How to Draw a Pretzel

Easy, step by step Pretzel drawing tutorial
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If you're hungry to draw yourself a snack, check out this easy pretzel drawing guide. This iconic knot-shaped pastry is a staple at fairs, shopping mall food courts, and concession stands at football games and other sporting events.

Why do pretzels bear such a unique shape? One origin story dates from the 600s in Italy. It tells of a monk who baked dough that was folded like arms crossed in prayer.

He called them pretiolas - from which the word "pretzel" may be derived. The term meant "little rewards," and he gave them to good children.

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By the 1100s, illustrations of pretzels appeared in the crest of a baker's guild and in books.

They were considered "a sign of good luck and spiritual wholeness," and were often enjoyed on holidays such as Christmas and New Year's.

Some religious leaders used the three sections to represent the doctrine of the trinity.

Another interesting tradition arose in Switzerland. The pretzel was considered a "marriage knot," and a couple would pull on the two sides, much like a wishbone.

The larger half was said to bring prosperity to the marriage.

Whatever the reason for enjoying this historical snack, you can put this cartoon pretzel drawing tutorial to good use. You'll need only a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Starbucks Freppuccino, Cotton Candy, and Cookies.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Pretzel

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1. Begin by drawing a large, narrow "U" shaped line. This forms one end of the twisted pretzel dough.

Pretzel drawing - step 2
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2. Draw a long curved line and double it back upon itself to form the other end of the dough. It should enclose the lines of the first end.

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3. Draw a wide "U" shaped line from the first end of the dough to the second section, enclosing the open end of the second section in the process. This outlines the inner edge of the bow or shoulder of the pretzel.

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4. Draw a curved line between the ends of the pretzel, outlining the inner side of the bottom of the pretzel.

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5. Draw a large "U" shaped line, connected on one side to the end of the pretzel. This outlines the inner side of the remaining "shoulder" of the pretzel.

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6. Draw a long curved line, beginning above one end of the pretzel, crossing over the incomplete line of the shoulder, and wrapping around to the bottom of the pretzel, running roughly parallel to its shape. This outlines the outer edge of the pretzel.

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7. Continue the long curved line around the pretzel until it meets the top of the pastry. This completes the outline of the pretzel.

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8. Texture the pretzel with a long wavy line along the bottom. Then, draw small teardrop shapes on the surface of the pretzel. This could be salt crystals, sesame seeds, or sprinkles, according to your favorite flavor!

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9. Draw more small teardrop shapes all over the top of the pretzel.

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Color your cartoon pretzel. The special way that pretzels are prepared gives them a rich dark brown color. However, they may be dipped in sauces such as mustard or cheese or covered in sweet icing!

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