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Make a Book with Kids Using an Art Kit


Make a Canvas Storybook with a Kit

I’m always up for trying out a new Artterro art kit. And I’m always surprised by just how much creative potential is packed into a deceptively compact cardboard box (which doubles as a decorate-your-own frame, by the way).

A little like that stunt where clown after clown hops out of a miniature circus car, surprising and delighting you.

That’s kind of how I feel with Artterro’s eco art kits.


The materials in their kids’ art kits are luscious and beautiful—printed papers, batik fabrics, glass and wood beads, colorful embroidery thread, wool felt pieces, lace, and ribbon. And we always seem to have left over materials to add to our own art supply stash after we are finished with the kit.

I’m also impressed with the printed fold-out pamphlets that Artterro includes in their kits. They always seem to provide the perfect balance between:

  • Inspiration (showing in-progress and completed examples of how others have used the kit)
  • Guidance (giving us tips for using the materials)
  • And creative encouragement (urging us to use the kit in our own way and giving us ideas for finding inspiration within and around us)


This post contains affiliate links. We recently had the opportunity to try out the canvas storybook kit, one I’ve had my eye on for quite some time.

The kit includes one well-made blank canvas book, an assortment of plain and printed fabrics, needle and thread, a packet of beads and sequins, a palette of acrylic paint, and a variety of ribbons.

Here’s what we did with all of those beautiful materials…


Make a Book with Kids Using a Kit

Maia decided to go with an under-the-sea theme.

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We went to the Atlanta Aquarium (with friend Marlise) a couple of months ago and it made a big impression on her.

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On all of us, really.

We loved the dolphins, whales, sharks, fish, jellyfish, octopus, seahorses, sea urchins, everything.  But Maia especially loved the dolphins and the dolphin show.


Since then, she’s said she wants to work at the aquarium when she grows up and/or wants to work with dolphins. She’s been watching Dolphin Tale and reading about dolphins.


So her choice of theme for the book was not surprising.


Maia loved the fabrics, the colors, the paints, etc, and began assembling them into her ocean images right away. But she got a little frustrated with the sewing and the gluing and turning her vision into reality.


She asked me to help her and we ended up working on the book side by side, as a gift for the friend we went to the aquarium with. It’s not finished yet and we work on it a bit at a time, letting paint and glue dry before turning the page and starting the next one.

By the way, if you’re interesting in making books with kids, check out my review of Artterro’s other bookmaking kit (a paper-based one).

More Art Kits for Kids by Artterro

This canvas storybook kit was sent to us for free by Artterro to try out; all opinions expressed are my own.

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Making an Under-the-Sea Book inspired by a visit to the Atlanta Aquarium (plus an Artterro Art Kit Giveaway!)

Artterro Eco Art Kit Giveaway

Artterro Eco Art Kit Giveaway
Arterro, one of my sponsors, is offering two of their eco art kits as a giveaway to one lucky family. Readers who leave a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, December 12th will be entered into the giveaway for an Artterro Canvas Storybook Kit as well as for an Artterro Art Journal Kit (in the color of your choice). One winner will be chosen by random number generator and announced here on Friday. (I will also e-mail the winner.) Giveaway open to readers in the United States.
Good luck!
This giveaway is now over.
The random number generator gave me #98, so Leah wins the tow Artterro art kits. Congrats, Leah! I’ll e-mail you…
Leah said…

We love the aquarium (live here in Atlanta) and have a 9 year old who would also like to work with dolphins. That same 9 year old would love to win an art kit. Thanks for the chance!

  • Shannon
    December 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    My daughter would live to create this book!

  • Bethany
    December 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    How fun!! What a great activity. Love your underwater theme as well!

  • Shifra
    December 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    This looks so fun for my children!

  • J. Marie Weldon
    December 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    All the colors are so vibrant!

  • Janet Lovoy
    December 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I really like this idea! I’ll have to steal it to use with my daughter’s sea life homeschooling unit. Thanks!

  • Christy
    December 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I have never seen a canvas book before, that’s a wonderful idea. My daughter would crazy love it.

  • chandra
    December 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    That looks like a lot of fun!

  • Lily
    December 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    We would love to have these kits. What a great idea.

  • Michelle
    December 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I changed schools often and managed to get through 12 years of education without a single art class. I will make sure my son is exposed to art. These are a wonderful way to make that happen!

  • Annette
    December 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Beautiful possibilities with both kits. My kids would love them.

  • susan
    December 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    SO very cool

  • pavla
    December 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Beautiful! My girls would love this!

  • Catherine
    December 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    We would love to have one of these kits!

  • Suzanne
    December 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Beautiful. My daughter would love it!

  • Heather
    December 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    This looks like such a fun thing to do with my boys!

  • Nicole O.
    December 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    So inspirational. Just lovely.

  • Karissa
    December 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve made soft books fr my kids before, but they haven’t yet made any of their own. I’m sure they’d love this.

  • Michelle A
    December 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    This is just what we’ve been wanting to do for our visits!

  • sierra
    December 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Love love! This would be an amazing gift for my daughter!

  • Gena
    December 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Looks fun!

  • Sarah M
    December 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I LOVE her storybook. The little bead and gemstone details on the starfish and jellyfish are so sweet.
    Sarah M
    PS-Love Arterro! Thank you!

  • Lucy Gonzalez
    December 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    My goodness…these look like terrific fun.

  • [email protected]
    December 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Love this beautiful memory book, what a sweet project to do together and
    Such pretty materials!

  • Laura
    December 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    My boys would love these kits!

  • Kc
    December 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    This is a great project

  • Lisa
    December 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Love this! I took my kids to the Atlanta Aquarium this summer while we were visiting family. I thought the dolphin show was a little cheesy, but my kids LOVED it and still talk about it. That’s a super cute book you all are making.

  • Jane
    December 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    What a great kit to inspire and facilitate creativity!

  • Anne
    December 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Love the fabric as a book making supply. Can’t wait to try it with my daughter!

  • Bekah
    December 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Incredible! My daughter loves “crafts” of any kind, and really loves books. Maui need buy one now

  • beth s
    December 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Wow, never heard of Arterro Kits before today and those look so cool. Especially love the canvas book kit. I will b ordering one but we’d love to win another too.

  • Erin
    December 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I love how these products encourage such unique creativity!

  • Chris
    December 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun and encourages creativity!

  • Kyra
    December 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Wow! I LOVE this. Art projects is always my strongest suit but I never thought of anything like this. Love love. And I am so happy that I discovered this site a few months ago!

  • Kate
    December 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for ALL of the giveaways!! LOVE the aquarium-inspired artwork!!! :-)

  • Alicia
    December 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    This looks really fun! Your daughter’s book came out beautifully!

  • Tauna W.
    December 8, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I love the way the book is turning out! Looks great. My daughter and I would have so much fun working on this together.

  • Chelsea
    December 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    That looks like so much fun! We love aquariums.

  • kitter
    December 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Those look like awesome kits! Your under-the-sea book is shaping up beautifully. Thanks!

  • sarakenobi
    December 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    WOW! this is so great! These are amazing!

  • Celeste
    December 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I love the book you created with this kit. I am especially fond of the jellyfish. We also enjoyed the Georgia Aquarium this summer!

  • Jane
    December 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    wow! my daughter would love to create her own book!

  • Maria Hunt
    December 8, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Great set! Thank you for sharing!

  • Liz
    December 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try one of these kits. Thanks! :)

  • Rosemarie
    December 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Looks like so much fun!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Jenny
    December 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    These look so wonderful

  • Lara
    December 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Looks like an art adventure. Thanks for the chance!

  • Kathleen
    December 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Wow another giveaway?! Cool under the water activity!!!

  • Shelli
    December 8, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Love, love, love it. Crossing fingers….

  • ang
    December 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    we need the inspiration :}

  • Jenn A
    December 8, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    So gorgeous! We’d love to create with these beautiful materials at our house!

  • Susan
    December 8, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Ooooh, this would be so great!

  • Jeanette Nyberg
    December 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    We love Artterro kits so much! And…. did you just compare their art kits to a clown car? :)

  • Heidi Anderson
    December 8, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Wow, these are wonderful! I was not aware of these kits before but I am definitely going to check them out. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Sarah
    December 9, 2013 at 12:05 am

    That canvas book looks awesome! My daughter and I tried the Arttero bug kit and didn’t really like it, but this could be great! I love what Maia is making and love those photos from the aquarium!

  • Lisa
    December 9, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Love it! My son would love something like this.

  • Ashlee
    December 9, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Love what she did with the book!

  • Pallavi
    December 9, 2013 at 12:26 am

    What a great idea! We would love to try this kit!

  • Milena
    December 9, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Oh we would love these (I would actually want one just for myself :). Thanks for the giveaway!

  • jen
    December 9, 2013 at 4:00 am

    This beautiful

  • aimee
    December 9, 2013 at 6:22 am

    I haven’t seen this before, so much fun. Bookmaking has been a new project in our family..

  • Jennifer
    December 9, 2013 at 7:47 am

    My daughter creates her own books now out of paper and staples. She would love this opportunity to make a “real” book. Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Erin
    December 9, 2013 at 8:48 am

    We live close to the National Aquarium, which is spectacular. We go all the time; it provides such inspiration to the children.

  • Margaret
    December 9, 2013 at 9:26 am

    We would love to try out one of these kits! Very cool

  • Laura
    December 9, 2013 at 9:31 am

    The idea of the canvas book is so creative and sturdy for little hands. Would love to try!

  • Heather C
    December 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

    That’s a beautiful book. What a fantastic idea!

  • Kelsey
    December 9, 2013 at 10:09 am

    My boy would love this!

  • dawn
    December 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

    The canvas book kit looks wonderful! Would love the chance to try it out.

  • Mommytotheprincesses
    December 9, 2013 at 10:50 am

    We would love to win this!

  • Michelle
    December 9, 2013 at 11:08 am

    What a beautiful book! My son would absolutely love this, thanks!

  • April
    December 9, 2013 at 11:34 am

    What fun!!! My kids would love these!!

  • Tori Gamble
    December 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Wonderful idea and great giveaway!

  • kate
    December 9, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance!

  • Mandy
    December 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Beautiful! The sewing might be tricky, but it looks like lots of creative fun!

  • Fernanda
    December 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Art is in your feet, art is in eyes, wherever you go, whatever you see, you come up with an art project! I really like this one!

  • Miranda
    December 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    love this idea!

  • Jaime Southwick
    December 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Loving Maia’s creativity with the canvas book making project! My 8 yr. old daughter is an artist and loves to write books, what a great concept to fuse both passions!

  • Melissa B
    December 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    We love Artterro! I hadn’t seen the canvas storybook before and love what you made!

  • Adelle F.
    December 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Another beautiful giveaway!

  • Anu
    December 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Such a mouth watering offers. Ummm

  • Andrea
    December 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    This book looks like it is right up the ally of my little artists!

  • Paige
    December 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    How fun! That looks like such a fun kit!

  • adriana Ochoa
    December 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    A trip to the aquarium..priceless!
    fingers crossed!

  • ericka
    December 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Love this!! Thanks!

  • Megan
    December 9, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Would love this

  • Catherine
    December 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Love Arterro kits! My artsy kids would eat this up!

  • Karen
    December 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    That book is gorgeous – what a lovely way to remember the aquarium! My daughter would love those kits. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lynne
    December 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Thank you for giving us the chance to win a fantastic Arterro kit, I like the art journal kit best.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Aweswome as always! My kiddo would love this.

  • Kerstin
    December 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    WHat a fun way to make a book. My girls would love to try that out.

  • Wendy
    December 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I loved my visit to the Atlanta Aquarium. My granddaughters visit the New Orleans Aquarium and would be very pleased to make an Under-The-Sea Book too!

  • Erin
    December 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    These are so great! Thank you for introducing me to them and thank you for the chance to win!

  • Shauna
    December 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    What a fun idea. My daughter would absolutely love this!

  • Shelli
    December 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Would love to try that out! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Dava
    December 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I would love to add this to my art lessons! What a great use for the kit!

  • Crafty
    December 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    My older one is just the right age for this. What beautiful materials!

  • Jennifer
    December 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    looks beautiful!

  • Joelle
    December 9, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    This looks great! I really need to do more art with my daughter.

  • Leah
    December 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    We love the aquarium (live here in Atlanta) and have a 9 year old who would also like to work with dolphins. That same 9 year old would love to win an art kit. Thanks for the chance!

  • Julie
    December 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Fun concept, creative and textural.

  • Jennifer Ernst
    December 9, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    These look like fun>

  • Marylea
    December 9, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    We love arterro and this kit looks WONDERFUL! Thank you so much!

  • Barb
    December 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Looks like lots of fun!

  • Karla
    December 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I’d love to try their kits!

  • Anira
    December 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    What a fun kit! The possibilities…

  • christine
    December 9, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Haven’t seen these kits before- what a great idea. Thank you for sharing!

  • Holly R
    December 9, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    My kids would LOVE these!

  • Lisa W.
    December 10, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Looks like fun! Would love to win and make something awesome!

  • Linda S.
    December 10, 2013 at 12:57 am

    How fun this would be!

  • Linnae
    December 10, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Oh, the possibilities! What fun! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Lara
    December 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Looks awesome!

  • Heather
    December 10, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I love this!

  • Jen
    December 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I reeeally want to try an Arterro kit. I have heard about them through the Artful Parent and have seen their website. It looks like sooo much fun!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sasha M
    December 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    My daughter is really into making her own books right now, this would be great.

  • Cathleen H.
    December 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Great giveaway! My kids would love this…

  • Joy sutter
    December 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    so fun a great variation on a smashbook

  • Sara R.
    December 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    My boys spent all evening making books and woke up this morning to finish them (2 hours early!). I love the idea of this kind of book…more texture and lots of color!

  • Rose
    December 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Love these kits!

  • Kelly A
    December 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm


  • Megan N
    December 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    My four year old is very into story-telling and creates a bunch of her own books from any little papers left around. How cool that there’s a kit with a bunch of different fabrics and materials for her to explore and make it more “fancy” as she likes to say. This would make a great gift for her and for us to do together.

  • Joy
    December 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    What wonderful creative possibilities with these kits!

  • Andi
    December 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Your daughter is such a great artist. I wish mine had that kind of attention span… Maybe one day. :)

  • Christa
    December 11, 2013 at 1:17 am

    These kits look fantastic! Thanks for giveaway opportunity!!

  • Laura
    December 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I just bought the canvas book for my 5 year old for Christmas. We also received the collage kit. It was very beautifully packed and easy two create special ornaments. My preschoolers created some beautiful ornaments with the kit. They loved it. They were so engaged by the beautiful paper. Each one came out gorgeous. Love all of their kits!!

  • Kristi
    December 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

    This would be terrific! All of us need something like this for inspiration!

  • Abbey Cannon
    December 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Looks so fun! My son and daughter would enjoy this. My loves drawing and writing short books all the time.

  • Susan
    December 11, 2013 at 11:41 am

    The kits look amazing! They would be great presents!

  • Melissa Murphy
    December 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    This is beautiful! My son & I will have to give it a go ;)

  • Danielle
    December 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Always on the lookout for great art kits!

  • [email protected]
    December 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    What a fun craft idea for kids– my daughter would love this!

  • Sarah Thacker
    December 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    This makes me want to redo my childhood! Beautiful!

  • Kristin
    December 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    We would love to win!

  • Erin G.
    December 11, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    The aquatic book pages look lovely! I think my daughter would have a blast making a book like that.

  • Kerri
    December 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    This looks great, would love a chance to win!

  • Jen S
    December 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    i love the idea of a canvas story book. Would love to work on it with my daughter!

  • Christine
    December 12, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Beautiful – we gave an Arttero kit as a birthday gift last year – the garden ornament kit – it was a big hit for a girl who created items for a fairy garden she was developing!

  • [email protected]
    December 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Perfect for my artistic grandaughter!

  • Savannah
    December 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I am always amazed at the materials you use! Amazing:)

  • nicole
    December 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    My daughters would love this kit! My oldest (4) is obsessed with art and creates something first thing when she wakes up most days :).

  • Sandy
    December 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    My daughter wants to create books when she grows up. She would have so much fun with these books.

  • Jennifer Ritter
    December 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I am in love with this for my daughter and I!

  • Sandra M.
    December 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Great idea! My son would live to create this book!

  • Natalia
    December 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    My favorite kits!

  • Theresa
    December 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    What a neat kit! We would love to add this to our art supplies.

  • Meagan Darrow
    December 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    What an amazing give away! Looks like great fun.

  • [email protected]
    December 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I love the idea of creating a canvas book without having to do the sewing!!

  • Martha
    December 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Wow! looks very fun!

  • Suzanna
    December 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    LOVE the idea of the Aquarium book to prolong the memory!!

  • angela
    December 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    What awesome parenting … im inspired :)

  • Tricia
    December 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    My son would LOVE to create his own book!

  • angel funk
    December 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I love these kits! Would love to win. Thank you for posting so many wonderful reviews, I use them to purchase items regularly.

  • [email protected]
    December 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    pick me! pick me! happy holidays :)

  • Raquel Dias
    December 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Lovely :D

  • Mary
    December 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    My kids would love to create this.

  • Kim Wolke
    December 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    What a great giveaway!

  • Rose
    December 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    These kits are amazing! My kiddos would LOVE them! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Jane
    December 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Love these kits!

  • Julie D
    December 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Love the book kit! What a neat idea!

  • Sheree
    December 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Just beautiful! Would love to try the Artterro kits :)

  • Laurel A.
    December 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    These look neat! My daughter would dig these.

  • Aimee
    December 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    My daughter loves these kits!

  • [email protected]
    December 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you for this opportunity to win something so educational through art, our children would benefit from this:-)

  • Tammy Evans
    December 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    What beautiful art! What a great way to express yourself!

  • Shaivite
    December 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    My daughter would love this! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • [email protected]
    December 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Oh these supplies would be so much fun to win for my grandchildren!

  • Jenn Judge
    December 12, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    This is awesome:)

  • Kialli
    December 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Just the thing to follow a trip to Mystic Aquarium.