Suggested Supply List

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By popular request, here are some suggested craft supplies (and related projects) that our family loves to have on-hand! Many of these can be found at Target, your local grocery store, or just laying around your house. I’ve included links to Amazon, for easy purchase online.

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In the Art Cabinet

Colored Tissue Paper — Our FAVE craft supply! Indoor Leaf Pile, Outdoor Streamers, Tissue Paper Flowers, Garden Welcome Banner, Colorful Coaster Sets, and many many more!

Clear Contact PaperStained “Glass” Sculpture, Autumn Tree Suncatcher, Reusable To Do List, Kid Travel Kit

Color Coding LabelsBirds on a Wire, Pretty Peacock Pictures, DIY Summer Party Invites, Smiley Sandwich Picks

Colored Masking TapeModern Wall Art, Easy Spring Mural

Play Dough / Model MagicPretend Hot Dog Stand, Spring Tree Sculpture

Washable PaintWatermelon Wrapping Paper, Spin Art, No-Mess Marbled Painting

WatercolorsGroovy Peace Signs, Stunning Winter Tree Silhouette

Markers / Crayons / Colored Pencils

Construction Paper

Yarn / StringTiny Pumpkin Patch Play Set, Easy Robin’s Nest Picture

FeltFairy House Tutorial, Travel Play Kitchen Set, Donut Shop, Simple Farm Take-Along Toy

Fabric ScrapsColor Match Game for Tots, Owl Family Play Set

Glue / Tape / Mod Podge / Glue Sticks

Scissors / Hole Punch

Recyclables (They’re FREE!)

Cardboard RollsOwl Family Play Set, Falling Leaves Wrapping Paper, Bird Watching Kit

Egg CartonsElevator Fun!

Cereal BoxesMini Books, Garden Stones, Peter and the Wolf Play Set

Foam Trays — Easy Block Printing

Nets from Produce BagsBird Nester

NewspaperSpooky Bones

Jars and CansLanterns, Pencil Holder

Bubble WrapFun with Bubble Wrap

MagazinesBeads Made from Magazines

Paper BagsSunflower Prints, Apple Printed Book Covers

Milk Cartons / Plastic Salad ContainersBird Feeders, Lightweight Blocks for Toddlers

From the Pantry

Dry Pasta / RicePasta Necklaces

Dry OatmealBeach Picture

Dry BeansBean Faces

SaltSalty Snowman, Homemade Bath Salts

Food ColoringMake Your Own Sidewalk Chalk Paint

PotatoesPumpkin Printed Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags, Holiday Light Treat Bags

Natural Materials (FREE Art Supplies!)

SticksWeave a Trivet

Leaves / BarkLeaf Necklaces, Autumn Garland, Fall Coasters

Flowers / Pine ConesDandelion Bouquet

StonesStory Stones and Sidewalk Scenes

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  1. Great list!

  2. yay what a great list of basics! I need to restock on paint soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What a fabulous list Valerie! I am printing this one off for my bulletin board. I’m planning on getting a lot of art/craft supplies for Christmas and this will be a good guide.

  4. Great timing! Just this morning I was thinking about what to put in our craft cupboard. Thanks for all the suggestions AND links to some great fun activities ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow, that is a great list. Thank you.

  6. Thanks for this! And, you inspired us once again:

  7. That’s a fabulous list. Thanks. I didn’t even know masking tape came in different colors. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I saw some links to posts I have missed.

  8. Great list Valerie!

  9. Great list! Thanks a lot, bookmarked ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Thanks for this wonderful list Valerie! I need help with organization!!! I’d love to know how you and others organize craft materials. Do you allow your little ones access to the supplies or do you have them put away and only you take out supplies as needed? I have four boys, ages 6, 4 1/2, 3 and 1. It is helpful if I have supplies within reach for them, but as you can imagine sometimes I think it is not such a good idea. ๐Ÿ™‚ Help!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. WOW! Thanks!
    Your list is so great ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll bookmark it!

  12. This is an awesome post – I am definitely bookmarking it. Thanks for pulling all the resources and the crafts in one place!

  13. What a great list and a brilliant way to link up your crafts to their supplies.


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