Sunday, 21 October 2012

October DIY Challenge: Halloween Cupcakes!

Week three's challenge was to create Halloween cupcakes and I had so many ideas that I couldn't choose just one. So, whether you are into papercrafts, sewing or just baking here are my four ideas for Halloween cupcakes, hopefully you'll find one that you like!
 
halloween cupcakes felt

Felt Toppers - This design might look like one for the more crafty of you but they're actually really easy to make. All I did was draw out several basic shapes onto felt using a chalk pencil and cut them out. I stitched on a little bit of detail and once I was happy with the designs I glued them together sandwiching a cocktail stick in between. Alternatively if you don't have a sewing kit you can use pens to draw onto the felt instead. These are my favourite of the designs I created for this challenge and I think they would be great for a Halloween party.
 
halloween cupcakes witches

Witches -This design is definitely the messiest make of the bunch as I was unable to get hold of any chocolate covered ice cream cones and had to make my own! To create the hats I cut the ice cream cones down to size, melted some dark chocolate and used a spatula to cover them. I then popped them in the freezer for 10/15 minutes to set. To cover the uneven bottom of the cone and to help them stay in place I used liquorice wheels. I removed the centres so that the cones would fit snug inside. I then used some other sweets to create the hair and face.
halloween cupcakes paper

Paper Toppers - If you don't fancy using felt to make Halloween toppers then why not just make some simple paper ones? I used a circle punch for the basic shapes then decorated with some Halloween sequins/confetti I picked up from Poundland (similar available at Tesco or online from Amazon). I also used some glitter glue, pencils, and a stick on eye but whatever craft supplies you have lying around will do. Once you're done with the decorating you'll just need to do the same as with the felt ones and sandwich a cocktail stick in between the two circles with some glue. For the witches hat I again used a circle punch for the base, made a cone for the top and stuck them together with PVA glue. The broomstick is just a small rectangular piece of black paper cut into a fringe style and wrapped around the cocktail stick with a piece of thread. 
 
halloween cupcakes brains

Brains - This design was taken from ASDA magazine which this month is full of great ideas for Halloween party foods. All you need to do is mix up a pale pink shade and pipe it onto the top of the cake in a squigley shape on each side and a straight line down the centre. You can either use a proper piping bag or just put the icing into a sandwich bag and snip off the corner to make your own. For the blood you will need a smooth red jam (I also added some red food colouring to make it less pink!) which you just add on between the piped icing.
halloweencakes
 If you are hosting a Halloween party this year you can pick up a spooky cake display stand like this one from Poundland!
 
Click here to see Skye's cake decorating ideas.
Will you be making any Halloween cupcakes this year? 

Next week is the final October DIY Challenge so Skye & I are challenging eachother to create Halloween nail art ideas.
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