Tuesday, October 25, 2011

tutorial: how to make cute bento picks

I just thought I'd share an idea to make your own cute bento picks. :) It's nothing crazy creative, definitely not reinventing the wheel, but a fun and easy little craft that can help add a bit of cuteness to your bento boxes.

how to make bento picks

Step 1: Gather your supplies.

You'll need picks.
Regular tooth picks and bamboo forks are really easy to find - I've seen the bamboo forks everywhere from Target to party supply stores. I like the plastic picks because they are washable and sturdy...I found this box at Dollar Tree.

You'll need stickers.
Any small stickers will do. I really like the little plastic stickers that are kind of bubbly and thick. I found cute Halloween ones at Target. The fall stickers are from either Target's Dollar Spot or possibly the cheap bins at Michael's. I got those last year and can't recall exactly.

You'll need a glue gun, possibly. Definitely if using the cute little plastic stickers, but not for regular paper stickers.

Step 2: glue stickers on picks.

Like I said, this is not rocket science. :)
Just a dot of glue will do.

Place sticker on glue. Smile at the cuteness.

To help ease the stickiness on the back of the sticker you can rub a drop of dishsoap and rinse off.

alternate Step 2 for paper stickers.

For these picks I used stickers that were mirror images. The same size, same shape, same image, just facing opposite directions.
See the two turkeys where the toothpick is pointing? Those are perfect.

Take the two like-stickers and sandwich a toothpick end between them and press firmly.

If you don't have mirror-image stickers you could easily cut a small piece of paper to use on the back. In that case you may need a drop of glue. These stickers were not very sticky and a dab of glue could have helped them seal up better. That's what I get for buying dollar bin stickers. :)

Making your own picks can be a fun craft to do with your kids. Homemade picks may be a good option if you have kiddos who "accidentally" don't remember to bring home their regular bento picks, or for field trips (or other days a disposable lunch is needed), or to spice up a food tray at a class party!
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Rina said... [Reply to comment]

Brilliant idea, especially using it for field trips.Besides,they are super cute!!I'll definitely try making them with my hubby and son,a family project.
Thanks for the tutorial :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Great Idea.... Thanks

The Currens said... [Reply to comment]

Super cute idea! My 2.5 year old loves to have her fruit and veggies on the picks, but she also LOVES to help clean up. She doesn't usually mind if they are just plain toothpicks, but I like it to be cute. The regular toothpicks with cheap stickers on them will be great for her, since she loves to throw them away when she is done.

The Mom Chef said... [Reply to comment]

Fantastic idea; thanks! I was going to print out some and then just use my scrapbooking tools to cut them out. This is much less work. Many thanks.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Do you reuse them? How do they hold up to washing?

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Just a fun thought...you could use shrinky-dinks and glue them to the top of the plastic picks, they wouldn't last forever, but would stand up to several more washings than the stickers...and you could make them for whatever holiday/them you wanted :) ...you can find blank shrinky-dink paper at JoAnn's and Michaels.

Thanks so much for your wonderful blog!!! My kids love their bento lunches!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

shrinky dinks!! BRILIANT!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said... [Reply to comment]

So cute! Can I use this tutorial over at Bento Blog Network for one of the weekly meme challenges? I will direct people here to read the tutorial and then they will submit bentos they've created with homemade picks. If it's OK it wills start Nov 25.

Thanks! Diana

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Great idea to use Shrinky Dinks! Does that material bond well with hot glue? I'll have to try that!

Diana, that would be fun. :)

Nathalie said... [Reply to comment]

These are very cute! Fun idea!

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

That is such a great idea!! I need to find some cute bubbly stickers now :D

Stephanie @ bentofabulous said... [Reply to comment]

I do this for almost every holiday, it's the best way to get themed bento picks!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Excellent idea, I use Cartoon cheap stickers to d├ęcor my bento picks. My 6 year old boy loves this creative thing. Thanks

MyNoble Baby said... [Reply to comment]

Brilliant Melissa,

I may tries this out for my girl Halloween Theme and I can get her to involve. Thanks alot.

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