Cutie-Quickie Washi Whimsy Picks

Say THAT ten times fast!  These are a nothing little project, they are so simple.  They’d be great in cupcakes for May Day (they have sort of an in-the-garden-with-maypoles-feel, right?), or poked into yummy nibbles for a Mother’s day tea.  The ones in the images are from Easter, another fitting holiday.  And birthdays, those are a given!

Finished Cupcake Picks

Finished Cupcake Picks

My Supplies

My Supplies

So it goes like this:  I have a huge collection of vintage and retro cupcake picks, which I will not hesitate to use if I’m having a little shindig at home.  All my friends know I would freak if they got thrown away, so it’s actually no big deal to put them into nibbles and get some use out of them.  I just place a little cup with an indicating pick in it, and by the end of the party, they’re all collected there.  (My friends are nice.)  Buuuuut… when we’re headed to a big family potluck and Easter egg hunt, where there will be dozens of face-pinching relatives and children running in and out– well, you know that you wouldn’t be getting those back.  In fact, you’d be sort of mocked for trying.  *Especially* if you are reduced to fishing them out of the trash!  (Yes, I would wash them, don’t be silly!)

Sticking It On Itself

Sticking It On Itself

For this potluck, my 7 year old son, Fox, and I made lemon sponge cupcakes, and we topped them with piped pink lemonade frosting and colorful, super-Springtimey sprinkles.  They were cute, just like that, I would totally agree.  But I still needed a way to get them to the party without jamming them all up, and some sort of protruding pick always helps keep them neat– holds the plastic wrap off of the frosting and all that.  And then there was the fact that Fox, being accustomed to stabbing all of the cupcakes we make with some sort of cute plastic appendage, wondered “Where are the Easter decorations, Mom?”  I told him, “Give me ten minutes.”

Cuteness Up Close

Cuteness Up Close

I always have toothpicks, and I always have washi tape.  This project is almost so easy, I feel like I might be insulting you by telling you how to make them!  The washi is just perfect for this project for a couple of reasons:  you can find it in almost any color/ pattern that you can think of to fit your theme; it tears and cuts really easily and cleanly; and it sticks well to itself, but can be gently pulled apart and repositioned.  It’s also not a stinky-fumey-adhesive kind of tape (more like duct or electrical tape would be?), so I have no stress in placing it near food, if that makes any sense.

In this case, here’s what I did:  I washed my hands, as these picks were going to be poked into edibles, and I was going to be handling them.  I selected the tapes I was going to use, and figured out how many of each kind I needed to do, in order to have a fairly equal amount.  (In my case this was three of each tape.)  Then I would simply tear off about a two inch piece of tape, and wrap it around the toothpick near its’ end, and stick it onto itself.  Once I had done all of the picks I needed, I took a small pair of sharp snips and I cut a little “v” shape into the tape.  You could just as easily trim them into a pennant shape, or even just make simple flags with a squared-off cut.  It all works, and it would all be cute!  My favorite part of this whole project was discovering that when I stuck my diagonally-striped tape upon itself, it made a gingham pattern!  Faboooo!  I LOVE gingham!

Cupcake With Washi Picks

Cupcake With Washi Picks

Fox was extremely happy with this final cutie cake addition, and I was happy that there would be no concern over the final resting places of these little picks.  Throw them away, I can totally make more!

 


Apr 30, 2014 | Category: A Washi Whatnot, Happy Holidays!, Tutorial | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , ,

 


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