Almond Paste Pumpkins

It’s easy and fun to create adorable edible pumpkin decorations in no time. Just use delicious almond paste, or marzipan to sculpt as if you were working with clay. Almond paste is just blanched almonds and sugar, ground into a paste. Marzipan is almond paste, plus flour. Either one will... Read more »

Slime

Need some slime for your next horror film or Halloween haunted house? Want to gross out your maiden aunt? Impress your science teacher? It’s easy to make your own slime! Read more »

Action Movie Effects

The perfect action scene needs combat, gore, and at least one actor going through a window. Here’s how I shot a scene with all these ingredients, from making the special effects to shooting and editing the footage. Read more »

Sweet Sugar Flowers

It’s one of those wedding industry secrets: cake decorators charge a lot for sugar dough flowers, but in fact many aren’t that difficult to make. Elaborate, realistic flowers do take skill and practice, but even a novice can elicit “You made that?!” reactions with simple blossoms that will last almost... Read more »

Homemade Play Dough

Recently, I had fun spending a day with my 2-year-old niece, Lola. At first, a day with a toddler seemed daunting. I tried to remember what I did with my children when they were that age. It started to come back pretty quickly, the need to occupy their young hands... Read more »