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It’s just 10 days to Halloween! Who/what are you gonna be on 31 October 2010? If you are not planning to wear anything outrageous, well, you can always paint your nails! :)
Today I’m gonna show you a candy corn nail tutorial I’ve prepared, as well as a couple of simple but really awesome DIY Halloween snacks. Ready? Let’s start with the nail tutorial.
Candy Corn Nail Tutorial
You will need:
- Nail file
- Nail buffer
- Clear Base / Top Coat
- Yellow nail polish
- Orange nail polish
- White nail polish
- Nail polish remover
Step 1: File and buff your nails, and apply a clear base coat. Always remember to apply a base before you start painting your nails. The base coat not only protects your nails and prevents yellowing, but also helps your nail colour last longer. Off topic – look at how dry my hand is! I definitely need some Soap & Glory Hand Food!
Step 2: Grab your yellow nail polish. We’re going to paint the base of the candy corn. The norm is to apply two coats of colour polish to the entire nail, followed by a top coat. Because we’re using three colours on each nail today, that would make a total of six full coats! Needless to say, that would take ages to dry and your nails would probably turn gloppy and smudgy. Not exactly what we’re going for! :S To prevent that, we’re just going to paint portions of the nails as we go along.
Paint a small section of the base in yellow. Wait for the first coat to dry completely before painting the second coat. Don’t worry if it looks less than perfect at this point. We’re going to overlap the orange later on. Just ensure that the yellow polish goes on smoothly for now.
Step 3: After the second yellow coat has dried completely, apply orange nail polish on the mid section of the nails. Overlap the yellow portion slightly to cover up the imperfect yellow edges. You don’t have the make it a perfect straight line (as in a French manicure), because candy corns have slightly wobbly lines too.
Orange will take up the largest portion on your nails. Apply two coats. Let the first orange coat dry completely before applying the second. The candy corn is taking shape!
Step 4: Apply two coats of white nail polish to the tips. As before, wait for one layer to dry completely before applying the next. See? We’re almost done.
Step 5: Finally, when the white nail polish has dried, apply a clear top coat to seal the colours. This will help your nail colour last. It also gives your nails a nice glossy sheen. Dip your Q-tips into some nail polish remover and gently clean the sides of your nails / skin stained by extra nail colour.
And you’re done! :) If you don’t get it right the first time round, don’t fret! Remember: practice makes perfect. A dose of patience would help tremendously too! The candy corn is a simple look which anyone can pull off. :)
I hope you liked the nail tutorial! Moving on, I wanted to share a couple of really easy DIY Halloween snacks which Skye and I made (after some serious brainstorming!).
You will need:
- Bread (each slice of bread makes one coffin)
- Coloured sauce, preferably red (we used chilli sauce)
- A small rectangular plastic bag (meant for contact with food, i.e. snack bags) and a pair of scissors, or an icing bottle with a small nozzle
- Filling of your choice (we ♥ tuna!)
Step 1: Have your salad ready in a bowl. This will be the ground.
Step 2: Cut the bread into coffin shapes, and toast them. I find it much easier to cut them before toasting them, but it’s really up to you – cut and toast, or toast and cut.
Step 3: Fill a small rectangular plastic bag (or, if available in your kitchen, an icing bottle with a small nozzle) with a small amount of chilli sauce. Make an extremely tiny snip in the corner of the bag. Carefully squeezing the sauce out of the tiny opening, write on the covers of the coffins. We wrote “RIP”, but you can write pretty much anything you want, really. It’s your sandwich! If you make a mistake, you can always use the error cover as the sandwich base. Or you can flip it over.
Step 4: After you’re done with the coffin covers, fill your sandwiches.
Step 5: Arrange the coffins on the salad and ta-daa! We have our savoury Halloween snack.
Here’s a close-up on one of the coffins. Tomb-shaped sandwiches would be cool too!
Now that our savoury snack is done, let’s make dessert!
You will need:
- Rectangular-shaped chocolate biscuits (we ♥ Tim Tams!)
- Icing in a light colour, or well-refrigerated butter / margarine (if using butter / margarine, you will also need a small rectangular plastic bag (again, one of those snack bags) and a pair of scissors)
- Ready made chocolate pudding (if you can find Snack Packs, that would be awesome!)
- Dark-coloured cookies (we used Oreos!)
Step 1: Have your rectangular-shaped chocolate biscuits ready. These will be the tombstones! Get ready to write on them using the icing you’ve prepared. If you’re using butter or margarine, scoop some into a small rectangular plastic bag and make a tiny slit in the corner of the bag. You want the butter / margarine to be well-refrigerated so that it’s easier to write with! Carefully squeezing the butter / margarine from the slit (or icing), inscribe whatever you want on the tombstone. Again, we wrote “RIP” (talk about lack of creativity!). After you’re done, keep your tombstones refrigerated. You don’t want the words to melt and run!
Step 2: Crush the dark-coloured cookies. We’re using these as dirt around the tombs. Set them aside for use later.
Step 3: Dig your graves! Remove a small layer from the top of the chocolate pudding. We need the space for the dirt to sit later. Make a small opening in the center of the pudding so that it’s easier to insert the tomb.
Step 4: Remove the tombstones from the refrigerator and place them into the pudding graves. You can vary the heights of the graves. That makes them more interesting!
Step 5: Using the cookie crumbs, fill up the void around the tombs. And you’re done!
I think the inscription looks rather creepy. :S
I certainly had lots of fun making these Halloween snacks. I hope you’ll have fun too! Do share pics! I’d love to see what you’ve made. :) If you’re shopping for ingredients at the mall, pick up some of these to add to the Halloween fun!
I bought Cadbury’s Dead Heads! They’re really yummy! I love Cadbury’s! These are milk chocolate egg-shaped character heads with red caramel filling.
And also, chocolate lollies from Marks & Spencer!
I like them all! If I had to pick a favourite… I guess I’ll go for the witch!
If you’re feeling bored, check out Chillingo’s Monster Mayhem! I play it on my iPhone when I’m bored - it’s super addictive and cuts short your train ride.
The start screen
The introduction is pretty freaky! But I love this image.
Me, grave-keeper?! What the…
Cos I’m really bad at games, I’ll go for the easy mode.
Buy lots of ammo. You’re gonna need it! My fave is the mean machine gun.
Know thy enemy!
Ok, fine. So I’m on duty tonight eh? Oh, there’s Frankenstein and friends. Hi Frankie! :D
I’m feelin’ some THUNDER!
Ooh lone knight.
Often, they attack in groups…
So I light ‘em up. I try not to burn the flowers, but as you can see, I’m really bad at this.
Whatever it is you choose to do this Halloween, I wanna see your Halloween photos! Your nails/snacks/costumes/party pics! Post the photo links here, email me, or post on my Facebook wall. Can’t wait!