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Mixed Media Haunted Houses

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These adorable mixed media haunted houses are a wonderfully spooky Halloween art project for the kids.

With fall quickly approaching, pumpkins, apple picking and hayrides have been on our mind. We have also started to think about Halloween. We love Halloween and we especially love cute and spooky Halloween arts and crafts. And for me, nothing quite says spooky like a haunted house.

Mixed Media Haunted House for Halloween - arts and crafts for kids

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Crumpled Newspaper Fall Tree

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We are kind of excited about this simple crumpled newspaper fall tree craft.

Corrugated cardboard is a favorite material of ours. The texture of the ridges in the cardboard adds a great feel to any project. I love the earthy look that the cardboard brings to the tree trunk. The crumpled newspaper was fun to work with and form and it added another element of texture to this pretty mixed media project.

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Nature Hearts Art

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If you heart nature and nature crafts like we do, you will surely love these gorgeous nature hearts.

My daughter and I love the outdoors. Being outside is therapy for the mind and for the body. Nothing brings me greater joy than watching my little girl running, playing and splashing outside. There is one thing that we love almost as much as being out in the nature and that is making nature crafts. In fact, we cannot go on a hike or walk without my daughter gathering rocks or acorns or pine cones for arts and craft projects. She has nature collections scattered everywhere. What better way for us to show our love for nature than with these beautiful nature hearts?
I heart nature. Nature heart art. Summer arts and crafts projects for preschoolers & kids. Use leaves, flowers, bark, twigs and sticks

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Van Gogh Inspired Mixed Media Sunflowers

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If you enjoy the famous artists like we do, here is a simple mixed media project inspired by Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

We have been studying the great artists over the past few weeks. We found several wonderful children’s books about DaVinci, Kandinsky, Picasso and Van Gogh. These mixed media sunflowers inspired by Van Gogh are a lovely and simple art project for your little art lovers.Mixed media art inspired by Van Gogh's Sunflowers. Famous artist inspired art projects. Painting, paper and newspaper

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Mixed Media Truffula Trees

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My daughter loves Dr. Seuss. Whenever we go to the library, she always looks through his books for one that we haven’t read in a while or for an old favorite. The Lorax is one of those favorites. It is a favorite of mine as well.

Mixed media truffula tree art inspired by Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax'. Kid's arts and crafts,onspired by books. Earth Day crafts. Watercolor painting, newspaper, construction paper, markers

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We have been on a huge mixed media kick lately and I thought that the truffula trees from ‘The Lorax’ would make a beautiful project for us to do together.

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Torn Paper Heart Art

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We don’t throw anything away in our house. We save cardboard tubes, egg cartons and every little scrap of paper. We work with construction paper a lot and we love to use scrapbook paper for our projects as well. Every left over piece of paper goes into a drawer in my daughter’s craft room. The drawer is full of scraps. You may wonder why we would save a drawer of scrap paper. Here is one reason that we love to hold on to these pieces.Torn scrap book paper heart craft for kids. Easy & pretty Valentine's mixed media art project for preschoolers and kids. Painted newspaper arts & crafts

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We dug through our drawer and found the colors and patterns of paper that we wanted to work with. We looked for larger pieces of scrap. I love the look of torn paper, so we tore our paper into different sized strips and tossed them into a box.

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Newspaper and Watercolor Snowflake Art

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Newspaper and watercolor paintings for kids. Winter arts and crafts for kids, Resist painting and salt sprinkled mixed media with watercolors, newspaper and acrylics*This post contains affiliate links*

 The other day, I showed my little girl how to cut snowflakes. In the beginning, she had a bit of a hard time snipping through the folded paper, so we switched over to newspaper for our tutorial. We cut a bunch of them in different sizes. You can find directions on how to cut a snowflake here.

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Mixed Media Penguin Art

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My daughter’s favorite movie is Madagascar. She is in love with the little penguins, especially Private. We had movie night this weekend and while in the middle of the movie, she jumped up and said, “Mama, what if we make penguins.”

Mixed media penguin art. Winter and Christmas arts and crafts for kids and preschoolers. Watercolor painting, newspaper and construction paper shapes

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We couldn’t decide whether we wanted to paint or make our penguin with shapes, so we did both and opted for a mixed media project.

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Newspaper & Watercolor Bookmarks

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Button Flower Craft

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Button Flowers on Newspaper - pretty craft for kids or adults

If you follow along with us regularly, you probably know that we are preparing for a move. The past few days we have done almost nothing but pack. My home is filled with boxes, bubble wrap & newspaper. Mai has colored on all of our boxes.

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She has popped a little too much bubble wrap & yesterday we took a break from packing to make a quick craft out of newspaper & buttons. My daughter is wild about button crafts. Her eyes light up every time I pull out our big bag of buttons.

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Button Flowers

Directions:

Cover a piece of card stock or cardboard with a glue stick.

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Smooth out a piece of newspaper over it. Glue the excess around the edges or trim off.

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To form your flowers, glue one large button with smaller buttons surrounding it. Glue a smaller button into the center of your flower. I explained to Mai how to do this & she picked it up quickly.

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Form a few flowers in different sizes.

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Let the glue dry.

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Use a hot glue gun to glue pipe cleaners for the stems & leaves. (Glue gun should be operated by an adult for safety)

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Draw a design with the glue around your flowers.

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Sprinkle with glitter & shake off the excess.

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Button Flower Craft made on old newspaper. Pretty and easy kid's craft

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