Deco-furi in red and purple (you can also use ketchup and yukari instead)
as needed (about 2 tablespoons)
Use your desired amount of rice and mix with the deco-furi to add color. If you don't have deco-furi, you can use ketchup or yukari furikake instead.
Wrap up the two different colored clumps of rice in plastic wrap and shape into balls.
Cut a slice of carrot about 2.3 mm thick. Remove the skin, then put into a plastic bag with a bit of water and heat in the microwave for one minute. Then, when it softens, you can cut it!
Use a tooth pick to cut 4 circles out of cheese for the eyes. Use scissors to cut out 4 smaller circles for the eyes. Cut out 2 mouths as well.
Check the sizes over the plastic wrap.
Remove the plastic wrap and put the rice balls into your bento box. Add the face parts and it's done! Put your side dishes around the rice balls for a colorfully cute bento!
I'm making other charabens that don't require special tools. For an easy Minion recipe, please see Recipe ID: 2385624
Story Behind this Recipe
This was for my husband's bento.
If you use ketchup to color the rice, don't use too much or it will become sticky. Add a little bit at a time. If you don't have a cutter for Elmo's nose, it's soft enough so that you can use a toothpick or scissors to shape it. It's real cute if you make the eyes and the mouth large!