Family Visit to Tara Donovan

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We had the great pleasure of visiting the Pace Gallery pop-up in Menlo Park, CA to see Tara Donovan: Untitled. If PACE sounds familiar to you, PACE is a well-established NYC gallery that represents work by artists such as Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt, Maya Lin, Pablo Picasso, James Turrell, and Kiki Smith. In short, they're not messing around. While Silicon Valley is a … [Read more...]

Art Tips: Recycle Boxes into Art Panels

Art tip: Save cardboard pieces for art making | TinkerLab

We love art tips. Click here for more tips from this series. This is a favorite tip for the economical folks in the room: recycle your cardboard boxes and turn them into art panels. How did this all start? Well, we had a yard sale this past week. Can you hear my sigh of relief? I used to love having yard sales, but since having kids it's always been easier to take our … [Read more...]

Make a Milk Jug Shovel

Make a Milk Jug Shovel | TinkerLab.com

I spotted a milk jug shovel online. Gasp! Given that I adore all things DIY, especially if they involve my recycling bin, I had to try this. I dug and dug (pun intended...I love puns) for the original source of this spiffy idea, and nothing came up. So, as a public service to my amazing readers, I pulled this very simple tutorial together for you, with the help of my trusty … [Read more...]

How to Felt a Wool Sweater

How to Felt Wool Sweaters | TinkerLab.com

Have you ever wondered how to felt a wool sweater? Today we'll show you how how to felt a wool sweater and how to make felted wool flowers to use as pins or barrettes. The inspiration for these instructions and post came from one of our favorite new books, This Book was a Tree by Marcie Cuff (Perigree, 2014). We reviewed the book here (and there are links to other … [Read more...]

Recycled Art Sculpture | Mystery Box Challenge

Recycled Art Sculpture | Tinkerlab.com

Do you have a box of recyclables with a plan to turn them into art or something amazing? Today we're sharing one of our favorite recycled art projects using found objects, inspired by this project at the Boston Children's Museum. and the Random Challenge Boxes from Matt Jervis at Make it Creativity. Recycled Art with Upcycled Materials I recently led a fun maker station … [Read more...]

Found Object Art | Junk Critters

Found Object Art - Make a Junk Critter | Tinkerlab.com

I'm a huge fan of breathing new life into long-lost materials, and I've been making found object art pieces like these since I was a kid. Last weekend my friend, Danielle, and were in Napa to lead a fun, fast-paced Maker Session at the California Association of Museums annual conference. For our workshop we brought these cool hands-on maker kits that my kids oohed and … [Read more...]

Boston Children’s Museum Pop-Up Recycle Shop

Boston Children's Museum Pop-Up Recycle Shop | Tinkerlab

We spent some time in Boston over the winter break, and had the great pleasure of happening upon the Boston Children's Museum's Pop Up Recycle Shop. The Recycle Shop has been a staple of the museum for over 35 years, and lucky us, they've brought it back just for the holidays. If you find yourself in the Boston area in the next few days, it's open through January 1, 2014, … [Read more...]

Jellybean Matzo House

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 This article was first shared in April 2011. We had more than our fair share of Easter sweets this weekend, but I had a plan all along to purge our house of all that extra sugar by "gluing" it to some sort of base, like a paper plate, and calling it art. As I talked to my almost three-year old about the idea, we mused over what we could glue our candy to. Something … [Read more...]

DIY Paper Pyramid Lanterns

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I have such a heavy heart today, friends, because we lost one of the good ones in this world. My dear friend, Steve, who happens to be one of the funniest, wisest, and most generous people I know lost his long battle with cancer. I wasn't planning to post anything today, but the glow of these paper lanterns made me think about Steve's shining light, and I thought I'd … [Read more...]