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How to make a mailable Chipotle burrito

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

A burrito you can mail

If you know someone who loves Chipotle burritos, then here's a crafty way to mail him or her a funny fake one. All you need are some simple supplies and these clever assembly instructions. I guarantee that getting a burrito in the mail would be the highlight of anyone's day.

A burrito you can mail

How to make a mailable Chipotle burrito


  • 1/2-inch or 1-inch upholstery foam (found at most craft and hobby stores)
  • Hot-glue gun and spray glue
  • Scissors
  • Dry black beans or pinto beans
  • Dry risotto rice (it's whiter than normal, uncooked rice)
  • Corn nuts or dried corn kernels
  • Tan Crayola Model Magic (shaped to look like pieces of cooked chicken)
  • Red and orange foam pool noodles or foam paper (cut up to look like salsa chunks)
  • Green acrylic paint (used for "guacamole")
  • Clear silicon glue
  • Color printout of a flour tortilla shell
  • Aluminum sheet-metal tape (found at most hardware stores)



Roll an 8-1/2 x 11-inch sheet of foam into a tube shape similar to the size of a burrito.

A burrito you can mail


Hot glue the foam in place. With scissors, shape the ends to be rounded.

A burrito you can mail


Print the PDF tortilla shell in color on 8-1/2 x 11-inch paper. Cut to the size of your foam burrito. Spray the back side of the paper with spray glue.

A burrito you can mail


Attach the tortilla paper to the foam, wrapping it around until completely covered.

A burrito you can mail


Gather and mix your dry ingredients: black or pinto beans, risotto, corn nuts or dried corn, chunks of tan Crayola Model Magic, red and orange pieces of foam noodles or foam paper.

A burrito you can mail


Hot glue the dry ingredients to one end of the foam burrito, adding a few drops of green paint for the guacamole, if desired.

A burrito you can mail


Seal the dry ingredients in place with clear silicon glue. Allow it to dry for two or three days.

A burrito you can mail


Wrap the burrito in strips of aluminum sheet-metal tape. (I purposely crumpled mine to look more like tin foil.)

A burrito you can mail


Add a message, mailing label and postage to your burrito. (Mine mailed for about $3, but have yours weighed at the post office for the correct shipping rate.)

A burrito you can mail

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