Edible Art – Grape + Toothpick Sculptures are Healthy and Fun!

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Edible Art – Grape & Toothpick Sculptures

These edible art grape and toothpick sculptures were the kids’ after school snack yesterday.  They were fun to make, briefly admire, and then eat!

Edible art is the perfect combination of delicious and engaging.

Oh, and healthy.

Make Your Own Edible Art Sculptures

These grape and toothpick sculptures are similar to the marshmallow & toothpick sculptures that we’ve tried in the past, but much easier and so much better.

Grapes are perfect for this activity. Really. Perfect.

Edible Art – Grape & Toothpick Sculptures

And I wish I had thought of the idea myself, but I didn’t. I came across a passing mention of grape and toothpick sculptures by Rachel of handmade charlotte in the Hand in Hand book and immediately knew we had to try them at the earliest possible opportunity.

Edible Art - bunch of grapes

We started with a bowl full of grapes and a box of toothpicks.

Edible Art – building grape and toothpick sculpture

Whereas marshmallows were a bit too soft and sticky to work with (even when stale)  and the soap bits were tricky (a bit too brittle), grapes are ideal. They hold their shape well, are sturdy, and yet are easily pierced by the toothpicks.

Edible Art :: Grape + Toothpick Sculptures

Maia and I built toothpick sculptures while Daphne mostly used her toothpicks to transfer grapes to her eager little mouth.

We all had fun. And then we pulled our sculptures apart and ate every last grape.

I suppose we could have let them dry into raisin + toothpick sculptures, and maybe we’ll try that twist someday, but we were hungry.

Edible Art :: Grape + Toothpick Sculptures

So, I’m telling ya. Forget about the marshmallow sculptures. Grapes and toothpicks are where it’s at.

Besides, this version is perfect for summer.

Have you tried building with toothpicks yet? If not, I highly recommend it!

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22 Comments

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    nancy
    May 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Although not as healthy I use toothpicks and marshmallows. Kids love them.

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    molly
    May 23, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Oooh, I bet you could use lots of fruits — strawberries, melon, etc. Maybe make a rainbow fruit salad sculpture! I never would have thought of grapes but now that you’ve done it my mind is racing. :)

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    Rosemarie
    May 23, 2012 at 8:16 am

    This is great. I have been wanting to do this for so long but really hesitated because all the ideas were with marshmallows or gumdrops, and I just didn’t want all that sugar.

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    Luisa
    May 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

    How fun! I’ve seen this with peas and marshmellows never thought of grapes. Great snack structure.

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    May 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Love this idea. TAkes me back in time, and now I have the Wiggles “Fruit Salad” song looping through my brain. Are the Wiggle’s still around? My nine year old was obsessed with them when he was 2.

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    May 23, 2012 at 8:59 am

    And if you wanted to add some protein and calcium, how about cheese cubes while we’re at it?

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    Kristine
    May 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I’ve been busy planting cherry tomatoes lately. They would be great for this.

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    Melissa @ the chocolate muffin tree
    May 23, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I love this healthy version too! My daughter hates marshmallows so she will love this non-sticky sculpture.
    We made Our own Edible Arrangements with all kinds of fruit and wooden skewer sticks last year:
    http://www.thechocolatemuffintree.com/2011/07/our-own-edible-arrangement.html
    Blueberries and toothpicks could be another healthy way to build!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    May 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Ooh! Yes!!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    May 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Those are wonderful, Melissa! Love them. We’ll have to try those soon. Pinning now…

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    Jean Van't Hul
    May 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Yes, absolutely!! So many good ideas!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    May 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I know. I got around the sugar thing with the marshmallows the first time we did it by giving stale marshmallows and saying they were just for the sculpture, not for eating. And Maia listened to me! (She does once in a while.) The second time we did it, though, Maia had a friend over who kept eating the marshmallows, so of course, Maia did, too.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    May 23, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Peas would probably work great, too!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    May 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Yep, they do!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    May 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Yes! Perfect. Or, how about a greek salad sculpture with cherry tomatoes, cucumber cubes, and feta cubes? Not to get too over the top or anything…

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    Ann
    May 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    This is a great idea! I had always wanted to try the marshmallow idea, but the sugar kept me from doing it and the soap seemed a bit pricey. Yay!

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    Sue Stirling
    May 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Hi
    Love the edible sculptures! I wish I had known about these when I did prism with 8 year olds! How engaging and also delicious!
    Sue

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    Carly
    May 24, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I did this with the kids before dinner yesterday. Similar to your kids, my five year old made train tracks and a person, and my three year old made, um, grapes on toothpicks. My five year old said “This was a fun AND yummy activity, Mommy!” Thanks for the great idea!

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    k
    May 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    i wish u were my mom! This looks so fun!

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    Linda
    July 24, 2012 at 12:03 am

    These all look like fun (and healthier than marshmallows) for older kids…just remember whole grapes are choking hazards for children under 4…I am a preschool and toddler teacher for 20 years…didn’t know it myself when I started out. :)

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    cheap jerseys
    January 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    TAkes me back in time, and now I have the Wiggles “Fruit Salad” song looping through my brain. Are the Wiggle’s still around?

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    Mathu
    July 2, 2013 at 1:22 am

    wow… truly genius and engaging. I’m very inspired by your contributions.

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