You will laugh.... They were easy to make. I used a bottle of multi colored cupcake sprinkles! I laid out a piece of waxed paper and made little puddles of Elmers glue and put the spinkles on them. I formed them to the shape of a bunch. When dry I removed them, flipped them over and added more to the back to get the full shape. For the crates I made little balsa blocks to fit inside and covered them with glue and sprinkles. I painted them with either Model Masters or Testors enamel ( I don't recall for certain). Amazingly, the color variations of the colored sprinkles made the grapes look very natural. Added some paper leaves. Now sprinkles are basically just coated sugar. They are over five years old and have been to many shows etc and have not deteriorated. I think the glue and paint sealed them well.
Howdy Bob... Man, those grapes look good enough to eat! Really imaginative idea. I have used stuff from the spice aisle at the grocery store such as peppercorns painted to look like melons and my favorite...caraway seeds look like peppers and when painted green or red and glued to a piece of fine wire resemble the dried pepper bunches hanging off porches and elsewhere in the Southwest US. I am sure there are more uses for such stuff besides being tasty spices.
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Started on some grape bunches tonight. A little warning...use a tray so that the sprinkles do get all over the place. Those little balls will roll pretty good. I used one of those styrofoam trays that your meat comes in.
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