Teen Craft

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

 

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

 

Paper Snowflakes // Table Runner


Paper Snowflakes // Table Runner

Making paper snowflakes can be one of the most frustrating or most satisfying exercises ever. For little hands with dull scissors, it can be tough. Depending on the child, I think age five-to-seven is a good time to start practicing and letting them handle a sharper scissor. At first, make the snowflakes simple with just a few cuts and notches. As they grow and become more dexterous and patient, they will automatically start making their snowflakes more complex. At our house, we finally all LOVE making them. My youngest is seven and he thankfully is not a perfectionist, so anything will do. There are some great patterns on Pinterest…here is a good board for ideas.

Today I am sharing how I made this snowflake table runner (easy!) and how we make our snowflakes on You Are My Fave.

xo, Bar

 

Giant Christmas Tree Paintings


Giant Christmas Tree Paintings

While we have the paints out from our teacher gift tags, let’s make big paintings! From small format to big, there’s nothing the kids love better than changing things up.

Read more about how these were made, the supplies you will need, and photos of all three finished products on Melanie’s blog You Are My Fave! And while you’re there, browse around at all her other inspirational posts. Her blog is just lovely.

This weekend is our big move (three streets over…but it might as well be to Mars I feel so ambivalent and unprepared), so send good thoughts!

xo, Bar

 

Poppy Art // Make


Poppy Art // Make

Today’s Art Bar Monday project over on Small for Big is quite possibly the coolest thing we’ve done in a while. Can you believe these are coffee filters? The finished piece is 100% framable. Make this with your kids, or perhaps all by yourself! Check out the DIY.

Have a great week!

xo Bar

 

Washer Necklaces


Washer Necklaces

Today on Art Bar Monday over at Small for Big, how to make these beautiful and simple necklaces from ordinary washers you can find at the hardware store. You won’t believe how professional they look! It’s a great summer project to do with your older kids.

Happy Monday!

xo Bar

 

Stencil Art // You Are Loved


Stencil Art // You Are Loved

Today is an exciting day for me. I am officially a contributor on Small for Big, a very cool blog founded by Mari Richards (who also happens to be an accomplished toy designer). I am so happy to be able to share art projects with her readers! I will be a guest on Small for Big twice a month… we are calling it “Art Bar Monday”! Today I am sharing this fun and simple art project that you can make for someone you love. And since you love so many people, I’ll show you how you can use these stencils on just about anything. (Father’s day is coming up on June 16th, by the way.)

For the full tutorial on how to do the pencil eraser stamping, hop on over to Small for Big. I made a video of the process as well, but let’s just say…. life did imitate art, and things didn’t quite go as planned. If you are interested in seeing 40 minutes of work condensed to 4 minutes (along with some insightful life lessons + one major mistake), then click here and check it out.

Here is my trusty assistant with our contraption made from twill tape, a shoe lace and an egg carton. Yup. We’re thinking of getting a patent.

Have a happy Monday!

xo Bar

 

 

Perler Bead Brooch // Mother’s Day


Perler Bead Brooch // Mother’s Day

There is nothing fancy or original about these brooches, but they are just so darn happy (and simple)! We give these to grandparents, babysitters and aunts quite a bit. If you have kids ages five and up and you haven’t invested in some perler beads yet, then today would be a good day to start. They can spend hours with these little beads. It is a fantastic project for small motor skills, and for recognizing and creating patterns (I love when art meets math).

Supplies needed:

Perler beads

Parchment paper

Iron

Pin backs

Glue gun

Directions are included, but it’s very simple: Arrange the beads on the pegboard, cover with parchment, iron for a few seconds, let cool, add pin. Voilà!

My kids are really into the glow-in-the-dark beads these days. They really do glow! These beads have helped us through many a rainy/snowy/lazy summer day. I hope your kids will enjoy them as much as mine!

 

Paper Chain from Recycled Art


Paper Chain from Recycled Art

This project is super easy with beautiful results! Hop on over to You Are My Fave for my full post with instructions.

Happy Tuesday!