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One of my passions is to share my enthusiasm and knowledge of art with others. Sometimes I get around to documenting the projects I do with kids of all ages. when I do, I try to post something about these DIY projects here. All of the following posts are also on my blog. I sure […]

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So Easy: DIY Marble Magnets

Insanely easy — these took literally a few minutes to make. What took longest was waiting for the glue to dry. DIY Marble Magnets You Will Need: glass half-marbles (from a craft store) strong magnets that will fit on the bottom of the glass marbles pretty paper, magazine photos, inkjet photos, whatever you want to […]

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Kid’s Art: DIY Painted Tiles, written by Ema and Adia

Would you like to have some totally colorful tiles hanging on your wall? Our mom wanted something for her office wall so we made these colorful, nice tiles for her. This is a fun painting activity that kids or grownups will enjoy doing. Check out our do-it-yourself article about painting tiles with alcohol inks.

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Art Camp for Two

Last week, my young friend, Grace and I invented our own “art camp.” She stayed with me for four nights and we had 3 full days of creative fun. I sure hope we get to do this a couple more times this summer. Hanging out with young people fills my cup, especially when they are as enthusiastic about life and learning and creativity as Grace is. It was super cool that we got to do so many projects and have some adventures. I promised I’d show her how to make a blog post, so next time, we’ll publish some tutorials. Enjoy our photos!

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Hollyhock Dolls: a throwback to simpler times

I can’t remember if my grandmother or my mom taught me to make these hollyhock dolls, or maybe just told me about them. Anyway, I didn’t need to look up how to make them. I remembered they were made the hollyhock blossoms, a needle and thread. Some folks make them with toothpicks or stiff pine needles. For an old-fashioned nature craft on a relaxed summer day, this is the perfect way to have fun with your kids while making and reliving memories. They’re so easy!

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Kid’s Art: Root Creatures

Have you ever wanted to make an imaginary creatures? Here’s a DIY tutorial. All you need is a few driftwood roots and some paint. You can make whatever you can imagine when you look at the sticks.

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Kid’s Art: Clothespin Puppets

Making these cute puppets from clothespins, paper and paint was a hit with Ema and Adia (ages 10 and 8.) Easy art activity that is adaptable to just about any age. You can extend the activity by building a cardboard box puppet theater and putting on shows. Try making some puppets of clothespins, and let us know how you liked it!

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Art and Science Smash-Up: Milk Swirls Paintings

The coolest thing happens when you dab a little dish soap onto the surface of 2% or whole milk that has some food coloring drops on it! The colors expand away from the cotton swab that it looks like small explosions of colorful swirls. The science of this art project is what makes it really interesting. And the results are well worth photographing — maybe even printing enlarged copies and framing these fun works of art. Try this with kids of any age. It’s super easy and takes few ingredients.