My son’s baseball coach recently hosted a Halloween party for his team. I wanted to make some Halloween cookies to bring, but I also wanted them to be baseball themed. In this post, I will show you how I made barbed wire wrapped baseball bats that were perfect for the get-together.
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When your son loves baseball as much as mine, you get creative about making everything baseball themed! Even his First Holy Communion had baseball decor.
I love to excite him by finding ways to combine his very favorite thing with whatever the celebration may be. Isn’t he the cutest!
Barbed Wire and Wood Grain
I am going to give you all the details on both the scary baseball cookies and the barbed wire baseball bat cookies, but I will be doing it over two separate posts. As I mentioned above, this post will be all about the baseball bats. I wanted to find a way to make baseball bats fit in with a Halloween set and wrapping them in barbed wire seemed to be the way to go. The problem for me was that I couldn’t find a tutorial on royal icing barbed wire anywhere online. So, I just played around with it and I loved the result.
You may never find yourself in a situation where you are needing to make this specific cookie, but hopefully, you can still find this info useful! The barbed wire would be really cute with western themed cookies, and this is my go-to way to create an easy wood grain look with a stencil and airbrush.
See How It Was Done
Before I take you through each step, feel free to watch how I decorated the cookies.
Preparing The Cookies and Icing
For my cookies, I used my chocolate chip roll out recipe. I have not posted the recipe yet so keep an eye out for it. In the meantime, I recommend my favorite sugar cookie recipe, or my delicious pumpkin spice sugar cookies if you are looking for a cookie recipe to try.
I used a baseball bat cookie cutter you can find here.
My royal icing recipe can be found here.
Icing The Cookies
The first step in decorating your bats is to outline the bat in white piping consistency icing. I prefer to use a small tip, size 2, or make a small cut with a tipless bag. Then, immediately flood your cookie with white icing in a thicker flood consistency. I know when my icing is right when I have to shake the bowl for the icing to smooth. If it just smooths on its own it’s probably too thin and will run over the edge of the cookie.
Airbrushing The Cookies
Once the icing has completely dried, you are ready to add the wood grain. This is one of my favorite techniques and I use it ALL the time!
First, you need a wood grain stencil. Here is the one I have. I also suggest a stencil genie... I swear by this thing. Second, you need your airbrush. Here is the airbrush I have been using for years. I also am obsessed with my airbrushing station. If you’ve airbrushed before, you know it will end up on every surface of your house… haha. The station prevents that. I used Amerimist Warm Brown airbrush color.
Step one here is to place your stencil over the cookie and airbrush the wood grain.Then, when the wood grain dries, go back over your cookie with the brown coloring to cover all of the exposed white icing.Now set those cookies aside to dry.
Here is where you can just use your creative judgment and pipe curvy lines across the bat. Then go over each line in random places to create a twisted wire look.You will notice in the cookie above, there are gaps where I didn’t pipe two lines of icing together in each row. That is where you will be placing the rows and spikes of icing in this next step. Just pipe a few short vertical lines over the horizontal ones. I did about 4-5 little lines for this step, and on either side of these lines, I made spikes. For the spikes, I just held the bag straight up and down and piped straight up. If you release the pressure on the bag gradually it will create the spike.
Let the gray icing completely dry before moving on.Next, paint over the gray icing in silver. It doesn’t have to be fully covered. To do this, I used a bit of silver luster dust and everclear mixed together to form paint. Then, I appied it using a fine tip paintbrush.When the silver is dry, paint on a layer of black. Again, it doesn’t have to been fully covered. You are just creating an aged look to the wire here. This requires a thin black paint. I accomplished it by mixing a small amount of black petal dust with a greater amount of Everclear than I used for the silver.The next step is personal preference. Honestly, you can stop here… I almost did. I wanted to eliminate the brown overspray on the cookie. This happened because I wanted to make the bats thinner than the cookie cutter was designed for. It left some of the cookie exposed around the edges. I decided to paint the exposed cookie to make the bats pop rather than blend into the rest of the cookie. I used black Edible Art Paint. It’s pretty awesome stuff and I use it on the regular. In fact, I also used it on the scary baseball cookies I will be posting about next.When the paint has dried, your cookies are complete! Cool, right?Be sure to check for my next post on how to make the scary faced baseball cookies!
As always, let me know if you have any questions and have fun decorating.