Pika-Pika! Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is in theaters today and early buzz is already pretty good. Plus, the film is performing well at the box office, reportedly raking in $5.7 million on Thursday night. Whether you’re a longtime Pokémon fan or new to the franchise, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the film this weekend, in addition to hitting the theater. In particular, there are lots of cool DIY Pokémon projects floating around on the internet, including some that are edible, wearable and/or shareable.
We’ve rounded up just some of those DIY projects — five, to be exact — in honor of Detective Pikachu. Before we get started, have you seen this “leak” of the movie that star Ryan Reynolds tweeted on Monday night? It’s prompted tons of fan art and plenty of memes, all of which are frankly delightful.
Now, let’s talk DIY.
Licensed shoes are cool, but one-of-a-kind custom-made shoes are arguably way cooler. You can put your own personal twist on these Pikachu shoes by altering his facial expression or adding some lightning flair with sparkly shoelaces. If the felt ears aren’t your style, paint the ear tips on the shoes themselves or skip them altogether!
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I had SO much fun teaching a class on how to decorate Detective Pikachu themed cupcakes for the #detectivepikachumovie pop up ☺️💛💛💛 with @warnerbrosuk #Ad. (And also love this film, it’s totally up my street, so what a dream!) 😀 I have finished my class now – but the pop up is still open until Saturday (tomorrow) evening. And is really fun hence why I have included multiple photos of me in the infinity room…. 😁 Also my recipe for the cupcake decorating is below!!!: . I use a 2D piping tip to pipe a swirl on top of a cupcake, then make a little deerstalker hat out of fondant. Then ears out of more fondant (paint the end black with edible paint) or edible wafer paper. (Second pic features the cupcake design, or see my stories!) . For the buttercream: 200g unsalted butter, 360g icing sugar, 1tsp vanilla bean paste, 2-3tbsp whole milk . For vegan buttercream: 75g vegetarian margarine block, 180g vegetable shortening, 285g icing sugar, 1tsp vanilla bean paste, plus a little plant based milk to get a good piping consistency. (Don’t overbeat or it will go grainy – but will still taste nice 😋) . Happy detective pikachu baking!! I really wish we could all have a Pokemon fur real 😍😌 . . . . #baking #bake #detectivepikachu #pikachu #baker #cupcakes #pokemon #pikachu
At last week’s Detective Pikachu pop-up in Covent Garden, Great British Bake Off‘s Kim-Joy decorated themed cupcakes to celebrate the film. These not only look easy, but sound delicious, which means they’re sure to be a hit. Start with any flavor cupcake you like, using a box mix or baking from scratch. Then, use the buttercream (or vegan variant) recipe Kim-Joy shared on her Instagram after the event to finish them off. She recommends a 2D piping tip to create a swirl on top of the cupcake, with fondant for the ears (tips colored with edible paint) and deerstalker hat. You can also use edible wafer paper.
Pikachu Sock Plushie
Although not quite the same as the real thing, this Pikachu sock plushie looks ultra-soft (and ultra-cute)! If you want your Pika-plushie to rock a deerstalker hat, you can make one out of paper or buy one on Etsy.
Chocolate Pikachu Surprise!
You will need to purchase a Pikachu cake mold for this one, unless you really trust your chocolate-sculpting skills. If cupcakes aren’t quite your speed or you want a show-stopping centerpiece for a Pokémon party, you can’t go wrong with this large, white chocolate Pikachu stuffed with sprinkles, gumballs and more.
Similar to the shoes above, you can put your own personal twist on this Pikachu baseball cap or put it together according to the exact tutorial instructions. Either way, you’ll have an accessory that’s one-of-a-kind.
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bitch Media, The Mary Sue, Bustle, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is the managing editor at The Beat, as well as the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Montana with her partner and cats.