Artist Kits for Works of Heart! Easy Holiday Gift!

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About: Hi! My name is Natalie! I have an awesome husband that lets me be a Play-at-home mom of 3! We homeschool and do projects daily! Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more awesomeness!

Intro: Artist Kits for Works of Heart! Easy Holiday Gift!

Perfect Art Kits for fabulous works of HEART!
For a Wonderful Valentine's day gift!

Do you have an artist in the family?
Maybe it's the kids...maybe it's the hubby!  :)

This gift is perfect across the board!
You can tailor it slightly to fit the needs of your receiver!

Step 1: What You Will Need

Here's what you'll need:
Markers, colored pencils, pencils, pens, markers...
An artist notebook or composition book.

You'll need webbing and 2 sizes of elastic.
Here's the size and measurements I used.
1 1/2" Webbing: 8 1/4"
3/4" Elastic: 9"
1/4" Elastic: 8 1/4"
(if you don't have webbing, you can use some thick fabric,
like canvas or denim...just hem the edges so it doesn't fray
Melt the edges of your webbing so it doesn't fray either!)

and the obvious tools:
sewing machine, thread, scissors and time...about 30 minutes.

Step 2: Simple Sewing!

Take the skinny elastic and stitch it right on to the webbing.
About every 1/2 inch or so.
(If you are putting larger markers (or sharpies) in the case,
you'll need to make the spaces larger.)

You'll see mine is not exactly measured out...but it's great!


Step 3: Make It a Belt!

Then sew the wider elastic on both sides of the webbing to make a
notebook "belt"...

Step 4: Fill It!

Fill with your fun fillings!
Get creative!

If you're giving it for a child's gift you could use crayons (i hate crayons...is that bad?)
Just don't leave crayons out in the sun while traveling, okay?
You could wrap it around a coloring book!

If you're giving it to a boyfriend...maybe add some slim jims...or bacon?

If you're giving it to girlfriend...you should write on the first page...they love that!

If you're giving it to a student or a teacher...you can fill it with highlighters and
#2 pencils and wrap it around a text book!

If it's for traveling, include some crossword puzzles,
Sudoku books and magazines!

You get the idea...have fun with it!

Wrap it around your notebook!
(works great on a flimsy composition book cover too!)

Step 5: Give to an Artist!

Perfect art kit for travel or gifts!

I made some labels and stuck them right to the
covers for my kids Valentine's day gifts!
And the play on "heART" is pretty fun this time of year!
(we homeschool, so I have to do something to make the holiday fun!)

Perfect to take in the car on long drives too!

Step 6: Enjoy!

I love them.
And I am obsessed with RAINBOW color order.
They MUST be in order.  The kids will have to keep up with that too!  :)

Hope you love it and make one too!
Please vote for me in the Valentine's day gift contest...I'll be your best friend!

Check out more of my creativity at my blog doodlecraft!

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    KimberlyM121

    1 year ago

    Hi! I’m an editor for Remodelaholic.com and am writing to request permission to use a photo from this art kit post.

    We hope to feature it in an upcoming round up of ours about DIY gifts. We would include a backlink and clear credit to you via your instructables handle. (or name, however you'd prefer)

    Please let me know if this is ok.

    Kimberly

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    doodlecraftKimberlyM121

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi Kimberly,
    I love Remodelaholic! I would love a feature, however, can you please take it from and link to my craft blog, not to instructables?

    Here's the info:
    http://www.doodlecraftblog.com/2013/01/art-kits-for-fabulous-works-of-heart.html

    Link back to Doodlecraftblog.com

    If you need a high resolution picture, just email me at maildoodlecraft@gmail.com, and I'll send it over.

    Thanks so much Kimberly!

    Nat :)


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    Tardisgirl

    5 years ago on Introduction

    i am pretty much the only artistic person in my family. i love this thank you for the idea

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    ChardyGrace

    5 years ago

    Cool. I hate crayons as well...

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    MYT CR8TiV

    5 years ago on Step 5

    Love it ! I think I'll make a couple for Easter for my Sister and Niece. I come from a Artistic family. We all love to draw !! Thanxs for Sharing !

    Thanks! We go through sketch books like water...they make a great journal for kids to see how their art has progressed. :)

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    The King of Random

    5 years ago on Step 6

    With 2 boys 3 and under, those easy access markers look like a nightmare waiting to happen on our playroom walls! haha. Seriously though, this is such a cool idea and I'll pass it on to Janae!

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    :D Thanks Natalie. Looking forward to a ... hammer. Yeah, awesome. lol. It's always fun to see your projects! Keep 'em coming!