Are you looking for some easy to do and inexpensive Halloween crafts for elementary students? Would you like to go green and use recycled materials and save money on craft supplies too?
Whether you’re making Halloween crafts at home as decorations for Halloween or doing Halloween arts and crafts in a classroom, these unique Halloween crafts will use recycled materials that are so easy to save up, yogurt containers. Yes, our family eats approximately 20 containers of yogurt a week and we always rinse and save the yogurt containers to use as glue cups, paint cups or for planting seeds. This year we looked at our stack of yogurt cups and saw them in a new light. We’ve created several easy Halloween crafts from our yogurt cups. So many elementary students bring a packed school lunch and you can bet there are some containers of yogurt in these school lunches. Spread the word, collect them, wash them and start crafting.
What Halloween crafts can you make from yogurt cups?
We’ve made ghosts, pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, Frankenstein, black cats and spiders.
The ghost crafts are cute sitting around but we also found that with a hole punched in the top and with a string inserted and knotted on the end, we could also hang our ghost crafts. My son is into pirates so we turned one ghost into a pirate ghost, aaargh!
At first we painted upside down yogurt cups orange and added chenille stem green stems. Next we had the idea to add jack-o-lantern faces with a permanent marker. These were really cute Halloween decorations simply sitting among some fall leaves. Then we got an even better idea. We started creating the pumpkin cups right side up to use to serve Halloween snacks.
Sometimes when you look at something long enough, you just start to see things. One of our yogurt cups was sitting upside down with the green paint for pumpkin tops beside it and there he was in my mind, Frankenstein. The squarish shape of the Activia yogurt cups is the perfect shape for a Frankenstein craft.
Supplies you’ll need to create these Halloween crafts:
-Clean and dry yogurt cups
-Paints including white for ghost, green and black for Frankenstein, orange for jack-o-lanterns
-Permanent markers for embellishments
-Strings if you choose to hang the ghost or jack-o-lanterns
-Tiny pink pom poms or pink paint for black cat noses
-Black paper strips folded into accordions for spider legs
-Black paper triangles for cat ears
-Newspaper for covering the work area
-Optional: You can use paint or permanent markers for eyes but if you have wiggly eyes on hand, they really make crafts “look” cool.
When your Halloween crafts are complete you sit them around to decorate, or hang them to create ghoulish Halloween decorations. If you make them as cups, you can use them as a fun way to serve snacks at Halloween parties. Imagine a jack-o-lantern cup filled with candy corn, a ghost filled with popcorn or a black cat holding orange dried apricots.