Pantone Playdough + Gift Tag

Pantone Playdough + Gift Tag

give the gift of the most beautiful colored homemade play dough this Holiday

Making playdough is something I could do in my sleep. I have made it for so many years. It is so far superior to store bought in every way! First of all, it’s really soft. Secondly, it lasts forever. Third of all, it’s really cool to watch the liquid turn into a solid right before your eyes. And lastly, but most important of all, when you make your own playdough the color possibilities are endless!

make it colorful

I gave the jar to my art class, five 4-yr olds. They shared amongst themselves and created the prettiest marbled colors. Even mixed up this play dough is beautiful!

Get the recipe here (i didn’t add glitter this time).

Get the jars online here, or at Michael’s stores (the 64oz jar is pictured in this post).

Download the cute little gift tags here (print on card stock).

Give the gift of color this holiday…or any day!

xo, Bar


Christmas Wrap Printable + Braided Rope

Christmas Wrap Printable + Braided Rope

Today I am sharing my first ever wrapping paper printable! Plus a really easy way to make braided rope from yarn. It literally takes a minute and is kind of magical.

Christmas trees printable wrapping paper

You can print this wrap in two sizes:

Christmas Tree Wrap 8.5 x 14 (legal sized paper)

Christmas Tree Wrap 11 x 17 (for large format printers)

DIY braided rope is so easy

Supplies for braided rope:

Yarn. And that’s it!

How to:

1. Cut a piece of yarn that is 6 times longer than the size of rope you will eventually need. I cut an 18′ piece of yarn and my rope ended up being about 3.5′ which goes around a small present and ties in a bow.

2. Fold the yarn in half. With a partner, each of you holding one end, start twisting in opposite directions.

3. When it’s as tightly twisted as can be, fold it in half. This is the magical part, because right after you do that it will start twisting on itself again. It’s hard to explain, but it just happens!

4. Tie the loose end with one knot and trim. Now you have braided rope!

8 8 DIY Holiday wrapping paper ideas from the Rockin' Art Moms

And now for some excellent BONUS material…

Today my fellow Rockin’ Art Moms (20 moms brought together by the love of making art with kids ~ we have an awesome Pinterest board that you should follow this instant!) all have their own versions of DIY wrap to share. Click below to find out more about any of these amazing projects.

{left to right starting at the top}

Make Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers from Artful Parent

Stitched Paper & Mandala Tag from Mama Miss

Paper Snowflake Wrap from Tiny Rotten Peanuts

Tie Die Gift Wrap from Babble Dabble Do

Poppable Holiday Wrapping Paper from Pink Stripey Socks

Furoshiki Printed Fabric Wrap from Buggy and Buddy

Printable Christmas Trees from moi, obviously

Swedish Dala Horse Wrap from Willow Day

{not pictured but so freakin’ cool you have to click over right now} Picture Frame Wrapping Paper by Meri Cherry

Enjoy blog hopping today!

xo, Bar


Gift Guide // Top 10 Basic Art Supplies

Gift Guide // Top 10 Basic Art Supplies

I teach art to small children in my house. Every week I set up new art experiences and carefully pick out my materials. I often get asked by moms which materials they should buy to create their own art area at home. This question always gets me excited for two reasons: 1) Maybe I’ve influenced them to keep the creativity flowing at home! And 2) I’m a huge advocate of keeping things simple. Kids don’t need much to keep them happy and busy.

This list is really the bare necessities. I kept it to 10 to keep the costs down and to minimize stress! However, I did include a few extras at the end, I couldn’t help myself.

basic paper to stock for your home art area


The first thing your art area needs is paper. I use sulphite paper in art class. It’s a little bit denser and the colors are more vibrant than construction paper. It holds paint beautifully. I would suggest getting the 12″ x 18″ size in white, and then the 9″ x 12″ colored. You could always cut the white down and I find that larger paper encourages them to draw big!

white sulphite paper // colored sulphite paper

basic paints to stock for your home art area


You can’t have an art area without paints! In art class we use paint almost every day. I love watercolor palettes and this brand is my favorite. Teaching them to use watercolor is one of my first lessons: Wet your brush then count to 10 as you swish it in circles on a color. It’s important to tell them that they need lots of water! As for tempera paints, there are so many different brands and colors. I use a variety of brands, usually whatever is on sale. Although some are definitely more watery than others (I prefer a thicker more opaque paint), you are pretty safe with just about anything. To stock your art area you will just need the basics – three primary colors and white. I mix colors for my classes using mostly these four. But I also LOVE gold and neon paints. Mix the neon paints with a teeny bit of white to give you a more opaque consistency.

watercolor paints // tempera paints: red, yellow, blue, white, gold , neon

basic drawing materials to stock for your home art area


This category was the hardest to pick. There are so many great drawing materials out there! But the two that my kids gravitate to the most are colored pencils and markers. These are the work horses of drawing materials. You could really choose any brand of colored pencils and not go wrong. I chose these because they were relatively cheap on Amazon. As for markers, I do find that Crayola markers last the longest. Plus…these are scented! Your kids could spend 20 minutes just sniffing, I swear. Mine do!

colored pencils // markers

basic art supplies to stock for your home art area


I literally agonized over which glue to represent here. Glue stick or Elmer’s? Both are used all the time in art class and with my own kids. (In fact, glueing and cutting might be a 4yr old’s all time favorite activity!) But I’ll tell you why I went with glue stick: It’s less messy, easier for little kids, and doesn’t need a day to dry. I love this brand the best, they really work well. As for scissors, my favorite is actually from Ikea. These are a close second.

glue stick // scissors

basic art supplies to stock for your home art area


These two don’t really go together, but I consider them essentials. This brush pack is the best value. I’ve bought many of these packs over the years. I really also love Ikea brushes if you are ever there. And tape…I could go on for years. WE LOVE COLORED TAPE!! My little students just love ripping and cutting tape. They make beautiful “drawings” just with tape. Tape is a must!

paint brushes // colored tape


These materials were left off the list, but barely. You might already have some of these in your home so just bring them on over to the art shelf!

Elmer’s glue // pencil sharpener // stapler // crayons // scotch tape

You can literally create hundreds of projects with these simple materials. Here are a few that I’ve done that use no more than what I’ve listed (except for some recycled materials…I am a huge cardboard fan!)

cardboard paintings // small paintings // scrape painting // puffy hearts // invitation to paint // cardboard animals // sunburst paintings // scrap paper collage

In my next post I’ll tell you about my top 10 basic crafting supplies. That one will be REALLY fun. Think…pom-poms!

xo, Bar