With the smells of apple candles along with pumpkin spice and the setup of scarecrows and Halloween decorations, I really enjoy the transition into Halloween and Fall.
The kids and I have made plenty of “not so scary” crafts over the years and many of my favorites have to do with Spiders, Ghosts, and Jack O’ Lanterns.
This year is no exception and this time we upcycled applesauce and fruit cups into an easy painted activity.
Not only is this craft an excellent way to teach about reducing waste but is also an opportunity to teach kids how to combine colors to create new shades of paints.
If you would like to make these Upcycled Fruit Cups Halloween Craft with your kids, here is what you will need:
Fruit Cup Containers
Fuzzy Sticks AKA Pipe Cleaners
Black Permanent Marker
Modge Podge or Glue
Paper Towels or Newspaper
Tip: You can find most of these items at your local dollar store or craft store.
To get started with this Upcycled Fruit Cups Halloween Craft, parents should first clean and dry empty fruit cups or applesauce containers.
Then apply a coat of Modge Podge or glue to the outside of the fruit cups and allow this to dry. I did this before my daughter began the activity to help the acrylic paint adhere better to the plastic.
Tip: Be sure to lay down paper towels or newspaper to protect surfaces and have your child either wear an oversized old t-shirt or apron to protect their clothing.
Once my daughter was ready to paint, she got started by making an orange color for her Jack O’ Lantern. She began with a base of yellow and then added a little red to get the desired shade. She also used an extra fruit cup to make the color she needed.
Once the orange was ready, she painted her pumpkin. She then painted a cup white for a ghost, and another black for a spider.
In addition, she applied 2 coats for better coverage and once dried, began to add on the body parts.
We then stamped 8-hole punches onto the black cup for her to insert the spider legs.
The black fuzzy sticks were cut into halves and the 4 sections were run through the holes on opposite sides.
My daughter then shaped the legs to look like they belonged to a spider.
To complete the decoration, googly eyes were attached by painting on Modge Podge to the front.
It was then time to add eyes to the ghost. We simply used a black permanent market to draw different sized oval shapes for a spooky face.
To finish up the Jack O’ Lantern she used a permanent marker to create the face. We then cut a green fuzzy stick in half, twisted it to look like a vine and glued it to the top of the fruit cup.
These different versions of the Upcycled Fruit Cups Halloween Craft were easy to put together and each one turned out so cute.
I hope your family also enjoys creating this craft and Happy Halloween.
Carlee @ FLL
Looking for other items to upcycle for Halloween Decorations? Check out these ideas.
Egg Carton Spiders – Paint 2 sections of an egg carton black and then glue googly eyes and insert fuzzy sticks to make a creepy crawly creature. FYI, you can use old netting from orange packaging and other fruits as a web.
Toilet Paper Roll Monsters – Simply color empty Toilet Paper rolls and add googly eyes or yarn with glue to create spooky monsters.
Milk Jug Ghosts – Use empty and clean gallon and half gallonmilk jugs for ghosts. All you need to do is remove the labels and make spooky faces with a black permanent marker.