Process Art: Using Feathers for Art Making

We love making art on unusual or unconventional surfaces. Have you seen our Coffee Filter Butterflies or our plastic Milk Jug Faces? We also love using unconventional materials to use as a tool for art making! Want to know what I mean? See below how our feathers transformed from one process to another. Using a unique material to […]

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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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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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Coffee Filter Pointillism Butterflies

I love unconventional art surfaces, ones that are not your typical white paper or canvas. I came upon this one unexpectedly. I was on an art mission, one day, and started digging around my kitchen for some  regular white coffee filters for a watercolor activity I wanted to try. Our new coffee maker takes the […]

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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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Fall Crow Collages: Inspired By Nature and Children’s Literature

Making collages, or the arranging and pasting of a variety of materials, has always been a love of mine and it is becoming a favorite of my daughters too. Collages can be made with paper scraps, stickers, fabric, buttons, cardboard, tape, 3-D objects, nature items, or any found material. The possibilities are endless and the […]

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Water Bottle Fish Wall Hanging

This fun fish wall hanging is a perfect summer activity that uses recycled materials and items from nature. We created our fish from water bottles and combined them with sea shells from our painted shell activity. This post contains affiliate links Supplies: Water bottles (we used a Coke bottle for one because I liked the […]

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Painting Shells: A Fun Activity Using A FREE Natural Material!

The girls and I went on a beach trip last month with my mother and one of their favorite things to do was to search for seashells. Over the course of several days that we were there, we had several bags full to bring home! When we had a rainy day back at home, these […]

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