January 19, 2011 § 25 Comments
This week on Iron Craft: “Just Bunt”. The challenge is to design and create bunting, which seems to be all the rage in décor these days.
I thought making decorative flags would be simple enough, being a stationery designer by trade. However, I would be remiss if I weren’t to explore this challenge outside of the usual parameters (of paper). So, I decided to save my beautiful stock for something less, well, flat. I moved on to my next obsession: food. My bunting is made out of 100% candy.
Thank the geniuses who invented Fruit Roll-ups for providing the world with edible paper, pretty much (albeit very sticky). Hats off to the masterminds behind licorice lace.
All kudos to the manufacturers aside. A rant…..I went to two grocery stores and two Walmarts before I found Fruit Roll-ups! What gives? Is it a fad of the past? Fruit-by-the-Foot is fully stocked at all stores. Betty Crocker must have conclusive market research that children prefer their candy in strips instead of sheets. But how about grown-up children like me with capricious urges for edible bunting?!? And don’t get me started on licorice lace. I couldn’t find the never-ending one-length kind anywhere. I do love me my Pull-n-Peel, though. Even if it comes in shorter lengths, it does the job and makes my tummy grin wide (or just wide).
To make your own candy bunting:
1. Take a sheet of Fruit Roll-ups and cut into a triangular flag. Press a cookie cutter, if desired. (I wish I had letter cookie cutters to create a version spelling “Eat Me”. For now, this bunting is a hearty ode to Valentine’s).
2. Press licorice lace about 1/2″ from the edge, with enough hanging on each side to facilitate bow-tying (I used two pieces of Pull-n-Peel). Fold the edge over the licorice.
3. Trim the remnant into a narrower triangular flag and add licorice lace as above.
4. Tie the two flags together into a bow. Trim the bow’s tails.
5. Repeat pattern. NOTE: The candy has much more weight than paper. It is best to create separate lengths of bunting, each having no more than 4 sheets of Fruit Roll-ups (remnants included).
Kids may just be asking for this as party décor for their next birthday. Though I can imagine it would be torn apart and eaten before the last guest arrives.
There’s a lot of miniature bunting going on cakes and cupcakes as well. This, being translucent, is a great alternative to gum paste.
Such a GREAT idea!!!
It was sooo fun!!
You are just so darn clever!
It’s all thanks to you over at Iron Craft! If you didn’t ask me to make bunting, I wouldn’t’ve thought of ways to make bunting. 😀
I love it! Crafty food, how amazing!!!
But I’ll admit to something: When I first glanced at the pictures, for some reason the thought that crossed my mind was that it was a tutorial for a bikini bottom. So, when I started reading and came across the line …I wish I had letter cookie cutters to create a version spelling “Eat Me” I [to my own surprise] exploded in hysterical laughter as I still wasn’t able to shake the bikini image off of my mind 🙂
Hahahahaha! You’re right, Jana!! Oh my, that’s hilarious. Well…now that you’ve inspired the idea…here’s a tutorial for edible undies for a romantic night. Valentine’s IS around the corner! 😮
Oh Jana, you’re not the only one! I got a message from a male friend thanking me for the idea…Uh oh, I don’t know what I started…
I thought I was the only one thinking edible undies. But great job as always! : )
Haha, apparently not!
Love it!! And I’d like to eat it. Will be bookmarking this one for future birthday decor.
Thanks for peeking in, Jaime!
I have a challenge for you! I have so many empty orange prescription bottles with white tops! I hate to throw them away, but you only need so many button containers etc. what do you think?
Oooh, a challenge! Ok, I’ll be giving this some thought! I’ll get back to you, hopefully with an idea!
Sooo cute! What a great idea, how long did they last?
Well…I took it down an hour after taking the photos and ate half of it in one sitting. :s If I had a modicum of self-control, perhaps it would’ve lasted much longer! 😀
Ooops I nearly forgot: I’ll be linking to your edible bikini/bunting tomorrow over at my blog
Sounds great, Jaime! Thanks for the link love!
That is so incredibly cute!
WOw … So COol.. :)..and Ah soo Sweet 🙂 🙂
I love it.. and the D-I-Y pics are amazing 🙂
And …anybody would have licked and ate it all..you waited until the ending n photographs ..’THATS GREAT’
It was a tough urge to fight!
Oh my goodness!! What a cute idea!!!!
Please come join my Linky party today!!
Thanks for stopping by, Amy! Sorry, I missed your linky party yesterday.