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Ever since I first discovered the idea of an art station for kids I knew that I wanted to implement it in our home! As this month is the arts & crafts month in our parenting challenge, I felt that this is the best moment to do it and I started to search for some inspiration on Pinterest.
I found a lot of wonderful ideas (and I will share them with you at the end of the article), but almost all projects seemed complicated to implement. I felt discouraged by the fact that our home is a pretty small place and that we are not allowed to hang anything on the walls (because of our renting contract) and I was about to give up.
But one day as we were making a craft project on our kitchen table, we were looking at our totally imperfect craft and I was telling to my son that it doesn’t have to be perfect and we will like it anyway because it’s ours. Those words made me think again of the idea of making an arts and crafts station in our home and I realized that it doesn’t have to be perfect and we will certainly enjoy it a lot even if it’s not like the fancy projects on Pinterest. 🙂
So, if you want to create an art station for kids, maybe our simple project will inspire you to try it! It is really easy to put into practice even if you have only a small place available in your home and you only need a few items to create it.
As I wrote before, we have a small home and we don’t have a lot of space available, but I realized that I could use the terrace of the apartment too. We have a pretty spacious terrace and the nice weather here in California allows us to use it all year long, so I decided to use that space for our arts and crafts station.
(the fact that we placed the art station on the terrace is a great way to enjoy the fresh air while we make our crafts, so it’s really great)
Our step by step guide to creating an art station for kids
I didn’t want to invest a lot of money in this project, so I kept it as simple as I could. The art station contains a children table (from Ikea) and two 3-drawers carts (from Walmart, they cost 10$ each). I also bought a box with several compartments for storing the craft supplies (this one from Ikea) and also some colored paper cups for storing items like crayons, markers, and brushes.
I also discovered a nice idea that we implemented in our project: we used a show organizer that is hanged above the table to store other craft supplies and items that we want to have at hand during our art projects (we bought this one from Ikea) – this is an ingenious and cheap solution for storing a lot items in a small place.
After we bought all these items, I started to organize our craft supplies into the carts. If you need some inspiration for choosing the craft supplies, here is a complete list to choose from, that also includes a lot of craft ideas: 28 playful craft ideas and a complete list of craft supplies for kids.
Here is the list of items we use for our craft projects this month, I hope it will be useful for you too! In addition to this, we have the items we use for the art projects: crayons, markers, paint, and brushes. I also added some activity pads with stickers because Bogdan really likes them and we sometimes use them in our arts and crafts projects.
Craft supplies that you probably already have in your house:
- white paper
- scissors (these safety scissors are great for young kids)
- recycled toilet paper rolls
- black marker
- mini stapler
Craft supplies to buy:
- colored construction paper set
- wiggle eyes
- glue stick (these ones are great for young kids because they help them see where they need to put more glue)
- colored cardboard set
- pipe cleaners
- colored craft sticks
- mini pom poms
- mini craft jewels (optional).
Our arts & crafts station
Here is how our arts and crafts station looks like, it is really simple and practical and we enjoy using it. This is a very basic art station, but I wanted to share this with you because I wanted to show you that creating an art station for kids doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, it only needs to be a place where kids are free to use their creativity. No matter how simple your art station will be, I’m sure that your kids will enjoy the fact that you created such a space for them and will happily use it! If you have more time and creativity, you can create a really amazing art station for kids, so I gathered some inspiration for more complex projects on a Pinterest board you can find at the end of this post.
These are the supplies we bought for our craft projects and the box with compartments where we store the small items:
Here is how the small arts and crafts station on our terrace looks like (the boxes on the left are not related to the art station, they are the ones we use in our toy rotation):
(What is still missing and I plan to add soon is a place for displaying our crafts; it’s hard to find a solution that doesn’t imply hanging something on the walls but I hope to find something that will work for us)
Here is a closer look at our art station:
Here is the content of some of the drawers (colored paper, markers, paint and brushes, activity books and a special drawer with our crafts):
How to create an amazing art station for kids: ideas and inspiration
If you want to create a really unique and wonderful art station for kids, here are some great ideas that I discovered on Pinterest and I believe that could be a perfect inspiration for you!
These are the articles that I liked most and below you can find a Pinterest board full of ideas:
HOW TO CREATE AN ART AND CRAFTING SPACE FOR KIDS (this is such a colorful and wonderful space!)
I hope you will enjoy all these ideas and that they will make you try to create an art station for your kids! I’m sure they will enjoy it a lot!