Chocolate may not be the first substance that comes to mind when you think of making crafts, but any kid who loves chocolate will love making edible items with this rich crafting material. Before you get started making chocolate crafts, take a minute to protect your table, floors and clothing as chocolate may leave behind stains if it isn't cleaned up quickly.
Break whole graham crackers into four pieces to form rectangles approximately the same size as dominoes. Adults should handle melting chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler to prevent accidents or burns. Once the chocolate is melted, submerge the graham crackers in the chocolate and remove them with a slotted spoon. Place the chocolate covered graham crackers on a piece of wax paper. Let children add one to six sprinkles or small candies to each side of the graham cracker to form edible dominoes. Once the chocolate is cool and hard, kids can play with the dominoes—if they can resist eating them.
Chocolate Play Dough
Give a child a ball of chocolate play dough and set out assorted candies and colorful sprinkles so he can make his own creations. Tools such as rolling pins, cookie cutters or candy molds will help inspire her imagination. This edible play dough can be used just like the store-bought variety except that the kids can eat the finished product. Cover your table with newspaper or waxed paper before you get started to prevent any sticky messes. Make the play dough by combining 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 2 tbsp. cocoa powder. You can also use powdered milk to replace some of the sugar if desired.
Wrapped Chocolate Crafts
Cover Styrofoam shapes with wrapped chocolate candies to create decorations for any holiday. Choose chocolates with appropriately colored wrappers, such as red and green wrappers for Christmas or pastel wrappers for springtime crafts. Attach the candies to Styrofoam cones, rings or balls with white craft glue. This craft can create pine trees, wreaths or even topiaries. Form a topiary by pushing a wooden dowel halfway into a Styrofoam ball before you cover it with candy. Place the other end of the dowel into a flower pot and use clay to secure the dowel to the bottom of the pot. Once you are satisfied with the arrangement, cover the ball with colorful chocolate candies to finish your topiary.
Chocolate Lip Balm
Older children or teens can mix up homemade chocolate flavored lip balm. Chocolate lip balm recipes vary widely but a basic recipe consists of melting 1 tsp. beeswax, 2 tsp. coconut oil and one or two chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl until smooth. Remove the bowl from the microwave carefully as it may be hot and pour the mixture into a small lidded container. Once the lip balm cools, it will become solid again and the lip balm is ready to use.
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