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

by Jean Van't Hul
May 23, 2012
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.

Here’s a video showing even more Fabulous Toothpick Construction ideas for kids! And don’t forget to scroll down to get more detailed instructions for these fun grape and toothpick sculptures.

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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