Halloween is fast approaching – aren’t we all excited for it? If you’re hosting a Halloween party or giving out Halloween goods, you might be interested in this tutorial – you can make Halloween treat toppers to use as cupcake toppers, muffin toppers, food picks or even plant pot decorations! My husband hilariously said I should title it Dawn of the Muffin or Rise of the Unbread – it’s so funny I can’t resist to not share it, haha! So go ahead, make a tag or sign with your goodies and use that to send your love (and hilarity) to folks on Halloween! Meanwhile, check out how I made these easy Halloween treat toppers and make your own with the free template available for personal use below.
- Darice Plastic Shrink Film.
- Darice Craft Super Heat Gun.
- Scissors & Pen.
- Halloween Treat Topper Printables – Here for the Tombstones and Here for the Zombie Hands.
- Black Acrylic Paint.
- Ceramic Tile.
Step 1. Gather your supplies – I also used a pen to trace my image onto the shrink plastic and a sponge to apply my paint (not pictured here). Print your topper template – there is one file for the zombie hands, and another for the tombstones. There are four different designs in total.
Step 2. Trace and cut out your template onto a piece of shrink plastic. For one full sheet of shrink plastic, you will be able to make four hands and one tombstone – make sure they’re as close to each other as possible to maximize the usage of your shrink plastic. It doesn’t matter if you don’t follow the template exactly – this is one of those projects where imperfection is key!
Step 4. Apply a thin coat of acrylic paint on each side of the zombie hand or tombstone, and wait to dry. Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect – just make sure the whole surface is covered, save for the area you will use to insert into the cupcake, muffin or any food. Wait for that to dry.
Step 5. Finally, shrink your plastic using an oven or a heat gun. I prefer to use a heat gun nowadays since it’s easier to control the shrinking and you can fix any curled areas and uncurl them as it shrinks, and they’re more fun to watch! I shrunk my plastic piece on a piece of ceramic since it handles the heat from the heat gun very well. If you find that the piece is warped and not flat, heat the whole piece again and then put another ceramic tile on top of it (smooth side down) to flatten.
Once you’ve made all the pieces, you are done! It’s a fun and easy way to make personalized Halloween treat toppers, food picks or what have you’s for Halloween. I really love how they look on my cranberry muffins! Such a fun way to display food items for Halloween, isn’t it?
I also love that they’re reusable – give these Halloween treat toppers as gifts, reuse them for the next year or even plant them in pots with your herbs – they’re all good to do! If you’re looking for cupcake or treat toppers that would work for any season or occasion, check out these DIY cupcake toppers crafted from scrapbook paper and embellishments.
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Aki is an avid DIYer at heart. She documents her crafting adventures over at Minted Strawberry where she shares various DIYs – but mainly focusing on jewelry, clothing and accessory crafts. She also shares printable cards, wallpapers and other graphic work. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas.