Category Archives: my kids’ art

milk carton village

milk carton village

Watch how we turned this...

Watch how we turned this…

...into this!

…into this!

First, a bit of whitewashing.

First, a bit of whitewashing.

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After the paint dried completely, it was time to add all the fun details.  Focus...focus...please don't get Sharpie on your shirt...maybe I should change your shirt before it's too late...

After the paint dried completely, it was time to add all the fun details. Focus…focus…please don’t get Sharpie on your shirt…maybe I should change your shirt before it’s too late…

You can never have too many colorful buttons around, in my opinion.  They make cute windows, doorknobs, flowers, stonework...and even balloons!  Grab your glue!

You can never have too many colorful buttons around, in my opinion. They make cute windows, doorknobs, flowers, stonework…and even balloons! Grab your glue!

More details with cut cardstock.

More details with cut cardstock.

Don't forget your cotton ball chimney smoke!

Don’t forget your cotton ball chimney smoke!

If you are Will, don't forget to draw Captain America in the window of your house.

If you are Will, don’t forget to draw Captain America in the window of your house.

Fancy crayon-drawn rooftop.

Fancy crayon-drawn rooftop.

Would you just look at this cute garden?

Would you just look at this cute garden?

"Honey, I hope we can qualify for a home loan for this neighborhood!  It's everything I've dreamed of!"

“Honey, I hope we can qualify for a home loan for this neighborhood! It’s everything I’ve dreamed of!”

And that, my friends, is what you do when you have a child with a dairy allergy and you have half-gallon almond and coconut milk cartons bursting at the seams of your recycling container.  It was so much fun, and it filled two whole summer days!  The summertime equivalent of a gingerbread house.

rainy day library and art gallery

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clothespin man

Will made this little man all by himself!

I don’t know what the weather’s like where you live, but here it’s been a cold and often rainy (or snowy!) spring.  When we woke up to another grey morning, my first thought was to switch on a movie for the kids…but then I noticed all the library books in the basket and said, “Hey guys…why don’t you play library?” No complaints there! A couple friends joined in and pretty soon everyone was “checking out” books and putting them into their library totes.

Once the “library” was closed, it was time to open up the art studio and get ready for a seriously cool exhibit. With some watercolors and a handful of craft supplies, the kids definitely added some much needed sunshine to a rainy day!