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Out of the box macaron inspiration

#1/53: Sheep macarons
#1/53: Sheep macarons
Mmmm.... mutton. To make these sheep look "wooly" leave the macaron batter a little stiffer than usual. Then, pipe small clustered dollops of batter into circles.
#2/53: Sheep macarons
#2/53: Sheep macarons
To make these sweet little lambs, use mini Oreos for the heads, small candy eyes (found in most hobby and craft stores), a heart decorator candy for the nose,  black frosting for the ears, and black licorice for the legs.
#3/53: Blue bird macarons
#3/53: Blue bird macarons
Give yourself easy guidelines for piping your macarons. Draw or print out templates of shapes, and place them under your parchment paper. 
#4/53: Blue bird macarons
#4/53: Blue bird macarons
These blue bird macarons are filled with Nutella - a chocolate hazelnut spread found in the peanut butter aisle of most grocery stores. 
#5/53: Bumblebee macarons
#5/53: Bumblebee macarons
A simple yellow macaron becomes a bumblebee when you use black, edible food coloring markers. To make a stinger, just add a chocolate chip.
#6/53: Bumblebee macarons
#6/53: Bumblebee macarons
Some macarons look even better at a different angle. Carefully consider how you plan to plate and present your macarons if you're making them for a party.
#7/53: Bumblebee macarons
#7/53: Bumblebee macarons
Try arranging them on a plate in different ways until you like the results.
#8/53: Assorted Easter macarons
#8/53: Assorted Easter macarons
Springtime provides the perfect pastel color palatte for Easter macarons of any shape - eggs, flowers and of course, bunnies.
#9/53: Candy corn macarons
#9/53: Candy corn macarons
Macarons can be multicolored and multi flavored too, like this candy-corn inspired version.
#10/53: Carrot in dirt macarons
#10/53: Carrot in dirt macarons
The crushed Oreo "dirt" on top of this chocolate macaron is sprinkled over a mound of salted caramel filling. The carrot is an orange Mike & Ike candy with some green icing for the leafy tops.
#11/53: Carrot in dirt macarons
#11/53: Carrot in dirt macarons
Macarons can become edible art on the right canvas - choose unique and unexpected plates.
#12/53: Carrot macarons
#12/53: Carrot macarons
A small white colander works perfectly for holding and displaying these macaron carrots with green licorice tops
#13/53: Colorful macarons in clear tube
#13/53: Colorful macarons in clear tube
See why everyone love macarons? They're just soooooo pretty. Especially when you can display them in these clear plastic tubes.
#14/53: Colorful macarons in paper cone
#14/53: Colorful macarons in paper cone
Mini, bite-sized macarons are delightful. They're like potato chips - you can't eat just one.
#15/53: Easter egg macarons in basket
#15/53: Easter egg macarons in basket
These easter egg macarons would be a sweet treat in any bunny's basket.
#16/53: Easter egg macarons in carton
#16/53: Easter egg macarons in carton
When you pipe egg-shaped macarons, it helps to start in the middle and swirl your batter to the outside. 
#17/53: Easter egg macarons in carton
#17/53: Easter egg macarons in carton
Get creative with your packaging. Macarons don't always have to go on a plate.
#18/53: Easter egg macarons in carton
#18/53: Easter egg macarons in carton
They look super cute in an egg carton!
#19/53: Green and yellow swirled macarons
#19/53: Green and yellow swirled macarons
Experiment with mixing colors. Before putting the macaron batter in your pastry bag, paint 3 or 4 vertical lines of gel food coloring on the inside of the bag. Fill with your batter and pipe to see what you get.
#20/53: Green and yellow swirled macarons
#20/53: Green and yellow swirled macarons
Clear packaging really helps show off colorful macarons. Lots of cool options can be found at craft, hobby and party stores.
#21/53: Green and yellow swirled macarons
#21/53: Green and yellow swirled macarons
If there's one lesson I've learned from making macarons: expect imperfection. It's OK if you don't always get the ideal size, shape or color. Each one is unique and delicious.
#22/53: Ground hog macarons
#22/53: Ground hog macarons
Attach a mini chocolate chip to the face of a chocolate Teddy Graham with frosting, and add some white decorator candies for the teeth. Voila, you've got yourself a mini groundhog. The "dirt" on top of the macaron is a mixture of chocolate frosting and crushed Oreos.
#23/53: Ground hog macarons
#23/53: Ground hog macarons
Any plain, round macaron can go from cute to clever with the addition of seasonal or themed toppings.
#24/53: Hello Kitty macaron
#24/53: Hello Kitty macaron
To make these Hello Kitty macarons, draw or use a computer to make a template. Place it under your parchment paper, and use the shapes for a guide to pipe uniform macarons.
#25/53: Hello Kitty macaron
#25/53: Hello Kitty macaron
Draw Hello Kitty's face using edible color markers. Add a bow using pink triangle decorator candies.
#26/53: Humpty Dumpty macarons
#26/53: Humpty Dumpty macarons
Humpty Dumpty starts out as a white, egg-shaped macaron. Add the eyes and mouth using edible color markers. Dab a cotton ball in pink food coloring to make the rosy cheeks. Fill in the bottom half with teal royal icing. Add a line of white frosting for the belt. And use orange, triangle decorator candies for the bow tie.
#27/53: Humpty Dumpty macarons
#27/53: Humpty Dumpty macarons
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
#28/53: Humpty Dumpty macarons
#28/53: Humpty Dumpty macarons
Even a broken macaron is delicious.
#29/53: Itty bitty blue macarons
#29/53: Itty bitty blue macarons
Everything's cuter in miniature form, especially macarons.
#30/53: Itty bitty purple macarons
#30/53: Itty bitty purple macarons
These tiny, purple macarons are even sweeter topped with a little love.
#31/53: Jar full of macarons
#31/53: Jar full of macarons
Wanna really surprise someone on their birthday? Give them a jar full of colorful macarons!
#32/53: Macaron book packaging
#32/53: Macaron book packaging
Packaging macarons is an art form too. Hobby and craft stores have all kinds of great paper mache boxes you can use.
#33/53: Macaron book packaging
#33/53: Macaron book packaging
#34/53: Mickey Mouse macarons
#34/53: Mickey Mouse macarons
Mickey Mouse macarons are simple and fun. Just make a circle and add two small dollops of batter on top.
#35/53: Mickey Mouse macarons
#35/53: Mickey Mouse macarons
When making black macarons, start with a chocolate batter and add black gel food coloring.
#36/53: Purple ombre macarons
#36/53: Purple ombre macarons
Graduated colors - often called ombre - are a popular dessert trend.
#37/53: Purple ombre macarons
#37/53: Purple ombre macarons
To achieve ombre colors, split your macaron batter into three or four bowls and mix the colors separately.
#38/53: Purple ombre macarons
#38/53: Purple ombre macarons
Graduated colors are beautiful from the side, as well as the top.
#39/53: Rabbit macarons
#39/53: Rabbit macarons
Turn a simple, white macaron into the Easter bunny. For the ears, cut a mini marshmallow in half, dip the sticky cut edge into pink sanding sugar and attach the bottom to the macaron with a dab of frosting. Add eyes with a black edible food marker and attach a pink triangle decorator candy for the nose.
#40/53: Rabbit macarons
#40/53: Rabbit macarons
Bunny macarons. They're cute alone, or with friends. 
#41/53: Red bird macarons
#41/53: Red bird macarons
To get deep, rich, dark colors, use gel food coloring. Add it to the whipped egg white mixture before you add the almond flour and powdered sugar.
#43/53: Snowmen macarons
#43/53: Snowmen macarons
Snowmen macarons are easy to decorate with edible food markers.
#45/53: Teacups filled with macarons
#45/53: Teacups filled with macarons
Mix macarons with assorted candies and you've got an extra-sweet treat.
#46/53: Turkey macarons
#46/53: Turkey macarons
Guests will gobble up these chocolate turkey macarons.
#47/53: Turkey macarons
#47/53: Turkey macarons
Sweet supplies needed for these turkeys include: candy corn, orange triangle decorator candies, red icing gel and edible food markers.
#48/53: Turkey macarons
#48/53: Turkey macarons
Chocolate ganaché is an easy, delicious filling for any macaron. Don't let the fancy french name fool you, ganaché is simple to make. 
#49/53: Very hungry caterpillar macarons
#49/53: Very hungry caterpillar macarons
Bring a classic children's book to life with this macaron version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
#50/53: Very hungry caterpillar macarons
#50/53: Very hungry caterpillar macarons
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is made with green and red macarons. The legs and antennae are shaped Tootsie Rolls. The nose is a mini chocolate chip. And the eyes are yellow oval decorator candies, colored with a green edible marker.
#51/53: Yellow chick macaron
#51/53: Yellow chick macaron
Cut a yellow jellybean in half, and you have wings for this little yellow macaron chick. Add some small candy eyes and a little orange beak, and he's good enough to eat.
#52/53: Yellow chick macaron
#52/53: Yellow chick macaron
A simple trick to keep macarons in place on a plate, if you ever need to transport them: Put a small dab of frosting on the bottom. It's like an edible glue.
#53/53: Carrot in dirt macarons
#53/53: Carrot in dirt macarons
Macarons can become edible art on the right canvas - choose unique and unexpected plates.
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