How to Make Fake Food Out of Clay

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How to Make Fake Food Out of Clay
Create delicious-looking treats from basic pieces of polymer clay. (frosting image by Kimberly Reinick from

Food is an important part of American culture. There are entire channels devoted to nothing but food. It is on commercials, on clothing, jewellery and made into toy sets. Food is essential, fun and comforting. Have fun with your kids; be a chef of fake food. You can use these fake treats for pretend dining or make your own accessories from it.

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Things you need

  • Polymer clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic utensils
  • Needle tools

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    Make a ball of clay from cream- or brown-coloured clay into the size you want your cupcake or cake to be. Flatten the bottom of the ball by pressing it into a flat surface or with a plastic butter knife. Use the butter knife to pat the sides flat. Press into the sides at an angle, pressing further into the bottom than top. This will create the puff top of the cupcake.

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    Choose a colour for the frosting. Roll a thin layer of this colour clay out with the rolling pin. Cut out a circle to fit the cupcake. Cut a small hole from the centre of this circle so you can add a candle. Apply this clay frosting by simply laying it over the cupcake top and blending the edges of the frosting onto the cupcake.

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    Pick a colour to make the candle from. Roll out a small slab of this. Cut out a thin rectangle as long as you would like your candle to be. Make this rectangle into a round candle by smoothing the edges gently with your fingers. Slip the base into the circle you cut out of the frosting. Blend the edges of this circle with the candle clay.

  4. 4

    Add sprinkles with various colours of polymer clay. Cut out tiny pieces with your needle tools. Just lay these on the frosting and gently press.

  1. 1

    Roll out a slab of light brown polymer clay. For a hamburger bun, cut two circles of the same size from this slab. For a hot dog, cut out a wide rectangle with round edges using your needle tool.

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    Roll a thicker slab of dark brown or black clay for the hamburger. Cut out a circle to match the bun. For a hot dog, use pinkish clay. You can roll a coil in your hands or smooth a thick rectangle into a cylinder with your hands. The hot dog can be laid on the bun at this point.

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    Add toppings to your hamburger. Cut a square from thinly rolled orange or yellow clay. Add ketchup and mustard to both by cutting squiggly thin lines with your needle tool. Gently press these onto the other clay pieces. Your hot dog is done. Now just throw on the top bun for the hamburger.

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