Today we will share with you how we made astronaut food for our American Girl dolls that was inspired by the astronaut food that comes with AG’s Luciana Vega’s Mars Habitat. This doll food was made mostly from polymer clay and a few recycled plastic finds.
Below is a picture of the doll food that comes with American Girl Luciana Vega’s Mars Habitat. This set came with a beef patty, mac & cheese, cashews, creamed spinach, and potatoes.
We had fun researching astronaut food. Almost all food is stored in vacuum sealed pouches. Some pouches are torn opened, zippered opened, or have a plastic locking spout.
To make the cashews we used beige polymer clay. We tore small pieces of clay and rolled them by hand into small crescent shapes. The pieces with laid and pressed together.
For the potatoes, white – beige – and a very small amount of yellow clay was worked together. Small balls were rolled and then pressed flat.
Using brown clay, a patty was formed. A sponge was used to provide burger details. A small balled tool was used to draw grill marks.
Various colors of green clay were mixed with white to create the spinach. Clay was not completely blended so it would have a streaked look to resemble the veins. A crinkle cutter was used to provide leaf details.
I used equal parts of yellow and orange clay to create the color for the mac and cheese. I used a clay extruder and pressed out long clay strings. Each string was cut into 1/4 inch pieces. The pieces were piled together and slightly pressed.
All pieces were baked at 275° for 15 minutes.
Below is pictured the tiny bags we use in our doll crafts and displays. These make great baggies for doll school lunches. I also use them to store doll food and other small craft accessories such as buttons. The bags to the right, 1.5 x 2 inches, is what I used for the doll astronaut food. These baggies can be found at Michaels in the jewelry section.
While the clay food was baking, we worked on the bag containers. We created labels. You can find that printable here: Astronaut Food for Dolls . We printed our labels onto sticker paper, cut out, and placed onto baggies. If you don’t have sticker paper, just print out onto regular printer paper, cut, and use a glue stick.
To create the drinking / eating spout, we recycled a plain white straw. We cut the straw into 3/4 inch lengths. Each piece was placed into the open end of the baggy and it was zipper shut around the straw. We did not add any glue because the zippered closing held the straw snuggly in place. Plus, we didn’t want to completely seal shut the baggy with glue so the food could be removed if desired.
Here is a picture of what the food looks on the non-labeled side.
The water is small bubble wrap. It was cut into a 1 inch wide long strip and rolled for thickness.