Make some interesting monster decorations this Halloween with this simple popsicle stick craft idea.
By gluing together a series of craft sticks you create a canvas to paint and decorate into a range of fun characters. In this post, we have gone for a scarecrow, a bat, and Frankenstein’s Monster. Some other ideas are ghosts (white background), an evil pumpkin (orange), or anything you can think of really.
Below you will find step by step instructions on how to create your own monster faces, plus a video demonstration for the project.
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Prepare Your Craft Stick and Paint Materials
You will need a big pack of popsicle sticks for this one. But apart from that it is mostly your common craft staples that will do the work.
If you want to recreate the scarecrow then you will can use the straw rope. But you can easily substitute this for paper cutouts – as you can for most characters that you may want to create.
Craft Stick Halloween Monster Video Demonstration
Check out the video below to see how this craft project comes together.
This will help you navigate the written instructions a bit easier and you will be able to see how you can personalize your proejct by using different characters that will excite your kids.
Stage 1: Assemble the Craft Stick Canvasses
- Step 1- Align six popsicles side by side, and then place two additional popsicle sticks horizontally.
- Step 2 - Cut the horizontal sticks to match the width of the six side by side sticks.
- Step 3 - Glue the horizontal craft sticks in place at either end of your six-pack to create a strong and stable surface.
Stage 2: Paint the Craft Stick Surfaces
- Step 4 - Paint the popsicle canvas maroon for the scarecrow face.
- Step 5 - Green for Frankenstein's Monster face.
- Step 6 - Black for bat face.
- Step 7 - Set aside to dry for 5 to 10 minutes.
Stage 3: Add the Facial Features for the Scarecrow
- Step 8 - Glue the googly eyes of the scarecrow 2/3 of the way up the craft stick surface.
- Step 9 - Above the eyes glue some of the rope straw for the scarecrow's hair.
- Step 10 - Cut a triangle from black paper for the hat.
- Step 11 - Using lighter colored paper, cut out a circle or oblong shape for the nose of the scarecrow.,
- Step 12 - Draw on a smile using a marker.
Stage 4: Add the Facial Features for Frankenstein
- Step 13 - Glue the googly eyes of the scarecrow 2/3 of the way up the craft stick surface.
- Step 14 - Cut a length of black paper the width of the craft stick surface with a zigzag into one edge. Glue in place above the eyes for Frankenstein's hair.
- Step 15 - Using a marker draw on the scars, stitching, and odd smile that make up Frankenstein's face.
Stage 5: Add the Facial Features for the Bat
- Step 16 - Glue the googly eyes of the scarecrow 2/3 of the way up the craft stick surface.
- Step 17 - Using black paper cut two small triangles and glue above the face for some menacing looking ears.
- Step 18 - Still using the black paper cut out two wing shapes and glue to both sides of your bat.
- Step 19 - Cut out two small triangles in a fang shape using a lighter colored paper. You can glue this directly on the craft sticks, or you can also cut out a dark circle for the mouth - and the fangs go on top of this.
- Step 20 - Your popsicle stick monster faces are ready to be added to your Halloween decorations.
Why Make this Halloween Monster Craft
We love this activity because the list of characters you can re-create is endless. As mentioned at the top of the post, if you want to interchange for other characters just use a different color or paint and then draw or stick on your facial features to suit.
They are also relatively cheap to make with a pack of a hundred craft sticks only costing a few bucks.
For More Halloween Craft Ideas
We have a stack of Halloween activities that you can do with your kids in the leadup to the big day. And to boost your collection of Halloween decorations.
Check out the following projects:
See the full list here.
The kids will love painting and decorating these popsicle sticks this Halloween and it is a great family activity to get into in the lead up to Halloween night.