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...]

Art Tips: The Bits and Pieces Box

Art Tips: The bits and pieces box

Today's art tip is brought to us by one of my very favorite creative mom bloggers, Ali Wright. This trick is so easy to put in motion -- and the payoff can be big. After reading it I'd bet that you won't look at scraps of paper quite the same way again. As Ali puts it, this is a" frugal way to supply the kids with interesting, varied and free materials." Hi, I'm Ali. I am a … [Read more...]

24 Tips for Cleaning up Art Messes with Children

Art Tips: Real Parents share how to clean up messes with children

What are your tried and true strategies for cleaning up art messes with your child? I presented this question to some friends and the smart crowd on my Facebook page, and they came back with a variety of ideas. Some of these are my own favorites, and a few are new-to-me. My hope is that you'll find an idea or two in here that will work for you too! Storage Everything … [Read more...]

Art Tips: Low-cost Stamps made from Cosmetic Wedges

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Have you ever made a stamp from a cosmetic wedge? A few weeks ago I shared this art tip about how you can salvage paper scraps that are left behind on the art table, and I invited you to let me know here and on Facebook if this was a series worth exploring. Enough of you said "yes," that I thought I'd launch this new series and give it a whirl. Today's art tip Upcycle … [Read more...]

Creative Table Project: Keep your table clear and your mind open

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The other day I shared the Creative Table Project that's happening over on Instagram. And do you know what? I'm floored because after that post went up, over 100 new Creative Tables were added to the visual database of ideas and inspiration. It got me thinking that maybe I should make the Creative Table Project a more regular feature of this site. What do you think? In that … [Read more...]

Art Tips: Clean up Your Paper Scraps

art tips: tidy up your paper scraps

Does your child like to decimate beautiful rectangles of construction paper into oblivion? Of course they do! And then what do you do with all those paper scraps when the fun is done? Recycle them? Pitch them? Put them back in the paper sorter? After a marathon crown-making session, this is what remained after my kids dissected our construction paper into a gazillion … [Read more...]