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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Make These Funky Chickens With 5 Common Recyclables!

Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? Yeah, me either. Once I heard it was, though, I had to dig through our crafty archives to share these Funky Chickens with you all before the month was over. We made these last fall and they are proudly hanging in our art space, paying homage […]

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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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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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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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Monochromatic Collage: Green Study

This simple collage project was made using cardboard, scrap papers, and miscellaneous recycled materials in a green monochromatic color scheme. MONOCHROMATIC– of or having one color; of, relating to, or having tones of one color in addition to the groundhue This post contains affiliate links. Materials: Canvas panel or stiff piece of cardboard Cardboard scraps or pieces cut into various shapes Paper scraps such as book pages or green patterned papers Misc. recyclable materials […]

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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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Bubble Wrap Wall Hangings

Bubble wrap is a favorite material of mine for art making because 1) it’s FREE! (save that trash from your packages!) and 2) it makes amazing texture or design when printed! But, it can also be the MAIN FEATURE of your art rather than your tool! Check out the steps below for these wall hangings […]

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Milk Jug Faces

Create some fun masks or mythical creatures using a mix of recycled and various decorative items. These milk jugs are a perfect canvas for some 3-dimensional creativity! This post contains affiliate links. Supplies: Spray primer will help the paint adhere and not flake off. I use this a lot for plastic (and some cardboard projects) so […]

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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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