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How to Turn Everyday Household Items into Art Supplies

Are you a parent or grandparent that is looking to get creative with your little ones? Art projects can be fun and engaging for children of all ages, but finding the right supplies can be costly and time-consuming. That’s why we’re here to share some of our favorite tips and tricks for turning everyday household items into art supplies! 

Two home craft projects using household art supplies
Examples of 2 craft projects from Brilliant Brainz magazine using art supplies found in the home

Reuse Paper and Cardboard

Old newspapers and cardboard boxes can be a great source of craft paper for your child to work with. Newspaper can be made into paper mache or used to create collages, and cardboard can be used to make a variety of models, from animals to robots. Both can be painted or decorated with felt or fabric scraps, or even used as the base for a sculpture. 

Brilliant Brainz kids art and craft projects
We love seeing our readers arts and crafts projects

Use Recyclable Materials

Plastic bottles and containers can become an exciting art project for children. You can make a variety of 3D projects from them, like castles, robots, or animals. You can even use them to make dolls or simple musical instruments. If you have any scrap fabric or wool lying around, they can also make great decorations to dress up the bottles and containers. 

Readers of Brilliant Brainz showing completed craft projects
Magnificent craft creations from our readers using everyday home items as art supplies!

Utilize Natural Materials

Take a walk outside and collect some pinecones, leaves, and twigs. These natural objects can be used as part of a nature-inspired collage or painting, or glued onto cardboard to make a 3D sculpture. If you have any stones, you could use them to make a rock garden or a stone painting. 

Explore with Fabric and Wool

Fabric and wool are great materials to work with, as they can be cut, torn, and manipulated into all sorts of shapes and textures. If you have any scraps of fabric, you can use them to make a quilt, or use it to create a collage or a painting. Wool can be used to make felt, or it can be used to make dolls and animals. 

Experimenting with Everyday Items

Step 6 of How to Make a Colourful House CollageWhen it comes to art projects, there are so many possibilities when it comes to everyday items. Old socks can be repurposed into puppets, buttons are great for making jewelry, and egg cartons can be used to make all sorts of 3D models. Even old CDs and DVDs can be used to create a collage or painting. 

But the possibilities don’t stop there. Everyday items can also be used to create simple sculptures. For example, paper clips and rubber bands can be used to form interesting shapes. You can also use old cardboard boxes and paper towel tubes to form figures and shapes. Other items, like toothpicks, cotton swabs, and popsicle sticks can also be used to create sculptures. 

Paper can also be used for art projects. Origami is a great way to turn a piece of paper into a beautiful model. And paper can also be used to create collages, cards, and even books. In terms of painting, canvases and paper can be used, as well as other surfaces like wood and fabric. 

When it comes to everyday items, the possibilities are endless. Just use your imagination to create something unique and beautiful. With a little effort and creativity, you can transform common items into one-of-a-kind works of art.

Brilliant Brainz raders pics showing craft project fend results
They followed the instructions in the magazine and made these brilliant masks and robot!


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