Looking for a highly impractical desert that's both delicious and educational? Look no further! This instructable details how to create a periodic table out of frosted sugar cookies, complete with a background mat to serve them off of and to help keep them in order.

Step 1: Make Cookie Presentation Background

Though it's possible to create the background at any time because it's separate from the actual baking, do this first so you get a feel for what you're getting into and just what it's like to make 110 tiles of anything. Also, making the mat first will help you check the size of the overall outcome before you get too far into the process.

To start, first lay out the 50" x 25" butcher paper sheet that will serve as the background. Use a ruler and pencil to lightly mark a 2.5" grid across the whole sheet. You're going to erase the guide lines later, so don't use a pen or draw too darkly. Sanity check to be sure you haven't mis-measured and that the grid is at least 18 squares across to be sure that your table will fit.

Once the grid is ready, using a pencil lightly outline the shape of the periodic table and each of the groups to make sure it will be correctly positioned. Once you've verified the layout, color in the groups with different colors of marker and outline the table grid with heavy black lines. After the final colors are in place, erase the pencil lines to create a finished look.

Select a separate color of paper for each periodic table group and and cut it into 2"x2" squares. The square will sit on top of the marker color so pick something that contrasts a little. Letter and number the paper squares to match the elements on the table, and after each tile is lettered glue it in position. The nice thing about doing the lettering on separate tiles is that if you mess up the lettering alignment you can do it over easily.

Once the colors and tiles are all complete, coat the whole table in contact paper to create a surface that will stand up to buttery cookies without getting stained with grease and chocolate. At first I wasn't sure that contact paper would be robust enough, but upon actually completing the project I found that contact paper (I bought paper labeled as "book covering" at an office supply store) is perfect. After it's been covered the whole table can stand up not only to holding cookies, but to being washed vigourously with a sponge with no ill effects.

The one catch is that contact paper strong and water resistant, but it isn't particularly sticky, meaning that it will tend to peel off at the edges. This is great when you're trying to align big sheets of contact paper over the table without getting wrinkles in it, but a real problem when you're trying to wash it. To deal with this, once the contact paper was in place square up the edges of the table and coat the edge with scotch tape folded onto both sides of the table. This creates a nice edge and prevents the contact paper from coming unstuck.
This Instructable was <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instructables.com/community/Instructables_on_NPRs_Here_amp_Now_next_week/">featured on NPR's Here &amp; Now</a> on November 24, 2008!<br/>
<p>Great!! </p>
oh wow! *drool* that makes me sooo hungry...<br/>lol, look at this pic!<br/>
HAHA SnApple LOL That's good, that's really good...XD
yeah, i know. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.xkcd.com">if you want to see more, just go here</a> =-)<br/>
i dont get any of ur jokes lol
Guess you did Home Economics instead of Science<br>Don't worry..I'm Australian. I didn't know what a Snapple was
me too
here's another one for you guys; Johnny was a chemists son, but Johnny is no more. what johnny thought was H2O was H2SO4
Ever heard of the Ferrous Wheel? (Fe 2+ = Ferrous Ion = Iron (II) Ion)<br>http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/unisex/sciencemath/aff5/
eh, that one's old.......
Kinda funny, you typed a frown but your picture is a smiley.
uhhh... sorry...
not as old as yours! : )
i dont get it?? okay jonny was a chemisists son but Johnny is no more. what johnny thought was H2O was H2SO4 sooo ??
H2SO4=Sulfuric Acid<br/>
h2o is water (the stuff you drink) h2so4 is a very very strong acid (the stuff that kills) get it now?
lol yeah
haha. I love xkcd.
lol, me too.
Once again ME THREE!!!!
lol<br/><br/>GO MIDDLE SCHOOLERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br/><sup>who love xkcd</sup><br/>
Have you read the one where the guy tells his friend about his dream girl? Her only form of transportation is the mc hammer slide..
There are so many of them. My favorite is number 404.
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://xkcd.com/404/">you mean this one???</a><br/>
I found number 403 though,403 means access denied.
teheheheheh, the one he showed doesn't exist...
404 - Not Found
ha ha yeah...
Yep. I thought it was funny.
lol, nice.
ohhh... no.
Go look for it. It's funny.
ha ha weird...
I found it <a rel="nofollow" href="http://xkcd.com/108/">right here.</a><br/>
i know, i saw it already...
Oh, ok.
I GET IT NOW!! LOL!! Sn is tin, apple is apple. Snapple is tinapple
ha ha, cheers, asian killer cow
Cheers back to you, uh... (insert synonym for anarchist here) Asian :P
ha ha
LOL! <br/><br/><sub>I know my periodic table! Yay!</sub><br/>
lucky :(

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