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20 October 2014

Simple and Sweet Batty Hairpins (for PENNIES!~)

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Everybody welcome our jewelry girl Aki back for another fun and simple tutorial!!
 Make sure you check out Minted Strawberry where Aki has LOADS of fun tutorials like this one!

Easy Batty Hairpins

I love repurposing Halloween items into wearable accessories - these plastic skull earrings and dainty insect earrings are among them. Today, I'll be showing you how to make these batty hairpins to adorn your mane.


  • Plastic bat rings
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue gun
  • Felt
  • Spray paint
  • Hairpins
  • Scissors

First, get some plastic bat rings. These run for a dollar a bag at the dollar store. 
The ones from above I got at Target's dollar spot.

I also had ones from Dollar Tree leftover from the skull earrings craft years ago. As you can see they do look a bit different from each other - I guess it's up to you if you want to go for the cutesy one (Target) or the more batty-looking one. I don't know which one I like more so I ended up making them both into gold hairpins!

Get your wire cutters and cut the ring part - it's really easy with wire cutters, but if not, 
scissors would work too, you just have to do some sanding after to completely flatten the backside out. 

Now get some spray paint and color them, starting with the backside first. 
I always do the backside first to ensure the front won't get ruined when spraying.
 I chose gold and silver and once I get some metallic copper I will do a set in that as well. ;)

Now take some felt, cut a small strip and sandwich it between the prongs of your hairpin, 
making sure it's somewhat skewed (unless you want your bats to be completely parallel to your hairpin). 
Apply some hot glue or even E6000, attach your bat and wait for it to dry. 

Now wasn't that as easy as pie? I think both bat hairpins turned out nice, but I might make more of the Dollar Tree ones just because they look more realistic. Don't want bats? Make some skulls or spiders in the same technique - I'm sure they'll look just as great, the spiders especially!

Have a fun time crafting!


Thanks Aki!  You are SO the queen of making cheap dollar store items look FANTASTIC!

Visit Aki's {amazing and OH so cute} blog at Minted Strawberry, then go give her a little love on facebook or pinterest

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17 October 2014

They Aren't all Success Stories...

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Just in case you were wondering...

Yes, many crafts don't make it paint the "idea" stage.
The recycle bins sees a lots of fails.
Keep trying.  You will get it.

13 October 2014

Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

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Our celebrations expert here at the Nest is back today to share a simple and sweet little edible craft for Halloween.  I love the way Nikki describes it -- "dead simple, but it totally works and is charming".  

So roll on out the gum paste and get ready to get crafting with Nikki of

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

This cupcake topper tutorial is the culinary equivalent of making a ghost costume by cutting a few holes in a white sheet.  

It's dead simple, but it totally works and is charming.

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

Materials and Equipment Needed:

--Gum Paste (I like Satin Ice Brand)
--rolling pin
--round cookie cutter (THIS SET is awesome)
--black food coloring
--small, clean paint brush

Start by creating a basic form to go under your ghostly, edible sheet.  Just make it rounded at the top (like a head, and wider and flatter at the base.  Make them taller, make them shorter, make them fatter, make them thinner.  It doesn't matter!  It's all going to be covered up by your edible sheet.

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

Thinly roll out some gum paste, and cut into a circle shape.  I used a circle cookie cutter, but you could easily use a drinking glass, or even just freehand cut a circle with a sharp paring knife.  This is the kind of tutorial where you don't have to be careful and precise (my favorite kind!).

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

Drape your circle of gum paste over the gum paste body forms you've already created.  Stretch the gum paste circle down gently, until it reaches the ground, and arrange the folds however you like them.

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

Paint the eyes and mouth (just easy ovals--you've been practicing this since kindergarten!) on with black food coloring.  I have a set of clean, food-safe paintbrushes that I only use for making cakes and cookies, but if you don't, you could easily use a toothpick for this 
paint job.

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

Place on top of a cupcake--homemade or store bought--and impress your friends and family!  

Halloween Craft Project Easy Gum Paste Ghost Cupcake Toppers

BEYOND cute Nikki!!  I think even I could do these, and my self-imposed nickname is "the one who can't do cakes"!  Perfect dessert!
 If you liked this post, you will LOVE Nikki's work over at Tikkido!  
Click her lovely photo to head on over there and don't forget to follow Nikki on facebook, twitter, and pinterest!

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