Paint Chip Creatures
Start with a discussion of the symbols we see during Halloween, such as the infamous jack-o-lantern, monsters, candy corn, ghosts and more. For an art project, take these symbols and create the faces of Halloween on paint chip cards. Many home improvement or paint stores carry the chips that are larger in size (approx. 5” x 6”). These chips are free to the public, but if you ask the manager, they may supply you with enough chips for your class. There are three characters in the photograph; however, the technique is the same – cut and paste.
An orange chip is perfect to make a jack-o-lantern. You need to round off the corners to make it pumpkin-shaped. Cut black construction paper eyes, nose and mouth. The features can be smiling or scary – this is up to the child. Glue these in place and then add a green stem at the top to complete this paper pumpkin.
A green chip is perfect for a monster like Frankenstein. Keep him in the square shape and add a goofy or scary face with bold eyes, square-fringed hairline and toothy grin. Monsters also look good using a purple chip.
Use a variegated yellow chip to make a candy corn. Cut this chip into a triangle and add a happy face. A set of googly eyes can replace construction paper if you wish.
These Halloween characters make colorful wall decorations by themselves or they can be attached to ribbon to create a border.