• Before and After,  Home Decor,  Home Decor,  Tutorials

    Painting Laminate Furniture: No Sanding Required

    I received this desk with fantastic bones from my friend Lea who was paring back her space.  Isn’t the shape of the desk great?  I love that it has two rollers; one is a full desk drawer with lots of dividers to keep everything neat and tidy, and one  is a roll-away tray, probably meant for a computer keyboard.  I love using a keyboard tray for scrapbooking. You can start work on a page, have lots of mess on your work surface, then simply push in the tray to keep your workspace tidy yet be ready to roll it out at a moment’s notice to get right back to it. While I loved the shape of…

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    Mod Podge Wedding Invitation Gift

    My friend Kiri got married recently, and I wanted to make her a small canvas memento from her beautiful bird-themed wedding invitation. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a little commission at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase. Supplies Needed canvas acrylic craft paint in various colours sponge paint brushes Mod Podge Fiskars paper punch – stamp shape and circle shape I began by creating a soft background, blending blue, green, and white paints.  I love using a sponge brush for this.  Using the tip of the brush, I brushed linear white streaks.…

  • Kid Crafts,  Toddler Town

    Coloured Shaving Cream Sensory

    Shaving cream is a smooth, bubbly play medium (with supervision, of course). Add an extra element of fun by adding some colour! Squeeze out a small pile of shaving cream on an easy-to-clean table top. Add a dollop of washable paint to the top of the shaving cream. You can use one colour or multiple colours for more mixing fun. After your child finishes making a mess on the table top, you can wipe it away with a damp cloth. If you want to keep a memento of the activity, you can place a piece of paper down on top of the mess and pull it straight up, creating a…

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    3D Canvas Art with Paint

    I’ve seen this Pinterest pin floating around a bit. How it goes is to use either Elmer’s glue or hot glue on a canvas and then simply paint over the whole thing in one colour. So I’ve tried it out and my first attempt with Elmer’s glue was unsuccessful, basically it does not really work as the glue tends to run and flatten while drying. I then went to take two in which I attempted the same process with hot glue, you’ll see below the results of this. However, I would suggest using a larger canvas than what I used. Simply because it is hard to control the consistancy of…

  • Kid Crafts,  Toddler Town,  Tutorials

    Multicoloured Handprints

    Last week I wrote about footprint art, and today it’s all about handprints! Toddlers love the sensation of paint on their fingers, and by painting each hand a different colour, they can make distinct prints or mix them together with their hands. Using blue and red paint on white paper gives this an Americana feeling, doesn’t it? This would be a nice Fourth of July project for American readers peeking into our Canadian site. What you need: washable paint in two colours paper paint brush Using the paint, brush each hand a different colour. If they are unsure about art, guide their hands and press them against the paper. Otherwise,…

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    Car Painting

    Toddlers love things that go and they also love to make messes. That’s why rolling toy cars through paint on a piece of paper is such a great art activity for young children. What you’ll need: construction paper washable paint paint brush or tray a few different toy cars that you don’t mind getting messy Using a paintbrush, dab a few dots of paint randomly on the paper, or pour some paint on the tray and roll a toy car through the paint to coat the wheels. Allow the child to “drive” their car through the paint, creating trails all over their paper. Reapply paint as necessary. Trade up the…

  • Kid Crafts,  Toddler Town,  Tutorials

    Fading Footprints

    Most kids love to have their ticklish feet painted, and this project is perfect for letting them run free with their artwork. You can do this project with one child or many. You will need: washable paint in various colours paint brushes masking tape the largest piece of paper you can manage to find an easy-to-clean floor for the inevitable stray paint feet to paint! optional: a second adult really helps Tape the piece of paper on the floor so that it’s not a slippery accident waiting to happen. Paint a pair of tootsies. Place the child on one end of the paper and guide them to walk to the…