Isn’t it the simple things in life that make us the happiest?
The perfect mix on a diet coke at a drive-through window.
The new season of Survivor with Blair from the “Facts of Life.”
Constantly being able to drop into conversation that you made your first pecan pie (and crust).
And the new spooky effects on Pic Monkey.
I love them.
The only thing is…..I think I over-Pic-Monkeyed this post.
I couldn’t help it.
The spiders and the webs and the pumpkins and the gratuitous “Boo’s” were calling my name.
Please tell me you would have done the same thing.
Tell me that a bowl of sugar doesn’t look better with a hanging spider. Or a pumpkin. Or a floating piece of candy corn.
But maybe you can have too much of a good thing.
Maybe by the end of the post…..you will be thinking…..enough already with those hanging spiders and their giant webs.
But I had to
Time is slipping away.
I only have 31 days left to use them…..and then I’m moving on…..
…..to turkey season.
Easy DIY Pressed Sugar Letters
(with a few hanging spiders thrown in)
(and a gratuituous “Boo!”)
Step 1: Fill a bag full of 75 sugar cubes and crush with a hammer until the sugar cubes become ground sugar.
The original recipe I found over at Pixel Whisk called for super fine sugar.
But as I might have mentioned 24,679 times…..I live in the country.
We have brown sugar and white sugar and confectioner’s sugar and Splenda.
But currently, around here, superfine sugar is just a distant dream.
So I had to get creative and make my own.
Step 2: Mist sugar with water from a spray bottle.
This is a little bit of trial and error.
I sprayed the top of the sugar lightly with water.
Then stirred the sugar.
Misted it again lightly.
Stirred the sugar again.
After two or three mistings and stirrings….your sugar should look like sand.
Step 3: Add one to two drops of food coloring to sugar.
I added orange food coloring for the spooky effect.
Stir into sugar until all of your sugar is orange.
Step 4: Pat out sugar and press cookie cutters into it.
Dump sugar out of bowl onto a sheet of parchment paper.
Using fingers….press it down to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
Press cookie cutters into flattened sugar.
Step 5: Remove cookie cutters from sugar .
Because the cookie cutters are so small…..the sugar wil stay inside the cookie cutters.
Place the cookie cutters on the parchment paper.
Add a spider to your picture.
Tell yourself….it’s okay….you only have 31 days left for gratuitous spider pictures.
Step 6: Using a toothpick, remove your letter from the cookie cutters.
Gently poke a toothpick into the center letter to slowly loosen it from the cookie cutter.
Slide the cookie cutter off and leave the letter on the parchment paper.
The letters will harden in one to two hours.
Your letters are now almost as sturdy as sugar cubes.
Ready to use at your next spooky party or get-together.
This is one of those projects that you will love.
It is so easy.
It only took me about 10 minutes.
And I got to show off my mad Pic Monkey skills.
I mean…..really…..when it’s all said and done……nothing makes a project look better than an over-sized spider web and a grinning pumpkin.
Except maybe a turkey
PS I am sharing this project over at Debbie’s today!
PPS If you aren’t scared away by my spooky sugar letters…..be sure to check out these projects from my amazing “It’s a Cinch” friends: