- Light weight spackle. I purchased a small container of this from Dollar Tree. I was able to get two small hair pieces out of one container, or one larger hair piece (the witch) out of one container. I have also heard people using caulk.
- Black acrylic paint. This was mixed with the spackle to make it black in color. You could choose other colors if you wish.
- Green spray paint. I was not able to find any green coffee cups when I was trying to make these, so I spray painted two of my white coffee cups green.
- My face designs, which can be purchased from my shop. Just click here. or from my Etsy shop here.
- Permanent vinyl to make the faces. Depending on which faces you make will depend on which colors of permanent vinyl you will want to use.
- Something to stir your spackle and paint together. I bought this plastic makeup brush from Dollar Tree, and it seemed to work pretty well. In my marshmallow cups I used a plastic knife to still the spackle and paint together.
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Scrap paper or something to work on, that you do not mind getting dirty.
- Piping bag or plastic bag with the tip cut off and piping tips. Do not reuse these piping tips with food. I purchased mine from Dollar Tree since I did not want to ruin my nicer piping tips.
- Any extra pieces you may want to decorate your cup. If you want it to look more like a hot drink, then you can make your whip cream white, and drizzle brown paint (chocolate) and add a paper straw. Maybe add a bow to your witch or make some sprinkles. You can see how I made sprinkles and chocolate drizzle for my marshmallow hot chocolate cups by clicking here.
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The first step I did was to measure my cups and size the face I decided to use for each cup accordingly. I decided to make each face 2.5 inches wide. For my cups this seemed like a good size for all the cups except for the witch. Since her face was small than the other two, I wish I made her face a little bigger. I made the brim of her hat 4.5 inches wide, which I think was a good size. I was not able to find any green coffee cups when I was trying to make these, so I spray painted two of my white coffee cups green.
When you open up my design in Cricut Design Space, you will first need to ungroup everything (upper right side of the screen). Next, delete or hide all piece you do not wish to use. Then select your face and anything else that goes along with it (stitches for Frankenstein), and resize it all together. This will insure everything is sized accordingly. I also recommend attaching the eyes and noses of your faces so it is easier to place on your cup, and you do not have to worry about the spacing. If you try to attach the pieces that have different colors, then Design Space will turn them all black, which is not what we want. So, you can only attach things that are the same color.
Now for the whip cream on top. I started off by flipping my cup over and tracing a circle around the rim on to my cardboard. I then cut this circle out with scissors. I wanted my whip cream to sit on top of my cup so it will be easier to remove. What a great place to hide the good Halloween candy.
I then took a scrap piece of paper and shaped it into a ball. I then hot glued it to the center of our cardboard circles. This will provide some support for our whip cream/hair as well as allow us to not need as much spackle.
Place your piping tip inside your piping bag, a plastic bag will work as well, then cut a small hole so that just the tip of the pipping tip can stick through. I mixed black acrylic paint to the light weight spackle container and used my plastic makeup brush to mix it together in the container it came in. Acrylic paint contains some water, and since I needed a lot of black acrylic paint to make my spackle black, I did not need to add any extra water to my spackle. If your spackle is still too thick, then you can add some water to it. Just be careful not to add to much or the spackle will not keep its shape. Next, scoop your spackle into your piping bag. Then, push all the spackle down to the tip of the piping bag, and twist off the top, otherwise when you squeeze your bag the spackle will just come out the top. I also found it is easier to put your piping bag inside a cup or container to help hold it as you put the spackle in the bag.
I tried piping my whip cream a few times. The first time I tried this dotting affect, which I decided I did not like as well. The nice thing is if you do not like how your whip cream turns out, you can simply scoop it back into the piping bag and start over. I then decided to try a more circular pattern, which is the one I stuck with.
Once you are happy with the look of your whip cream/hair you will need to add your extra decorations before it dries. I added bat winds I cut out of cardstock to my vampire. Then allow it to dry for at least 24 hours or more. Depending on how thick you made your whip cream and how much paint and or water you added to your spackle it may take longer to dry.
The last step is to cut out your face and apply it to your cup, then put the whip cream on top. We made our faces about 2.5 inches wide, but your measurements may differ depending on the size of your mug. I left my cardboard attached to my dried spackle/whip cream hair. With my design you can remove the whip cream. I stashed a few candies inside my mug.
To add Frankenstein bolts to the side of his head, I bent the tip of the bolt I made out of cardstock, and used that to glue it to the cup. I used Gorilla glue so I did not have to heat up my hot glue gun for that small amount of glue. I placed scotch tape to the ends of the bolts to help hold them onto the cup until the gorilla glue dried. I did not want the tape to also be glued to the cup, so I removed the tape before the glue was completely dry.
These can be a little messy, but they are fun to make. Especially since my Fiancé helped me with them. I love crafting with him. Crafting with someone is always more fun. Making Halloween cups was actually his idea, and I then ran with the idea and picked and designed the characters and faces. Also make sure to check out my marshmallow cups I made. They are so cute. Let me know below if you like the Halloween cups (and which one is your favorite) or the marshmallow cups.
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