Art Kits

I showed you in this post how I made art journals for my boys.  Well they have been a BIG hit!  The boys love having their own place to draw and create and they just love using their art journals.  So much so that they have both asked me to make art journals as birthday gifts for friends.  Instead of just giving a $3 art journal that I craft-i-fied as a gift I’ve been putting together art kits like this one…

I am so in love with how it all turned out!  This cute tub was found at Target in the seasonal section.  It’s meant to be for silverware and paper plates but isn’t it perfect for an art kit?!?!  I thought so!

Lots of divided space for storing all your crafty supplies!  Even though part of the holder had divided sections I did go ahead and buy a pack of 4 plastic cups.  That way when the markers/crayons/pencils mark it all up it doesn’t necessarily ruin the container.  I can dream right?

In the front I have a multipack of stickers, a glue stick, pencil, eraser, and a pencil sharpener.  I decided I’d let his Mom choose whether or not he gets to add scissors in here.  :)

The back side has washable markers, crayons, and colored pencils.  I know from experience how important it is to give 6/7 yr old boys WASHABLE writing utensils!  And by the way, hand sanitizer works wonders when trying to get stains off furniture.  Seriously!

But no art kit would be complete with out your very own personalized art journal!  This young man loves red.  I made the name plaque red (and of course the kit is red) but accented the rest of the journal with a fun denimy (that’s a word right?) blue.  One side note:  In the past the covers of my art journals have curled a bit at the bottom.  This time I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge on the inside of the cover first, let it dry then added the layers on the front.  It helped a ton with curling.  Had to share that little tip!  :)

All products, with the exception of the scrap paper used on the journal, were found at Target.  The metal container was only $11.99.  The plastic cups were $1.99 for a set of 4.  And then add the cost of whatever art supplies you want to include.  This gift was under $20 when all was said and done!  I think that’s pretty sweet.  And I’m hoping Kendall will too!  :)

Have you ever made a birthday gift for a friend or family member?  Link us up so we can all see!

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4 Comments

  1. iheartorganizing
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    These are absolutely fantastic! Such a great way to use the caddy!

    xoxo,
    Jen

  2. Monica
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Jen! For some reason my new comment system won't let me reply to you directly. Gonna have to figure that out! :) But I'm so glad you stopped by to check out my art kits!

  3. Monica
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Thanks Jen! For some reason my new comment system won't let me reply to you directly. Gonna have to figure that out! :) But I'm so glad you stopped by to check out my art kits!

  4. iheartorganizing
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    These are absolutely fantastic! Such a great way to use the caddy!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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