I think that my favorite characters in the Totoro movie are the Dustbunnies. They're called Makkuro Kurosuke in Japanese and the actual translation would be "Pitch Black Blackies." They're essentially little black soot spirits that live in old houses. Calling out and laughing loudly seems to get rid of them. And if you want to keep them around, they eat little star food (like in Spirited Away).
We made two different kinds of dustbunnies for the girls' birthday party.
The edible ones were made of Scotcheroos, which I coated in melted chocolate. Then I piped the eyeballs on with both white and black royal icing.
Joey and Kenzi made the other dustbunnies out of black pom poms, white glue and google eyes. These were the party favors, along with little Chibi-Totoros that Joey made out of Sculpey.
And the girls made the giftbags (using this tutorial) with paper that Kenzi designed and printed up.
And stay tuned. Tomorrow I'll have pictures of the Catbus.
Totoro Party #1- Scotcheroo Recipe
Totoro Party #3- Catbus
Totoro Party #4- Totoro Cake
Fine Art from the Recycling Bin