Recycled Summer Project: Water Bottle Fish

I posted about making this Water Bottle Fish Wall Hanging a couple years ago with my girls featuring a fun water bottle fish.  I thought I would give an updated version since I brought this project back out for one final lesson with my students as the year was coming to an end. It was simple […]

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Upcycled Flower Garden

Spring, my favorite season, is finally here in my neck of the woods and I am loving the warmer days and sunshine. We’ve been gearing up for spring with our Paper Plate Nature Collages, Painted Feathers, and Mixed Media Rainbow Art. Now, Easter is around the corner and I have teamed up with a group of creative ladies […]

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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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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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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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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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