polka dot birdies bento

2 07 2010

i’m still catching up on all the bento blog posts i missed during my break, but one of the things i saw recently that inspired me was this adorable polka-dot bird at e-obento.  too cute, right?  i put my own spin on it by cutting a bird template from paper and tracing two birds out of cheese with a toothpick, and then applying polka dots made from orange and green soy paper, along with little cheese-and-soy-paper wings (cut with my smallest teardrop cutter).

i used my birds as toppers for two tea-sized club sandwiches (“club” only in the sense that they are three layers each of bread, and two of filling) — vegetarian ham, cheese, and mustard on dark pumpernickel bread.  the rest of the box has a steamed broccoli floret, the last (phew!) of my okra, a grape tomato, a piece of steamed corn, two pea pods, and some blueberries on a pick.

for more polka-dot inspiration, check out piewacket, food gal, and oh joy!, as well as etsy, where there are tons of great finds (including this bird headband that served as another model for my sandwich toppers).  wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


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2 07 2010
Lyndsey

These are awesome polka dot birds. they are so cute. I love the polka dot background too! I’ll check out the others.

2 07 2010
gamene

thanks lyndsey, and happy 4th of july weekend!

2 07 2010
sheri

Eep, love the retro stylized birdies with the pastel colors! They stand out great on the breads! Yay for sandwich bento week!

2 07 2010
gamene

thanks sheri! your domo on brown bread totally made me want to use brown bread too!🙂

2 07 2010
mommyof2girlz

My daughter popped over my shoulder saw your box and said “that looks cool mommy I wish we would make that”…lol The birds are pretty awesome🙂

2 07 2010
gamene

thanks steph! this one was pretty easy, you should def. make it for your girl! thanks as always for your comment😀

2 07 2010
KidsDreamWork

Lovely polka dot birdies, they look so outstanding from the dark colour sandwich. Even the background of the photo is also full of dots!🙂

2 07 2010
gamene

thanks kidsdreamwork, glad you noticed the matching background, had to sift through my pile of papers to find it haha! :o)

2 07 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

sherimiya’s comment put it so well…I also love the sweet retro spirit, the fresh polka dot motif and the contrast of the dark bread and birdies! the veggie section looks so delightful, bright and summery and again the colors bring out the dramatic bread…what a great way to maximize the appeal of this chic, nifty box!

2 07 2010
gamene

thanks so much jenn, you flatter me too much! 😀

2 07 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Sorry, that should have read “the veggie section looks so delightful, bright and summery and again the colors contrast so well with the dramatically dark bread”–:)

2 07 2010
gamene

knew what you meant doll🙂

2 07 2010
Sonoma Bento

Aaaaa! Polka dots! At first glance I was wondering where the heck would you find polka dot patterned cheese?! You have a steady and patient hand to place all of those soy dots.🙂 I’ll have to put this in my book of things I want to try.

2 07 2010
gamene

thanks sonoma bento! the birds were really small so it wasn’t *that* many dots (i used small cheese and big dots on purpose!!)… give it a try!

3 07 2010
Asfora

So chic! Cute and very nicely done! Have you seen Mombento’s polka dot bento? Check it out – http://community.livejournal.com/bentolunch/4277703.html

3 07 2010
gamene

thanks asfora! ooh, i hadn’t seen that one, it’s great — thanks for the link!

3 07 2010
Angeleyes

Wow! Those dots must have taken a lot of time to cut and assemble!
Btw, where to get these edible soy papers??? They looked really fun!

8 07 2010
gamene

i had a hole puncher so it wasn’t too bad. i got the edible soy papers at my local japanese market, but you can find them also in my amazon store!

5 07 2010
Lil'chan

Your polka dot birds are so cute! I would like to have this bento😉 Really ^-^

8 07 2010
gamene

thanks lil’chan! wish i could tell it to fly over to you😉

5 07 2010
Susan Yuen

Totally gorgeous and stylish bento!!! Such a beautiful combination of colors and so artfully arranged. Megan you have such a great eye for bento design!🙂

8 07 2010
gamene

thanks susan, you are always so encouraging! i learn from the best😉

6 07 2010
tatabonita

This post is so polka-dot-y hehehe – the birdies and the background, lovely! I love the combination of brown and blue😀. I have no doubt that you put a lot of patience to make and arrange those polka-dots😀

8 07 2010
gamene

hi tata, thanks for your comment!😀 the dots weren’t too bad, i did them with a punch and the birds are pretty small. i *did* want them to be *just right* though, haha, i’m a perfectionist!

8 07 2010
Debra

What a delightful bento, as I adore polka dots! Very chic. I’m inspired by your use of pumpernickel. The dark bread looks great in your bento.

8 07 2010
gamene

thanks debra! i LOVE dots for food and design, but i almost never wear them, isn’t that weird?

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