Love Painting for Kids

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Do you have watercolor paints and masking tape on-hand? Here’s a quick and easy kid-friendly painting project with stunning results — just in time for Valentine’s Day! To make your own “LOVE” painting, use masking tape to spell out the word LOVE on heavy watercolor paper. Tip — use a craft stick or the back […]

Quick Valentine Window Display

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Need a quick Valentine’s Day craft idea for the kids? Looking for a fun way to brighten up an otherwise cold and dreary day? Do you have coffee filters on-hand?? Then this heart window display is for you! It has been awhile since we’ve last updated our front window with a new colorful display — […]

12 Recipes for Paint

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Make your own paint using common household items with the help of these recipes from the lovely Rachel of KidsActivitiesBlog.com (Thank you, Rachel!) If you haven’t already seen her site, it is loaded with plenty of inspiring crafts and activities for kids! Favorite Kids Craft Ideas Egg paint Fizzing sidewalk Paint – this paint is […]

Inspiring Materials for Budding Artists

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1. Jumbo Watercolor Paints — I love the simplicity of this set of watercolor paints, and how it encourages kids to experiment with color mixing. The large paint pans make painting easy for even the youngest artists. Ages 3 and up. 2. Artist Canvas Boards — Nothing makes a kid feel like a real artist […]

Make Your Own Paint!

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Kids Craft: Make your own paint using eggs and chalk with the help of this guest post from the lovely Rachel of KidsActivitiesBlog.com (Thank you, Rachel!) If you haven’t already seen her site, it is loaded with plenty of inspiring crafts and activities for kids! Yup. Raw egg and the leftover bits from your chalk […]

Spooky Paper Mâché Haunted Houses

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Know what I love? Adorable little houses!! Know what’s better than adorable little houses? Super-cute little haunted houses!! These beauties came from a lovely website called ConsumerCrafts.com Before After Consumer Crafts is an online craft store that offers a wide range of budget-friendly craft supplies for jewelry, scrapbooking, kid crafts, and just about any other craft […]

Hot Air Balloon Window Display

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It’s time for a new window display! (If you’re new to our blog, you can see our previous window displays here, here, here, here, and here.) This time we painted up coffee filters with watercolor paint! I love how these painted coffee filters each have a unique look. The filters hold up very well to […]

Recycled Artwork

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I’m guest posting for my friends at Melissa & Doug today. Come see how we recycled wooden bead trays to make beautiful and unique works of art! You can create a mini gallery for display in your home. Be sure to add this to your list of things to do with the kids. Added bonus?? […]

Building Fairy Houses

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Just as I was about to tackle the pile of dirty dishes in the sink, the girls asked if they could do some crafting. Well! They didn’t have to twist my arm!! Those dishes can wait. Instead, I put together a super-quick, CUTE, tiny, fairy house building kit for them. It’s made with some leftover […]

Guest Post by Mark – Hand Painted Cards

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Mark here (Val’s husband). The girls wanted to surprise Val with some handmade cards for Mother’s Day, and they were so pleased with how these turned out, that they couldn’t resist giving them to her a bit early. Val loved them so much, that she later sat down to paint more cards together with the […]

Kid-Made St. Patty’s Day T-Shirts

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Need some festive attire for St. Patrick’s Day?? This painted t-shirt project was so much FUN to do, and the girls were so proud of their shirts when they were done! They each painted a shirt for the other — so thoughtful! Also?? Did you know you can find green t-shirts at the dollar store? […]

Kid-Made Paint Skin Tiles

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These paint skin tiles were lots of fun to make, and they are great for mosaics and collage work! I set up a tray with some parchment paper and spread some leftover acrylic paint on top. Then I invited Clara over to swirl the paint around using toothpicks and craft sticks! She thought this was […]

Kid-Friendly Printmaking

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Clara and I did some fun printmaking to make greeting cards using some things we already had on-hand and a mini paint roller from the dollar store (they come in packs of 2 for $1!). This kept her happy and busy all morning long!! As soon as she saw me bring out the stickers and […]

Puffy Snowflake Paintings

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Do you love painting projects, but are too impatient to wait for the paint to dry?? These puffy snowflake paintings are a fun open-ended art project that is simple and quick to do — with only 30 seconds drying time!  I love how each one is completely unique, and the kiddos had SO much FUN […]

Celebrating PURPLE!!!

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Hey, kids! Do you love purple?? Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves, ’cause this project is for YOU!  First, collect various purple art mediums (ie. purple crayons, purple markers, purple paint, etc.)  Paint, color, and/or draw… all in beautiful PURPLE!! I promise you won’t even miss those other colors. Not one little bit! […]

Marbled Ceramic Ornaments

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The girls have been busy crafting all kinds of festive gifts for family and friends this holiday season!! This afternoon, we painted ceramic ornaments using the same marbled-painting technique we used on paper here. They had so much fun with this! Instead of placing a sheet of paper on top of the paint, they placed […]

Day 13 — Creative Christmas Countdown

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It’s Day 13 of the Creative Christmas Countdown and that means it’s my turn to share a special way to spend some holiday time with the kiddos! We chose to make handmade wrapping paper because it’s getting to be a real tradition around here. What I love about handmade wrapping paper is that there really […]

DIY Scratch Art Pages

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Do you have a kid who loves scratch art?? Did you know you can make your own scratch art pages?? It’s true! Aaaaand it’s a lot cheaper (and more fun!) to make your own! To make your own scratch art pages, you will need: a kid who LOVES to color, a sheet of card stock […]