3 Pie Crust Decorating Ideas

You know food is not my specialty…but decorating food is something I can totally get behind! So, we did what we do best and painted the town Matisse, stenciled some sugar, and dotted some pies to make some fun and memorable pies perfect for Thanksgiving.

These 3 pie crust decorating ideas will give that extra bit of flair to your holiday desserts, and they’re super easy to make! You don’t have to be a baker (or an artist) to ace these pie designs.
Last week while I was in NYC I attended the exhibition on Matisse’s cutouts at the MOMA (after getting bummed I couldn’t go to the Tate in London). I was inspired, so we came up with the Matisse pie, of course!

The Matisse pie crust

Matisse inspired pie crust idea.

The polka dot pie crust

Dot pie crust.
See below for the full tutorials.
Photography by Laura Sumrak
Baking and crafting by Victoria Riza, Carli Randolf, and Ashley Isenhour,

“Give thanks and eat pie” pie stencil

I love how simple yet impactful this one is. Ashley came up with the idea to apply a stencil to a pie…genius! This one is great for the Cricut or Silhouette machine. And it’s perfect for your Thanksgiving pie!

Instructions:

  1. Simply download this file and cut it out on your machine or cut it out by hand. I used a piece of scrapbook paper to create the stencil.
  2. Set onto the pie. Not too firmly, it might take a layer of the pie off.
  3.  Sprinkle powdered sugar on top with a sifter.
  4.  Gently take the stencil with hands on either side so you pull it all off at the same time.

Voila!

Give Thanks and Eat pie pie stencil
Cricut ready SVG pie stencil file.

The Matisse cut out inspired pie crust decoration

Carli came up with this brilliant idea to paint the pie crust with food coloring. It went on so smoothly and bakes brilliantly.

Instructions:

  1.  Cover your pie with the dough to have a large surface to work with.
  2. Use a paintbrush to paint on your design with food coloring. We didn’t water down at all but used pure food coloring. We looked at images from Matisses’ paper cut-outs.
  3. Bake it in the oven for 10 minutes to brown the crust (you should have already baked the pie filling).
Voila! If you want to throw your own tortured artist party, try out this pie crust decoration to incorporate Matisse!
Matisse inspired pie crust.

The polka dot pie crust decoration

Victoria came up with this fun and easy idea of decorating your pie crust.

Instructions:

  1. Roll out your dough and use the back end of an icing tip to punch holes into the dough like a cookie cutter.
  2.  Apply the dots to the perimeter of the pie then coming into the center of the pie filling and bake for the last 15-20 minutes of the pie cooking time.

Voila!

Pie crust idea.

How will you be making your pies for the holidays? Tell me in the comments!

Have some leftover slices of pie? Check out our printable boxes for Thanksgiving pies and summer pies

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