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How-Tuesday: Tiny Pumpkin Pie

Nov 8, 2011

by inediblejewelry handmade and vintage goods

My family’s Thanksgiving meal always features a magnificently high homemade pie-to-person ratio. I love the warm wafting scent of spices, pumpkin, and expertly rolled-out crusts emanating from a hot oven, and that anticipation of dessert after any already delicious dinner spent with friends and family feasting. Is your belly rumbling already too?

For this week’s How-Tuesday post, Jessica Partain from Inedible Jewelry, a shop dedicated to mouth-wateringly realistic faux food jewelry, and author of The Polymer Clay Cookbook, has shared with us a tutorial on making miniature polymer clay pumpkin pie charms that actually smell like pumpkin pie. Jessica will also be joining us on Monday, November 14 at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn (RSVP), and on the Online Labs, to lead a Craft Night on the same topic. I hope you can join us in NYC, or online!

Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be complete without pumpkin pie! It never matters how much turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, nutty mushroom vegetarian loafy thing, or salad, green beans, and other dishes we eat: we all always still have room for pie. That’s why we always make at least two pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving, and why this recipe makes eight charms — perfect for a necklace, charm bracelet, or individual gifts. The whipped cream is optional, of course.

Purchase The Polymer Clay Cookbook right here on Etsy.


For the crust:
3/8″ (9.5 mm) ball ecru clay
3/16″ (4.7 mm) ball ecru clay

For the  filling:
5/8″ (15.9 mm) ball orange clay

For the  whipped cream:
3/8″ (9.5 mm) ball white clay

Liquid clay
Ground allspice
Raw sienna soft pastel
Large double-ball stylus or needle tool
Tissue blade or razor blade
8 figure-eight loops


1. We’ll make this pie from the inside out, starting with the filling. Thoroughly mix the orange clay with a big pinch of allspice. It’s easiest if you first flatten the clay, then roll it with the allspice into a log and flatten it again. Keep working the clay; the spice will eventually mix in to make your orange a bit darker.

2. Roll the spicy orange clay into a smooth ball, then flatten it into a thick pancake about the size of two stacked quarters. Make sure it’s flat and even on top; you don’t want a bowl in the middle. Wash your hands and tile to remove any orange.

3. Roll the larger ball of ecru clay into a smooth ball, then flatten it into an even, thin pancake about 3/16″ (4.7 mm) larger than the filling on all sides. Place the filling in the middle of the flat crust, pressing the center to remove any air bubbles between the filling and crust.

4. Gently fold up the edges of the crust until they are even with the top of the pie filling.

5. Roll the pie like a wheel to smooth and flatten the side, as well as to bind the crust to the filling.

6. Roll the smaller ball of ecru clay into a narrow snake the same length as the circumference of the pie crust. Add it around the top of the pie.

7. Use the side of a stylus or needle tool to make evenly spaced indentations all around the edge of the crust.

8. Rub the raw sienna pastel against a scrap piece of paper until a small pile of powder forms. Dip your paintbrush in the powder and dab on a browned, baked look all over the crust. It doesn’t need to be completely even — in fact, it will look more realistic if it isn’t. Wash your hands, the paintbrush, and your ?tile before moving on.

9. Slice the pie in half with a tissue blade, then into quarters, and then into eighths.

10. Insert a figure-eight loop into each slice. Insert the loop vertically until the bottom loop is entirely within the clay, then twist it 90 degrees until it is horizontal.

11. Press down on the filling to secure the loop in place.

12. Make a puff of whipped cream, if you’d like (see below). Add a drop of liquid clay to the underside of the whipped cream and gently press it into place.

13. Bake for 15 minutes at 275? F (135? C).


To Make a Pumpkin Pie ?Necklace
1. Wrap a 4mm copper accent bead above each of the eight pie wedges, and close off the top loops.
2. String the pies onto beading wire or braided nylon with copper-lined size 11 seed beads.

Whip Up Some Whipped Cream
Whipped cream is easiest to make when the clay is a bit stiff.

1. Roll out a thin log of white clay, about 1″ (2.54 cm) long. Flatten the log in your hands (not on your tile).

2. Pinch either end of the flattened log and twist to create a spiral.

3. Starting with one end, coil the spiral into a puff of whipped cream. You’ll probably need to repeat these steps from the beginning for each dollop of whipped cream, since the spiral quickly gets stretched out and deformed.

If you make your own tiny pie, share a photo with us in the Etsy Labs Flickr group.

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  • sewlola

    sewlola said 7 years ago

    Thats a cute and fun holiday gift for my 11 year old niece!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 7 years ago

    Awww! Too cute!

  • Apseed

    Apseed said 7 years ago

    Cozy and cute!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    Very cute.. I sold an awesome set of fruit and veggie magnets last year from the seventies, stuff lasts forever!

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 7 years ago

    How adorable...and delicious looking!

  • LoveandKnit

    LoveandKnit said 7 years ago

    Love it!

  • chainchainchained

    chainchainchained said 7 years ago

    So cute!

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 7 years ago

    Too cute. I would love to learn this art. Seems very creative. Great post!

  • carolinaposada

    carolinaposada said 7 years ago


  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 7 years ago

    omg! This is sooooo cute... I want to eat it :)

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 7 years ago

    This really is such a fun activity to do with children. Thank you for the tutorial.

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique said 7 years ago

    I love this, I used to make lots of things like this as a child (well not as good as this one)

  • sowndesigns

    sowndesigns said 7 years ago

    Love the browned baked crust!

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice said 7 years ago

    Fantastic! I love making things like this!

  • ADifferentPlace

    ADifferentPlace said 7 years ago

    Yay! Pumpkin Pie, Miniatures and Polymer Clay! Three of my favorite things!!

  • flowerjewels

    flowerjewels said 7 years ago

    I just love this stuff!!!

  • boxofsparkles

    boxofsparkles said 7 years ago

    I love polymer clay! I made something very similar to this a few years back as earrings for friends, but your version is much more refined and pretty =) I love the addition of the allspice and the raw sienna, but not sure where I could buy some raw sienna. Help?

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

    I love anything pie related! :)

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 7 years ago

    Pumpkin Pie is something we don't have in Australia. We eat pumpkin as a vegetable or something savoury.

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 7 years ago

    They are so cute you could almost eat them.

  • lltownleyceramic

    lltownleyceramic said 7 years ago

    That was like watching how a magic trick is done! And so much quicker than making real pies... we usually make 8. It's a bit overkill, but I guess that's what the holidays are for!

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 7 years ago

    Adorable! Thank you :)

  • Susanstahl941

    Susanstahl941 said 7 years ago

    Incredibly cute! I love the idea of mixing in a real spice.

  • BlueappleBlackbird

    BlueappleBlackbird said 7 years ago

    So cute!!!!! You make it look so easy!

  • SteampunkDream

    SteampunkDream said 7 years ago


  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 7 years ago

    Adorable idea and the colors look so realistic.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    Such a great idea! Adorable!!!

  • Humbleville

    Humbleville said 7 years ago

    I seriously want to make my own mini pumpkin pies now! If only there was more time in the day! You do an amazing job!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 7 years ago

    that is so cool and it looks fairly easy to do... I'd love to try if I have the opportunity :)

  • PeachWillow

    PeachWillow said 7 years ago

    Pie earrings that smell like pie--better than perfume! This is such a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

  • SunsetPrintAndDye

    SunsetPrintAndDye said 7 years ago

    Delicious! (great photos too!)

  • BunniesandAvacado

    BunniesandAvacado said 7 years ago

    Can has? I want some real pumpkin pie that small!

  • RCStudios

    RCStudios said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this!

  • ThePaperJewel

    ThePaperJewel said 7 years ago

    Yum yum yum! Makes me wanna have a go with polymer clay. Great tutorial!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    They look good enough to eat! Great job!

  • inediblejewelry

    inediblejewelry said 7 years ago

    Thanks all! :) @boxofsparkles : You should be able to find raw sienna artists pastel at nearly any craft or arts supply store, and you can often purchase them individually.

  • xZOUix

    xZOUix said 7 years ago

    oooohlalaa-pretty cool ::::-)

  • Hippiechicjewelz

    Hippiechicjewelz said 7 years ago

    How very adorable! What a great way to have your pumpkin pie when you diet, all the sweetness and no calories! LOVE THIS!

  • aserda

    aserda said 7 years ago

    OMG that is too cute!

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 7 years ago

    Completely adorbs! And now I'm hungry. Awesome how-to! Thanks so much!

  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux said 7 years ago

    You can be as diplomatic as you like, but whipped cream, as far as I'm concerned, is not's crucial!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 7 years ago

    o my goodness. and i thought i paid attention to detail! that's amazing!

  • edlynnsattic

    edlynnsattic said 7 years ago

    Too cute!!

  • QueenChlorine

    QueenChlorine said 7 years ago

    i'm not sure if it would be good for my diet....walking around with the smell of pumpkin pie right under my nose all day....but it sure would be cute! thanks!!

  • GrayDesign

    GrayDesign said 7 years ago

    Wow! So fun and cute!

  • foxegurl266

    foxegurl266 said 7 years ago

    So I remember seeing you guys at the Downtown Charlottesville Farmer's Market on Saturdays and now that I am living in Mississippi, I see you featured on etsy's home page! Congratulations!

  • salvageshop

    salvageshop said 7 years ago

    that is too friggen cute!!!

  • KawaiiBits

    KawaiiBits said 7 years ago

    Love your stuff!

  • GoddessEngraving

    GoddessEngraving said 7 years ago

    Great tutorial!

  • Jackphelpsstudio

    Jackphelpsstudio said 7 years ago

    love it ! pretty cool ! Congralulations !

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 7 years ago

    Really cute!!

  • peshka

    peshka said 7 years ago

    So sweet! Great work!

  • PariDesign

    PariDesign said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I always wonder at these super tiny food polymer creations. I am sure the book is worth lookin into. Santa, do you hear me? : )

  • shipwreckdandy

    shipwreckdandy said 7 years ago

    Ingenious. I'm wondering how the natural oils and organic elements will hold up in or otherwise affect the clay over time?

  • mimiworkshop

    mimiworkshop said 7 years ago

    I love this post so much!! Great items!!! ^ ^

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 7 years ago


  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 7 years ago


  • elishalong

    elishalong said 7 years ago

    Ugghh craving some pie now.... That looks so realistic!

  • TheOffbeatBear

    TheOffbeatBear said 7 years ago

    Those little pies are adorable! I like the depth of it's pumpkin-y goodness!

  • ucjohnstone

    ucjohnstone said 7 years ago

    I just had a look through your shop ... your stuff is sooo cute! Beer-earrings! You make me laugh :-D

  • PinwheelStudio

    PinwheelStudio said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful! Just the fun I needed to start the day :)

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    I LOVE pumpkin pie! One of my all time favorites all year long too.

  • soulmadeshop2

    soulmadeshop2 said 7 years ago

    I want too eat it!!

  • singulis

    singulis said 7 years ago

    that is so cool! ^^

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree said 7 years ago

    Love it.

  • suzanneartist

    suzanneartist said 7 years ago

    yum-oh I love the smell of allspice.

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 7 years ago

    This brings back some memories of working with polymer clay with my brother when we were little. What an great idea to make it smell good! While these remind me a little too much of those Christmas light bulb necklaces, I could see my kids getting into this craft.

  • JennysFunCreations

    JennysFunCreations said 7 years ago

    So cute. I have this book. Clay foods are fun to make. I made key lime pie also.

  • Funamals

    Funamals said 7 years ago

    this is so cute! Thanks for the fun blog post :D

  • graphicspaces

    graphicspaces said 7 years ago

    Yummy!! Thanks for sharing your recipe for such cuteness!

  • inediblejewelry

    inediblejewelry said 7 years ago

    @shipwreckdandy - great question about how it holds up over time. There is such a tiny amount of allspice in the clay, it's not an issue. I have a few of these I made 6 years ago that look identical to when I took them out of the oven. That said, I don't recommend combining any other real food items with the clay, since it doesn't hold up over time. You could also sub in very fine dark brown sand for a totally inert mix-in that would give the same speckled effect.

  • GiftsWithCharm

    GiftsWithCharm said 7 years ago


  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    How cute! I've always wondered how you make stuff like this : )

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 7 years ago

    The little pie pieces are just so cute!

  • lithiascreations

    lithiascreations said 7 years ago

    I cannot WAIT to try to make these for my family for Thanksgiving! I'm so excited!

  • OneLaneRoad

    OneLaneRoad said 7 years ago

    So darn cute!!

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb said 7 years ago

    How adorable! I love that they smell like real pie and no calories!

  • isacrafts

    isacrafts said 7 years ago

    that is so awseome! thank you so much for sharing!

  • BlackForestCottage

    BlackForestCottage said 7 years ago

    so cute and so imformative, at first I had out my receipe card for that expertly rolled crust to make for thanksgiving lol but I don't think my family wants to eat clay no matter how mouth watering it looks lol.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  • biddlebeed

    biddlebeed said 7 years ago

    i love how you add the allspice to give it that "scratch n sniff" effect - all of your items are delicious - thanks for sharing and the cook book looks like a lot of fun!!

  • bettersouthern

    bettersouthern said 7 years ago

    How adorable! I live the "scratch and sniff" quality the all spice adds!

  • bettersouthern

    bettersouthern said 7 years ago

    Ah! Love! I love it and how funny that the only two "scratch and sniff" comments get added at the same time!

  • lapuzelo

    lapuzelo said 7 years ago

    look so yummy!!!!!!!!! oh i'm hungry! XD

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 7 years ago

    What fun!

  • StarShineCo

    StarShineCo said 7 years ago

    Super cute! :)

  • PurpleSnapdragons

    PurpleSnapdragons said 7 years ago

    Adorable and looks good enough to eat!

  • SweaterWeather

    SweaterWeather said 7 years ago

    I was SOOOO excited to get this how-to! I have been admiring them for awhile now! THANK YOU SOOOOO Much for this!

  • jenjenpb

    jenjenpb said 7 years ago

    How cute! Now I'm hungry :)

  • SheCountsCrows

    SheCountsCrows said 7 years ago

    For anyone who wants to try their hand at this but doesn't usually work with polymer, don't forget: it's not healthy to burn the clay, so simple precautions are smart. Be sure you have an accurate temp. gauge in your oven, and that you bake for the correct amount of time at the correct temp. Set a timer, and don't leave your items baking unattended. If your oven is older, test out its accuracy first with an oven thermometer. You can find them cheaply at any general store, or borrow one from a friend =) If your clay burns (produces bad smelling, black smoke) turn off your oven, open the windows, and leave the room with your kids and pets while it airs out. Also, if you want to do this project with a child, you might want to consider looking for the children's version of polymer clay (made, I think, by sculpey) which is purported to adhere to even stricter safety guidelines.

  • LibelluleDesigns

    LibelluleDesigns said 7 years ago

    Love this! What a great idea and they look so true to life. Thanks so much for sharing! I may have to try polymer now:-)

  • chloebristow

    chloebristow said 7 years ago

    Oh WOW! :) I don't know why, but seeing that your little pie slices were made as real pies has made me love them even more! :) My mum used to make loads of cute things from ploymer clay when I was little and I used to help (the main thing I remember is when we made a personalized monster door plaque for my bedroom door) ...I want to do it again now.... :) x

  • SecondSpringSoaps

    SecondSpringSoaps said 7 years ago

    I love you, Inedible!! You rock so hard!

  • hyfunda

    hyfunda said 7 years ago

    those tiny pies are so sweet! You should make some out of Marzipan as well and sell them in your shop!

  • sstormster1

    sstormster1 said 7 years ago

    What a great idea!

  • SophieJoes

    SophieJoes said 7 years ago

    OMG, i am so going to get this book now!

  • TreeCookies

    TreeCookies said 7 years ago

    ive recently started crafting things with clay, and this is so awesome. what a great little treat. thank you for the diy!

  • grannancan

    grannancan said 7 years ago

    WOW awesome site and wonderful tutorial. Thanks for sharing. So got to get this book!

  • doraevatt

    doraevatt said 7 years ago

    I am on my way to the book store to get this book and I will be making my pie

  • GoodieStore

    GoodieStore said 7 years ago

    If my sister doesn't get me this book for Christmas, i will be so disappointed! (made an obvious hint on her facebook)

  • TheElectriciansWife

    TheElectriciansWife said 7 years ago


  • inediblejewelry

    inediblejewelry said 7 years ago

    You're welcome all! :) One last helpful hint: if you have really warm hands, let the clay cool off between steps. You'll get much better details and the clay won't end up looking all fingerprinty or lopsided. If you plan to use it as a miniature instead of a wearable piece, you can use a clean bottle cap as the "pie tin."

  • queenbeadgifts

    queenbeadgifts said 7 years ago

    Looks so real how adorable!

  • emnyhan55

    emnyhan55 said 7 years ago

    Wow! I am so gonna make one of these! And I'm ordering the book :)

  • mybunnystitches

    mybunnystitches said 7 years ago

    I have wanted to try doing this! Some great topics here! I'm glad I visited this blog.. There so many items that i like... I hope to have some visits to my store. I love feed back! Thanks Bunny~

  • MiniaturePeaces

    MiniaturePeaces said 7 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving ! Thanks for sharing ! Adorable

  • CollierLewisJewelry

    CollierLewisJewelry said 7 years ago

    Polymer is so much fun to work with!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • CraftyElla

    CraftyElla said 7 years ago

    Looks great!

  • TheCuteConnection

    TheCuteConnection said 7 years ago

    This little pie is super cute! It even looks tasty! I love pumpkin pie! Its my favorite birthday cake! I was born November 27th! I will have to try making this myself! (:

  • OceanSpiritJewelry

    OceanSpiritJewelry said 7 years ago

    Makes me wanna bite into it. Maybe you could add some gentle spices. That would be a complete experience. Fragrant jewelry voila!

  • PoshBinky

    PoshBinky said 7 years ago

    This is soooo CUTE!!! Love it.

  • BrigittesDesigns

    BrigittesDesigns said 7 years ago

    Looks delicious!

  • SpiffyMe03

    SpiffyMe03 said 7 years ago

    Wow that is so great to see how these are made! You really make amazing little food :-)

  • MagicalPonyFarm

    MagicalPonyFarm said 7 years ago


  • bethsalvatore

    bethsalvatore said 7 years ago

    This was my first attempt at making anything with polymer clay...and I'm hooked! Cute stocking stuffer for my mom and sisters (every year they tease me about the time I screwed up the pumpking pie)! If I don't get the book for Christmas, I'll be buying it for myself. Thanks!

  • MissMayDesigns

    MissMayDesigns said 7 years ago

    I lOVE THIS. Looks so good, and lifelike! I'm seriously pondering whether or not to buy the book!

  • ExandOh

    ExandOh from ExandOh said 7 years ago

    I love this, its great!

  • Jrainey925

    Jessica Rainey from SweetSugarCharms said 7 years ago

    These are absolutely precious! I just recently started working with polymer clay and making charms. I am still learning how to set up my shop. I love these. Great tutorial :)

  • theminimart

    alliah from Marimoinabottle said 6 years ago

    super cute!!!

  • parltradet

    Tina from parltradet said 6 years ago

    Yum! Love this!

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