Turn Toothpicks into Tiny Pie Crust Frames
Making tiny pie crust frames out of toothpicks is a fun and easy craft project. With just a few household items, you can create adorable mini pies that make great decorations or gifts. In this article, I’ll walk you through the complete process of turning toothpicks into tiny pie crust frames.
What You’ll Need
To make the pie crust frames, you’ll need:
Toothpicks – These form the structure of the frames. You’ll need around 5-10 toothpicks per frame, depending on the size.
Hot glue gun – This is used to attach the toothpicks together. Make sure you have plenty of hot glue sticks.
Scissors – For trimming down the toothpicks to size.
Acrylic paint – For painting the frames. You can use any color(s) you like.
Paintbrush – For applying the paint. Craft paintbrushes work well.
Fake berries, beads, feathers, glitter – To decorate the frames after painting.
Magnet strips – To turn the frames into refrigerator magnets.
Constructing the Frames
Follow these steps to assemble the toothpick pie crust frames:
Step 1: Cut Toothpicks to Size
First, use scissors to trim your toothpicks down to 2-3 inch lengths. The exact length will depend on how big you want your frames to be. Smaller frames will use shorter toothpicks, around 2 inches. Larger frames can use picks up to 3 inches long.
Step 2: Arrange Toothpicks
Arrange 5-10 trimmed toothpicks in a circle, with the pointed ends facing inward toward the center. Overlap the ends slightly to form a continuous circle. The number of toothpicks determines the size – more toothpicks make a larger frame.
Step 3: Glue Toothpicks
Use a hot glue gun to attach the ends of the toothpicks together. Run a small bead of glue over each joint, working your way around the entire circle. Hold each joint in place for a few seconds as the glue sets.
Step 4: Define the Crust Edge
Once the circle frame is constructed, use the hot glue gun to build up the outer crust edge. Apply extra glue in small sections around the circle to create a raised crust border. Work slowly and let the glue cool completely between sections.
Step 5: Add Decorative Details
If desired, use hot glue to attach decorative elements to the crust or frame. Tiny berries, beads, or sequins can mimic fruit fillings. Feathers or glitter add whimsical details. Let all glue dry fully before moving to the next step.
Painting the Frames
Paint adds color and finishes off your pie crust frames. Here’s how to paint them:
Base coat – Paint the entire frame with an undercoat of your choice. Allow to dry completely.
Detail work – Use a small brush to paint contrasting colors or designs. For example, make lattice crust patterns with a toothpick.
Sealant (optional) – After the paint is dry, you can coat it with mod podge or clear glue to seal and protect the frames.
Get creative with different color combinations and paint effects! Layer metallics or glitter over the base coats. The designs are up to you.
Displaying the Finished Pie Frames
Once assembled and decorated, what are some ways to display or use your pie crust frames?
Group them together in a pie plate for a cute display.
Give them as gifts – add a magnet to hang on the fridge!
Use them as napkin rings or place card holders.
Glue a loop of ribbon to the back to hang as ornaments or garlands.
Create tiny puppet pies by adding paper faces inside the frame.
Let your imagination run wild! These little pie crust frames are so versatile. Adjust the methods and materials to suit your own style. Bring a touch of whimsy to your space with handcrafted mini pies.