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11 Fun & Easy Art Ideas for Kids

Creating art with your kids is a great way to get messy while spicing up a lazy afternoon! With activities ranging from prints to puffy paints, there is no limit to how you can have fun with your little ones. Check out our curated list of art projects below for a little inspiration:

1. String Painting:

This idea from Kiwi Crate is even better than finger painting! Try swirling a piece of string around to explore the magic of color and shapes.


2. Pasta Mosaic Art:

Buggy and Buddy offers a clever solution for making kid-friendly mosaics. These colored noodle and clay pieces are great vehicles for cute objects and abstract shapes alike!


3. Leaf Rubbings:

With fall right around the corner, this activity is a great way to show your kids all the unique textures in nature. Wordplayhouse provides a terrific demo for making the leaf-pressing process as easy as possible.


4. Fruit and Vegetable Prints:

Stamping is even more fun when fruit-shaped! Check out Pink Stripey Socks’ tutorial to learn three different ways to press, print, and play.


5. Paper Plate Sea Turtles:

Try using paper plates to make sea turtles, as shown by Crafts on Sea. Besides being adorable, you probably already have all the materials on hand!


6. Magazine Collage Art:

Recycle your magazines in a new way! Using a few sets of scissors and glue, this project from Kids Activities Blog is a great way for you and your little ones to make wacky designs together.


7. Hand Painted Fridge Magnets:

Both small and playful, these adorable canvas magnets from Happy Hooligans will add a bright pop of color to your refrigerator.


8. Microwave Puffy Paint:

It puffs and looks pretty! Consider the possibilities of this unique art experience at Tiny Rotten Peanuts.


9. Shaving Cream Marbling:

Equally fun to touch as it is to scrape off, this project is worth the mess due to stunning end results. Check out the full tutorial on The Artful Parent!


10. Paper Sculptures:

The kids will love curling the paper, and you’ll love hanging the finished products on your walls. Thanks to Art Actually, this project is easy to follow and fun to complete!


11. Floating Chalk Printing:

Talk about a beautiful and unique printing activity! Picklebums has great tips for creating these stunning pieces with your kids.


Whether used as a rainy day activity or to make homemade gifts for family, art projects are a fun way to explore your kids’ creativity. We hope you are inspired to express yourselves with these ideas, as well as to enjoy the messy delight of art together!

Do you have any art projects of your own to try? Let us know in the comments section below!

11 Fun & Easy Art Ideas for Kids


How to Make your Nursery Feel Like Home

Are you stuck in the depths of baby-planning, unsure of how to personalize a special nursery for your newcomer? Worry no more! Take a look at our 7 tips so you can find small and simple ways to spice up the space. Who knows, you may even get inspired to decorate your own room!

1. Display your books – Whether you have stacks of books or just a few, a simple display can transform any empty wall. A tall bookcase offers subtle elegance to the room, two bookends display a clever attention to detail when encasing your favorite publications, and exposed shelves that house a few of your favorites show off your distinct flavor when intermingled with photos and other memories. No matter how you decide to showcase your reading material, this simple addition adds class and comfort to your little one’s new space.

2. Add green! – Placing a plant in your room can work wonders for the atmosphere. This easy option adds comfort no matter if you want big floor plants or tabletop flowers, and you can even use fake plants if watering isn’t your thing.

simple interior3. Personalize with unique art – We’ve seen how much of a difference it makes! The transformation from bland room to comfortable abode is incredible when a few pieces of art are added to previously empty walls.

4. Add a cool rug – Just like adding some flora and fauna, a rug is an easy way to tie any room together. Besides feeling soft on your feet, this ground-level accent will liven up your entire space! Check out a few of our personal favorites here, here, and here.

5. Find eclectic accents to add to the room – As long as they are out of Baby’s way, interesting figurines and objects are great ways to add character to your transformed space. You can make them into a mobile for your little one to gaze up to, or set them to the side for a decorative touch. If small objects just don’t do it for you, try lining differently-shaped bottles along the windowsill or as a tabletop centerpiece! You can find them at any thrift shop or rummage sale, and even IKEA offers several options.

6. Make comfort most important – Find the fluffiest pillows and the softest blankets to make your nursery a place you’ll never want to leave. We can guarantee that your new cozy spot will be even cozier with a little one in tow!

7. Make your own DIY accents for a special touch – Get out your tools, head to Pinterest, and gear up for a surprisingly easy ride. As long as you find small projects, a little DIY love can really spice up your room. We love the classy look of gold spray paint on small objects, and Better Homes and Gardens has some great ideas on how to use it, too! Also, stay tuned for next week when we’ll have a few DIY ideas of our own for you to try out!

Got ideas to add to this list? Share them in the comments below!


Should You Make Art?

Check out this handy guide to decide whether or not you should take out your pen and paper. We promise you’ll like the results!


25 Easy Ways to Boost your Creativity

Ways to boost creativityStuck in a rut? Losing motivation to draw? Unfortunately every creative knows the feeling of being trapped in a mental block all too well. If you happen to need a little inspiration, go ahead and check out our 25 tips on how to rejuvenate your creativity. Who knows, you just might create your next favorite piece!

1. Keep an idea notebook with you at all times – Hand-writing your ideas spurs more creativity than typing them on a computer, and having a place to store your inspiration will help you remember more in the long run.

2. Do more of what makes you happy – Another reason to find time for your hobbies! Doing what you love puts you in a more creative mindset that will help you think of more ideas.

3.  Attempt something new every day – Try writing with your bad hand, learning a few words in a new language, or taking a few photographs when you run your errands! Switching up your routine will expose you to new adventures to draw from creatively.

4. Get some exercise – In addition to being healthy for your body, kinesthetic movement stimulates blood flow and loosens your mind up to new ideas.

5. Meet new people – A conversation with someone new can offer a different perspective you may not have thought of before.

6. Take time to daydream – Some of the best ideas come unexpectedly!

7. Do something silly – Whether you decide to go skipping, chicken-dancing, or cartwheeling, breaking down social barriers will help you think more creatively.

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 6.52.48 PM8. Make an inspiration board or mind map – Having a visual board of ideas can help you formulate your existing plan and branch out to new possibilities.

9. Go outside – Fresh air relaxes your brain, which can stimulate new insights.

10. Brainstorm out loud with another person – Hearing feedback may inspire you to take a different direction on your creative project.

11. Go for a drive – A long ride on the roadside can be the perfect activity to let your mind wander.

12. People-watch – People are incredible sources of inspiration!

13. Keep a notebook by the side of the bed – Ever had a brilliant idea just as you were drifting off and then forgotten it in the morning? A notebook is a great way to remember thoughts you might have otherwise forgotten.

14. Browse books at your local bookstore for ideas – Whether you read the back covers for ideas or check out a genre you wouldn’t normally read, bookstores are gold mines for information that can help with your next great idea.

15. Pretend to be someone else for a day – Imagining how someone else feels can help your brain think in an entirely new way.

16. Build off other small ideas you admire – Does another artist have a style that you would love to try? Love the color palette of something you just saw? Find little ways to incorporate these into your own ideas!

17. Review your old notes regularly – Something new may stand out the next time you review your past brainstorms!

18. Doodle – Let your hand do its thing and your mind may follow.

19. Switch up your work space – Changing your surroundings often leads to new ideas. One of our artists, Annisa Tiara Utami, makes sure to sketch everywhere she goes!

20. Turn off all distractions – Silence the text messages, stay away from the TV, and ignore the emails if at all possible. Your focused mind will thank youlater!

unsplash4_15h21. Make sure your workspace has natural light – Sunlight helps relax the mind, which enables creative activity.

22. Just start! – Sometimes the best results come from no plan at all.

23. Take risks – The more you push yourself, the more possibilities you will find!

24. Allow yourself to make mistakes – Remember that it is okay to mess up. Once you lose the fear of failure, you will realize how unimportant mishaps are.

25. Stop when you need to, but don’t give up – Last but not least, keep going even when you can’t seem to think of any ideas. Even a so-so product can yield more inspiration in the future!

Do you have any solutions on how to get creatively inspired? Share them in the comments below!unnamed-3