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Kid's Art Kit DIY

Kid's Art Kit DIY

Kid's Art Kit DIY

School's out for summer, and we thought it would be fun to make a little art kit for kids that you could have on hand to take with you wherever your summer adventures may go. Whether at home, on vacation, or at Grandma's house, you can fill up a box with a stash of things to keep kids engaged and creating all summer long. I keep this one at my office for Ruby for when she comes by! These also make for a perfect custom gift anytime of year for that little budding artist in your life!

Kid's Art Kit DIY

Here are some of my favorite things to put in the kit (this one is geared towards ages 2-5 and could be adjusted for an older or younger kid):

1. a glue stick (the kind that changes color when dry!)

2. gel crayons and homemade crayons

3. stretchy cord, pipe cleaners, and wooden beads for making necklaces

4. textural things that can be glued down, like googly eyes, squares of tissue paper, and pom-poms which can be store in small divided containers.

5. lots of sheets of paper and things that help attach papers like washi tape and paper clips

6. items that encourage 3-D thinking like play-doh and fun shaped erasers

Kid's Art Kit DIY

We used these awesome little suitcases for the kit which you could also paint and decorate with a name or fun phrase. We simply used vinyl letters to make a word, painted over it with acrylic paint in a pattern, then peeled off the letters once the paint is dry.

Custom Crayon DIY

Custom Crayon DIY

To make these custom crayons, simply break up old crayon pieces and put them into a silicone baking mold and bake at 230 degrees for 15 minutes!

Kid's Art Kit DIY

The best part about the art kit is that as they go through the supplies, it's easy to re-stock and change up the items inside based on their current interests. Right now, Ruby loves stringing beads and using washi tape on everything. So as I refill the kit, I always like to add some new things in there that Ruby's never seen or used before to get her excited for new ways to make and create!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling and production by Julia Wester}


  1. Love this idea! It’s adorable, I love that you can change out products, and I can just imagine being a kiddo and getting a box full of fun art supplies.

  2. This is so clever! I had a store-bought art kit as a kid, and I loved it, but it was always missing a few things. This is a great idea! Going to have to remember this one for a few years down the road 😉

  3. OMG! I am doing this!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE. Would love more posts for summer fun with young kids/DIYs geared towards young kids!! Thanks Joy!

  4. This is such a fantastic idea! I love all of the different projects that can be created from the kit, something sure to spark their imagination in different ways. I’ll definitely be making a few of these up as gifts for the kiddos in my life.

  5. Hi Joy! I love this idea and tried to make the crayons yesterday with my son. Could you please tell me and tricks or tips to prevent the crayons from breaking when taking them out of the silicon tray? Thanks so much!

  6. Hi Mary!
    You have to make sure that they completely cool. The longer they stay in the mold and cool the better. And remove slowly.
    Hope that helps!


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