I’ve gotten a couple of requests for kyaraben now, and I greatly appreciate anyone taking time to write me. But the thing is, I can only make what my boyfriend likes for kyaraben. It’s not that I won’t, but I really can’t. I have to “get “what I make.
Some people think I’m creative, but I’m really not! I’m just good at copying stuff in a nerdy way. In order to transform 2-D art into bento, I have to understand what makes it “it”. But some of the requests I got were anime related, and I’ve watched those shows, so I decided to make an exception, and do a how-to.
This was a request by an 11 year-old girl I received quite some time ago. Mokona is a rabbit-like creatures from CLAMP’s sister series Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, xxxHolic, and Magic Knight Rayearth. The first thing I thought of was a Mokona rice ball, but she mentioned that can’t get Asian groceries where she lives, so I decided to make it with bread.
- white bread (I used two slices)
- seaweed OR crust OR blueberry skin OR chocolate (whatever you can get to make the eyes)
- ketchup OR tomato
- mayonnaise *optional
– strip of cut out plastic bottle (see “how to make Totoro peanut butter sandwich”)
Before you start, print out/draw/trace Mokona on a paper, and keep comparing your sandwich to the drawing. It really helps!
1. Use a strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut bread into a pear shape (2 pieces).
2. Use the strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut bread for the ears (2 pieces).
3. Use the strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut bread for the feet (2 pieces).
4. Use the strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut ham slightly smaller than the ears (2 pieces) and put it on the ears. *You can put mayonnaise on the ham before putting it on bread, so it won’t shift around.
5. Use a plastic cap OR strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut ham slightly smaller than the feet (2 pieces) and put it on the feet. *You can put mayonnaise on the ham before putting it on bread, so it won’t shift around.
6. Using a plastic cap OR strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut bread out for the hands. Mold it with your hands if necessary.
7. Put whatever you want between the body (I put ham). Then pinch the tip of the ear to make the bread flat, and put it between the body.
8. Cut a thin strip of seaweed with scissors for the eyes, OR use melted chocolate to draw the eyes.
- If you are too young to use a knife (ask adults in your house if you’re old enough to use a knife), use a plastic cap to cut out ham, and put ketchup on it for the gem on the forehead. (I forgot to take pictures of this. Sorry!)
- If you’re old enough to use a knife (again, ask adults in your house if you’re old enough to use a knife), cut a tip of tomato (preferably cherry tomato). Trim with scissors if necessary. (Make sure you wash the blade with dish soap and hot water before you use it! I have a pair of scissors that are only for the kitchen.)
- Punch a hole in seaweed with a hole puncher, then slide the hole puncher just a tiny little bit, and punch it again. (to make a ” c ” shape)
- OR cut ham with a butter knife to make her mouth.
I don’t know if you can call this a “how-to”, since there are lot of instructions like “cut like this”… I mainly used a strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut bread, but if you don’t have a plastic bottle handy, be creative and use stuff around you!
Also, I ended up using seaweed on my Mokona, but if you don’t have access to seaweed, look around and see which food you can use.
If you have any questions about any of my how-to’s, please feel free to leave a comment or email me!