The Artful Parent http://artfulparent.com Kids Art & Family Creativity Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:00:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Make Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers http://artfulparent.com/2014/11/handmade-wrapping-paper-ideas.html http://artfulparent.com/2014/11/handmade-wrapping-paper-ideas.html#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:57:58 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=17843 Have you tried making handmade wrapping paper with your kids? We’ve done it quite a bit, with different techniques each time, and it’s always satisfying! Plus I love that we get to be creative in the gift wrap too, whether the gift inside the package is handmade or store bought. This past weekend, we got...

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Easy Handmade Wrapping Paper

Have you tried making handmade wrapping paper with your kids?

We’ve done it quite a bit, with different techniques each time, and it’s always satisfying!

Plus I love that we get to be creative in the gift wrap too, whether the gift inside the package is handmade or store bought.

Gift with Handmade Wrapping Paper

This past weekend, we got a head start on our Christmas wrapping paper, partly because we needed a fun art activity and partly because I’ve been wanting to try a rolling pin stamp idea I had seen on Thrive 360 Living.

The idea is to affix foam stickers to a rolling pin and then to print wrapping paper by rolling the sticker-covered rolling pin over the paper.

It worked better than I could have imagined! And was so fun!

Here’s how to do it, plus tips and tricks, and a new way to do it that doesn’t involve your favorite rolling pin.

This post is part of a round-robin series by the Rockin’ Art Moms. At the end of the post you’ll find 7 more handmade wrapping paper ideas from other members!

Make Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers

Printing Materials

This post contains affiliate links.MATERIALS

  • Foam stickers (such as star stickers, flower stickers, or an assortment of shapes)
  • Rolling pin*
  • Wax paper
  • Tape (masking or scotch)
  • Butcher paper, easel paper, or other large paper
  • Water soluble block printing ink (you can use paint, but it doesn’t work quite as well)
  • Acrylic box frame (or an old baking dish)
  • Mini trim paint roller (found in the paint section of the hardware store)
  • Pens or markers

INSTRUCTIONS

Foam Stickers on a Rolling Pin to Make Handmade Wrapping Paper

1.Create your printing roller designs.

Method A.) Wrap wax paper around the rolling pin and secure with tape. Press foam stickers to the wax paper in any pattern desired.

Method B.) Press foam stickers to a cardboard tube in any pattern desired.

Note :: We used some foam stickers that CraftProjectIdeas.com had sent us but you can also buy similar stickers at craft stores or online.

2. Tape down a sheet of butcher paper or other large sheet of paper to your table or floor.

Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers on Cardboard Tube

3. Squeeze a dollop of printing ink onto the acrylic box frame. Use the paint roller to roll the ink around, creating an even and smooth layer of ink.

We used regular printing ink, but would love to give this project a try with this metallic printing ink… (Just ordered some!)

**Note :: You can use paint instead, such as acrylic paint or BioColors, if that’s what you have. We’ve done it both ways. The ink works better as it’s stickier but the paint works okay, too.

Using the Rolling Pin to Make Wrapping Paper

4. Roll the sticker-covered rolling pin over the inked surface a few times to coat the stickers with ink.

Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers

5. Roll the inked rolling pin over the butcher paper to print your designs and patterns and make your awesome handmade wrapping paper! Re-ink as necessary and continue printing with the roller until your paper is covered with prints as desired. Let dry.

Tip :: Wash your box frame and trim roller ASAP to get the ink off.

Gifts with Handmade Wrapping Paper

6. Wrap your gifts with your new gift wrap!

Doodles over prints

Or 7. (Optional but fun) Doodle on the printed wrapping paper with pens or markers.

Maias Snowflake Doodles

We used Sharpie markers but any are fine.

Handmade Wrapping Paper with Doodles Over Prints

Use the printed designs as drawing prompts, as the beginnings of something else, or just doodle and draw to your heart’s content.

Family Doodling

We turned it into a family doodling session!

Making Handmade Wrapping Paper

Alternately, you can wrap your gift with the wrapping paper first and then doodle on the wrapped gift before giving it or putting it under the tree. Our friend Joe, above, drew roads between all the printed stars on his package, which I thought was pretty darn cool.

Want some more awesome homemade gift wrapping ideas? Check out those by the other Rockin’ Art Moms below…

DIY Gift Wrapping Rockin' Art Mom Style

DIY Gift Wrapping Rockin’ Art Mom Style

And if you’re not already, make sure to  follow the Rockin’ Art Moms on Pinterest ::

The Rockin' Art Moms Boards on Pinterest

Rockin’ Art for Kids

Rockin’ Holiday

Rockin’ DIY

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Kids Art Kits :: 6 DIY Gifts to Inspire Creativity http://artfulparent.com/2014/11/kids-art-kits-to-make.html http://artfulparent.com/2014/11/kids-art-kits-to-make.html#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:57:52 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=17681 Want to encourage your children’s creativity? Give the gift of art. Bundle a few related art supplies together with an inspiring book or two and give to a young artist in your life. I’ve put together some ideas for themed kids art kits here to get you started. Or create your own based on the...

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How to put together seriously awesome kids art kits as gifts

Want to encourage your children’s creativity?

Give the gift of art.

Bundle a few related art supplies together with an inspiring book or two and give to a young artist in your life. I’ve put together some ideas for themed kids art kits here to get you started. Or create your own based on the recipients particular interests and talents…

6 Kids Art Kits to Make

This post contains affiliate links.The following are general ideas to get you started. You don’t need to include all of these items! Pick and choose the ones that you think would best suit the child and your budget.

Also, please note that links to online versions of the following are provided for your convenience. Both so you can click through and see a picture of the item, the price, and (in some cases) reviews and to give you a convenient online location to buy if you prefer to do your shopping online. However, please know that you can find much of these (or similar items) at your local art supply stores, toy stores, and book stores.

You can always include a copy of The Artful Parent for lots of art activity ideas! Or refer to the kids arts and crafts directory for ideas of what to do with the art kits…

Drawing Kit for Kids

How to Make a Kids Art Kit - DrawingFor the kid who loves to draw, sketch, and doodle

Ideas for What to Include (from Stubby Pencil Studio, Amazon, and Imagine Childhood)

Painting Kit for Kids

For the kid who loves to paint

Note :: If making painting kits for multiple kids, you can divide the paints into small mason jars.

Ideas for What to Include (from Discount School Supply and Amazon)

Printmaking Kids Art Kit

For the kid who loves to print

Ideas for What to Include (from Amazon)

  • Water-soluble printing ink
  • Or paints
  • A bundle of Q-tips or cotton buds
  • A mini trim roller (found in the paint section of the hardware store)
  • A hard rubber brayer
  • Art paper
  • An acrylic box frame
  • Rubber stamp-making kit
  • Styrofoam sheets
  • Foam stickers (to use on a rolling pin or piece of cardboard)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Art mat or dollar store plastic tablecloth
  • Ed Emberley’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book
  • Ink pad

A Sculpture Art Kit for Kids

For the kid who loves to build

Ideas for What to Include  (from Discount School Supply and Amazon)

  • Toothpicks or bamboo skewers
  • A bag of marshmallows or gumdrops
  • Wood craft sticks
  • A box of wood bits (buy or make or beg off of a woodworker friend)
  • Wood glue
  • Small hammer and nails
  • Styrofoam pieces
  • Aluminum foil
  • Twisteez wire
  • Duct tape
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beads and/or buttons
  • Cardboard tubes (save up your paper towel rolls and wrapping paper rolls)
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Glue gun
  • Look! Look! Look! at Sculpture by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and illustrated by Linda K. Friedlaender
  • Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts

Two Different Kids Art Kits for Collage Lovers

A Paper Collage Art Kit

For the kid who likes to cut and paste paper

Ideas for What to Include  (from Artterro and Amazon)

A “Bits and Pieces” Collage Kit for Kids

For the kid who likes to glue and arrange small art materials

Ideas for What to Include  (from Discount School Supply and Amazon)

What do you think? Would you make and give kids art kits to the children in your life?

Pin it for later ::

6 DIY Kids Art Kits to make as gifts 6 DIY Kids Art Kits to make as gifts

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Why We Still Send Holiday Cards in the Age of Facebook http://artfulparent.com/2014/11/holiday-cards.html http://artfulparent.com/2014/11/holiday-cards.html#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:38:10 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=17738 Sometimes we get our holiday cards out, sometimes not. The few times we’ve had photo cards printed, I’ve been so happy and proud of myself and our family. For months! I’m not kidding. And I’m not sure why that would be the case, but it is. Partly the simple act of staging and taking a family...

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Why we still send holiday cards in the age of facebook

This post contains affiliate links.Sometimes we get our holiday cards out, sometimes not.

The few times we’ve had photo cards printed, I’ve been so happy and proud of myself and our family. For months!

I’m not kidding.

And I’m not sure why that would be the case, but it is. Partly the simple act of staging and taking a family photo, I imagine. Something that doesn’t otherwise happen except on vacation when the kids have ice cream dribbles on their chins and I have crazy windblown beach hair.

The holiday photos are different, though. They are ::

  • A chance to dress up. We even splurge and buy the girls each a special holiday dress for the photo (and the many school and holiday events and parties of the season)
  • A chance to pose for a more formal portrait—even if we take it ourselves with a tripod and timer
  • A chance to have a nice family photo to frame for our home (I need to remember to order a nice large print this time in addition to the holiday cards!)
  • And a chance to share a current family photo with friends and family around the country and the world and to reach out and say hello on paper (which feels strangely personal in this age of social media) and to send out missives of real snail mail in all directions

It’s a chance to reconnect in a meaningful way—at least to me.

DIY Card Wreath

So my goal is to get our family photo taken ASAP and get our holiday cards out this year.

I’ve ordered the girls’ dresses from Tea Collection—one of our favorites for cute and comfy kids’ clothes.

Heads up :: If you like Tea Collection, they are currently running a couple of sales you might be interested in :: Save 25% on select winter styles with Code: WINTER  and get free shipping on orders of $75+ with the code NOVSHIP (Not sure if you can use both codes together or not…)

And I’ll re-read this handy guide on 5 Simple Posing Tricks for Capturing Kids from Peanut Blossom so I’m all ready to take the family photo when the dresses arrive.

Why we still send holiday cards in the age of facebookWhy We Still Send Holiday Cards in the Age of Facebook

  • We like to send and receive mail
  • To write out the names and addresses of those we love and those we want to keep in touch with
  • If we send cards, we’re more likely to receive them (and we LOVE to receive cards!)
  • We have a cool holiday card wreath that we made last year
  • The kids aren’t on Facebook and frankly my husband and I aren’t too active on FB either
  • It’s a chance to talk to the kids about our friends and family around the country and the world
  • Holiday cards are physical—you can hold them in your hand and display them
  • It motivates us to take a family photograph that we probably wouldn’t otherwise
  • It’s an excuse to ask people for their addresses—or to ask what their new address is if they’ve moved—to find out where they are and what they are up to

5 Ways to Do Holiday Cards

(We’ve done each of these at various times.)

1. Premade Cards :: You can buy a box of holiday cards and send them out. Easy peasy. (I like the holiday cards sold by UNICEF, plus the proceeds go to help kids around the world.) Slip in a family photo if you have one.

Handmade Holiday Cards

2. Handmade Cards :: Make your own holiday cards! We did this last year and made these lovely sticker resist starry night cards as well as some DIY glitter tape cards.

3. Family Photo Card :: This one is my favorite! I love to take a good family photo and turn it into a holiday card that we can send out to friends and family. We use and love Tiny Prints (and their sister site Shutterfly) for photo cards.

Photo Card Sales Alerts ::

Tiny Prints is offering 30% off sidewide with free shipping through 11/20 with code 30SALENOV.

 And save 40% on everything at Shutterfly with promo code SHAREIT through 11/24.

(Note :: I’ll try to keep updating these sales… But if I’m behind, click through and check out the sites anyway — they often have current  sales and promotions listed across the top.)

Kid Made Holiday Cards

4. Kids Art Cards :: Have a holiday art-making session then turn one or two of the best artworks into professional-looking cards. How I do this is I take a photo of the artwork then upload the photo to Zazzle and choose the customize your own greeting card option. This year we’re doing something a little different, though. We took the recent Christmas flower paintings the kids did and ordered postcards to be made from them. I was going to do regular note cards but then really, really wanted to do photo cards this year so we’ll slip in a kid-made postcard alongside the photo card. Or bundle together a few postcards as gifts…

5. The Procrastinator Card :: This is the one where you have good intentions, but the cards don’t get sent out until after Christmas so you call them New Year’s cards or Valentine’s Day cards or whatever… Yes, we’ve done this!

PS: Looking for additional inspiration? I am proud to be sharing holiday card ideas with the blogs Let’s Lasso the Moon, Peanut Blossom, and Simple As That this month. Click below to see some of their photography tips and creative ideas!

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How to Create Mixed Media Flowers http://artfulparent.com/2014/11/create-mixed-media-flowers.html http://artfulparent.com/2014/11/create-mixed-media-flowers.html#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:34:54 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=17719 Remember when I shared a while back about using the Craftsy printable on drawing faces? How helpful it was? Well, we’ve been using another one of their free e-guides recently to create mixed media flowers. Creating Flowers in Mixed Media The 5 botanical illustration tutorials included are :: How to Draw a Flower in 4 Simple Steps by Antonella...

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Mixed Media Flowers for our Holiday Cards

Remember when I shared a while back about using the Craftsy printable on drawing faces? How helpful it was?

Well, we’ve been using another one of their free e-guides recently to create mixed media flowers.

Creating Flowers in Mixed Media

The 5 botanical illustration tutorials included are ::

  1. How to Draw a Flower in 4 Simple Steps by Antonella Avogadro
  2. Build a Beautiful Bouquet with Watercolor and Colored Pencils by Antonella Avogadro
  3. Illustrating Flowers with Pen, Ink and Watercolor by Jessie Oleson Moore
  4. Painting Water Lilies in Mixed Media by Sandrine Pelissier
  5. Experimenting with Paper Collage and Acrylic Paint by Sara Barnes

Mixed Media Flowers Tutorial

We skipped over the first two, not because we weren’t interested in depicting realistic flowers, but because the images were too light to see well on our print out (I imagine they show up better on the screen so we might try again later using the iPad).

Mixed Media Flower Art for Holiday Cards

But this time we tried a couple of techniques for creating mixed media flowers that involved combining pen and ink with watercolor paints.

Kids Drawing and Painting Flowers

And love how they turned out!

So much so that we are considering using them for our holiday card this year—either instead of a family photo or together with our family photo.

Since the artwork has been created and the photo hasn’t yet, I’m guessing we might just have this printed on our holiday cards. Or? I’m trying to think of a creative way to combine the two… Any ideas?

Mixed Media Flowers and other kids artwork

By the way, the kids, including our friend Roxy (above) drew and painted flowers and flower trees but also used the same pen and paint techniques to paint other things such as Christmas trees, spiders, and spider webs.

There’s one more tutorial in this e-guide / printable that we haven’t tried yet but would really like to and that’s the one on creating mixed media flowers with acrylic paint over a paper flower collage. Sounds fun and something we haven’t experimented with before. We’ll definitely have to give it a try soon!

Creating Flowers in Mixed Media Craftsy eGuide

If you’d like some ideas for creating flower art or just want some fun mixed media techniques that would work well with any subject, download this e-guide. It’s FREE!

Click here to download your free copy of Creating Flowers in Mixed Media

This is a 24-page guide, valued at $4.99, that you can download and print (or read on a computer / tablet if you prefer).

You may be asked to register with Craftsy which you can do with your name and email address or through Facebook.

Mixed Media Flowers

This post is sponsored by Craftsy; all opinions expressed are my own.

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101 Handmade Gift Ideas Kids and Families can Make http://artfulparent.com/2014/11/handmade-gift-ideas-kids-families.html http://artfulparent.com/2014/11/handmade-gift-ideas-kids-families.html#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:18:11 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=17683 This weekend I shared some tips in my ARTletter for making handmade happen and why it’s important. (Are you subscribed? If not, you can sign up to get the good stuff here.) Today, I wanted to share some handmade gift ideas. Lots of handmade gift ideas! Gifts to make for kids; gifts to make for...

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101 Handmade Gifts that Kids and Families can Make

This weekend I shared some tips in my ARTletter for making handmade happen and why it’s important. (Are you subscribed? If not, you can sign up to get the good stuff here.)

Today, I wanted to share some handmade gift ideas. Lots of handmade gift ideas!

Gifts to make for kids; gifts to make for grown-ups. Most of these can be made by kids for their friends, siblings, and the special grown-ups in their life. Some of these are better made by adults or as a family collaboration.

In deciding what to make for handmade gifts, think what you (or your children) like best to do whether it’s build, write, cook, or print. If they love to paint and draw, provide canvas or cardboard and let them create art gifts to their heart’s content! If your child is into fingerknitting, you can go shopping for yarn together and encourage him to knit scarves for friends and family. If you love to bake or sew, stick with those.

Okay! Ready?

101 Handmade Gift Ideas

24 ART GIFTS TO MAKE

  1. A painted canvas (or one like this)
  2. Candy cane playdough
  3. Playdough snowmen in mason jar snow globes
  4. A photo book of children’s art
  5. A set of styrofoam-printed cards
  6. A map of my heart
  7. An accordion art book
  8. A plaster heart paperweight
  9. A wood sculpture
  10. DIY notebooks or blank art journals
  11. Clay creations
  12. An art or craft kit that you make yourself from favorite art supplies + a kids art book
  13. Make a modern art plate (on Craft Jr.)
  14. A suncatcher
  15. Make a chalkboard book and give with a set of chalk (on Whip Up)
  16. Art dice plus paper and markers (on TinkerLab)
  17. Make a wooden hedgehog pencil holder and give with a set of colored pencils (on Skip to My Lou)
  18. Photo Bookmarks (on Nearly Crafty)
  19. Make a set of paper DIY drawing prompts and package together with colored pencils
  20. Combine a set of challenge drawing papers with markers
  21. Print out a set of creativity-inspiring printables and give with a box of crayons (on Picklebums)
  22. An artful alphabet poster
  23. Make a monoprint (or a series of monoprints)
  24. A set of note cards from kids’ paintings

19 GIFTS TO MAKE FOR PLAY

  1. A set of painted magnet sticks
  2. Make a melted bead star wand
  3. Sew some pyramid bean bags
  4. Paint beautiful DIY wooden blocks
  5. Make a set of tin can stilts (on Playful Learning)
  6. Put together a dress-up set for pretend play with these ideas (on Hello, Wonderful)
  7. Fashion a set of clothespin fairy dolls or mermaids (on Red Ted Art)
  8. Make a kids’ science kit (on I Can Teach My Child)
  9. Make Kool-Aid dyed playsilks
  10. Tie-Dye some playsilks
  11. Construct a cardboard doll house
  12. Sew a doll pillow
  13. Make a miniature kitchen set in an Altoid tin (on Made by Joel)
  14. Make your own memory game (on Little Helsinki)
  15. A DIY light table (with a set of water beads!)
  16. Make a set of story magnets (on Sun Hats & Wellie Boots)
  17. DIY spinning tops (on Babble Dabble Do)
  18. A DIY perler bead maze (on Babble Dabble Do)
  19. A pulley and bucket

20 GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HOME

  1. Sharpie tie-dye comfort pillows
  2. Melted bead suncatcher mobile
  3. Make a clothespin wreath to hold holiday cards (or tea bags)
  4. Make a pillow buddy
  5. Make an artful placemat (on Meri Cherry)
  6. Sew a pillow 
  7. Or decorate one with a message (on Meri Cherry)
  8. A melted bead suncatcher
  9. A melted bead suncatcher in an embroidery hoop frame
  10. A Sharpie-decorated pillow
  11. DIY painted wooden candlesticks (on Love From Ginger)
  12. Create a set of tissue paper candle holders
  13. Make a handprint ornament (on The Imagination Tree)
  14. Make a set of salt dough ornaments
  15. Make hanging cardboard heart art
  16. Paint a set of wooden coasters (on Bread and Buttons)
  17. Make a potholder with kid art (on Sycamore Strings)
  18. Make a set of salt dough magnets (on Tinkerlab)
  19. Make a decorative bunting
  20. Weave a special wall hanging (on Art Bar Blog)

17 EDIBLE GIFT IDEAS

  1. A plate of homemade cookies such as bear hug cookies (on Fun Crafts Kids) or cranberry oatmeal hearts
  2. Candy cane lollipops
  3. Chocolate pretzel Christmas tree treats
  4. Candy cane shapes (goes well with the above)
  5. Hot chocolate in a mason jar (on Love Grows Wild)
  6. Or hot chocolate on a stick (on Evermine)
  7. Homemade soup mix in a jar (on Recipe Goldmine)
  8. A loaf of home-baked bread tied up with a ribbon
  9. Chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks (on Annie’s City Kitchen)
  10. DIY peanut butter cups in fun designs
  11. A tea bag wreath (on Kojodesigns)
  12. An ice cream sundae kit with easy homemade caramel sauce (on Pioneer Woman), chocolate sauce, and sprinkles
  13. Maple cinnamon spiced nuts (on Table for Two)
  14. A mason jar of homemade granola
  15. Healthy trail mix (on With Style and Grace)
  16. Super simple chocolate truffles (on Little House Living)
  17. Make a batch of apricot coconut balls (on Childhood 101)

14 GIFTS YOU CAN WEAR

  1. A mitten sweater
  2. A T-shirt with kids’ art
  3. Painted bead necklaces (on Art Bar Blog)
  4. An altered or decorated t-shirt
  5. Finger knit some accessories (on Housing a Forest)
  6. Cute hats from upcycled sweaters (on This Heart of Mine)
  7. Sew a bag or purse
  8. Make a crown
  9. A cooking apron
  10. An art smock
  11. A T-shirt dress
  12. Whip up some easy elastic band skirts (on Make It & Love It)
  13. Make some cute headbands with fabric (on Craft Snob) or with ribbon or lace (on Brit + Co)
  14. A dress up outfit (such as a pair of wings or a monster costume)

7 SELF CARE GIFT IDEAS

  1. DIY hand warmers (on Trends with Benefits)
  2. A handmade coupon book—for a child (ideas and printables on Wondermom Wannabe) or for a parent (ideas and printables on Seven Thirty Three)
  3. Whip up some bath bombs (on Red Ted Art)
  4. Make fun soap (on Tiny Rotten Peanuts)
  5. A jar of wish stones
  6. Make herbal dream pillows (on GardenMama)
  7. Make a happy jar (on Our Army Life)

Whew! That’s a lot of handmade gift ideas!! Hopefully you see a few here that your family would enjoy making and giving.

101 Handmade Gift Ideas for Kids and Families to Make

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Using and Loving Our Pottery Wheel for Kids

We have a new pottery wheel for kids.This post contains affiliate links.

Maia set it up yesterday along with all the pottery tools (that came with the wheel) out on a table in the studio and started throwing a vase.

Daphne watched for a while with Daine and then started playing with the old pottery wheel. After a while she told me, in frustration, that it didn’t work and I told her that she needed to plug the foot pedal cord into the pottery wheel. She did, then cut some clay off the block of clay, and started trying to figure out how to throw a pot on her own (on top of the washing machine with the guinea pig beside her!).

When I realized that she wanted to be doing what her big sister was doing, I cleared space on the table and moved her pottery operation down across from Maia’s.

Maia grumbled for a minute, but I told her that Daphne wanted to learn how to use the wheel, too, and needed to watch her.

Learning from her Sister 2

She suddenly turned into the most helpful teacher and walked Daphne through the whole process—sometimes from her own wheel, sometimes going over to the other side and showing Daphne on Daphne’s wheel and clay.

Throwing a Pot on the Kids Pottery Wheel 2

She showed her how to center and stick the clay, how to wet it, how to shape it, how to stick her thumb in and begin to make the cavity in the pot as the wheel turned, and finally, how to take off the cup/bowl/vase when it was finished and set it aside to dry.

Learning How to Use the Kids Pottery Wheel 2

It was awesome!

Big Sister Teaching How to Use the Pottery Wheel for Kids

Daphne made two clay pots and was so content, so happy, with her hands covered in wet clay, working the pottery wheel opposite big sister, and making things.

Daphne Washing Up in the Studio

I set up a large bowl of warm water in the studio, along with some soap and paper towels (I’ve ruined regular white towels with red clay before) for them to wash up and contain the mess.

All in all, the girls had a blast.

Learning How to Use the Kids Pottery Wheel

The pottery wheels are still set up so they can continue to work with the clay and throw clay pots as they like over the next few days.

Daphne happy

So now we have two kids pottery wheels—both look (and are) equally cheap and plastic-ky, yet both kept the kids completely and totally happy.

Do Art Pottery Studio by Faber Castell (this is the new one we have)

Pottery Wheel by Craft Project Ideas (this is the one we’ve had for a while now)

The Faber Castell pottery wheel gets the best reviews on Amazon, in case you’re wondering; the rest of the many kids pottery wheels listed get pretty abysmal reviews.

I wonder if there’s an inexpensive, yet real, pottery wheel for kids (or for adults yet inexpensive/small/easy)? Anyone know? If so, I would consider buying one, but frankly, the kids are completely content, excited even, with their plastic pottery wheels.

As before, the kids are just air drying the pots they made and will likely paint them with acrylic paints once they are completely dry. Maia asked about a kiln, though, and I may look into the possibility of getting their clay creations fired somewhere… sometime… maybe…

Using and Loving Kids Pottery Wheels

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11 Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make http://artfulparent.com/2014/11/11-salt-dough-ornaments-kids-can-make.html http://artfulparent.com/2014/11/11-salt-dough-ornaments-kids-can-make.html#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 11:49:20 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=17603 Making salt dough ornaments and salt dough gifts is a holiday tradition in our family as well as many others. As we get close to the holidays and holiday crafting season, I thought I’d put together a post full of fun salt dough ornaments kids can make to inspire your family (and mine!). Enjoy! P.S. If...

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Not Your Mamas Salt Dough

Making salt dough ornaments and salt dough gifts is a holiday tradition in our family as well as many others.

As we get close to the holidays and holiday crafting season, I thought I’d put together a post full of fun salt dough ornaments kids can make to inspire your family (and mine!).

Enjoy!

P.S. If you’re wondering how to make salt dough ornaments, I’ll include my favorite salt dough recipe and the basic instructions at the end of this post so once you get inspired by all these ideas you can get started creating with salt dough! Most of these posts I’m linking to have salt dough recipes and instructions as well…

11 Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make

5 from The Artful Parent, 6 from other awesome sites…

Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make - Lacy Ornaments and Melted Crayon Ornaments

1. Lacy Salt Dough Ornaments

2. Melted Crayon Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make - Beaded Ornaments and Stamped Ornaments 2

3. Beaded Salt Dough Ornaments

4. Stamped Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make - Glitter Ornaments and Cinnamon Salt Dough

5. Basic Salt Dough Ornaments with Paint and Glitter

6. No Cook Cinnamon Ornaments (On Growing a Jeweled Rose)

Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make - Faux Silver and Marbled Salt Dough

7. Faux Silver Hearts (on Smile Monsters)

8. Marbled Salt Dough Ornaments (on Twodaloo)

Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make - Melted Bead Stained Glass and Rainbow Glitter

9. Melted Bead Salt Dough Suncatcher Ornaments (on Homegrown Friends)

10. Rainbow Glitter Salt Dough (on The Imagination Tree)

Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make - DIY Handprint Ornament

11. DIY Handprint Ornament (on You’re So Martha)

6 More Fun Things to Make with Salt Dough

Things to Make with Salt Dough - JOY letters and Stamped gift tags

1. Make Salt Dough JOY Letters (on Nurture Store)

2. Stamped Salt Dough Gift Tags (on Design Editor)

Things to Make with Salt Dough - Cookie Stamps and Salt Dough Magnets

3. Make Custom Cookie Stamps with Salt Dough (on Alpha Mom)

4. Salt Dough Heart Magnets (on Tinkerlab)

Things to Make with Salt Dough - HUG letter magnets and salt dough snowmen

5. Give a Hug :: Salt Dough Letter Magnets for the Fridge (on Red Ted Art)

6. Make a Salt Dough Snowman (on Dollar Store Crafts)

BASIC SALT DOUGH RECIPE & INSTRUCTIONS

  1. This post contains affiliate links.Mix 4 cups flour with 1 cup salt. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cold water. If the dough doesn’t come together, add another 1/4 cup of water or so.
  2. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge until ready to use.
  3. Place a fist-size piece of dough on a sheet of parchment paper and cover with a second sheet of parchment paper. Roll out with a rolling pin to an 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. With cookie cutters still in place (ideal) or after you take them out, pull away the extra dough from around the shapes, leaving the shapes in place on the parchment paper.
  5. Use the end of a drinking straw to poke a hole at the top of each ornament (for hanging).
  6. Decorate the ornaments (optional) with a.) stamps and a stamp pad, b.) poking a pattern of holes in the dough with the end of a straw, c.) poking glass beads into the dough.
  7. Gently move the sheet of parchment paper with salt dough ornaments onto a cookie sheet at bake in a 275F oven for 2-3 hours or until the salt dough is hard, but not browned. Let cool.
  8. (Optional) Add a coat of Mod Podge or some paint (we like BioColor paint for these) and glitter.
  9. Add a ribbon through the hole and hang in the window or on the tree!

11 Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make this Christmas

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Be Yourself - Maya Angelou Quote

“If you’re always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” -Maya Angelou

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Make Awesome 3D Pumpkin Faces with Playdough and Poke-Ins http://artfulparent.com/2014/10/easy-pumpkin-faces-playdough.html http://artfulparent.com/2014/10/easy-pumpkin-faces-playdough.html#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:04:33 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=17524 The kids and I decorated pumpkins with playdough Jack-O’-Lantern faces yesterday, inspired by the awesome Deborah Stewart of Teach Preschool (and that I shared in my post on The Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids). Such a fun Halloween activity! EASY PUMPKIN FACES WITH PLAYDOUGH & POKE-INS MATERIALS Pumpkins Playdough (homemade or store bought) Garlic press...

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Playdough Pumpkin Faces - A Fun Halloween Decorating Activity for Kids

The kids and I decorated pumpkins with playdough Jack-O’-Lantern faces yesterday, inspired by the awesome Deborah Stewart of Teach Preschool (and that I shared in my post on The Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids).

Such a fun Halloween activity!

EASY PUMPKIN FACES WITH PLAYDOUGH & POKE-INS

MATERIALS

  • Pumpkins
  • Playdough (homemade or store bought)
  • Garlic press or playdough press (optional)
  • Poke-ins such as googly eyes, buttons, beads, sequins, feathers, pipe cleaners, and pom poms

HERE’S HOW WE DID OURS

First, we stopped by the pumpkin patch after school and picked up a few pumpkins.

Then I made a couple batches of our homemade no cook playdough. One orange and one gray. I was aiming for black, but the only thing I could think to use (that I had on hand) was our gray liquid watercolors to dye it.

Kids Decorating Pumpkins with Playdough

Everyone got a ball of each playdough color and went at it with their pumpkin.

Playdough Pumpkin Face with Sequin Decoration

Of course, they each approached it very differently and I love the unique pumpkin faces they each came up with!

Daphne used the garlic press to make her playdough hair then added a line of sequin decorations to style it.

Carving Playdough Eyes for the Pumpkin Faces

Maia used a butter knife to carefully carve and shape her pumpkin facial features, including the eyes and eyelashes.

Playdough Pumpkin Faces Halloween Decorating Activity for Kids

Our friend Emily used the playdough in an extra sculptural way, adding all kinds of little details, including teeth, nostrils, hair decorations, and more.

Awesome!

After they worked with modeling and shaping their playdough eyes, noses, mouths, and hair, etc. for a while, I added a dish of some fun poke-ins to the center of the table.

Playdough Poke-Ins

Googly eyes, beads, sequins, pom-pom, and little pipe cleaner pieces.

You could also use buttons, feathers, nature items, or whatever…

Playdough Pumpkin Face with Pipe Cleaner Eyelashes

The kids love them! And used the poke-ins to add detail to their faces—pupils to their eyes, decoration to their hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, etc.

Sculptural Detail on Playdough Pumpkin Faces

It was awesome! Did I say that already? Okay, I’ll just repeat myself again. It was such a fun, creative activity!

Playdough Pumpkin Faces - A Halloween Decorating Activity for Kids

I highly recommend giving these playdough pumpkin faces a try with your kiddos, either today or even after Halloween!

And make sure to make one yourself. :)

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How to Draw Facial Features http://artfulparent.com/2014/10/how-to-draw-facial-features.html http://artfulparent.com/2014/10/how-to-draw-facial-features.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:40:56 +0000 http://artfulparent.com/?p=17409 Remember how much we all got out of that printable on drawing faces? Well, after drawing some faces with that, I decided to take an actual class on how to draw facial features to see the techniques in action and to dive more in-depth into portrait drawing. The class is another online drawing class on Craftsy, which...

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Learning How to Draw Facial Features
Remember how much we all got out of that printable on drawing faces?

Well, after drawing some faces with that, I decided to take an actual class on how to draw facial features to see the techniques in action and to dive more in-depth into portrait drawing.

The class is another online drawing class on Craftsy, which means that I’ve been able to take it at my own pace, from the comfort of my own home.

Gary Faigin, the instructor for this facial features drawing class, is also the co-founder of the Gage Academy of Art and the author of The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression.

He SO knows his stuff!

Just the very first two lessons were game changing for me.

Facial Patterns

Gary teaches that drawing the patterns of the face—the skull shape, the eye sockets, the nose area—will result in a more accurate and recognizable portrait than if you start with the details (such as the eyes) and go from there.

In fact he demonstrated that everyone has their own face pattern and that we can recognize ourselves and those we know by general facial patterns even when no details are present.

“Your sketches will improve as you train your eye to follow the lines of the skull.” – Gary Faigin

Online Drawing Class

Talking about the skull structure underneath, he showed that we need to learn how to draw it so that we can learn how to draw facial features better. And he illustrated this by drawing the skull of a full-size skeleton he had at hand (Mr. Bones) and also by sketching the imagined skull of his live model side by side with the portrait.

Now, this class was all about how to draw facial features, so obviously he taught how to dive in and get the details right—the eyes, nose, ears, lips, etc.

But, he reiterated that we need to start with the general pattern of the face and understand the bone structure underneath so that the finished portrait is more accurate.

“The secret to portrait drawing is not the thing itself, but the thing in relationship to everything else on the head.” – Gary Faigin

Here are some photos of what the kids and I have been drawing, inspired by this class…

Drawing Skulls and Skeletons

Skeletons and skulls…

Maia Drawing a Sugar Skull

A sugar skull…

Experimenting with Charcoal Drawing
Some experimenting with vine charcoal…

Daphne Drawing a Self Portrait

A self portrait…

Self Portrait Drawing for Kids
With lots of detail, both observed and imagined.

Self Portrait and Photo
And another self portrait.

Drawing Facial Features Craftsy Class

Want to learn how to draw facial features better or do you know someone who does? Sign up to take this class!

Drawing Facial Features with Gary Faigin

The class is normally priced at $39.99 but Craftsy is offering Artful Parent readers a special half-off deal so you can sign up for the class today at $19.99! (The half-off deal is good through through November 5th at 11:59 pm MT.)

Learning How to Draw Portraits with an Online Drawing Class

This post is sponsored by Craftsy; all opinions expressed are my own. 

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