The Essential Art & Craft Supply List For Kids

Kids-Art-SuppliesSo you’re a great parent who wants to encourage creativity at home, or a new teacher who doesn’t know where to begin…..let’s talk essential craft supplies for kids.  I’m an artist and teacher and am here to tell you exactly what you do and don’t need….and stop you from breaking the bank!

Below you’ll find a excellent list that is genuinely based on my own personal experience and preferences from working with children.   You can also download & print my super smart Kids Art and Craft Supply Checklist to help you get on track right now!

* The asterisked items are my “can’t live withouts”!

Mark Making
  • Pencils *
  • Colouring pencils *
  • Paint markers such as  Uni-posca Paint Markers
  • Regular colouring markers
  • Chalk
  • Rubbers/ erasers *
  • Toppers/ sharpeners  *
  • Rulers
Cutting & Sticking
  • Kids scissors *
  • Sellotape/ sticky tape
  • Masking tape
  • Stapler
  • Paper glue stick, like my all-time favourite Pritt Stick  *
  • PVA glue
  • Multi-use glue
Painting
  • Paint brushes *
  • Liquid watercolour
  • Tempera/ poster paint *
  • Acrylic paint
  • Clean yogurt cartons for paint pots *
  • Old glass jars for water
  • Old plates for pallets
 Paper & Card
  • White printer paper *
  • Coloured paper/ construction paper
  • Coloured card *
  • Old magazines
  • Old cardboard
  • Toilet roll inserts
Textiles
  • Wool *
  • Coloured felt sheets *
  • Coloured foam sheets
  • String
  • Needles & thread
  • Ribbons
  • Googly eyes
  • Beads
  • Glitter
  • Sequence

Print my Kids Art and Craft Supply Checklist  PDF now to help you get organised

Jane’s Top Tips

Essential Art and craft supplies for kids. What materials you need at home     Essential Art and craft supplies for kids. What materials you need at home

  • Rubbers/ erasers: Although they are essential, I try to encourage kids to embrace their mistakes.
  • Rulers: I discourage kids from worrying about straight lines but sometimes rulers are very useful.
  • Paint brushes: Round-head, medium thickness paint brushes, with a pointed tip cover a multitude.
  • Paint markers – such as  Uni-posca Paint Markers : These cost more than regular markers but are so versatile. They work on so many surfaces, and produce strong, vibrant colours even on a coloured background – I wish they had these when I was a kid!
  • Crayons: Crayons are my go-to option for younger kids, but they are also fantastic for special projects such as water resist technique. White crayons are a must!
  • Multi-use glue: Adult supervision is need with this as it is toxic, and very strong, but an excellent option for fabric, felt, plastic and wood.
  • Acrylic paint: Although it is not on my essentials list acrylic is my favourite paint because the colours are so strong, vibrant and smooth. But it is not easy to wash from clothes, are is more expensive than the other more kid-friendly options.
  • A3 paper & card: I always buy A3 paper and card because if you need smaller you simply cut it to size.

Jane’s ultimate Top 3 MUST HAVE items for unlimited creativity…..

  1. Coloured card
  2. Paint markers – Uni-posca Paint Markers
  3. Paper glue stick, like my all-time favorite Pritt Stick

What are your personal favourites when it comes to kids supplies?  I’d love to see which of mine are and are not on your list.  Please leave me a comment below!

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Cool Kid’s Party Megaphone

A cool toy, party prop, or super fun sport’s fan accessory – this megaphone is a BIG hit with little super stars! It’s so easy to make, and is an inexpensive way to add colour and fun to a DIY party . Know a sports fan? Why not combine it my Giant Foam Hands DIY for something extra to cheer about!

Giant Foam Hands for Mini Football Fans! Kids craft step by step. Jane Hayes Creative

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 piece of A3 coloured card
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • 1 sheet of coloured tissue paper
  • Paper glue, like my all time favorite Pritt Stick

HOW TO

  1. Curve the card into a cone shape, leaving a gap at the smaller end, big enough to get the stapler inside
  2. Secure the shape by stapling it in as many places as possible
  3. Using the scissors, trim the excess card at both ends and along the side to create an even cone shape
  4. Now to make a tissue paper fringe, cut a strip of tissue long enough to wrap around the large end of the cone, and about 10cm wide
  5. Fold the strip of tissue a number of times, then using the scissors cut from the open edge (not the folded edge) into the center of the paper at even intervals
  6. Apply glue around the outside of the large end of the card cone
  7. Unfold the tissue paper, and stick the uncut side the edge to the glued card, leave the fringe to hang over the edge.
  8. For a fuller look, make a second(or more) fringe and stick it on top of the previous one
  9. Now give us a big shout out from your super fun megaphone!

 

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DIY Party Trumpet or Megaphone for kids. Art and craft project with step by step guide.

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Giant Foam Hands for Mini Sports Fans!

Let’s cheer on our favorite sports teams with this super cool foam hand DIY. Be it football, GAA or basketball that you love, you can show your support! They are so easy to make, especially with the help of my free printable, to guide you with the hand shape. A4 is a great size “giant” hand for little ones up to 5 or 6 years old, but why not go crazy and scale them up to A3 size for big kids, and adults too!

Now all you have to decide is which team you’re shouting for…..ART//CRAFT//CREATE

Giant Foam Hands for Mini Football Fans! Kids craft step by step. Jane Hayes Creative

Giant Foam Hands for Mini Football Fans! Kids craft step by step. Jane Hayes Creative

Giant Foam Hands for Mini Football Fans! Kids craft step by step. Jane Hayes Creative

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Free printable hand template
  • 3 pieces of A4, thin foam sheets in your team’s colours: 2 in one colour, 1 in another  (or card will do fine too)
  • Scissors
  • Ball-point pen
  • Craft glue/ glue gun for hot glue (parent super vision needed)

HOW TO

  1. Print your free printable hand template and cut it out
  2. Place the template on one of the pieces of foam, ‘x’ facing up, and trace around it using the pen
  3. Place the template on a 2nd piece of foam, ‘x’ facing down, and trace around it
  4. Now cut both shapes out carefully
  5. To hide any pen marks, prepare to stick them back to back with pen-marked sides facing in, towards each other
  6. Using craft glue or a hot-glue gun, run a line of glue around the edge of one of the hands (on the pen-marked side), as close to the edge as possible. DO NOT put glue along the bottom edge where the wrist is
  7. Carefully line the two hands up and press them together until they are stuck completely
  8. Cut out extra symbols or letters from the 2nd colour foam, and stick it to the front of the hand for extra decoration
  9. Now wear your giant hand with pride, and shout for your team!!

Giant Foam Hands for Mini Football Fans! Kids craft step by step. Jane Hayes Creative

Giant Foam Hands for Mini Football Fans! Kids craft step by step. Jane Hayes Creative

Giant Foam Hands for Mini Football Fans! Kids craft step by step. Jane Hayes Creative

Giant Foam Hands for Mini Football Fans! Kids craft step by step. Jane Hayes Creative

Giant Foam Hands for Mini Football Fans! Kids craft step by step. Jane Hayes Creative

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Emoticon FUN: Amazing Emoji Optical Illusion DIY

Emojis rock! These bright little yellow faces are so much fun, super on-trend, and loved by kids and big kids! Great as a fun craft activity, as party favours, or how about as a cute little addition to a birthday gift? Bring a smile to someone’s face, and a very happy grin to your own with this amazing DIY. Please share this post with your friends (Kiss Face)…

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Amazing Emoji Optical Illusion DIY. Make this fun party favour or gift, full step by step at www.janehayescreative.com

Amazing Emoji Optical Illusion DIY. Make this fun party favour or gift, full step by step at www.janehayescreative.com

Amazing Emoji Optical Illusion DIY. Make this fun party favour or gift, full step by step at www.janehayescreative.com

Amazing Emoji Optical Illusion DIY. Make this fun party favour or gift, full step by step at www.janehayescreative.com

Amazing Emoji Optical Illusion DIY. Make this fun party favour or gift, full step by step at www.janehayescreative.com

 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • White scrap paper to practice
  • Yellow paper
  • Pencil
  • Paint markers, Uni-posca Paint Markers come out brilliantly even on coloured backgrounds
  • Scissors
  • Wooden kebab sticks
  • Masking tape
  • Paper glue stick, like my all time favorite Pritt Stick

HOW TO

  1. Choose your favorite Emoji and practice drawing it on scrap paper.
  2. Draw two circles on yellow paper. Cut them out using a scissors. Tip:  Achieve perfect circles by drawing around the base or top of a glass.
  3. Divide the facial features (eyes, smile, hearts, etc) of your emoji, and using a pencil draw some on one circle, and the rest on the other.Tip: Draw them as you want them to appear – for example; the left eye on the left of one circle, and the right eye on the right of the other circle. Tip: To ensure that all the features align correctly, once the first circle is done cover it with the second circle, and place them against the window. You should be able to see the features on the first and used them as a guide while drawing on the second.
  4. Now, go over the feature in marker and colour them in.
  5. Place a wooden kebab stick in the center of the back of one of the circles, point up.
  6. Stick it to the paper using masking tape. Tip: To keep the wooden stick secure place the tape along the length of the stick, and add an extra piece at the top to form a ‘T’ shape.
  7. Put paper glue on the back of the other circle, and stick it back to back with the first one, making sure that the features are aligned properly.
  8. Finally, twirl the stick by putting it between your palms and moving them back and forward, and see your Emoji appear before your eyes2016-05-29_21_45_44

 

Amazing Emoji Optical Illusion DIY. Make this fun party favour or gift, full step by step at www.janehayescreative.com

I’d love you to share this post pretty please….(hearts in my eyes)

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Cool Frog Game & Craft

This is one of my favorite kid’s crafts so far this year, and as for the children…they LOVED it!  Not alone is this project great fun to make, and super cute to look at, but the kids just love the fun toy they are left with. The only drawback? They’ll be so obsessed with trying to get the fly into the frog’s mouth that you won’t be able to get them to tidy up ….  Have fun!

 

Cute Kids frog craft. This DIY is not just a great art and craft activity but a cool game too!Cute Kids frog craft. This DIY is not just a great art and craft activity but a cool game too!Cute Kids frog craft. This DIY is not just a great art and craft activity but a cool game too!

What you need

  • Toilet-roll insert
  • Green & red water-based paints
  • Paint brush
  • Large bead
  • String (80 cm approx)
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Pencil
  • Sissors
  • Green card
  • Glue
  • White paper
  • Markers

Method

  1. Paint the toilet-roll insert green on the outside & red on the inside, & leave to dry.
  2. One end of the toilet-roll insert will be the mouth of the frog, and the other will be his bottom!
  3. Now, tie the bead to one end of the string
  4. Drop the the other end of the string into the toilet-roll insert
  5. Using tape, stick the string to the inside of the toilet-roll insert, near  his “bottom”
  6. Staple the end for his bottom closed
  7. Draw, and cut out 4 legs from green card
  8. Staple or glue the legs to the frog’s body
  9. Draw a fly, & glue it to the bead
  10. Finally, using markers add some details such as eyes and spots. Remember, kids may need you to explain that his mouth is the red, inside of the toilet-roll insert, and when adding detail we are looking down on him from an elevated, or bird’s eye view

Frog Game Step 4

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10 On-Trend Egg Decorating Projects

Decorating eggs and displaying them around your home is a beautiful way to bring a little creativity into your life at Easter. Here are my favorites. Let me know what you think.

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Marbling  – Trend Of The Moment

Love, love, loving the hottest design trend right now – marbling.  So many great ways to introduce this technique into your DIY projects, but, for the season that’s in it, why not take some inspiration from this beautiful Easter project from  Camille Styles and learn how to marble with nail polish!

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Sprinkled With Fun!

Now this is original, and oh so much fun! Brighten up your Easter with this amazing egg decorating project, using sprinkles. It’s from the clever people at Studio DIY who have amazing ideas that will always bring a smile to your face.

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Love Gold Leaf

Who can resist a bit of gold leaf? Not me, this is one of my favorite ways to decorate eggs. When combined with delicate, spring, pastel  shades, like Angie at Little Inspiration has done here, the results are simply beautiful.

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Make A Note – Calligraphy

Calligraphy and handwriting  are everywhere. So, take inspiration from the wonderful world of design, and use the free printable from the generous people at Oh Happy Day to introduce some delicate lettering into this year’s Easter project.

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On-Trend – Geometric Patterns

Geometric shapes and repeat patterns are in, in, in, and when combined with gold or bronze you couldn’t be more on-trend.  Get some inspiration from this great blog post on Miss Renaissance to make some striking patterned Easter eggs.

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Get Creative With Abstract Marks

Keep it simple, get out your favorite colour paints, and get creative. Simple brush strokes, and layers of abstract paint marks can give some of the most beautiful results, as demoed here by  Allison at Dream A Little Bigger.

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Oh So Simple – White Marker Eggs

Sometimes less is more. I love the simplicity of this project from Joy Ever After.  It couldn’t be easier to do, and the results are simply beautiful. Anyone can give this a try!

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Pantone Perfection

For all you design nerds out there – you won’t be able to resist this fantastic Pantone egg project by How About Orange. I simply love it, and it’s a great way to try out transferring text onto different surfaces. Clever clogs!

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Ombre Eggs

The ombre trend has hit everything from hairdos to handbags, and bakes to bikes, so why not give this super simple technique from the Sugar Plum Sisters a try and bring a little ombre into your life this Easter.

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Emojis  – Create A Reaction

More outstanding work from Kelly and the gang at Studio DIY.  What a fun and “of the moment” egg decor project to make your friends smile!

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Vintage Directional Signs

DIY event signs, are so much fun to make, and can have a BIG impact with little to no cost……Lets get making!

Here’s how to recreate these stunning vintage inspired pointing hand signs…..

Vintage sign DIY. Hand pointing. Wedding Sign

WHAT YOU NEED

  • This free vintage pointing hand printable
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • MDF approximately 30cm x 22cm (or A4 size)
  • Small Saw or jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • White or cream water-based paint
  • Wide paint brush
  • Marker or acrylic paint in your colour of choice – I like black
  • Wood approximately  15 x 50cm
  • Wood glue

HOW TO

  • Download this free vintage pointing hand printable
  • Print it onto normal A4 printing paper
  • Cut out the hand shape and using a pencil trace around it onto thin MDF
  • Use a jigsaw, or a small saw to cut out the shape, and sand the edges to make them smooth
  • Paint the wood with 2 or 3 layers of cream or white water-based paint
  • Using your hand print-off as inspiration, add the lines and details using a black marker, or black acrylic paint and a thin brush.  Tip:  If you are not confident draw the lines lightly in pencil first.
  • Use strong wood glue to stick the hand shape to a simple piece of wood that has been painted or prepared as you like
  • Use the text “This Way Folks”, also provided in the free printable , or print your own desired message using Word or a similar word-processing program- In my signs I choose to use:
    • Font: Kunstler Script
    • Size: 225
    • Bold
  • Now for the trick……… scribbling with a pencil on the reverse side of the paper, focusing on the area being the letters
  • Next, lay it on the wooden surface with the pencil-scribbled side down
  • Using a pencil carefully trace over the printed letters heavily -the pencil on the other side will transfer onto the wood leaving a faint outline of your desired text in a beautiful font!
  • Finally go over the faint letters on the wood with acrylic paint or a marker

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DIY Wedding: Stunning Moon & Stars Photo Booth

You may be interested in contacting me about one of the most special items that I designed for our wedding in September 2015 – our moon photo booth.

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

As the wedding started to take on an Edwardian feel I began to research the era more and more.  And one of the most stunning things I came across was the use of “paper moons” in wedding photography.

I came up with the design, and my friend and neighbor Paul, a gifted carpenter cut and made the structure for me.  My uncle and I spent some very fun days together painting it, such great memories!

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

Photographers in the early 1900’s used the constructions as backdrops or props for portrait photography, and especially for those of newly married couples. You can see some examples here on my Pinterest board.

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

It looked stunning in the background of the venue, and made the most wonderful prop for lots of great shots of us and our guests, complete with fancy dress!  Everyone really enjoyed it, and there was a line all night for group shots!

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If you are considering having a stunning moon backdrop or photo-booth at your wedding or event Contact me for further details. It certainly is something unique.

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