Making Fake Food

Does anyone know how to make fake food? My husband is restoring an old car and I wanted to surprise him with one of those trays that hang on the side with the food on it or even the spilled fake food.


Audrie from PA


September 5, 20070 found this helpful

I don't know how to make it but having taught pre school for several years I can tell you there is plastic food which looks good enough to eat. Try your local toy store. There are pieces of fried chicken, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and many other things. The french fries will make you want to rush right out to your favorite hamburger joint.
BTW this is a very clever idea! He will love it.

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September 5, 20070 found this helpful

Shades of the 50's. What a great Idea!. Do you have the tray? A place like Sonic might help you with a tray. Consider consignment shops near you for pieces of food. Craft stores might have the meat/burger items. If crafty is your game, a craft store would also have polymer clay which comes in many colors. Knead it, shape or mold it, bake, done. :) After it's baked the 'food' may be similar in weight as the real thing.

Do let us know how your surprise goes.


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By SunshineRose (Guest Post)
September 5, 20070 found this helpful

I have made hamburgers out of candy with
a mold bought at the craft store.

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By Kelly (Guest Post)
September 5, 20070 found this helpful

Google Art Attack. The guy does some amazing things with paper mache

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September 5, 20070 found this helpful

To make fake spills...mix glue with whatever color paint you want. I used Elmer's School Glue and brown paint. I poured it into a washed pudding cup and dumped it out onto wax paper. I then stuck a spoon (metal or plastic) into it so that it looked like someone was eating it. After a few days (it took a long time) it was dry and ready to peel off of the wax paper. It looked so much like a real spill!

Also, you make a salt dough...I forget how it was so long ago....and mold it into any shape. French fries, hamburger, etc. You can either paint them after making them or mix the paint right into the dough.


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By kelly (Guest Post)
September 5, 20071 found this helpful

I remember (in girl scouts) making a fake root beer float by melting brown colored wax (paraffin with brown crayon melted in it) poured into a beer mug and allowed to harden. For the ice cream topping, we just used paraffin with white crayon mixed in and when nearly dry, mixed it up to look like foam, then scooped on top of the already hardened brown root beer wax. Add a straw, very cute!

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By (Guest Post)
September 6, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you all for the great ideas. I think this is going to be a Christmas gift, with maybe make a couple of different themes.
Thanks again
Love to all,

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September 6, 20070 found this helpful

I just looked on eBay for fake milkshake, fake food, fake hamburger, fake sandwich and found items for sale under all those. Just go look!

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By mary (Guest Post)
September 7, 20070 found this helpful

There was a show on, I think, "Made in America". An impression is made of any food (can't remember what was used - parafin I think. Then a colored polymer was poured in to this mold. See show for details.

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December 29, 2006

I want to make a fake wedding cake for displays. Any ideas?

Diana from South Carolina


December 29, 20060 found this helpful

Styrofoam...go to the craft store. The white kind is sturdy. The green kind that you can soak in water is easiest to carve into unique shapes.

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By Grandma Margie (Guest Post)
December 29, 20060 found this helpful

While in a craft store I noticed the "unfinished" lightweight cardboard boxes (with lids) in various sizes and shapes......square, round and oval. I got the idea to stack three round ones (in graduated sizes) to represent a wedding cake. I painted them white, inside and out, and hot glued various widths of white lace around each layer and draped and hot glued the small "pearl" rope, which you can buy by the yard, on each layer too. I used this "fake" wedding cake as the container for my gifts to my future daughter-in-law at her bridal shower. I put shredded tissue paper in each box and placed the various gift items on the tissue. On the very top I placed a clear glass saucer which had wet floral foam holding fresh white carnations and baby's breath. I held the boxes and floral arrangement in place with a small dab of the "tack it" stuff kids use to put posters on the wall. My daughter-in -law loved it. She uses the boxes to store keepsakes in now, many years later.
Perhaps some variation of this idea may work for you.

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January 2, 20070 found this helpful

Traditional bakeries use styrofoam bases covered in, and decorated with, the actual icing that is used on their wedding cakes. It dries, to form permanent displays. If their "icings" are a type that won't dry properly, they use a Royal Icing (egg white based icing) that dries hard. Sometimes these display cakes are iced with a thinned plaster/joint compound, but be careful that it dries white, because they look really bad when they yellow or someone tries to paint them white.

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January 3, 20070 found this helpful

this is can use the large towel at the bottom and go from there...cause 12 hand towels, etc. there's got to be a better way, lol

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January 4, 20070 found this helpful

If you go to a craft store that carries Wilton products, they sometimes also carry styrofoam "cakes" in all shapes and sizes. The styrofoam is more like the kind they used to make coolers with - not so porous. I found this out the hard way, when I was asked to make a display wedding cake, and bought styrofoam circles from Michael's and had to glue numerous ones together to make a full layer. In all, I used about 12 pieces, in 3 sizes, when I could have bought 3 pieces in the heights I needed. Live and learn! I did mine in Royal Icing, which hardened almost immediately, so work quick, but to this day, the hotel is still using that cake! they keep it refrigerated to be safe, but it has stood up beautifully. Good luck!

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By Sharon,Ky (Guest Post)
February 27, 20070 found this helpful

A funny story I HAVE to share!When my Daughter married last year I baked her wedding cake.Along with all the other chores to be done I was running on a tight schedule and didn't get it baked until 2 in the morning of the wedding,and the top layer hadn't baked completely when I started decorating. In tears I vowed I wouldn.t be defeated. I iced the pan of the top layer(which wouldn't have been eaten anyway!!) and instructed the girl cutting the cake to take it off discreetly before cutting the other layers.HEY---you gotta do what you gotta do!!! No one at the reception but me and her knew the difference!

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