If you have a budding artist in your house, have you considered piecing together a dedicated art and craft space? It might be just the thing to capture and nurture your child's artistic whims. If this sounds like something that would get regular use at your place, here's what you'll need to set it up:
An arts and crafts corner is typically made up of four elements:
1. Chairs and a table. It's best if the table is big enough for more than one piece of paper (hence, two children working) to be placed down at once. Popular chair and table options among Apartment Therapy parents include: the LATT, SANSAD and MAMMUT tables from IKEA, or any of these incredible chairs from Land Of Nod.
2. Storage for art supplies. Consider carefully what you want to be accessible all the time — for younger kids, pencils might be okay, but markers? Maybe not. Baskets, trays, recycled jars and tins all work wonders here. Three of the art spaces above make use of kitchen utensil/cutlery storage, like the GRUNDTAL range. Some more ideas can be found on our post here, on DIY art & craft supply storage.
3. Paper. In sheets or a roll. For sheets: a tray, trolley, bar cart or even wall file will do. For a roll, you could try mounting it on the wall with something like this jumbo wall mount from Pottery Barn kids, or leave it on the table top in a dispenser like this one from Melissa and Doug. You could even transform your table into a paper scroll table, using instructions found here.
4. A place to display their finished products. This could be anything from a pin board, or a roll of washi tape, or a bunch of matching frames that you switch out old art for new. A great idea we've seen used often, is to use a wire curtain rod as a hanger for art - especially art when it's wet. For further instructions check out this post.
Do your kids have a dedicated art space?