Corrugated Cardboard Birch Trees

If you are an Amazon lover like I am, you probably have a house full of cardboard. My daughter uses all of our boxes to build boats and spaceships and other assorted fun and imaginative things. Cardboard is great for these kinds of projects, but it is also an awesome material for mixed media type art projects like these corrugated cardboard birch trees. The ridges in the cardboard add a beautiful texture to this birch tree project.

Corrugated Cardboard Birch Trees. Mixed media art for the kids. Winter arts and crafts
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Paint Resist Spider Web Windows

Spiders may give some people the creeps, but I still think that their webs can be hauntingly beautiful. These paint resist spider web windows are fun and easy to make and would be great for a collaborative project or for a classroom. These are spooky enough for Halloween and pretty year round.

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Easy Painted Owl Faces For Kids

Who Who..loves owls? I do! I do! For me, it’s all about the eyes. There is something so hypnotic about them. This easy painting project focuses on their beautiful peepers and those adorable feathered faces. These painted owl faces are a quick and easy art project for the kiddos. My 7 year old loved making these.

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Newspaper & Watercolor Bookmarks

Painted Newspaper Bookmarks

Newspaper & watercolor painted bookmark arts & crafts for kids

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Our daughter loves books. We read to her all the time. She asks for more and more books daily & the books that she requests are getting longer & longer. We have begun reading much larger books now, some that are too long to complete in a sitting. Instead of continuing to fold the pages & use napkins to save our place, I thought that it would be fun to make a few bookmarks together.

Since we are still unpacking from a move, there are two things that we have an abundance of, cardboard & crumpled up newspaper. We used both for this project, along with homemade watercolors.

Here’s how.

Cut strips of thin cardboard to your desired size.


Glue the top, bottom & sides of the cardboard with a glue stick & wrap newspaper around it. (Crumpled paper will smooth out when glued.)



Use a hole punch to punch a hole on one end.


Use a Sharpie to draw in shapes, designs or words.


Use water colors to paint in your designs. Let dry. Finish off with a coat of Modge Podge to seal in the paint.


String ribbon, string or a pipe cleaner through the hole.


My daughter made one bookmark of her own design & requested one that said “READ” after seeing the bookmark that I made for myself.

Newspaper & watercolor painted bookmark arts & crafts for kids

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Jackson Pollock Inspired Canvas Art

Jackson Pollock Inspired Canvas Art

Jackson Pollock Inspired Drip & splatter canvas art painting for kids

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Yesterday, my daughter & I experimented with painting with rubber thimbles. Her thimble finger painting reminded me of a Jackson Pollock painting. I told my daughter this & she replied “What’s a Pollock?” I showed her some photos of his art and explained to her about his dripping & splatter techniques. I thought the best way to explain to her would be to make some art inspired by his work ourselves.

Luckily, I always have canvases in the house just in case.  61DpCVMEP6L._SL1000_

We laid down drop cloths & cardboard before starting our messy project & then put down our blank canvas.

We watered down acrylics paints for our project.

I laid out medicine droppers, pipe cleaners, craft sticks & assorted paint brushes for us to use.

We used the pipe cleaners to slap paint onto the canvas.


We used the medicine dropper to drip & squirt the paint out onto the canvas. We did paintings with medicine droppers a few weeks ago & Mai loved it, so this was by far her favorite part. She used the dropper for the majority of the project.

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She spread a little bit of paint with the craft stick & had fun shaking & splatting the paint brushes. She was so enthusiastic about shaking her brush that some paint did make it off the drop cloth & onto the floor. Oops! Don’t worry. It came right up.

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She kept going until we used up all of our paint.


Here was the finished project.

Jackson Pollock Inspired canvas art

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Finger Painting With Rubber Thimbles

Finger painting for kids with rubber thimbles - art for children

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My daughter has an art app that she loves on her IPad.  She used it a lot over our travels last week. I watched her draw & paint and stamp shapes with her fingers. Watching her stamp hearts & flowers onto her electronic canvas gave me an idea. My idea was to put foam shapes on the end of rubber thimbles  & use them as finger stamps. I cut out 4 simple shapes & used hot glue to glue them to the tip of the thimbles.

Rubber Thimble Finger Stamps

My daughter & I experimented with the different shapes. We put them on our fingers & stamped away. The heart shape worked the best. If you applied heavy paint it came out looking like a wax seal stamp, whereas just a light dab of paint provided better shape.



Mai lost interest in the actual shape of the stamps & began to just paint with the thimble. We had a box of a dozen rubber thimbles, so we tried something new. We loaded thimbles on each of her fingers & dipped them all in different color paint. She ran all of her thimble covered fingers around a piece of paper to create a painting that reminded me of a Jackson Pollock.


The thimbles were a little bit large on a couple of her fingers, so they would flip off from time to time, but she would just stick them back on & go.


When she was finished, it left us with a bright & colorful piece of abstract art.


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Northern Lights With Watercolors

Pretty Northern Lights paintings with watercolors - art & painting for kids

This week our family & I are heading to Iceland for vacation. My husband & I have been before & love it there. We are excited to take our daughter to see the geysers & walk the ice tunnel, but our main reason for going is to try our luck at seeing the Northern Lights. There is no guarantee that we will see them, but we are hopeful & eager. I have been telling our daughter all about them & showing her photos on the computer. “Oooooh, that’s pretty mama!” They certainly are. They also made a great subject for a painting with our new homemade watercolors.

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Homemade Watercolor Paints

Homemade Watercolor Paints with household ingredients

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My daughter & I do a lot of painting. Up until now, we worked primarily with acrylics. We have a palette of watercolors, but they never seemed to transfer enough color, so when we wanted a watercolor effect we just watered down our acrylics. This worked, but was a hassle & made a big mess. I decided to take a stab at making our own watercolors at home. I found a simple recipe on WikiHow. I doubled the recipe & made a slight alteration because it called for corn syrup, which I don’t typically have in the house. I substituted sugar instead.


1/2 cup of baking soda

1/4 cup of vinegar

1 tsp. sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1-2 drop of food coloring


Mix the baking soda and vinegar in a large bowl. This will cause a fizzing reaction. Mix it until fully dissolved & then add the sugar until dissolved as well.


Add the cornstarch and stir well. The mixture kept clumping strangely, but it does soften when you stop mixing and will pour smoothly.


Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray, giving each compartment an equal amount of mixture. We filled them about halfway.


Mix in a drop or two of food coloring or however much it takes to get your desired color. Stir using a knife. We used Americolor Student Food coloring.


There colors are bright & vivid and a little goes a long way. We only needed a drop in each compartment.


After we mixed all the colors. We ended up with a total of 10 colors. We set them out to dry overnight. In the morning our colors had hardened. It may take longer depending on the room temperature & humidity. Do not store anywhere too humid.

We dove into our new paints the next day. They worked beautifully & the colors were lovely. My daughter loved the colors and they were so much easier to use than the store bought ones that we had at home.

DIY homemade watercolor paints. Easy to make with simple ingredients found in your kitchen

Stayed tuned tomorrow for the beautiful project that we created with our new paints.


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DIY homemade watercolor paints. Easy to make with simple ingredients found in your kitchen

Painting With Droppers

Abstract Painting & Art using medicine or eye dropper. Fun & messy art for the kids

We moved into our new house a few weeks ago. We are still trying to settle in & are unpacking those last weird random boxes. While unpacking one of these boxes of odds & ends, I came across a bag of old medicine droppers and plungers.


I was getting ready to toss them, but thought we could use them for a little fun first. Since we have been learning about abstract art this week with a Kandinsky project and book, I thought we could keep the abstract projects going.

To set up, I laid a piece of tin foil out on a baking tray and placed a piece of paper in the middle. I mixed acrylic paint with a small bit of water to thin them out because I want a thicker consistency than water colors.

I showed my daughter how to use the dropper. She sucked up the paint with the dropper and released it on to the paper.


She dripped & swished the paint around using the dropper.


Sometimes it would form bubbles & she would laugh and pop them with her finger.


When she was finished, I told her that we needed to let it dry. She told me that she needed to put it next to her Kandinsky. This made me smile.

Here was her finished product.


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