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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Gee’s Bend Inspired Quilts

This post contains affiliate links. As we near the end of February, and Black History Month, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite group of crafters from my state history: The Gee’s Bend Quilts. Gee’s Bend (Boykin, Alabama) is a rural community southwest of Selma and has become known for the abstract […]

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Holiday Craft Round-up

Raise your hand if the month of December was busy…(hand raised). Last year, I vowed to simplify the holiday season but for some reason it seemed a little more chaotic than usual. I did, however, manage to squeeze in several holiday crafts for my kiddos but I never got around to sharing them so here […]

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14 Kid-Friendly Holiday Crafts!

The creative ladies from Little Button Diaries, Laura and Tia, organized a fun holiday collaboration this past week with a group of crafters and bloggers with the fitting name, Craftmas. This group of mamas, including myself, came up with holiday craft ideas to swap and share in a fun blog hop. If you missed our blog […]

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It’s Time for Craftmas: Kid Made Wrapping Paper!

It is December 1st so get ready for some festive craft ideas! I have had the honor of working with some AMAZING ladies on Instagram and was asked to join in on a fun collaborative project called CRAFTmas! Craftmas is your ultimate holiday craft guide featuring some super creative ideas by 15 superstar crafters! No […]

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Upcycled Owls: Using Recycled Materials for Crafts

When I first started teaching art, I found very quickly that art budgets can be slim and teachers must get very creative and thrifty. Now that I am a stay-at-home-mom, it is still necessary for me to be frugal and cut costs where I can. A run to the craft store for one project can […]

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Yarn Paintings

Happy Cinco de Mayo! In addition to the guacamole and margaritas we will be making later, we decided to make some yarn art inspired by the Huichol Yarn Paintings. You can read a little about the history of them here and here. Basically, yarn is used for the entire “painting” to create an image or design. I did […]

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Mixed Media Easter Egg Craft

I thought I’d post this even though Easter is about to officially end in a couple of hours. My girls love mixed media projects that involve painting, cutting, gluing, stamping, and experimenting with a variety of materials. They especially love projects where they have free reign to use the materials any way they please. This […]

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Printing with plastic eggs

Hello and welcome to my first official post of The Art Garden! I’m starting this blog to share tips and fun ideas for your family to be creative. With Easter right around the corner, I thought it was fitting to start with a simple printing idea for all ages. This involves using plastic eggs and […]

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