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  • Top 5 Easter Crafts

    Easter is a great time of year. Spring is springing, flowers blossoming and the sun shines. It's also a great excuse for some really fun crafts (like we need an excuse!) So, as it's Easter, we thought we would show you our top 5 favourite crafts for April.

    Bunny Ears Crown

    Easter is never complete without the Easter Bunny. No rabbits in your household? No problem! Let the kids run wild this Easter with their very own bunny ears crown. These look amazing and they're so easy to make, let KidSpot show you how here.

    Source http://www.kidspot.com.au/

    Hanging Blown Easter Egg

    Christmas isn't the only time to hang decorations. These beautifully decorated eggs can be hung anywhere, look fantastic around the house and the best part is, you can use old craft materials from around the house to decorate them anyway you want! Have a look at how KidSpot have decorated theirs here.

    Taken from http://www.kidspot.com.au/

     Source http://www.kidspot.com.au/

    Top Tip: Blown Eggs - We love decorating eggs for Easter, but it's such a shame when all your hard work is wasted because the eggs go bad. With this simple trick you can hang your perfectly decorated Easter eggs without worrying about them rotting.

    Honey Bunny Bookmark

    Our next Easter craft idea comes from none other than Martha Stewart. These bookmarks are ridiculously  cute and can be used all year round. Simply download the template, find the cutest picture of your little one (no age limits apply) and get sticking! See the step by step tutorial here.

    Taken from http://www.marthastewart.com/

     Source http://www.marthastewart.com/

    Wine Cork Chicks

    This is the perfect, simple craft that can be made with craft materials you have around the house. Adults, you get to enjoy this craft too. Why? Well, for this one we'll need some wine corks. Once you have the wine corks, crack out the yellow paint and get crafty! This method is great for Easter cards, egg decoration... basically anything you can think of. You could even use material paint and create some cool t-shirts. See the simple tutorial from Crafty Morning here.

    Taken from http://www.craftymorning.com/

     Source http://www.craftymorning.com/

    Sock Bunnies and Chicks

    Spring is the season to see all the cute baby animals - so why not make your own. A simple variation on the traditional sock puppet from Martha Stewart, these cute sock bunnies and chicks make for a fun Easter craft. Chances are you have the materials lying around the house too! Whether you choose to send them as gifts or display them around the house - we know you'll have a lot of fun making them! See the simple tutorial here.

    Taken from http://www.marthastewart.com/

     Source http://www.marthastewart.com/

     

    Whether you're rolling eggs down a hill or having the family over, Happy Easter!

  • Art Ideas: Mother's Day Crafts

    We love Mother’s Day. The flowers, the tea and breakfast in bed and of course all the fun crafts we can do with the kids. We’ve come across some great activities we know you will be desperate to try this Mothering Sunday.

    These amazing Butterfly Window Decorations come from Emma at The Mini Mes and Me. We love this as your kids can be as free and creative as they want! The use of cellophane means that it's really simple to hang the finished butterfly from the window for some awesome colours when the sun comes out!

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    Source: http://www.theminimesandme.com/

    Our next idea is from Laura at Little Stuff. She found these amazing magnetic polaroid frame and we adore them! Perfect for Mother’s Day, fill the frames with pictures, drawings and memories - and there can be a little message on each frame! You can read more from Laura’s blog here.

    Taken from http://www.littlestuff.co.uk/

     

    Source: http://www.littlestuff.co.uk/

    Do you and your little ones have green fingers? Well, this next activity will be right up your street. Courtesy of Cathy from NurtureStore, this is a great idea to decorate any old pots you have lying around the house.

    Taken from http://nurturestore.co.uk/

     

    Source: www.nurturestore.co.uk

    So what should you put in your newly decorated pot? Flowers of course! Christine from Thinly Spread has written a blog on how to create these amazing paper hyacinths. These are a fun alternative to live flowers - and they last a lot longer!

    Taken from http://thinlyspread.co.uk/

     

    Source: www.thinlyspread.co.uk

    Let’s face it - Mother’s Day is all about the flowers, but Cerys from Rainy Day Mum has a really amazing, creative alternative. What about a cork printed flower tote bag? This is really simple to make and looks brilliant.

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    Source: www.rainydaymum.co.uk

    Now that the nights are getting lighter, we all have more time to sit outside with friends and family, but the fun doesn’t have to stop when the night does come. Emma from My Little 3 and Me shows us these great tin can lanterns look great and are really simple to make!

    Taken from http://mylittle3andme.co.uk/

     

    Source: www.mylittle3andme.co.uk

    Are your kids more artsy than craftsy? Then we have two amazing projects to show you! The first comes from Anna at The Imagination Tree. These stuffed heart collage cards are beautiful and not just for Mother’s Day. Hang them on the wall or create pocket sized ones and carry them everywhere.

    Stuffed Heart Collage

     

    Source: www.theimaginationtree.com

     

    Our next project is perfect for the future artists out there. These Van Gogh mini masterpieces look so much fun to make. Lina from Cookies and Cwtches, we thank you for showing us these!

    Taken from http://cookiesandcwtches.com/

     

    Source: www.cookiesandcwtches.com

    Maybe you are looking for a few different ideas for the perfect Mother’s Day crafts? Jen from Mum In The Madhouse and Maggy from Red Ted Art have come up with these list of amazing crafts for you and your kids this Mother’s Day.

    We love these arts and craft ideas and hopefully you will have an amazing day making them. Whatever you are doing this sunday… Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Creative Spaces for Kids at Home

    10 Interior Design Tips for Kid's Playrooms:

    Today on the blog we bring you some tip top interior design advice from Gabriella of Flat15.com to help transform your children's room into a creative space like no other. With a focus on colour and vibrancy, creativity is sure to flourish in spaces like these!

    You can read more of Gabby's interior design advice here.


     

    1. Get Design Inspired by Your Kid’s Hobbies

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    Let your children’s hobbies and passions be your main interior design inspiration for their space.


     

    2. Let Your Child’s Paintings Steal the Show

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    Create an amazing and colourful gallery wall filled with all your child’s framed artwork.


     

    3. Design a Whimsical and Monochrome Themed Tepee Play Area

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    Build a cosy and stylish tepee for your kid’s to play in (we especially love a monochrome theme for this, which is very unexpected, but gorgeous, for a children’s play area).


     

    4. Make a Chalkboard Accent Wall

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    Use chalkboard paint on one entire wall in your child’s playroom. This fun accent wall will allow your kids to get really creative and even write on the wall!


     

    5. String It Up!

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    As a fun and creative alternative to artwork, drape multiple layers of string on your wall and attach your child’s arts and crafts. (Tip: mix in string, bunting, or tassels for an added colour pop).


     

    6. Combine Colour Pops with Classic Pieces

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    For your “tween” who is growing up so fast, but still a kid… mix classic furniture pieces with pops of colour to create a “grown up” kid’s desk area.


     

    7. Get Creative with Wallpaper

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    Wallpaper is such a stylish interior trend, but when it comes to your child’s room, there is no better place to go all out and have fun!


     

    8. Let Your Kids Steal the Show

    Kids Picture as Artwork

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    Instead of displaying pictures of your kids in small frames around their room, use one amazing and creative photograph of them to act as a large scale art piece of its own! Your child will love seeing their picture up and it is sure to be a conversation starter.


     

    9. Get Creative with Decals

    Whimsical Wall Decals

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    Use whimsical wall decals to add a sense of playfulness to your child’s playroom!


     

    10. Get Creative with Storage

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    Don’t limit storage to just your drawers! Create an easy access storage wall for your kids out of colourfully painted crates. This will add a creative and practical design element to their room. (This is super inexpensive too!).


  • Art Ideas Blog Nine: 3D Father's Day Gift Idea

    Leave your dad in no doubt about how you feel this Father's Day (June 15th) with this gift idea that literally jumps out at him! Grab your craft supplies and get ready for our Father's Day Art ideas blog...


    What you'll need:Blog, 3D father's day gift idea, what you need

    • Scissors
    • Coloured pens
    • Glue stick
    • Red Tissue paper
    • A4 paper (any colour)
    • 1 sheet red A4 paper
    • 1 sheet of card

     

     


    Step 1:

    Blog, 3D father's day gift idea, step one

    Begin by sketching out the shape of a heart - remember not to make it too big as you have to fit other words on the page!

    Then, using the scissors, carefully cut the heart out.


    Step 2:

    Blog, 3D father's day gift idea, step two

    Cut your red tissue paper into lots of small pieces and scrunch them up into little balls. Then, using the glue stick, stick the tissue paper balls onto the surface of your heart shape.


    Step 3:

    From the card, cut two long strips about 2cm wide.

    Place them over each other to create an 'L' shape.

    Blog, 3D father's day gift idea, step three part one

    Then proceed to fold them over each other alternatively until there is no paper left to fold and you've got a zig-zaggy origami spring. Glue the loose ends on both sides of the spring together so that it doesn't fall apart.

    Blog, 3D father's day gift idea, step three part two


    Step 4:

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    Stick your newly created spring onto the centre of the back of the heart, ready to be attached to the finished picture.


    Step 5:

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    After attaching your heart onto the coloured A4 paper, use the coloured pens to write your message to Dad. Be sure to use bold colours and outline in black to make sure the words stand out.

    Slide the completed craft into an A4 Single Gallery Frame and hang on the wall in all its springy glory - dad will be sure to '<3' it!


    Have you tried this? Let us know in the comments below or post your photos to our Facebook Page.

  • Art Ideas Blog Eight: Origami King Tut Mask

    Unique Children's Art Ideas

    May 9th was the birthday of a certain Howard Carter, the British Archaeologist famous for discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamen – or King Tut for short! When thinking of some Ancient Egypt-inspired kid’s craft ideas to mark this special birthday we made a discovery of our own over at www.artisbellus.com - an amazing origami King Tut mask that would fit perfectly in an A4 Single Gallery Kids Frame!

    Blog, Tutankhamun mask (Marcela Brina) origami

    In true Articulate style, we dug out our colouring pens and got to work excavating our very own version of King Tut. We finished the craft off with some cool hieroglyphics to make it extra authentic.

    P.S This one’s a little tricky so mummies (not the Egyptian kind) may be required to help!


    Have you tried this Craft Idea? Let us know in the comments below or post your photos to our Facebook Page.

  • Art Ideas Blog Seven: How to make Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers

    The seventh entry in our creative blog series #artideas is a brilliant craft project perfect for ages 5-9 from a very talented Scottish artist , Lucy Hughes.

    Here Lucy shows you how to make a colourful tribute to Vincent van Gogh's famous still life Sunflowers.


     What you will need:

    • 1 sheet of coloured A4 cardBlog, how to make a vincent van gogh sunflower, what you need
    • 1 sheet of yellow A4 paper
    • Card – old cereal box
    • 2 straws
    • A round template – jar lid
    • Pencil
    • Marker pen
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Cellotape

     

     

     


    Step 1:

    For the sunflower heads. Place the paper in portrait position. Measure in 7cm from the left at the top and bottom, mark with a pencil and join your marks with a ruler.

    Blog, how to make a vincent van gogh sunflower, step one


    Step 2:

    Repeat step 1, and cut along the lines dividing the sheet into three.


    Step 3:

    Take your first strip and measure in 2cm from the left. Mark at the top and bottom and join the marks with a ruler. Fold along this line and then fold the smaller side in half.

    Blog, how to make a vincent van gogh sunflower, step three

    Repeat step 3 on the other two strips.


    Step 4:

    Blog, how to make a vincent van gogh sunflower, step four
    Use scissors to (carefully!) make cuts to the first fold, roughly 1cm apart. Make sure not to cut beyond the fold.


    Step 5:

    Turn strip around and make cuts to the second fold, again, roughly 1cm apart. Making sure not to cut beyond the fold.

    Blog, how to make a vincent van gogh sunflower, part five

    Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the other two strips.


    Step 6:

    Fold each strip in half lengthways and wrap paper around in a circle securing with cellotape. Fold both the smaller and longer flaps flat out to create the petals.

    Blog, how to make a vincent van gogh sunflower, part six


    Step 7:

    To make the sunflower centres. Place jar lid on card and draw around it with a pencil, colour in with a marker pen and cut out.

    Blog, how to make a vincent van gogh sunflower, part seven

    Repeat twice more.


    Step 8:

    To make the sunflower stems. Carefully cut one of the straws in half.


    Step 9:

    To make the vase, draw a vase shape in pencil on the card, and once you are happy with the shape, trace over with the marker pen and cut out (colour in if you wish!).

    Blog, how to make a vincent van gogh sunflower, part nine


    Step 10:

    Arranging the sunflowers. Place the flower heads at the top of your sheet of card. Arrange the straws underneath; use the longest straw for the top flower and shorter straws for the lower flowers. Place the vase at the base of the stems (covering the bottoms).


    Step 11:

    Sticking everything down. First use cellotape to attach the straws, place at the top and bottom so the flower heads and vase cover the cellotape. Next using the shorter flaps, glue the flower heads down onto the card. Glue the vase on top of the stems at the bottom of the page. Finally glue the flower centres on top of the flower heads, et voila!

    Blog, how to make a vincent van gogh sunflower, part eleven


    About the Artist

    Lucy Hughes is an artist and graphic designer based in Dundee, Scotland. She loves to design and illustrate.


    Have you tried this? Let us know in the comments below or post your photos to our Facebook Page.

  • Top 5 Easter Art Ideas For Kids

    Button Easy Easter Egg Craft idea for kids

    5. Button Easter Egg Ornament Craft from Club Chica Circle. A clever and very beautiful craft project, proving to be the ideal use for any spare buttons you may have lying around!


    Blog, top five easter ideas for kids, egg chickens

    4. Egg Chickens from Martha Stewart. The first of two crafts from Martha that we've included in our blog today; this is an incredibly cute family of chicks!


    Blog, top five easter ideas for kids, stained glass window eggs

    3. Stained Glass Window Eggs from Squidoo. If we ever see some sunshine again soon, this will certainly brighten up any room in which it hangs. A wonderful stained glass effect.


    Blog, Top five easter ideas for kids, bunny nose

    2. Bunny Noses from Kailo Chic. Adorable and simple = simply adorable. A brilliant craft to keep tiny hands busy.


    Blog, five top easter ideas for kids, envelope bunnies

    1. Envelope Bunnies from Martha Stewart. Fill these little bunnies full of treats for the perfect way to say "Happy Easter!"


    Have you tried any of these craft ideas? Let us know in the comments below or post your photos to our Facebook Page


    Check out our Eco Gallery Frames! Perfect for schools and families who value their kids artwork as well as the environment, they can be easily decorated and proudly display some lovingly crafted artwork for an extra special Easter take-home gift.


    Have a Happy Easter from The Articulate Gallery!

  • Top 5 St Patrick's Day Craft Ideas For Kids

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    5. St Patrick's Day Welcome Shamrock from Crafts By Amanda. This shamrock is as cute as a button and very easy to make. The perfect accessory for your front door!


    Blog, top five St Patrick's day craft ideas for kids, Shamrock Window Transparency

    4. Shamrock Window Transparency from A Simple Life. Brighten things up with this fabulous and effective craftwork. Glorious, impressionistic colours will come to life as and when we see some Spring sunshine.


    Blog, top five St Patrick's day craft ideas for kids, pringles can turned leprechaun

    3. Pringles Can Turned Leprechaun Freckles Crafts. We love an excuse to creatively recycle, and this is a fantastic craft idea. (The best part is you need an empty Pringles can, so this won't be crafting on an empty stomach!).


    Blog, top five St Patrick's day craft ideas for kids, Leprechaun Hand Print Craft

    2. Leprechaun Hand Print from Elizabeth Lauren. Is there anything hand print art can't achieve? A good bit of messy fun with a brilliant outcome; just how we like it!


    Blog, top five St.Patrick's day craft ideas for kids, leprechaun hats

    1. Leprechaun Hats from Meaningful Mama. This is a fun little project utilising things you're likely to have lying around at home. Not to mention, they're the ideal way to get in to the spirit of things this St Patrick's Day!


    Have you tried any of these craft ideas? Let us know in the comments below or post your photos to our Facebook Page


    Check out our Eco Gallery Frames! Perfect for schools and families who value their kids artwork as well as the environment, they can be easily decorated and proudly display some lovingly crafted artwork for an extra special take-home gift.


    Have a Happy St Patrick's Day from The Articulate Gallery!

  • Art Ideas Blog Six: How to make a Tunnock's Teacake Origami Rose

    Impress your friends over a cup of tea with this very simple piece of origami. Using the foil wrapper of a Tunnock’s Tea Cake (or any other foil wrapper of a similar size and shape) I’ll show you how to make a lovely little origami rose. We could use paper, but we’re putting a wee twist on things today.


    What you’ll need:

    • A Tunnock’s Tea Cake
    • A cup of tea (optional)
    • Nerves of steel (mandatory)


    Step 1:

    The most important step – eat the tea cake. Don't rush this!

    Blog, how to make a Tunnock teacake origami rose, step one


    Step 2:

    Flatten the foil carefully, smoothing out any creases. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just as flat as you can get it without tearing the foil.

    Blog, how to make a Tunnock teacake origami rose, step two


    Step 3:

    Next, make a fold about a third from the top, making sure it’s straight and in line with the edges.

    Blog, how to make a Tunnock teacake origami rose, step three


    Step 4:

    Gently and loosely roll the foil, keeping the fold at the top.

    Blog, how to make a Tunnock teacake origami rose, step four


    Step 5:

    With the fold facing upwards, pinch the rolled foil just above the middle.

    Blog, how to make a Tunnock teacake origami rose, step five


    Step 6:

    Where you’ve pinched, slowly twist and squeeze the foil to begin creating the stem of the rose. Leave the bottom for now…

    Blog, how to make a Tunnock teacake origami rose, step six


    Step 7:

    Fan out the bottom part slightly. This will become a leaf on the stem.

    Blog, how to make a Tunnock teacake origami rose, step seven


    Step 8:

    Take the bottom right hand corner that you’ve fanned out and fold it upwards.

    Blog, how to make a Tunnock teacake origami rose, step eight


    Step 9:

    Now for the tricky bit. Pinch and squeeze the bottom of the rose to create the rest of the stem, leaving the part that you’ve folded upwards to create the leaf on the stem.

    Blog, how to make a Tunnock teacake origami rose, step nine


    Step 10:

    With your thumb and forefinger, roll the stem above and below the leaf. For added detail, carefully shape the leaf and fold down the fold at the top of the rose.

    Blog, how to make a Tunnock teacake origami rose, step 10


    Step 11:

    Make more! The beauty of making more is that you’ve the perfect excuse to eat more tea cakes.

    Blog, how to make a Tunnock teacake origami rose, step eleven


    About the Artist

    Iain Gorman is a writer and content creator from Glasgow, Scotland. He's also one third of Glasgow-based Digital Agency Parachute.

    Follow Iain on Twitter @iaingorman or check out Parachute's portfolio at www.thisisparachute.com.


    Have you tried this? Let us know in the comments below or post your photos to our Facebook Page.


  • Art Ideas Blog Five: Origami Loch Ness Monster

    Unique Craft Activities for Kids: Origami Loch Ness Monster

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    It's Nessie's Anniversary!

    That's right! This year marks the 81st anniversary of Loch Ness water bailiff and part-time journalist Alex Campbell penning the infamous newspaper article that gave birth to one of the world's greatest mysteries; the Loch Ness Monster.

    In true Articulate style, we're commemorating this monstrous day with some creative arts and crafts good-Ness!

    This simple craft idea for children is the perfect summer holiday activity, ideal for keeping your little monsters entertained on rainy days!

    We've followed the instructions on Activity Village's amazing blog to create a 3D origami Nessie that, unlike the real thing, is impossible to miss!

    Slide the finished craft into an A4 Single Frame Gallery and you'll have Nessie spotters queueing up to catch a glimpse!


    Have you tried this? Let us know in the comments below or post your photos to our Facebook Page.

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