Whenever the leaves change, the pie cravings come in hot. Amirite?! As you’re no doubt attending cozy dinner parties on the reg, why not give a fresh take on a go-to potluck treat? Forget the traditional pumpkin pie route — it’s time to grab your paintbrushes and channel your inner Picasso. Scroll down to see how easy it is to make your pie the evening’s showstopper.
- pie with a covered top crust (either homemade or store-bought)
- food dye in various colors
- various-size paint brushes
- powdered sugar
- mini sifter
- cardstock paper
- X-ACTO knife
- pen or pencil
- cutting mat (not pictured)
1. Pinch a few drops of each food dye coloring onto a plate to create your palette. Dip your paintbrush directly into the food dye and paint your desired shapes right onto the crust. Use the different brush sizes to create lines and shapes.
2. Using your pen or pencil, create a stencil by drawing shapes on your cardstock paper. Using your X-ACTO knife, cut out your tracings on a cutting mat or cardboard.
3. Lay your stencil gently onto your pie and spoon some powdered sugar into your sifter. While holding down your stencil, tap your sifter against your hand and let the powdered sugar fall onto the pie.
4. Slowly lift up your cardstock stencil and repeat until you feel your pie is painted and complete!
We felt it worked best to use food dye without diluting it first. We recommend using a bowl of water to clean your brushes in between colors. Go abstract!
We sugared one stencil at a time, but feel free to draw and cut a complete design on your cardstock paper first and sift sugar on the entire stencil. Using a spoon helps control the speed of the powdered sugar. Go slowly so that the definition of your lines comes through.
Lift your cardstock paper carefully to avoid spilling any extra powdered sugar.
Ride or PIE, y’all.
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DIY Production + Styling: Anita Yung
Photography: Tory Putnam