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    The Artful Kids Christmas Gift Guide 2019

    So it is that time of year again, and it has become something of an annual tradition to offer up a creative Christmas gift guide here each year. This year I will be selecting items mainly from the Artful Kids Mini Christmas Pop-Up Shop, and also from the Artful Kids Amazon Affiliate Store (from which I earn a small commission on each purchase). It’s a somewhat eclectic mix, from low-cost stocking fillers, to heirloom toys, from inspirational art materials suitable for all ages, to items specifically suitable for younger children. I hope you enjoy browsing the selection as much as I have enjoyed putting it together! Remember these are just…

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    Artful Kids Mini Christmas Pop-up Shop

    It’s been almost a year since the Artful Kids online store closed its doors. While the effect has been personally liberating in allowing more creative time, there have also been some side-effects in that I have experienced huge difficulty in breaking the habit of seeking out and sharing wonderful creative products in a meaningful way. I have experimented with different ways of dealing with this, from the short-lived Directory, to the new Artful Kids Amazon Affiliate Shop, but none of these have quite managed to scratch the itch.  So as a way of addressing this, I am launching the Artful Kids Mini Christmas Pop-up Shop. For 6 weeks only, this shop…

  • Projects

    Kids Artwork Christmas Keepsake Baubles

    I have always loved the creative potential of empty clear glass baubles – I have seen lots of beautiful ideas for filling them with paint or glitter for example, including special messages in them, or using them as a memory jar. So having acquired a few of them recently I was keen to use them on the tree this year, but didn’t have a great deal of time to spend on filling them.     So I decided to simply use some old pieces of my boys’ artwork to fill the baubles – it was very easy to do, and the finished result can be as simple or as sophisticated…

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    Postage Stamp Christmas Wrap

    Christmas is creeping up ever closer, and for the last few years I’ve tried to offer readers a Christmas gift in the form of a seasonal free printable. I think I must have forgotten in 2013, but in 2012 it was 3 sheets of vintage Christmas wrapping paper, and the year before a printable Christmas Tree template to decorate. This year I’ve put together some sheets of Postage Stamp Christmas wrap using the scanner – one of my favourite tools for art making. My Dad has always collected stamps, but he was having a clear out recently and offered me a large number of Christmas stamps that he’d collected over…

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    Vintage Christmas Wrap

    I’m still here! Something terrible hasn’t happened, I’m not ill, and I haven’t got bored and decided to do something else. No the reason why I haven’t managed to write a post for 3 weeks, is simply because of Christmas. I was full of plans for projects and features here this Christmas – it’s such a fabulous time of year for children to be creative, but unfortunately they are all still lying around the house half finished 🙁 So in the meantime I thought I would offer up an early Christmas gift in the form of 3 sheets of original vintage Christmas wrap for you to print off. These come…

  • Christmas,  Projects

    Thumbprint Gift Tags

    More arty preparations for Christmas, this time in the form of simple gift-tags made with finger or thumbprints. I love finger and thumbprint art much more than that using hand and footprints, which (with some notable exceptions) I often think can look rather contrived. In contrast I love the simplicity of finger and thumbprint artwork, and the fact that you have to embellish them and add detail to turn them into something else. The robins and penguins were created from a single base thumbprint in black or brown, followed by a finger print on top in white or red. Details such as eyes were added with paint, and legs with…

  • Christmas,  Projects,  Seasonal

    Snow Paper

    Christmas is such a wonderful time for making things and my head has been buzzing with ideas for projects recently – I just wish we had the time to do them all, but it’s also the busiest time of year for Artful Kids, with lots of orders to fulfil, so time is frustratingly in shorter supply than usual. To make sure that I squeeze in some time for creating, two things tend to slip – housework (that’s my excuse anyway) and browsing online 🙁 Our latest project has been making some ‘Snow Paper’ – a really simple thing to do, with lots and lots of different uses afterwards. To begin…

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    Glue, Glitter & Pinecones

    I’m sure everyone has made glittery pinecones before at some time or another – after all they’re not rocket science, but the idea is so simple, and we had so many pinecones that my elder son had collected, that I thought we’d make some.  We have a very minimal, artificial twiggy tree, so I thought they’d look good hung on that, though I think they would also look good either individually or grouped together in a bowl, as table decorations (a considerably cheaper alternative to Kirsty’s gilded pears, if anyone watched her Handmade Christmas!) I thought it was a simple enough activity for my 3 and 5 year olds to…