how to make a radish mushroom

June 21, 2009

in characters,how-to

I made this for Totoro parade bento, but I realized that I hadn’t done a how-to on this! This may look difficult but it’s a very adorable decoration to your kyaraben.

[How to make a radish mushroom and Mario mushroom]
- radish
- *seaweed for Mario mushroom
– small fruit knife

1. Put a knife in the middle of a radish, and make a small incision.

2-a. Hold the radish, and spin the radish VERY SLOWLY, and cut all the way around the radish.


2-b. Push the knife forward VERY LIGHTLY, and cut all around the radish. *Don’t push the knife through!

The radish should look like this after cutting all around it.

3. Make four incisions on the bottom side of mushroom like in the pictures. *Don’t cut past the half line!

4. Put the knife on the half line, and remove the radish pieces.

5. Trim the stem part, and cut off the bottom. (You can just stop here if you want)

6. Put a knife on the surface of the radish, and peel the skin. *It’s kind of like peeling an apple, but you don’t rotate the radish, and just peel the skin off.

7. You can make the stem part wider, put a small piece of seaweed and make a Mario Mushroom too.

You can just stop at Step 5 if you want. Please be extremely careful with this. I don’t want anyone getting hurt!

If you accidentally snap off the stem, don’t worry! You can stick the stem on with a toothpick.

How to make a radish mushroom on my flickr

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page.

If you have any questions about any of my how-to’s, please feel free to leave a comment or email me!

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shoppingmumNo Gravatar June 22, 2009 at 4:56 am

This is so cute! Thanks for sharing. :)


astrorainfallNo Gravatar June 22, 2009 at 8:19 am

That’s so awesome. I wouldn’t have been able to think of how to go backwards when I look at ready-made mushroom radishes. Well done!


ClaudiaNo Gravatar June 23, 2009 at 7:35 am

How cute! Really looks like a mushroom from theses mario gameboy games. Very nice for buffets with a retro style :-)


MartinNo Gravatar June 23, 2009 at 4:13 pm

i have to admit your bentos looks like little masterpieces. totally awesome. i have never seen somebody who work with food in such a beloved way. magnificent :) by the way nice mushroom


Luana MouraNo Gravatar July 20, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Oh my god this is awesome!!!!!!


ÉricoNo Gravatar July 21, 2009 at 5:02 pm

que coisa útil


mellyNo Gravatar July 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Now My kids will eat them!


LuiNo Gravatar July 22, 2009 at 3:49 pm

hasiduhasiduhsa…e ainda pode comer!! xDDD


Leonardo Augusto MatsudaNo Gravatar July 23, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Great! =D
My own Mario’s mushroom! Big me up! =P


DafneNo Gravatar July 23, 2009 at 2:14 pm



Norbert ShneeblyNo Gravatar July 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm

racky smacky shamma lamma ding dong!


Norbert ShneeblyNo Gravatar July 23, 2009 at 3:35 pm

I totally agree. Boink coo-coo tweet honk coo-coo whistle!


BispoNo Gravatar July 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm



littleosloNo Gravatar July 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm

cute and beautiful on the bento, it takes time but as long as the kids love it and eat it thats great.


littleosloNo Gravatar July 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm

i forgot to mention, maybe it is ok to use the small cucumber to make the green version for mario!


Márcio GomesNo Gravatar July 24, 2009 at 7:27 am

Awesome :D


Márcio GomesNo Gravatar July 24, 2009 at 11:16 am

Sorry, I’m hosting the images on another server.


cataNo Gravatar July 25, 2009 at 10:57 am

Thank you so much!!!
Adorable way to eat radish!!!


Michael WritheNo Gravatar July 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

I just had to add this to my blog too. Pretty creative :) Thanks very much…


Television SpyNo Gravatar July 30, 2009 at 12:44 pm

That is freakin awesome!


xiddwNo Gravatar July 30, 2009 at 2:40 pm

waaaa, I love radish!! ;D

also Mario xDD


LintuxLuxNo Gravatar July 30, 2009 at 4:34 pm

jajajaja qué bonito!!!!!!!!!!!!!


anony-mouseNo Gravatar July 30, 2009 at 10:09 pm

so… what do you put in them for the Growth effect? is it still lsd? or small amounts of the same name….? >:)


GrendNo Gravatar August 1, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Very cute mushroom. What did you use for the eyes?


MitmalNo Gravatar August 2, 2009 at 9:16 am

Super mega cool MERCI


cindyNo Gravatar August 17, 2009 at 11:40 pm

LOL so cute!


riyoNo Gravatar August 22, 2009 at 4:19 am

so cute!!!


bakkanekkoNo Gravatar September 1, 2009 at 11:00 am

OMG! LOL! That’s cute and smart! xDD


terryNo Gravatar September 6, 2009 at 5:45 pm



DarioNo Gravatar September 7, 2009 at 10:40 am

Simply genious!


FernandoNo Gravatar September 8, 2009 at 12:44 pm

como mola.


sazNo Gravatar September 8, 2009 at 2:01 pm

vaya tonteria. invierte el tiempo en cosas mas productivas


MegumiNo Gravatar September 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm

great ^^ i like


MoinidNo Gravatar September 11, 2009 at 10:21 am

Amazing idea


Maria IvanovaNo Gravatar September 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm

interesting, fun and informative :-)


Santiago AguirreNo Gravatar September 12, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Great =)


emilnyNo Gravatar September 14, 2009 at 3:16 am



EmmyNo Gravatar September 16, 2009 at 1:25 am

soooooo cute!! I’ll definitely try it!


erisgrrrlNo Gravatar September 20, 2009 at 9:01 pm

I made these today… they’re not nearly as cute as yours but I’ll keep trying! Thanks for a great tutorial! :D


MelissaNo Gravatar November 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm

fiko lindo o cogumelinho


MelissaNo Gravatar November 25, 2009 at 7:51 pm
embeearqamNo Gravatar December 31, 2009 at 4:14 am

Such a simple and creative idea! It would make a lovely addition to any edible dish! Love it!! <3


BlondineNo Gravatar January 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Perfect and so cute with mu cubed-eggs!


samiNo Gravatar January 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm

it s very good


ChrisNo Gravatar May 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Soo awsome.
Greetings from Germany :)


MarioNo Gravatar June 21, 2010 at 3:53 am

Wow awesome, It’s lovely cute :)


TamaraNo Gravatar July 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Made lunch for my mom today, and tossed in a couple of these – she didn’t want to eat them, they were so cute! In the end, she decided to show them off to her coworkers, first. Thanks!


MelNo Gravatar August 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

This is adorable! My friend just posted this on FB and I shared with a rather large blogger because everyone should see your site! My kids will LOVE this! Wish I’d seen it while i still had fresh radishes in the garden! Maybe I will go out and plant more today.


LuisNo Gravatar March 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Se eu comer eu vou crescer?


shallahNo Gravatar November 22, 2011 at 5:14 am

why stop at step 5? the final product is much better! i think any grown ass man could handle a kitchen knife with out cutting themselves.


Gaby!No Gravatar August 18, 2009 at 10:57 am

She used tiny pieces of seaweed.


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