Last Saturday my partner-in-crime Carissa and I began our second set of art camps for Northwest Behavioral Associates. (See the first project here!) The primary medium we worked with was acrylic paint, and we used empty milk jugs to create spooky creatures, just in time for the spookiest month of all!
This project is really simple and EXTREMELY fun. I stood around and watched the kids paint their milk jugs until I couldn’t stand it anymore and I had to join in and make one, too.
Empty, clean milk jugs with a “mouth” cut out
Spray paint primer
Acrylic craft paint
Craft foam or cardstock (for arms/legs/teeth)
Feather boa (for hair)
Tinsel (for barf)
Clean the jugs, cut out the mouths, and spray them with a coat or two of primer to prepare them for the acrylic paint.
When they’re fully dry, paint them however you like and once again allow them to dry.
Use a hot glue gun to attach hair, eyes, hands, feet, and teeth. We traced the kids’ hands onto the craft foam and cut them out.
Throw some tinsel into the mouth for a barfing effect. One of our kids even decided that some little black pom-poms were “pom pom rats” and let his creature feed upon them.
We also had our kids paint spooky backdrops on big pieces of watercolor paper, but they didn’t photograph well. Use your imagination!
This project only takes about an hour total, but you can extend it if you paint the spooky backdrops as well. You can shorten it by prepping the jugs ahead of time (as we did) and having all of your arms/legs/teeth cut out ahead of time. We let the kids choose what they wanted on their creatures and then glued them on for them to avoid hot glue burns.
A great way to add an imaginative twist is to ask lots of questions about the creatures. What are their names? Where do they live? What do they eat? Are they scary, or nice?
We extended our camp by spending about an hour at the beginning teaching the kids how to mix whatever color they wanted from just the three primary colors with acrylic paint as well as how the paint changes if you add more or less water, and proper care of their brushes. They really enjoyed this part and it’s a great way to sneak in some edumucation.