How to Make a Bird Softie: Sew A Softie 2018

July has been filled with several simple-to-sew ideas by craft bloggers around the world for #sewasoftie. Sew-A-Softie is a month long extravaganza that was organized by Trixi from Coloured Buttons. Be sure to visit Trixi’s Sew A Softie Facebook page for fun softie ideas that have been shared daily. Our contribution to Sew A Softie are these simple […]

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Nature Shadow Boxes Part 2!

One of my first blog posts on The Art Garden was this Nature Shadow Box Assemblage. It was a fun art, nature, and sensory experience that my girls and I really enjoyed. We decided to come back to this activity when we had some dying flowers in our garden and some wilted store-bought flowers. We […]

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Art Inspired by the Book, Where Oliver Fits

Children’s books has always been one of my favorite sources of inspiration for art projects and was a big part of my art curriculum when I used to teach. This post contains affiliate links. We recently picked up the book, Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson, from our local library and I fell in love […]

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Coffee Filter Pointillism Butterflies

I was on an art mission, one day, and started digging around my kitchen. I wanted to find some of those regular white coffee filters for a watercolor activity I wanted to try. Our new coffee maker takes the brown cone filters but I knew I had some white ones stashed away at one point. […]

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4 Easy Ways To Decorate Easter Eggs

So we have chickens. Seven of them to be exact. We have an abundance of eggs at all times and they are primarily brown, tan, and olive green. This post contains affiliate links. Have you ever dyed Easter eggs using brown eggs? When I first tried it I decided I was never going back to […]

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15 Earth Day Activities and Crafts

I love nature about as much as I love art and the two work perfectly together. In celebration of Earth Day, I created a resource of 15 activities and crafts that use nature as a material, inspiration, or reuses items that would otherwise go to a landfill. Click on the links below for the full tutorials. […]

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Hop Fest: 20 Easter and Spring Crafts for Kids

If you missed our craft EGG-stravaganza, #hop_fest, this week on Instagram, no problem! Here is a round-up of the cutest Easter and spring craft ideas for kids and families by 20 creatives. Click on the links below for the full tutorials. On Day 1 we had: 1) Brainy Beginnings Network: Bunny Pillow 2) Handy With Scissors: Carrot Garland 3) Teach Investigate Play: Daffodil […]

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Milk Carton Bunny Habitat

Spring is here and Easter is right around the corner so I’ve teamed up with 19 other creative ladies to form Hop Fest, organized by Little Button Diaries. You may remember them and some familiar names from our Craftmas collaboration. Be sure to follow the hashtag #hop_fest on Instagram to follow along and see all the wonderful crafts […]

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Wooden Peg Bunnies

These Wooden Peg Dolls are great for creating characters. See how we used these to make bunnies for imaginary play. I primed the dolls with a coat of gesso first so the paint would adhere and withstand playtime by my girls. We painted them with acrylic paint and then let them dry. We used paint pens […]

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30+ Art supplies for Creating Art with Children

If you are just getting started making art with your little (or big!) ones, here are some of the supplies and materials we use on a regular basis.   This post contains affiliate links for your convenience but we appreciate your support! Basics: Paper Drawing/paint Watercolor Construction/craft Paint Tempera; Tempera paint sticks; Tempera cakes Watercolor: […]

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