Mixed Media Rainbow Art Inspired By Children’s Literature

Children’s literature is a great source of inspiration for many of our projects. Check out our latest Art/Lit project below and then see some more book based art ideas at the end of this post. This post contains affiliate links. Our Mixed Media Rainbow Art inspired by the book, How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by […]

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Paper Plate Nature Collages: a simple invitation using wilting flowers

Have some leftover Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or “I’m Sorry” flowers? Use the wilting petals to make some lovely collages or mandalas on a simple paper plate. A paper plate changes things up a bit and makes the invitation a little more interesting than your conventional art surface. To make your Paper Plate Collages, only […]

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Top 25 Nature and Earth Day Books for Children

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! That is our jam. We love nature and get crafty with recyclables as much as possible…that’s why we are The Art Garden! I wanted to share with you this resource of nature and Earth Day related books that we love and use with many of our projects. We own about half of […]

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Valentine Sensory Bin

Do your little/big ones like sensory bins? Mine LOVE them! We have done a variety including our Spring Sensory Bin, Farm Corn and Straw Bin, and our Birdseed Sensory Bin… and even my big 6 1/2 year loves them. Each time I introduce a new style of bin they immediately flock to it and spend […]

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Monochromatic Collage: Red Study

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is around the corner so we have moved on from winter themed projects and are getting arty with all things pink and red. My girls, especially my youngest, love to cut and glue so we have had a lot of fun projects involving collage materials. You all may […]

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Landscape with Layered Mountains

One of my favorite art processes is using watercolor and coarse salt. The results are magical! I have done this method with my girls at home and knew my students at school would be amazed as well. We used our beautiful textured papers to make a Mountain Landscape. Our steps and supplies can be found […]

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Winter Paper Bag Art

Out of art paper? No, problem! Save a few recyclables and you have some easy materials for this winter art project. We used some of our favorite processes such as printing with bubble wrap and gluing fun items like sequins, beads, and cut up straws. Make these for beautiful holiday gifts or to display with […]

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Miniature Walnut Ornaments: Craftmas 2018

Happy Holidays and Happy Craftmas! We are participating in Craftmas again this year hosted by Cara from Raising Kinley and Laura and Tia from Little Button Diaries. Craftmas is a group of crafty bloggers showcasing fun, festive crafts for families to create during the holiday season. This year the Craftmas gang consists of 12 days […]

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Peg Doll Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! We made some cute little turkeys this week with some wooden peg dolls and just a few simple materials. We love using these pegs for some fun, imaginary play like we did for our Milk Carton Bunny Habitat. See the easy steps and supplies for these turkeys below: This post contains affiliate […]

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Giant Cardboard Feathers

I love using cardboard for creating because it is a FREE canvas that is readily available.

We have used cardboard for many past projects including our Funky Chickens, Monochromatic Collage, and our Upcycled Owls. There are many more so just take a look under my Create page and you can find a lot of inspiration with recycled materials.

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