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For the first installment of our Everyday Creative: ART SUPPLY FINDS series we are going to a place I hold dear to my heart : the humble hardware store. I have a bit of an obsession with hardware stores, in fact I frequent our Ace more than any of my local craft stores. And it’s not because I buy lots of extra light bulbs and picture hanging nails, I go there to buy art and craft supplies. The hardware store you say? For kids’ project supplies? You betcha! If you are a little confused as to what art and craft supplies I could possibly buy at the hardware store read on….

30+ Art Supplies from the Hardware Store

I first discovered the joy of buying art supplies at the hardware store in design school. Granted I was making interactive projects sometimes involving electronics so I wasn’t shopping for the typical “art supplies,” but while I wandered the aisles of many a hardware store I discovered all kinds of goodies and loads of inspiration for off the beaten path projects. The bonus is that since most of these supplies are not marketed as “Art Supplies” they are often a fraction of the cost of items purchased in art and craft stores.

30+ Art Supplies from the Hardware Store [click to continue…]

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Book Art: Recycled Art Journals + the Easiest Bookbinding

September 10, 2014
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We are back with our fourth installment of our Book Art series in collaboration with Erica from What Do We Do All Day! If you haven’t seen the first installments in this series here’s how it works: Erica will be creating book lists for kids based on a topic and I’ll be supplying a companion […]

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Everyday Creative Series and My #1 Creative Thinking Tip

September 8, 2014
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I’m really excited to debut a new creative thinking series today here on Babble Dabble Do: Everyday Creative. I have one simple goal with this series: to help people (particularly families) inject a little creativity to every single day of their lives. Yes, I said that: every.single.day. I’m an architect and furniture designer by trade and not […]

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Back to School Craft: Eraser Bead Bracelets

September 5, 2014
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This back to school craft may look like just a colorful bracelet for kids to make, but here’s the shazam moment: those big swirly colorful beads you see below are actually ERASERS!  Now what kid wouldn’t want to walk around with fancy, useful jewelry? Never again will you be caught needing to make a correction without […]

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Exploring Architecture With Kids Through Forts

August 29, 2014
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As an architect/designer by trade I am always on the lookout for ways to sneak a little engineering into my children’s daily lives. For that reason I am excited to tell you you all about Fort Magic today, and how we have been using their amazing fort building kit to explore the world of architecture […]

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Easy Art for Kids: Wire Sculpture

August 21, 2014
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Kids love to draw. Set out a stack of paper and a pencil and you’d be hard pressed to find a child who doesn’t want to start doodling. So how about translating the concept of a line into 3 dimensions? Wire sculpture is an easy way to introduce two important art concepts to children: line […]

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How to Make Paper Flowers (pssst….in 5-minutes!)

August 16, 2014
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Hey Friends, besides being a kid blogger I’m a creative nut and cannot turn down an opportunity to do a good DIY for grown-ups! Today I’m sharing a quick and easy tutorial for how to make paper flowers out of crepe paper on DIY Candy. And as the title discloses, you can make one flower in […]

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Art Ideas for Kids: Magnetic Doodles

August 13, 2014
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I’m back with more art ideas for kids and the second installment of heavy metal art, this time in the form of Magnetic Doodles! If you didn’t catch our Heavy Metal Art Boxes  be sure to hop over here. Today we are taking the iron filings OUT of the box and using them to draw. The most […]

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Scientific Art: Heavy Metal Art Boxes

August 10, 2014
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Magnetism has carried me away…..I love exploring magnetic projects because it always feels like we are working with magic. Think about it, this invisible force that attracts metals together…..you already know I’m a little nuts for them after we made Magnetic Sculptures, today we are using them to make Heavy Metal Art Boxes. While doing […]

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