November 6th, 2009 Jamie
We’re big Office fans at my place, which of course meant we were pretty excited about the premiere episode in September. To celebrate, I surprised my sweetie with the smashing dessert you see above–office supplies (including a small stapler because my big one wouldn’t fit in the bowl) suspended in Jello.
And because you’re in college and need to know this kind of thing, I thought I would pass the how-to on to you.
So without further adieu…
How to Suspend a Stapler (and other things) in Jello
(Please forgive the bad lighting in my pics–this was my first try and I should have used a lighter Jello flavor!)
1. Gather Your Supplies.
You will need:
- 5 packages of light colored Jello (or only 2 packs if you are doing a small bowl with small objects.)
- Large bowl
- Tape (the stronger the better… I only had invisible tape and it wasn’t so great)
- Things to suspend (I used paper clips and a stapler)
2. Begin prepping Jello by boiling water.
Follow the directions on the package… I don’t think you need a picture of this.
3. While water boils, suspend your items in the glass bowl.
To do this, tape down one side of a string of floss to the outside of the bowl. Thread it through some portion of your object. Adjust the tension of the floss so the item is floating somewhere around the middle, then tape down the other side. Keep in mind that heavy objects sometimes take a couple pieces of floss.
4. When water has boiled, stir in Jello powder.
5. Pour hot Jello mixture gently into your bowl, then add cool water according to package directions.
Be careful not to just dump the liquid in as it can mess up your floating-office-supply placement. Also, fill it as close to the brim of the bowl as you can!
6. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
You don’t have to put yours next to the yogurt like I did.
7. Remove floss.
When the Jello has… uh… jelled… take the tape off the floss. Slowly slide the floss out of the Jello, pulling gently from one side so it will slip out like a thread through a needle. Don’t pull directly up, or you’ll get lines where the floss was and you could mess up your object placement.
8. Remove Jello from bowl…
This part is a little tricky, so take your time. You’re going to want to fill a larger bowl, or the sink, with warm water. Hold the Jello bowl in the water (without letting water spill over the brim!) for about a minute to help loosen the Jello mold. Remove from water.
Now put a plate on top of your bowl, and while holding the plate in place, flip the whole thing over. Just lift the top off (you may have to wiggle it just a little) and your Jello mold is complete!
* I suggest using yellow Jello, because you can see things better through it. I chose Strawberry because it’s my favorite flavor, but as you have noticed, it is harder to admire the stapler and paper clips.
* Do NOT put your roommate’s iPod in Jello. Or anything else you can’t afford to have replaced or repaired.
* For more details, and a huge collection of photos of things in Jello, check out JelloStapler.com
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