Pumpkin pie postcard
Coming to a mailbox near you: pumpkin pie!
Everyone will love it when you say "hi" with this slice of pie. Topped with a dollop of "whipped" caulk, don't be surprised if the postman tries to take a bite.
Mailable pumpkin pie ingredients:
- 4 x 6-inch piece of upholstery foam (found in hobby or craft stores)
- 4 x 6-inch piece of cream-colored mat board or cardboard (found in hobby or craft stores)
- 1 bottle of yellow ochre craft paint (for the sides of the pie)
- 1 bottle of honey brown craft paint (for the top of the pie)
- 1 tube of almond or biscuit-colored tub & wall caulk (found in most discount or hardware stores)
- 1 tube of white tub & wall caulk (found in most discount or hardware stores)
Cut mat board
Cut your cream-colored mat board to a triangle that measures 4 inches wide and 6 inches tall. Place your cut triangle on top of your upholstery foam.
Using a serrated knife, slice back and forth, cutting the foam to the same shape as your triangle.
Paint the sides of the foam slice yellow ochre. Paint the top a slightly darker version of the sides. I used honey brown, but you can also just mix some brown into your yellow ochre to give you a deeper "baked" pumpkin pie color. (If you look at a real slice of pumpkin pie, it's not orange. It's more of a yellowish brown color.)
Lightly brush some of the darker paint over the top edges of the yellow-ochre sides to give it the effect of a cooked slice of pie.
Allow your painted slice of pumpkin pie to dry overnight. Outline the reverse side edge of the mat board triangle with almond wall caulk.
Squeeze more caulk down the center of the foam triangle. Attach the mat board triangle to the painted foam piece and smooth out the caulking on the edges with your finger, forming a seal between the mat board and foam. Allow this to dry at least an hour.
Make the crust
To make the crust, squeeze lines of caulk onto the back edge of the foam triangle and smooth with your finger, again forming a seal between the foam and mat board.
Squeeze a zigzag pattern of caulk along the top back edge to make a finished pie crust.
Add the whipped cream
If desired, squeeze a dollop of white wall caulk on top for whipped cream.
Allow your slice of pie to dry for three to five days (depends on how thick you applied your caulk). Postage will run anywhere from $2 to $3, depending on the size and weight of your finished slice.