Last Thursday, we posted the first of what we hope will be many Offbeat Homies Weekend Challenges. We gave readers a choice of two DIY challenges: nerdy cupcakes with sanding sugar, or faux taxidermied unicorn heads.
This was definitely the more challenging of the two DIY options, since it takes several days to dry and the tutorial involves a lot of gloop and materials. We tried to compensate for the difficulty by giving readers free-reign (horse/unicorn pun? har har?) to make any animal they wanted. The result? A couple unicorns, a tentacle, and a fucking JACKALOPE.
My husband just walked out of the gaming room and into the kitchen
Him “WHAT the fuck is that?”
Me “An octopus tentacle”
Him “But what is it made from?
Me “Paper Mache”
Him “Oh, is that one of your Offbeat Bride things?”
Me “Well, Offbeat Home, but yes”
Him “Ah” [walks back to the gaming room]
Superman (Offbeat Bride’s assistant editor) took the whole taxidermy idea and went DIY off-roading, producing this amazing Jackalope:
She’s got a full tutorial on how she did it coming up, although I think it’s basically going to be like…
- Get sculpy
- Be really talented
Ok, while this may have been the easier of the two options (cake mix + sanding sugar), the nerdy component definitely kicked things up a notch.
Eilonwy’s Pistachio Cupcakes with Orange Flower Glaze and Sanding Sugar are retro with a kick:
(Here’s her full recipe!)
Rachael definitely wins an award for going for retro nerdy (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!) with bonus pet rat (Splinter!) action!
Oh, and she even made a BONUS CUPCAKE!
Offbeat Mama’s editor, Stephanie, appears to have broken out of her “ugly DIY” trend with this lovely RAINBOW CAKE, covered in sanding sugar:
SO! THAT WAS FUCKING FUN
We should totally do this more often, don’t you think!?