Art with Spices

28 Mar

In an effort to do a little Spring Cleaning, I went through my spice cupboard and removed expired spices.  Sounds fun, I know.  As I was about to toss a few of the containers, I realized I held in my hand  not just expired spices, ….but a future art project.

Looking at the container of Parsley, I could see it being sprinkled over glue to create grass, or trees, or…..who know what else. So, I gathered my cast off spices and rounded up the kids.

My Kids Make “Art with Spices” and yours can too! Gather your cast off spices {or pick up a few at the Dollar Store}, and start creating!

I honestly am not sure why I have never thought of using spices with our artwork before. If you dont have any spices that you want to part with in your own cupboard, then run to the Dollar Store and pick up a few varieties.  Purchase spices in a few different colors to add variety to your artwork.

The spices added a lot of fun to our artwork, and honestly, they are A LOT cheaper than a container of glitter!!!!

I brought out Parsley Flakes and Chili Powder {side note, the whole room smells like chili now!}. Everyone drew their pictures on construction paper.  Then, we added some glue and sprinkled on some spices.

Silas used the parsley for grass with his flower, and  for the leaves of a tree. He used the chili powder to make apples on the apple tree as well as the sand on the beach.

Sydney drew, what she said was, a rainbow and a car, and then sprinkled both parsley and chili powder ALL over both pictures.  Not quite the same effect that Silas’ artwork had, but it was cute. They both liked this project and thought it was fun to experiment with a food, as art.

Give “Art with Spices” a try! We would love to see what your kids come up with!


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20 Responses to “Art with Spices”

  1. Nana 28. Mar, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    All of you are so creative.
    Great idea and fun.

    (I always check your blogs before I go to sleep to see if you’ve posted something new)
    Love you XXXX 0000

  2. Poppi 28. Mar, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    What a great idea. Now you have an answer for the question “What possible use would a typical home owner have for a Costco sized container of Oregano?” Looking for a place to display all the kids artwork? I heard their a lovely Museum of Children’s Art in Hillsdale, New Jersey.

  3. nonna 28. Mar, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I bet this project made the house smell yummy!! Nice artwork, guys. xo

  4. Becca 28. Mar, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    Oooh – I like this. Probably because I like spices, and I LOVE making art out of food.

    Nice way to recycle! I remember doing things like this with noodles and beans as a kid. Hmmm…. I think we’re going to have some fun with food!

  5. becky 29. Mar, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    @Poppi: you are TOTALLY right about the Costco sized spices. That is funny..and a good idea….hmmmmm.

    @Becca: I hope you have fun making your own art with spices!!

  6. Kerri 29. Mar, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Brilliant! Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  7. maggy, red ted art 30. Mar, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Ooooh I never thought of this before! What a great idea!

    Thank you so much for linking to Kids Get Crafty! Much appreciated


  8. becky 31. Mar, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    @Maggy, your welcome! Using spices in our artwork is transforming our projects. The kids LOVED sprinkling spices over their drawings. It added texture, yummy smells, and it was FUN!!!

  9. Isil 01. Apr, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    what a great idea!I love this!

  10. B Fryman 01. Apr, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    I wish I had thought of this! Great idea!

  11. Julia Skinner 02. Apr, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    What a great idea & saves throwing things away! I have found your brilliant blog via Red Ted Art who thought you might like to link up at the Resource Centre. It is a space for ideas for teachers so you will have a great audience! There is a badge as well if you fancy. I do hope you weill pop over because many of your posts will be great for them!


  12. becky 02. Apr, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    @julia: thanks for stopping by…see you at Resource Centre!

  13. cathy@nurturestore 06. Apr, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Hi Becky! I love this idea – I like the colours and the textures and adding in the smell makes for even more sensory play. Thanks for sharing with us at the Play Academy – hope to see you next week too. cathy

  14. Rachel 08. Apr, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    How fun!!! I bet it smells so good too!!!

    Thanks for sharing this at last week’s For the Kids Friday Link Party! This week’s party is in full swing. I’d love to have you stop by and join in on the fun!

    :) rachel

  15. amber 20. Nov, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Cute I have made art with cinnamon but hadn’t considered expanding!

  16. becky 20. Nov, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    @Amber, I bet using cinnamon made your house smell awesome! We used chili powder and the whole house smelled like chili for days! haha

  17. Kelli 16. Dec, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    That is so wonderful! I would LOVE for you to come link this up in my new linky called Homescholing on the Cheap! It isn’t just for people who homeschool but for ideas such as this that is cheap for kids to do and something with which they can learn & grow. This is perfect for the linky.

    It is new every Thursday but the link stays up all week. Hope you stop in and share!

    THanks, Kelli


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