Halloween Crafts and Cookies
Fun Halloween Crafts and Ideas for Cookie Decorating Using Stencils! Oh my!
If you are an artist or crafter, then this is the time of year that your focus is on Halloween Crafts and projects for decorating the season. As a stencil designer I am always looking for new and creative ways to use stencils. This Halloween I wanted to decorate some cookies with a few scary images. So I drew up some Halloween stencils (a witch, a ghost, a cat, a bat, a skull and a spider) and went to work trying to figure out how to get the images onto a cookie.
(Pssst! Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a list of more Halloween Crafts and ideas. I have added so many and have so many other ideas to put here that I'm just going to list them for you to make it easy on both of us, OK?)
Here’s where I admit that I’m no Betty Crocker. I can’t tell you how many different ways I tried to transfer a perfect image from a stencil onto a cookie. I bet my husband and me each gained 20 pounds eating all the disasters. Not to mention all the money I spent at the grocery store and the local craft supply house. All of this only to find out that the easiest and most obvious way was the best method of all. So, here it is – that is, how to decorate Halloween cookies with stencils. Oh yeah! Don’t miss out on the hints and tips I’ve added at the bottom for some great creative ideas.
Well, first you need to find a few stencil designs that will fit on cookies. There are many Printable Halloween Stencils on the internet. Here are a set of six stencils that are perfect for cookie decorating (these are the ones I mentioned above). All you have to do is print them out and follow these next steps.
Trace the stencils onto a sheet of stencil film such as acetate or mylar. Make sure the images have approximately 2 inches between them. Use a scissors to cut the traced drawings separate of each other with 1 inch of blank space surrounding them.
Since you're getting your Halloween Crafts started, don't miss all the other Free Halloween Stencils!
Use a craft-knife to cut out the objects of each stencil. You have several options for craft-knives. I prefer to use an X-ACTO with a Fine Point Blade. Make sure your blade is sharp at all times or you won’t get a good clean cut. I find it’s easier to rotate the stencil so that you are always cutting with your wrist at a comfortable angle.
Since you are working with food, wash your stencils really well and dry thoroughly.
Bake cookies with your favorite recipe. Since I already admitted that I’m not a baker, I’ll let you know that I used the boxed up ready to go version where you just need to add an egg. But if you are a skilled chef, go ahead and make your goodies from scratch. Sugar cookies work best because they have the smoothest surface after baking. A cookie with too much texture is not going to produce a good stenciled image. I like to slightly flatten the tops of the cookies right after they come out of the oven with a spatula. If the stencil can lay flat on the cookie you’ll get a much better image than if it has to roll over rounded edges. Let the cookies cool.
Prepare your “paint” by adding water to powdered sugar. You want to get a thick consistency that is very smooth. It doesn’t take very much water. The mixture should not drip easily off the end of a spoon. Make colors by adding food coloring. Create black with equal drops of green, red and blue.
If you think this skeleton doll is cute find out about Making an Iron-on Skeleton Doll! Of course, the pattern is free.
Place the stencil on top of the cookie. Use a finger to dab the sugar mixture into the stencil openings. Just like with a regular stencil, use a dabbing or up and down motion to dot the surface with color and not a rubbing back and forth which will encourage color seeping under the stencil edges.
Carefully remove the stencil by pulling directly up. You don’t want to drag the stencil over the wet color mixture and smearing it. It might take a little practice but remember you get to eat the mistakes.
I know your probably thinking ahead to all the other Halloween Crafts you can't wait to get your hands on so I just wanted to let you know that you'll get a real scream from these Scary Pumpkin Stencils. And if your ready to break out the knives check out these Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils.
Now, here are those hints and tips that I promised you:
You may want to make a different size cookie than the normal 2-1/2 or 3 inch circle. No problem! Just take the paper copy and reduce or enlarge the size to fit the area you want to place the picture. Then move on to the tracing. This is great if you want to make a large cookie cake too!
When you are cutting out the images for the stencils, don’t throw away the parts that you cut away. They can be used to make negative images on the cookies. Of course, it’s a bit trickey to remove the stencil piece after you have put the color all around it but with a little practice you can have this down to an art. And just think of the creative cookies you can come up with these new options.
If you use a recipe for a highly textured cookie, like oatmeal or chocolate chip, you can put a base layer of powdered sugar and water to create a very smooth area and then stencil your image on that. Actually that can just add to how creative you can be with decorating cookies with stencils. For example, you can put a background of a black circle on top of the cookie behind a white ghost. Make sure that the first layer of color has dried thoroughly before adding your image.
As soon as the Halloween Crafts are done you'll be thinking about Christmas so you can use these same ideas to Decorate Snowflake Cookies.
If you can’t find mylar or acetate at your local craft supply store, try transparency films at an office supply house. Just make sure that the material will accept pen or ink so that you can trace on it and that it will be safe to use with food items. Also, you have a large number of suppliers of stencil films on line.
Well that’s it in a nutshell! Or, on a cookie you might say. Anyway, I hope you can create some tasty Halloween Treats with the ideas in this article.
Pssst! Before you go...find out how to Make A Mummy Necklace! In fact, just go to Making Halloween Jewelry because I added so many ideas there it would take you another day and a half to read all this.
Happy Halloween and Happy Stenciling, Penny
Alright...I told you above that I would start a list of the other Halloween Crafts as I added them so here goes: