Kids Craft – Painted Photo Cubes

Post by Kim of Beehive Art

Kids Craft - Painted Photo Cubes I love to incorporate photographs in children’s art work. This is a great kids craft that enables you to use your favorite photos… they can be of your family, your class, your pets or even YOU. Here I’m using head shots of the kids that I took, reduced and sized so they fit the sides of the cubes.

Painted Photo Cubes Supplies Needed:

  • Wooden cubes
  • Sandpaper if needed
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Brushes
  • Photographs
  • White glue

How to Create:

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  1. Depending on where you get your cubes, you may need to smooth the edges sandpaper. Kids Craft - Painted Photo Cubes 3
  2. Paint your cube using any color combination you like. Leave one side unpainted for the photo.If it gets a little tricky holding onto the cube while painting the sides, let it dry in stages and continue. Kids Craft - Painted Photo Cubes 6
  3. Once the paint has dried and you can handle the cube it’s time to add the photograph. Trim the photo to fit the side of the cube you want to glue it to. With a glue brush, apply a thin coat of glue to the cube side. Gently place the photograph on the center of  the side. Flip the cube over and press evenly to secure the photo to the wood. Make sure to wipe the edges of any excess glue.

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Kim Poler is queen bee of beehive ART. She lives for inspiring visual expression, explosions of colors, forms and exciting combinations of mixed-media art. She creates, designs art projects, teaches children art and blogs at Beehive Art.

DIY Toddler Finger Painting Geometric Art

Post by Colleen of Lemon Thistle

DIY Toddler Finger Painting Geometric Art

I’m such an advocate for children creating art – no matter how young. My kids started finger painting when they could sit up (I use a recipe that’s edible) and now that they’re officially toddlers, they’ve graduated to real paint. I love having their artwork in our home, but there’s two of them – and that would mean a lot of paintings on the wall. I was wanting to have some more art in our house when I thought of this idea and I’m so glad that I did.

This toddler finger painting geometric art is made by combining two finger paintings for a big impact. You need to get up close to even realize that it’s made by toddlers.

The first step is getting your toddlers, kids, or babies creating. I like to tape down my paper (this time I used poster boards) and put them in a seat they can’t get out of on their own (save the couches!). Since I wanted two distinct paintings, I gave them each different colors. This time I gave them some paint brushes and then showed them that they could also use their hands. They were really excited when we showed them they could use their hands so I would probably skip the brushes next time.

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I use the tape that the poster boards are taped down with to hang them high on a wall to dry (anything to save the couches, I tell ya!). When they were dry, I used a craft knife on a cutting mat to cut the painted area into 5 cm strips (about 2.5”). I then, using my straight edge, cut my strips into triangles. I cut them on an angle 2.5 cm between the top and bottom lengthways, so my triangles were as tall as they were wide.

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When my triangles were all cut, I took a piece of yardstick cut to 8×10 (the size of my photo frame) and played out the pieces in a geometric pattern, alternating the blue and purple designs. When it was all laid out, I took one piece at a time and adhered it to the paper with double sided tape.

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I’m so happy with how it turned out! It adds such a fun pop of color to their bedroom, I’m already dreaming up what other patterns I could create! I’d love to hear if you do art with your children and any tips you might have!

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Colleen is a wife, mama to 20 month old twins, and the DIY and lifestyle blogger behind Lemon Thistle where she shares printable art and hands on tutorials for DIY home decor, parties and gifts. Colleen believes you can have a beautiful life, home, and party without spending a lot- we’re keeping it real on a budget so everyone can join in on the fun. Find her on Pinterest & Instagram.

DIY Seashell Art

Post by Kim of Beehive Art

DIY Seashell Art

Next time you’re off to the beach, be sure to bring a bag and fill it with seashells. At the studio we always have a table set with watercolors and a basket full of shells to paint. There’s just something magical about painting along the smooth surface and watching the paint absorb into the shell. We also love to collage with colored tissues which is how this project came to be. I like to wash the shells and dry them in the sun before I work with them. While the shells are drying gather your supplies and cover your work surface with newspaper or kraft paper.


Supplies for DIY Seashell Art

  • Seashells
  • Colored tissue papers cut into small pieces
  • Mod podge or white glue
  • Glue brush
  • Typewriter and paper
  • Scissors

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DIY Seashell Art Directions

  1. Brush the glue to your shell and add tissue pieces. You can overlap the pieces, make a pattern or create a specific color combo. Be sure that your pieces of tissue lay flat. You can gently brush a thin layer of glue over the entire surface for a smooth finish.
  2. While the tissue is drying, set up your typewriter with paper. Have fun composing your message… it can be a riddle, a poem or you can tell a story. If you’ve never used a typewriter you’re in for a treat, we can’t get enough of it! IF you don’t have a typewriter a hand printed message is really cool and fun too.
  3. DIY Seashell Art 3DIY Seashell Art 4Cut out your words or you can get fancy and cut out individual letters… just keep track of the tiny pieces! Arrange them as you like on top of the tissue and secure with a teeny dot of glue.
  4. Let your shell message dry completely.
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Kim Poler is queen bee of beehive ART. She lives for inspiring visual expression, explosions of colors, forms and exciting combinations of mixed-media art. She creates, designs art projects, teaches children art and blogs at Beehive Art.

End of Year Teacher Gifts

 Written by Becca of CAKE. | events + design

End of Year Teacher Gifts
The school year is quickly coming to an end. Here’s a sweet and simple end of year teacher gift to show your favorite teachers some love…

  1. Purchase clear containers
  2. Fill them with gobs of gummy bears
  3. Tie on a pretty ribbon
  4. Download, trim and attach this free printable tag (don’t forget to have your child sign it first)
  5. And you’re done! Now go out and make a teacher’s day.

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Becca Gorski lives in the SF Bay Area, is a working mother of two, and moonlights as an occasional designer / blogger / celebration maker. You can find her creative ideas at CAKE. and her line of merry happy party printables on Etsy.