But first, another example of how I sometimes like to "edit" things. I bought these brown boots for dirt cheap on clearance at the end of the season last year. They were really cute, except that they had this ugly, cheap, sort of scuzzy fake fur on them. It was almost a deal-breaker, until I realized, hey, it wouldn't be too hard to just take that stuff off and put something better on. I chose lace.
|In addition to being cute and unique for everyday wear, they look REALLY awesome with a pirate costume I have!|
Oh, yes, and in the further DIY spirit, I guess I ought to mention that I have cut and dyed my own hair many times. That always surprises people.
And one time, instead of a snowman, I made a snow T. Rex.
|Pretty popular with the neighborhood kids for awhile.|
Yeah, I made a cake shaped like a 20-sided die (or d20 for short).
|This, but delicious!|
Anyway, it was getting near the birthday of our friend Jonny. This was kind of an important birthday for us as his friends; he didn't really feel like celebrating the previous year because it was sort of soon for him after losing his mother. So, for this particular year, we all vowed to make it a truly awesome birthday for our pal. I took it upon myself to bake his cake, because store-bought just doesn't taste as good as when someone who cares about you makes it for you (that's how I've always felt, at least).
Now I'm no master baker, but I wanted it to be really special. Playing D&D was one of the things that brought us together, and we'd be playing it at the party anyway (yeah, that's how me and my friends party!) so I wanted to go with that theme. I can't exactly remember how the idea to make it a d20 came about, but it took some serious ingenuity to pull it off. After all, they don't just make icosahedral cake pans.
But they do make spheres. See, my mom has a penchant for odd-shaped cake pans. Rectangular was always just too boring for our house. So we instead have things like hearts, stars, christmas trees, flowers...and a perfect sphere. You bake it in two halves and then put them together with frosting. Now, the sides of a d20 are triangles. Originally, I considered cutting facets off the surface of the sphere, but since I'm not that great with geometry or knives, we eventually came up with the idea to make an "outer shell" out of cookie. So we baked a couple sheets of sugar cookies (which I swirled with food dye to mimic the "marble" appearance of some of our dice), cut them into triangles, then placed them over top of the cake. They were held in place by frosting.
|Seen here half-completed. The assembly process, not including the baking, took around 45 minutes with me and my mom periodically needing to hold things in place for a moment for the frosting to set.|
|The whole thing was then wrapped in foil to be transported to my boyfriend's house for the party.|
|Once there, I added the numbers in frosting. Of COURSE it had to look like he rolled a 20!|
Just because it sounds crazy doesn't mean it's not worth doing. :D