spooky art picture



Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – spooky art for Halloween.

This is actually a collage and a great project to teach kids how to achieve balance in an artwork.

I cheated when I did this project with my art students, many of whom do not have the fine motor skills for using scissors and cutting out.

Instead of cutting out dozens of scary houses and even more bats, I found some inexpensive spooky stickers to use.

If you are doing this project with just a few people, cutting out the bats and the spooky house is easy. I’ve even provided a template for the house.




  • Cardboard box ‘canvas’
  • Black/blue/brown paint – this is for the background and needs to be dark.
  • Black cardboard
  • White paper
  • Yellow paper
  • Cardboard offcuts
  • Small tree twigs
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black markers



  • Prepare your canvas. I cut out the side of an old beer box using box cutters.
  • Paint the canvas in a dark colour.
  • While the paint is drying, cut out your shapes – bats and cats from the black cardboard work well and if you are not confident drawing a spooky mansion you can use the template here.
  • Use white paper to cut out ghost shapes and the cardboard offcuts for gravestones.
  • Use a bowl as a guide to cut a large circle from the yellow paper (white paper also works well). This is the moon and it should be the focal point so ensure it is large.
  • Once all your pieces are cut out, plan the layout of your picture.
  • You can notice the moon is placed slightly off centre and the house is towards one side of the moon but is balanced out by the twig trees on the other side.
  • Kids can be tempted to make it all symmetrical but it will become a little boring and less scary if they do this.
  • Once you are happy with the layout, glue everything in place.

Want another last-minute project for Halloween?  Check out the pictures below. Every Tuesday I offer a fun tip and you can ensure you don’t miss any by following my Facebook page.


spooky art picture


spooky art picture
This one is so good for the imagination.

Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.





  • I am grateful that I have an eye for balance in my designs–not sure I learned it in design school or it is inherent.

    I thought that I coined the phrase, Wacky Wednesday…guess not. For about four years my Wednesday schedules has been so tight that I started referring to them that way.

    • Not everyone has an eye for balance, Rachel, so you are lucky. My business name (as an art teacher) is Wacky Workshops, so Wacky Wednesday arts and crafts posts made sense to me.

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