poutine 7 years ago

      They are cute!

    • hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      any shape!

    Normal sandwich, I'm not into playing with my food!

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      • whats4dinner 5 years ago

        For the kids, the shaped sandwiches would be great as well as for some parties too. As for me though I would like them to be the normal-shaped ones.

      • Deshun Anderson 5 years ago

        how about a normal shaped sandwich, lol. is there such a thing??? Nah, I'll take the normal sandwich even though shaped sandwich seems like fun.

      • Othercatt 6 years ago

        For me, I like them normal so I can get more.

      • Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

        For me, normal will do, they are bigger :)

      Toasted Shaped Sandwiches

      Fun with Toast!

      You can also have fun with toasted sandwiches too, so you can experiment with hot fillings as well as cold! Think melted cheese and ham, roasted vegetables... yum!

      These grilled chocolate hazelnut heart sandwiches with strawberries look delicious. They don't just have to be for the kids - these would be perfect for Valentine's Day!

      You can even buy special toasters that brown words, pictures or the face of a character onto your child's toast - imagine the fun you can have with these! There are several designs available but my favourite has to be the Hello Kitty one below.

      Photo Credit: Toasted heart sandwiches by Dharmabumx via Flickr Creative Commons

      Hello Kitty Toaster

      Hello Kitty 2-Slice Wide Slot Toaster With Cool Touch Exterior
      Hello Kitty 2-Slice Wide Slot Toaster With Cool Touch Exterior

      If you think Hello Kitty is so cute that you just want to eat her up, go right ahead! This colorful 2-slot toaster browns Kitty's sweet face onto every slice of bread. The appliance features 7 shade settings and 4 toasting modes: bagel, defrost, reheat and cancel. Extra-wide slots let you warm thick slices, and a removable crumb tray makes cleanup easy. The decorative cool-touch exterior looks cheerful on your counter top, and has cord storage in the base. Imported. 8Hx7Wx11-1/2L".

       

      Ideas for Shaped Sandwich Fillings and Toppings...

      Ham

      Cheese

      Chicken or turkey

      Roasted veggies

      Peanut butter

      Honey

      Raisins (for eyes)

      Salad beds (for garden and animal themed sarnies)

      Celery or spring onions for flower stalks

      Edible glitter (for stars, diamonds, hearts etc)

      Do you fancy a Shaped Sandwich? - Please Leave your Comments and Feedback Here!

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          Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

          SO cute! Wish my kids were little still! I shared your lens on our G+ page today!

          https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/10673155513900942970...

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          acreativethinker 3 years ago

          These are some great ideas! Very cute. Thanks for sharing. :)

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          ayannavenus 3 years ago

          What fun, will be doing this for my son!

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          CharMarie 4 years ago

          I think they're a great idea! And I love some of the pics you posted of different lunches for the kiddos! Can't wait to try some of these on my grand-daughter!

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          Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

          The kids love these, so yes, I fancy a shaped sandwich! I usually have to cut the crust off for them anyway...

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          norma-holt 4 years ago

          Great lens and beautifully done. Blessed

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          veldagtz 4 years ago

          i like your lens, great

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          mueedahmad 4 years ago

          You have posted a great lens. Keep on working.

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          myamya 4 years ago

          I like your lens, well done! Squidlike

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          whats4dinner 5 years ago

          The kids would love this and it would be fun making these with them too.

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          Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

          My kids love when I do cute things to their sandwiches...fun ideas here! :)

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          seoacrossworld 6 years ago

          very nice!

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          miaponzo 6 years ago

          I sure do.. and I'm HUNGRY too!!!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Yes, I do fancy one or several now that I've seen how cute they are. My little granddaughter would loved a dinosaur shaped sandwich!

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          sidther lm 6 years ago

          Yes, they are yummy and fun! My son is encouraged to 'change' the shape so he takes a little nibble out here and there the whole way round, eventually he eats it- very special as he is so hard to feed!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Happy April Fools Day! This Fool is here to leave you a Special Yummy Angel Blessing!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          This was a great idea for making our toddlers eat properly. Enjoyed reading this lens very much. Thanks for sharing.

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          tssfacts 6 years ago

          What fun. Wish I had this when I was working with kids. I am sure they would really enjoy this. Hey, I think I would enjoy this myself.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I sure do fancy a shaped sandwich ad would love to have one right now. Children would look forward to lunch more than ever with these wonderful surprises in their lunches.

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          happynutritionist 6 years ago

          Such fun! "Blessed" or "Cupid Kissed"...it's after midnight EST, but think I may still be a Cupid Squidoo time:-) Featured on Nutrition SquidAngel.

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          Senora M 6 years ago

          Good thoughts! We have a dinosaur one, but my boys are too small to notice yet!! :)

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          Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

          What an absolutely delightful article. Wonderful.

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          adoptiondesigns 6 years ago

          My kids love shaped sandwiches! I like to make them dinosaurs, hearts and clouds. Great back-to-school lunch box lens!

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          Othercatt 6 years ago

          I should do this to my husbands sandwich when I pack his lunch for work. It would be cute.

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          Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

          These are darling. Your lens is squid angel blessed.

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          DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

          Love 'em! Food dressed up is more fun.

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          Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

          Back to get some ideas for tomorrow's lunch!

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          jdwheeler 6 years ago

          My little girl has just started pre-school and packing our lunch has become very important recently. She will love this new twist.

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          JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          These are absolutely adorable! : )

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          caketech 6 years ago

          These are too cute to eat! My 4 and 6 year old would love them.

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          VSP 7 years ago

          Cute idea added it to my Cambric Tea lens

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          Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

          Fun idea - My kids would love a shaped sandwich.

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          clouda9 lm 7 years ago

          Food is so fun to prepare this way and even better to eat. I like the heart-shaped sandwiches!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Delightful! I definitely am one to play with shapes - starting with the bread? How perfect!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Love it!

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          Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

          These sandwiches are so cute!

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          BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

          Enjoyed this lens so much, what cute ideas - especially the lunchboxes and those ideas! Have to save this one for my granddaughters, when they visit!

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          Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

          @hlkljgk: Aww that is too cute! :D

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

          When my children were in elementary school, I always used metal cookie cutters and shaped their sandwiches. They still talk about that little effort was so special to them.

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          poutine 7 years ago

          Shaped sandwich for kids are super cool.

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          hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

          so cute, we sure do: http://flic.kr/p/62pMmA (syna singing with her 2 kitty cat sammies :)