Inspired by my recent emotional reunion with my beloved childhood dollhouse after about 30 years, I thought the kids and I could make some miniature food out of a glue-bread mixture that is commonly used by miniature designers (and me, many years ago).
First take a slice of white bread and tear it up into smallish pieces. My 4 year-old was a great help with this step.
Pour some white glue on to your bread crumbs and mix it together with your hands (VERY MESSY PROCESS!). Don’t overdo the glue at first, you can always add more if you need to but it’ll probably end up being nearly as much glue as bread crumbs.
Squeeze it and knead it until you have a smooth ball of “dough.” You’ll know you have the right consistency when it is smooth, looses its stickiness, and feels like real bread dough.
Next, decide what you are going to make and whether you want to pre-color your dough. If so, you can divide it up and mix in some food coloring or paint to achieve the desired color. We mixed in paint. Here we are making green dough for lettuce:
Adding red paint to make cherries for a pie:
Mold your food. A bottle cap makes a nice little pie dish or plate. A toothpick is an excellent tool for both shaping and painting.
Leave it out to dry and harden, about 24 hours. Once hard, you can spray it with a clear acrylic to protect it and create a shiny finish.
Here is some of the food we made:
~Some of my favorites~
Spaghetti and meatballs (in a bottle cap):
Chocolate chip cookies:
Cake and bread:
Hot dogs (with ketchup and mustard):
Now the dollhouse residents won’t be hungry anymore!