Marzipan is a paste made out of finely ground almonds mixed with sugar. The result is a pliable, edible, non-toxic crafting material, ideal as a substitute for modeling clay. With marzipan, the only potential side effect with accidental ingestion is a sugar high. An incredibly malleable alternative, whatever you can dream up, you can make with marzipan. These farm animals are a good start. With a single tube of marzipan, a small amount of food coloring, and a whole lot of fast little fingers, this project is sure to turn your countertop into a barnyard.
Marzipan can be found at the grocery store or the craft store in the baking department and is easily dyed by adding a tiny amount of food coloring to a clump of marzipan. When dying the marzipan pink, use just a tiny dot of red food coloring, because a little goes a long way with red. One tube of marzipan is enough to make all five farm animals if you are accurate with your measurements of the different colors.
7 oz tube marzipan paste
Box of assorted food coloring
Black food coloring
Clean surface for rolling balls with your hands
To get started: First separate a quarter-sized portion of marzipan to make the 10 colored discs for the animals’ eyes. Take the rest and separate it into 5 equal parts so that all the animals are more or less the same size. For each animal, first take a little tiny bit of not colored marzipan and roll into 2 little discs for the whites of the eyes. Then proceed with the instructions for each animal.
Step 1: Draw a beetle shape on a black cardboard and cut it out. Put it away.
Step 2: Take your marzipan portion for the bug and dye it all red using the tiniest dab of red food coloring. Mix the dye in well, making sure there are no streaks.
Step 3: Make 6 little, black balls for the dots.
Step 4: Use the rest to make a bigger black head. Arrange the black balls on both sides three, nicely (push them into marzipan with your fingers). Put the eyes on the head. Place the bug on the cardboard paper and glue it with icing sugar.