Crafts

Art for Littles


Art for Littles

Good morning! Today I am sharing yet another killer collection of simple art & play ideas for your little ones.

From top left: Spin art sun catchers from Meri Cherry // Rainbow color mixing from Simple as That // Credit card art from Housing a Forest // Hole punch art by Learn with Play at Home // Monster blow paintings from Raising Sparks // Styrofoam sculptures from The Artful Parent // Play with fabric scraps from Paint on the Ceiling // Easy weave bracelets by Willow Day // Clothespin caterpillars from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom // Scrap paper collage from Art Bar // Watercolor art from Blog Me Mom // Kandinsky egg carton art from Whatever

Have a great week! xo, Bar

 

12 Easter Egg Ideas {no dye}


12 Easter Egg Ideas {no dye}

Here are twelve simple and gorgeous egg decorating ideas that don’t involve any dye. These very cool techniques include the use of sharpies, watercolors, tissue paper and tattoos!! So clever and mostly mess free.

1. Watercolor eggs from Nest of Posies | 2. Hand drawn eggs from Confetti Sunshine | 3. Watercolor eggs from Spoon Fork Bacon | 4. Marbleized Eggs from Camille Styles | 5. Tissue paper eggs from Creative Connections for Kids | 6. Watercolor sprayed eggs from For the Love of | 7. Tattoo eggs from Country Living | 8. Mustache men eggs from By Wilma | 9. Gold sharpie eggs from Waiting on Martha | 10. Black sharpie eggs from Obviously Sweet | 11. Rubber stamped eggs from Martha Stewart | 12. White sharpie eggs from Debbie Gonville Miller

You can see our dye-free eggs on Instagram, sometime in the future.

Have a great week!

xo, Bar

 

A Year of Making


A Year of Making

It’s been one whole year of making from Art Bar on Small for Big! Today I am featuring a round-up of some of my faves. It is also a goodbye for me as I will be leaving my contributor position to focus on some exciting things happening here at home. Mari has been so generous and kind to give me this amazing chance to share my projects and crafts with a bigger audience. As a new blogger, she showed me the ropes and helped me find my voice. I will be forever grateful to her and her readers!!

#makeit2014

On another note, my hashtag project on instagram has been SO FUN!! Thank you all for participating. It’s awesome to see all of the stuff you guys are making. Bravo to you!! Above are some that I wanted to share with you. Keep tagging your photos with #makeit2014 as I will continue to share your handmade goodness!

row one: @mericherryla, @schaeresteipapier, @bmarcogliese

row two: @willowdaygram, @alldayalldamnday, @jesscornman

row three: @jesscornman, @mericherryla, @cdouglas9

row four: @willowdaygram, @giddyja, @simplybike

Love This {five}

And finally, another installment of the things I am loving on the interweb these days….

Love This {five}

1. Two women went on a canoe ride to the island. What they saw on the way back was unimaginable….and hints at universal principles yet to be understood.

2. A quick tutorial on drawing your hand in 3-D. The kids will love this!

3. Essential oils are what I’m buying for my one child who tends to be anxious and a worrier. I am so excited to try these!

4. Going on a road trip soon with your kids? This simple yet brilliant road trip game with keep them from fighting the whole way!

5. This article about toys made me both long to do what this mom did, and gasp at what this mom did. What do you think?

6. I want to buy this star light for my son’s room…i love this company!

7. Love, LOVE this dad. Read about his brilliant and creative way to stay connected to his 5-year old son while traveling.

8. A 13-yr old girl gives a heart-rending answer to Matt Damon about what she will do with her free time, now that her village has access to fresh water. Makes you think.

9. This 4-yr old has become an internet phenom overnight. She designs and makes dresses out of paper. I love her! If you haven’t already seen this, you might be living under a rock.

10. And lastly, these 100 calorie double fudge muffins literally look like heaven! Made with bananas and 1/4 cup sugar which you could replace with natural sweetener…they are healthy, too!

Have a great week!

xo, Bar

 

Make: Bird Nests


Make: Bird Nests

This week I wanted to continue with our theme of birds and share with you this totally cool bird nest craft. OMG, they were so fun!! The best part being the last step which is so satisfying and beautiful that we all gasped (I wish I knew how to type a gasp…anyone?).

There are bird nest tutorials all over the internet. I researched a ton about whether to use paper maché or glue, whether I wanted a full nest or a more delicate nest, and lastly….the nest materials. It was hard to make all of these decisions! After a rough start, we finally got the hang of it.

make bird nests from recycled paper | art bar

Materials:

~ Chopped paper – construction paper, newspaper, catalogs, magazines

~ Paper cutter or scissors (or a shredder would be best!)

~ Elmer’s glue + thick paint brush

~ One bowl of the size that you want your bird’s nest to be

~ Plastic wrap

make bird nests from recycled paper | art bar

How to:

Most of the tutorials online said to soak the paper strips in the glue or paper maché first, then spread them around the bowl. We tried this, but it became a goopy mess and the paper started ripping. So this is the technique we came up with. First, we cut our paper into strips about 1/4″ in thickness. The strips varied in length from 6″ to 12″. Next, we put plastic wrap on the inside of the bowl. We mixed glue with water (half and half), and brushed glue all on the inside of the bowl on top of the plastic wrap. We then took individual strips and arranged them criss-crossing around the bowl. After a while, we would paint on more glue which helped keep the layers down. We then added more paper strips, until about four layers were formed. Sometimes we would put the strips around, like a real nest. Other times just across so the pieces would stick out. When our fingers got too sticky, we wiped them on a wet paper towel.

We let the bowls dry overnight. Then….drumroll, please….we lifted the nests out of the bowl and pealed off the plastic. Voila! We had the most beautiful and delicate nests!

make bird nests from recycled paper | art bar

We played around with color, but loved the blues and browns most (with a hint of pink). I used a Paper Source catalog which is made from a really nice matte paper, and their use of color is muted and perfect. (If you don’t know about this catalog click here to get one for free! And definitely visit their online store.)

Have a crafty weekend!

xo, Bar

{nests inspired by this post}

 

 

DIY Bird Garland


DIY Bird Garland

Oh, how I wish I designed these birds! Aren’t they sooo cool? I found them on Etsy from Sabina at The Ink Nest. She has so many lovely birds to choose from I could hardly decide which ones to buy. (These are the geometric ones). They are $9 to download, which to me is a good price for an endless supply of pretty birds.

bird garland with Etsy templates | art bar

Here’s how I put this garland together:

I downloaded and printed out the birds on card stock. I cut them out and laid them on the table in the order I liked. I decided to put some wooden beads that I had dyed with jello in between the birds (fruity scented garland!). I then used a teeny hole punch to punch two holes towards the middle top of each bird. Lastly, I strung the birds with some twine.

bird garland with Etsy templates | art bar

bird garland with Etsy templates | art bar

I love the way this garland turned out…a perfect Easter decoration! Actually, I think these birds are an all-year round decor, don’t you think?

bird garland with Etsy templates | art bar

Have a great Monday! I’ll be back later in the week to share another bird related craft.

xo, Bar

 

Make: Name Garland


Make: Name Garland

make a name garland @artbarblog

craft punch + paint chips ~ make a garland | @artbarblog

I’m loving the way this garland came out. It’s super easy to make and uses all free materials….my favorite kind of craft! To see the full post and tutorial, hop on over to Small for Big.

Happy Monday everybody!!

xo Bar

 

Art For Littles + A Brilliant Pinterest Board


Art For Littles + A Brilliant Pinterest Board

For the past month I’ve really been wanting to write a new series that focuses on art for the toddler/preschool age. Since my youngest is seven, we have grown out of that stage. I remember those days “in the trenches” with such a mix of happiness and weariness. We did explore art, but I wish I had known about the world of blogs because I could have used some fresh ideas!

So here’s the funny thing that happened while I was working on this draft. I was asked by a blogger, whom I really admire, if I wanted to be part of a group of moms who write about art projects for their little kids. How amazing and serendipitous, right?! Of course I said yes!! They call themselves the Rockin’ Art Moms… and now I am one, too. Yee-haw! We have a collaborative Pinterest board that you MUST follow this instant. It is a place where you can find all of the best art projects for your little ones (and bigger ones, too).

The above collage is a mix of some really super creative sensory/play/process art ideas to do with your littlest artists. Included are some Rockin’ Art Mom ideas, but I will also continue to share more of their ideas with you on a monthly basis. I hope this new series will be helpful and inspiring!

From top left: Making sculptures with a wire basket from Stephanie at Two-daloo // Watercolor heart doilies from Jean at The Artful Parent // Scissor exercises from Jackie at Happy Hooligans // People playdough mats {free printable} from Kate at Picklebums // Nature shadow boxes from Deborah at Teach Preschool // Shaving cream bathtub paint from Trisha at momdot // Magazine art from guest blogger Deborah on Classic Play // Marbled milk paper from Ana at Babble Dabble Do // Recycled box community from Meri at Meri Cherry // Paint blot art from Jeanette at Artchoo // Citrus printing from Sarah at Lil Sugar // Marshmallow shooter from Laura at Come Together Kids

12 Rockin' Art Moms unite to create a collaborative board providing you with awesome art projects for kids. We believe in the power of creativity as a necessary part of kids' lives. Rock on!

And now to introduce all of the Rockin’ Art Moms:

Ana from Babble Dabble Do

Meri from Meri Cherry (thank you for inviting me!!)

Jeanette from Artchoo and Tiny Rotten Peanuts

Melissa from Green Owl Art

Suja from Blog Me Mom

Kristen from Art History Mom

Gina from Willowday

Asia from Fun At Home With Kids

Stephanie from Two-daloo

Chelsey from Buggy and Buddy

Leslie from Pink Stripey Socks

I’m very excited to be able to learn from these 11 cool ladies, and to share their projects with you on a monthly basis. Rock on!!

xo, Bar

 

Cardboard Box Animals


Cardboard Box Animals

recycled art ~ animals made from cardboard boxes {free animal templates} | art bar

recycled art ~ animals made from cardboard boxes {free animal templates} | art bar

We have quite a few boxes leftover from our move in December. Like, a hundred or a thousand. A sea of brown boxes. If any of you have moved recently, you know what a downer it can be to have these boxes still sitting in the corners of all your rooms. The recycler in me had to make something out of them. These animals only took two boxes, unfortunately. But I have only just begun! Check out the tutorial on how to make these today over at Small for Big.

Have a happy Monday!

xo Bar

 

Love Letters


Love Letters

This week my daughter and I had the privilege of inviting 20 girls from her class to our house to make Valentine’s Day cards for a very good cause. Here’s the scoop: DoSomething.org, the largest non-profit in the US for young people and social change, has launched a campaign called Love Letters. Love Letters asks kids and teens to create Valentine’s Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults across the country during a peak time of isolation and depression. These letters are then sent to Meals on Wheels all across the United States, and delivered to those seniors who are in need of some love and attention.

Love Letters is a program that asks teens to create handmade Valentine's cards to lift the spirits of older people across the US during a peak time of isolation ~ in partnership with DoSomething.org // Art Bar

We filled the tables with heaps of fun and colorful crafting materials. Some of the girls were using rubber cement for the first time (hard to believe)! They were so excited, their smiles were contagious. The girls fully embraced their task and enjoyed every moment. All the while, being completely aware of how much they would help another person with their thoughtful, handmade cards. I was so proud of them!!

Love Letters is a program that asks teens to create handmade Valentine's cards to lift the spirits of older people across the US during a peak time of isolation ~ in partnership with DoSomething.org // Art Bar

Here’s what we put out on our tables (all found on Amazon):

white card stock (folded in half) // construction paper in valentine colors // heart punches big and small // scissors // glitter glue // rubber cement // pom-poms // markers // chalkboard markers // paper muffin cups // fabric strips (cut from scraps) // washi tape

DoSomething.org asks that you follow these guidelines when making your cards:

~ Outside of the card should say Happy Valentine’s Day.

~ Inside the card, share three facts about yourself in order for the receiver of your beautiful cards to feel more of a connections with you. For example:

What state are you from?

What is your favorite hobby?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

~ You may sign the card, but do not use your last name or any specific details about where you live.

Love Letters is a program that asks teens to create handmade Valentine's cards to lift the spirits of older people across the US during a peak time of isolation ~ in partnership with DoSomething.org // Art Bar

The deadline for sending cards is February 15th. Please, please consider making some cards with your kids this weekend. Click here for directions, guidelines and addresses of Meals on Wheels across the country.

Thank you, thank you! You guys are the best.

xo, Bar

 

Valentines Made by Hand {24 ideas}


Valentines Made by Hand {24 ideas}

Moving to America when I was five was memorable for many reasons. Learning a new language for one, although I don’t remember that. What I remember most about my first year here was making Valentines for everyone in my class. It was like Christmas! Sharing what I had made for my friends, and receiving what they had made for me – I felt all warm and fuzzy inside. I miss Kindergarten.

There are infinite ways to make a Valentines card from scratch. Most of these ideas are open-ended, process oriented cards, which are the best kind. Just put out supplies and let your kids explore and create! (And you can, too).

Row 1: cut out heart window and add red heart (you can forgo the printed lettering and write by hand) by Lovely Design // heart punch and paint chips at Juneberry Lane // tissue paper collage heart + glitter at Panther’s Palette // use glue and collage materials to make valentine faces by My Paper Crane

Row 2: minimalist painted valentines by Annily Green // simply paint with reds and pinks then add glitter and cut into heart shape at Many Hats of a Mom // fingerprint valentine by The Gold Jellybean or Paint Cut Paste // liquid watercolor heart postcards at Art Bar

Row 3: layer paper hearts and fold into an envelope by Martha Stewart // draw hearts with pencil then paint in with patterns and cut from our Flickr feed // i heart you accordion cards at BHG // trace your child’s hand for the sweetest valentine by Martha Stewart

Row 4: stickers and washi tape heart pendants at Blank Style // felt heart (sew or glue on) with rubber stamps at Clever Charlotte // liquid watercolors make for beautiful paper, then just cut into hearts at You Are My Fave // newspaper heart bunting at Maya Made

Row 5: use cupcake liners to make a valentine badge by Urban Comfort // ombre heart kit (and other valentine kits) at Paper Source // hand sew or use glue with these simple heart cards at Apartment Therapy and All Buttoned Up // make a heart lei at Homemade Serenity

Row 6: pop-up valentine at Minieco // heart doilies by Martha Stewart // newspaper hearts at Art Bar // melted crayon hearts by Martha Stewart

craft table: handmade valentines | art bar

In my opinion, the best way to make homemade cards is to create a craft table full of all the supplies you will need. Set up the table on the weekend, and leave it out for a day or two. Sit down with your kids if you can, or if they are little, and just enjoy the process. The photo above is from our Valentine craft table from last year. The cards don’t have to be complicated…it’s just so lovely to give something (and receive something) that has been made from the heart. ♡

xo, Bar

{For last minute printables and ideas that include gifts, visit my Pinterest boards “Holiday Ideas” and “Printables”}