Guest post with Red Ted Art- What to have in your child’s art box
I am Maggy from over at Red Ted Art, where I regularly craft with my toddler and bring you weekly How To’s. I am very excited to do a little Guest Post for Plus 2.4. Aly is a lovely lovely lady that regularly contributes to my monthly Get Crafty round ups and is my crafty kindred spirit!
Aly asked whether I could put together a post on “Must have essentials for any Craft Box”. I like to make crafting cheap and cheerful. It shouldn’t cost the earth, so here is what is in MY craft box. I have highlighted in RED, things you “have to” spend money on.
1) Paint brush set; cotton wool and cloth pegs; sponges – all for painting with
2) Poster Paint AND a set of acrylic paints (acrylic paints can be more expensive, so hunt around for special deals or “sets of”. I do prefer them, as they don’t crumble like poster paints do and “rub off hands”; they don’t however wash out of clothes, if you do get some on clothes scrub off immediately)
4) A set of chunky pencils
5) Pencil, sharpener & eraser
6) A fine marker pen (black)
7) Artist bib (for your child) – doesn’t have to be a fancy one – or a set of old clothes!
9) Sello tape, masking tape
10 Scissors (child scissors AND adult scissors)
11 Stacks of white paper
(my mother in law salvaged a whole box of old header paper at her place of work that was being thrown out. If you are not lucky enough for that, then you can get rolls of paper at IKEA or ELC).
Toilet rolls – a big favourite craft material of mine (I made Giraffes, Birds
out of them and have more ideas up my sleeve)
2) Boxes – for storing stuff in and for making stuff out of
Any scraps of card that comes your way – I have loads of old “folder dividers” that we use regularly (e.g. these Christmas trees
and the “card stock” for these Monster cards
). Keep old birthday cards too!
5) Bubble wrap (for stuffing things, but newspaper can do too) or for printing with
6) Bits of ribbon/ string/ wire – that often comes on packaging or those paper shopping bags or presents
7) Tissue paper from shopping, can be reused to wrap stuff with, or for tissue paper crafts
8) Fabric – old clothes/ sheets/ curtains
10 Kitchen craftiness: pasta, lentils, cleaned and dried pumpkin seeds
Stones (e.g. our painted stones and Birds
Leaves (e.g. our Birds
and Autumn Leaf Bowls)
5) Pine cones
Buy optional, but nice to have:
1) More card stock if you can’t scavenge any, in a variety of colours and textures
2) A set of coloured paper
I have yet used these, but I know I will come to one day:
2) Paper plates (though I often used normal paper)
3) Lollipop sticks (though I often used normal sticks)
And for Mummy’s crafts, I have things like:
This feel like an awefully long list, I hope it doesn’t put you off, but basically makes you realise, that the basics, really are basic! (Paint, Paper, Scissors, Glue) and that you can recycle and salvage and enormous amount and that the things you do buy, don’t have to cost an arm and a leg!
I hope this has been helpful!! Do go and get crafty!!!
Red Ted Art
Wow! That is an excellent list, thanks Maggy.Here are a few of my crafty extras
- old tooth brushes can be used for splatter painting
- plastic forks and spoons can glued on to cardboard etc or for printing
- wrapping paper/ bags you get given with presents
- cotton reels
- old candles
- glass jars
- metal bottle tops
- yoghurt pots
I hope this inspires you to give crafting with your kids a go.