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How to make Ponyo’s sisters

September 28, 2009

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When I made the “Ponyo bento” I made bunch of Ponyo’s sisters. It was very easy, and you can make it with only four ingredients, so I thought I’d share it with you!

How to make Ponyo sisters

[How to make Ponyo sisters]
- Ham!
- Grape tomatoes (of course, you can use regular cherry tomato, but where I live, grape tomatoes are a LOT cheaper, and for Ponyo’s sister, it looks kind of better than regular cherry tomato.)
- Sliced cheddar cheese
- Black sesame seed
– Tweezers (not necessary but it’s super useful)

1. Cut the grape tomato in angle.

How to make Ponyo sisters

How to make Ponyo sisters

2. If you have a circle cutter that’s slightly bigger than the tomato… Use it to cut out ham for the face.

How to make Ponyo sisters

If you don’t have a cutter… Cut a square that’s slightly bigger than the tomato, and cut four corners off with a spoon.

How to make Ponyo sisters

I actually prefer this shape than the circle one.

3. Put half of the ham on cheese, and cut a square slightly bigger than the ham. (If ham is wet, make sure you lightly pat the ham with a
paper towel before putting it on the cheese. Otherwise, cheese will start melting.)

How to make Ponyo sisters

4. Using a corner of any small cookie cutter, a spoon or a butter knife, cut around the cheese. (It’s easier if you decide which side of the head
will be a part first, and start from the side.)

How to make Ponyo sisters

How to make Ponyo sisters

How to make Ponyo sisters

5. Flip the cheese and the ham, and do the same to create bangs.

How to make Ponyo sisters

This is front. Before I created bangs.

How to make Ponyo sisters

Be careful not to push the cutter down too hard!

How to make Ponyo sisters

6. Put the face on the tomato.

How to make Ponyo sisters

7. For the eyes put black sesame seeds on with tweezers. (I use curved nose point tweezers I got from a craft store, but you can use regular tweezers you get from a drug store)

How to make Ponyo sisters

How to make Ponyo sisters

How to make Ponyo sisters

I put a mouth on two of them, but I think I prefer them without a mouth.

You can put black sesame seeds on the ham first, and put it on the tomato too of course. It’s just that when I try doing that way, the sesame seeds fall off, so I usually put on the sesame seeds at the end.

I just placed them on a plate for this how-to, but it’s a lot easier if you put the tomato in the bento box after step #1 and put the face
on them later. Grape tomatoes (and cherry tomatoes) are a great food to fill some empty spots in the bento box. The more food there is around the tomato, the more stable the grape tomato will be.

How to make Ponyo’s sisters 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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JudyNo Gravatar September 29, 2009 at 12:05 am

I knew you guys used tweezers :D I love Ponya. Thank you for the instruction.

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anncooNo Gravatar September 29, 2009 at 6:09 am

This is so pretty and cute. I would like to make this. Thanks for sharing :D

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fossettesNo Gravatar September 30, 2009 at 4:27 pm

WONDERFULL!!!

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BoomboNo Gravatar October 1, 2009 at 4:55 am

Thank you for the craftiness!!!

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sanNo Gravatar October 4, 2009 at 6:10 am

just wanna ask – the face of ponyo sis wont drop off from the body(cherry tomato) will it?

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar October 7, 2009 at 8:09 am

The moisture on the tomato will act as glue, and should hold the face (ham) on. Make sure you cut the tomato in angle!

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KeiNo Gravatar February 3, 2011 at 12:35 am

Hi Anna!

These are so adorable! I was wondering though, where did you buy your shape cutters?

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar February 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

Hi Kei
I got my cutters (the plastic one in the photo) at an anime convention but I just checked online and Casabento.com carries the same cutters. (Under Bento Accessories) I also use regular cookie cutters and various plastic caps from different sized bottles.

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CristiNo Gravatar October 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Anna you’re my hero!

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