What you see above is made entirely of 40 kilograms of cheddar cheese and cocktail sticks.
Prudence Staite, a food artist whose work we've featured extensively at Neatorama, shows her Christmas spirit with this crèche. It took her five days of work to make the building, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Three Wise Men, two donkeys, two sheep and a cow. Even the straw is made of cheese--in this case, finely shaved cheese. The Daily Telegraph describes how Staite did it:
She first softened the cheese in a special food processor, then formed each of her figures before putting all of the characters into the fridge again to firm up for display.
The tiny crib that contains the baby even includes shaved cheese as straw.
According to Staite, all the figures were equally tricky to make as the detail on their faces was so small. Her solution: A tiny magnifying glass.
In this video for SWNS, Staite explains how she was able to craft this edible wonder.