Halloween Candy Art

Halloween candy art Spooky Candy Graveyard

Here is a fun way to turn some of your child’s Halloween candy into art!

If your kids like making gingerbread houses, they will love this project!




  • One piece of cardboard- square or round (to use as a base)
  • Chocolate frosting
  • For tree- brown air dry clay, brown play dough, brown Model Magic or homemade brown Model Magic (click here for our homemade model magic recipe).
  • For tree branches & leaves- brown or black pipe cleaners or small sticks (about 7 per child) and yellow, orange and  red tissue paper cut into squares
  • For fence- candy corn or other colorful “fence like” candy
  • For grave stones- grey or brown Model Magic or mini candy bars
  • For ghost- ghost shaped marshmallow, 2 regular marshmallows or white Model Magic  
  • Plastic forks and knives
  • Craft glue
  • Black marker


  • First, start by making the tree out of clay or play dough. Begin by making a thick log shape. Stand your log upright and create roots at the base by pinching the clay. Make sure the tree is stable and can stand on its own. Add bark  texture by running a fork along the trunk lengthwise.
  • Set your tree on top of the cardboard. Using your fingers, blend it in to the cardboard at the base so it will stay in place. You can even add a little craft glue to the bottom if desired.
  • Next, add branches to the tree with your pipe cleaners (or sticks). If using pipe cleaners, you can make them look twisted by wrapping them around your finger and then unwinding them. Add more clay or play dough at the top if necessary to hold the branches in place.
  • Now it’s time to add the leaves to your trees. Take out your tissue paper squares. Grab the middle of a square, twist a little then dip it in glue and stick it on your tree’s branches.
  • It’s time to add some chocolate! Spread chocolate frosting onto the top of your cardboard base. Make sure it goes all the way to the edges and is nice and thick!
  • Next, wash hands. 🙂
  • Place candy corn or other colorful candy around the edge of your cardboard creating a candy fence.
  • Wash hands again. 🙂
  • Now onto the gravestones. Use model magic (brown and grey) to make a few gravestones. Or dig in your candy bag for “tomb stone shaped” candy bars. If using model magic, you can use black markers to scribble little lines for text. Or add an epitaph- R.I.P is a popular one! When complete, place your tombstones in the chocolate frosting on your board.
  • Time for a spooky ghost! You can make a ghost out of white Model Magic, ghost shaped marshmallows or two stacked regular marshmallows. Add a face to your ghost with black marker.
  • Ta da – Your masterpiece is complete!


If you don’t want to deal with a big art mess at home, sign your child up to create Halloween inspired art at Kidcreate!

Click here for information about Halloween classes in Eden Prairie.
Click here for information about Halloween classes in Woodbury.


Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!


Pumpkin Seed Art

Pumpkin Seed Art

Here’s a fun art project for all those little goblins and ghouls out there!

What you will need:
-Pumpkin Seeds
-A bucket to wash the seeds in
-Towels to dry seeds
-3 small bowls (paper bowls or paper cups work well)
-3 spoons
-White school glue
-Liquid water color or tempera paint in red, yellow and blue
-Cardboard or tag board

1)       After the seeds have been removed from the pumpkin, wash them in a bucket of water and then spread them out on a towel to dry.  Allow a couple days for the seeds to dry!

2)       Once the seeds are dry, you are ready to start the next part of the project.  Pour glue into 3 small bowls.  Add paint to bowls, creating one red, one yellow and one blue.

3)       Cover a table with newspaper and place the cardboard piece on top of the paper.

4)       Drizzle colored glue on to the cardboard with the spoons. The glue can be swirled with the spoons or fingers.  This is a great way to experiment with color mixing (red + yellow= orange, red + blue= purple, yellow + blue= green).  The pumpkin seeds can be added at anytime.  Add them at the beginning to swirl them into the colored glue or add them at the end to top the glue masterpiece. Older children may enjoy creating patterns or a picture in the glue with the seeds.

Want to create more Halloween themed art?  Sign up for a Halloween art workshop at Kidcreate!


Tricked-Out Halloween Treat Bag!

tricked-out-halloween-treat-bag-pinWhat’s better than a giant pillowcase to fill with candy on Halloween? A giant pillowcase custom decorated with Halloween art! We’ll use a variety of art supplies including glow-in-the-dark paint to magically transform a pillowcase into a tricked-out treat bag. This trick-or-treat bag will be “sweet” even without the candy to fill it and makes a great keepsake that can be used for years to come.

With these easy step-by-step directions, you and your child will create a tricked-out Halloween treat bag using a simplified Batik method. It’s a craft project and art lesson all in one!


  • Apron (If Available)
  • Grubby Clothes Are a Must!
  • Newspaper to Cover Your Work Area
  • Drop Cloth for the Floor (If Available)
  • White Pillowcase
  • 18×24 Piece of Tagboard
  • Pencils
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • 1 Container of School Glue
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Fabric Dye (Dark Colors Work Best)
  • Dye Mixing Container
  • Spray Bottle
  • An Additional Piece of Tagboard or Cardboard
  • Black 3D/Puff Fabric Paint
  • Brightly Colored 3D/Puff Fabric Paint (Any Colors)
  • Glow-in-the-Dark 3D/Puff Fabric Paint







  • Begin by covering your work area with newspaper. A drop cloth on the floor is a good idea too. This is going to get messy!
  • Next, have your child look at pictures of spider webs. Google Images is a great place to find lots of pictures of creepy, crawly, spooky Halloween spider webs. Talk with your child about the shapes and patterns they see in the pictures.
  • Using the images as inspiration, have your child draw a spider web on the tagboard with a pencil. When drawing their web, instruct your child not to draw the web lines too close together (close lines will make things difficult later) and to make their drawing very large, so it covers the entire piece of tagboard.


Not a spider fan?  Jack-o-lanterns and cats make great trick-or-treat bag art too!

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  • Next, have your child trace over the pencil lines on their drawing with a black Sharpie.

  • Put the completed tagboard inside the pillowcase. Make sure to center it in the case. The dark sharpie lines of the drawing should be visible through the pillowcase.

  • Next, trace the lines of the web with school glue on top of the pillowcase. Your child will want to move the glue very slowly so that it comes out as a line, not little dots.

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  • Now, we get to the VERY MESSY part! Have your child put on plastic gloves. Follow the directions on your dye packaging to mix your dye. Then, pour it into a spray bottle.

  WARNING: The fabric dye WILL STAIN hands and clothes!

  • Now, spray the pillowcase with fabric dye. Keep spraying until the entire pillowcase is covered. Move the sprayer around when spraying so that dye doesn’t puddle in one spot on the pillowcase.


  • When finished, lay the pillowcase flat to dry.
  • When the pillowcase is dry, it’s time to remove the tagboard from the inside of the pillowcase. The tagboard will be stuck to the inside of the pillowcase. Just peel it off as best you can. Don’t worry about getting every little piece of board off, any remaining tagboard pieces will come off in the washer.
  • It’s time for the wash! Wash the pillowcase separately in cold water. Then, tumble dry separately. Repeat the wash and dry steps a second time to make sure all the extra dye has been removed. When you are done with the washing, you may have to wipe left over paper pulp from the inside of your washer.
  • Now it’s time to add the finishing touches! Add a spider to your web, some stripes to your cat- whatever your child’s imagination can dream up! If your child chooses to add a spider, have them think about the shapes they see in a spider before they start to draw (i.e.- big oval for the body, small oval for the head, curved lines for the legs). Slide a piece of tagboard or cardboard into the pillowcase under your drawing area to prevent the puff paint from bleeding through. Then, get out your black puff paint and get to work. When the spider is finished, your child may want to add a brightly colored outline around their spider with a second color of puff paint to make it stand out more.

  • Lastly, add glow-in-the-dark puff paint wherever you like! Accent the web lines with it. Add some glow around your spider. Be creative! The more glow, the better, especially on Halloween night!

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!


Fall Mosaic Art Project

Clay by itself is tons of fun, but adding do-dads and trinkets will make this art project a favorite!

Your child will be inspired by the shapes and colors of fall with this fun clay mosaic art project. This project has it all; messy sensory play, colorful do-dads and a new art term for your child’s art vocabulary!

Art Kidbit: Mosaic

 A MOSAIC is an art form consisting of patterns of small pieces of tile or glass inlaid in cement or grout. 

Fall Leaf MosaicMaterials Needed:

  • Natural color air dry clay (you can purchase this at any craft or art supply store)
  • Wax paper and/or cardboard
  • Miscellaneous items to use as mosaic pieces such as: beads, foam squares, rock and  mosaic tile pieces. No beads or tile pieces at  home?  Look to nature! Rocks, sticks,  and acorns all make great mosaic pieces!
  • Tools  (toothpick, craft stick, plastic fork, and rolling pin)


  1. Roll the clay into a slab.  For your clay newbies, a slab is a piece of clay that is rolled out flat like a pancake. Keep the slab thick, so you can push the mosaic pieces into it, and make sure it is BIG, so there is plenty of room for the mosaic. Use wax paper or a piece of recycled cardboard (or both) under the slab to make it easier to move.
  2. Once your slab is ready, lightly draw the shape of a leaf out on the surface. If you don’t like your leaf shape, smooth it out and start again. When you are happy with your leaf drawing,  go ahead and cut it out.  A toothpick or craft stick works great for that.
  3. Now comes the fun part!  Start decorating your leaf shape with beads, rocks, tiles, or any do-dad that strikes your fancy!
  4. Once complete, allow your mosaic to dry.



Fall Mosaic Art Project





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Ice Cream in a Bag!

Make your own ice cream at home without an ice cream maker!


2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 cups half-and-half cream

1/2 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 bag crushed ice

4 cups coarse salt

Other Supplies:

2 pint-size resealable plastic freezer bags

1 gallon-size resealable plastic freezer bag

Gloves or towel to protect fingers


1.  In a pitcher or large measuring cup, stir together the whipping cream, half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla extract until sugar has dissolved.

2.   Pour about 1/2 cup of mixture into a pint-size plastic bag and seal carefully, squeezing out extra air. Place each sealed bag into a second pint-size bag, again squeezing out extra air. Seal carefully.

3.  Fill each gallon-size plastic bag about halfway with ice and add 1/2 cup coarse salt. Place one sealed small bag into the large bag, squeeze out most of the air, and seal the large bag.

4.   Wear mittens or thick gloves, or wrap the bag in a towel to protect hands against the extreme cold. Shake and massage the bag for about 5 minutes or until mixture thickens into ice cream. Add more salt and ice to the outer bag if ice cream hasn’t formed after 10 minutes of continuous motion.

5.   Remove the outer pint-size bag before you open the inner bag so you don’t get any of the salty ice on your ice cream!

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Here’s a great sunny day art project from Martha Stewart that we found on Pinterest.


Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!


Garden Stepping Stone Project

Want to Create a Beautiful Garden Stepping Stone for your Garden?

garden stepping stoneYour kid will love this fun summer project! Stepping stones are a very popular garden decoration. This is your child’s chance to design and create their very own! Follow the step-by-step instructions below to create a one-of-a-kind garden stepping stone mosaic.

Art Kidbit: Mosaic

A MOSAIC is an art form consisting of patterns of small pieces of tile or glass inlaid in cement or grout.


  • Quickcrete – Sand/Topping Mix (60 lb bag makes 10-15 stones)
  • Plastic planter liners-10” diameter
  • Water
  • 1 cup measuring cup
  • Large ziplock bags to mix concrete in
  • Smooth stones/rocks/glass beads- multiple colors work best!
  • Water jug
  • Roll paper to cover tables with
  • Aprons or grubby clothes (THIS IS A MESSY PROJECT!)



  • When we create stepping stones at our studios, we start by showing the kids examples of different stepping stones. We want them to notice the colors and patterns in the designs. This is also a great time to introduce your kids to the art term above- mosaic.
  • Next, have your child plan their design with the stones on a table or flat surface. Encourage them to create a pattern or design instead of just randomly placing the stones.
  • Measure 6 cups of Quickcrete into a large ziplock bag. Create one bag for each stepping stone you plan on making.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the bag. Close the bag and have your child mix the Quickcrete by kneading the bag until the consistency is even. It’s very important to make sure the bags are sealed well!
  • Once the Quickcrete is mixed, pour it into your plastic liner. Fill the liner about 2/3 full. The stepping stone should be about 1” thick.  Let it sit for a few minutes and then have your child add their stones.  Make sure the stones are pressed into the concrete firmly. If not, they will pop out once the stepping stone is dry.
  • Your stepping stone will take about 24 hours to dry. Once dry, it can be taken out of the plastic liner.

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!


Summer Is off to a Great Start!

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Ice Cream Sundae Art Project

Are you looking for a fun art project to try at home? Here is a project for all the ice cream loving kids out there!

This project was inspired by the amazing food art created by artists Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub. Click on the links below to learn more about these great artists!

Ice Cream SundaeMaterials needed:

Model Magic (primary colors and white) Model Magic is available at Target and Michaels. 
(Or make your own Model Magic-  Click here to learn how.)

Paper plates

Brown tempera paint

Elmer’s glue



Crayons/Markers/Colored pencils


  • It’s always a good idea to draw out your ideas before your start working with Model Magic, so let’s start with pencil and paper!  Draw your dessert with pencil and then add in the color and details with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Get as detailed as you want. Be creative and have fun!
  • Now it’s time to get out the Model Magic! Did you know that Model Magic colors can be mixed together? Take a ball of each of the colors you would like to mix. Knead the colors together to combine. The longer you work at it, the better the colors will mix. Working with Model Magic like this is a great way to learn color theory (red + blue= purple, blue + yellow= green, red + yellow= orange ). Mix away and create the colors you need for your sculpture.
  • Now that your colors are ready it’s time to start creating your delicious sculptures! Using the paper plate as your base, start with the dish for your sundae and work your way up. Don’t forget to refer back to your drawing as your work.
  • It’s time for the finishing touch, chocolate syrup glue! Mix a small amount of brown paint and glue together. Then, drizzle the mixture over the top of your dessert sculpture.

For more information about these artists, click on the links below-

Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg on Wikipedia

Claes Oldenburg’s art available to view in the Twin Cities (from ArtsConnectEd) 

Visit the Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Spoonbridge and Cherry scuplture at the Walker’s Sculpture Garden

Wayne Theibaub

Wayne Theibaub on Wikipedia


Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!


Camp Crafts- Candy Kaleidoscopes

candy kaleidoscopeSummer time is camp time and what is more fun at camp than craft time? Nothing!!!!! Tie-dye, rock painting, weaving, bead bracelets, nature crafts, toys and more! These are some of the classic camp crafts many parents did when they were kids. And kids still love them today!

Here is a “sweet” spin on a popular toy craft project. Design and create your very own kaleidoscope filled with tiny pieces of candy.

Art Kidbit: Kaleidoscope

A KALEIDOSCOPE is a tube of mirrors containing loose colored beads, pebbles, or other small colored objects. The viewer looks in one end and light enters the other end, reflecting off the mirrors. The word is derived from three Greek words that together mean, “looking at beautiful forms.”





  • Design the outside of their kaleidoscope by drawing on the tube with oil pastels or markers. Maybe give the tube a candy theme by drawing different types of candy, or creating a peppermint striped pattern.
  • Now paint the tube with watercolor paint. You will paint right over the your oil pastel drawings. (Skip this step if you decorated your tube with markers!)
  • Fold the mirror paper into a triangle along the perforations and secure with tape. Slide the triangle into the end of the tube.
  • Put the candy into the end piece that doesn’t have a hole in it. Leave enough room for the clear piece to fit inside and for the candy to move around a little to change the patterns inside the kaleidoscope.
  • Place the clear circle on top of the candy and hot glue this piece to the end of the tube.
  • Place the other plastic end (the one with a hole for viewing) on the tube.
  • Ta-Da! You’ve done it! Turn the tube slowly while looking through the hole to see the color patterns change.

Candy Kaleidoscope Craft Project

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!