Make Your Own Art Space + The New Playroom

A couple of summers ago we took part in The Art Pantry's 30 Day Invitation to Create Challenge. You can see all of our invitations here and here. So it was much excitement that I saw that Megan from The Art Pantry was going to be sharing her tips for setting an art space for kids in a new ebook!

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Use 'The New Playroom' to help inspire, design, plan and make your own inviting art space at home for your children! Get your copy now! Visit www.youclevermonkey.com


Megan, much like myself and many others, knew once we became parents that we wanted our children to grow up in an environment surrounded by art and creativity and with opportunities for them to easily experiment and create themselves with confidence. You can see from this enviable space, Megan knows her stuff.


Use 'The New Playroom' to help inspire, design, plan and make your own inviting art space at home for your children! Get your copy now! Visit www.youclevermonkey.com

I have certainly tried to create this same sort of space at home for my own children and in the classroom but our art space at home was still not quite there. We had things everywhere - in drawers, under the kitchen sink, in cupboards, spread out across a few different spaces but after reading The New Playroom (PDF) I think it's getting closer. Take a look at it now!


Use 'The New Playroom' to help inspire, design, plan and make your own inviting art space at home for your children! Get your copy now! Visit www.youclevermonkey.com

Use 'The New Playroom' to help inspire, design, plan and make your own inviting art space at home for your children! Get your copy now! Visit www.youclevermonkey.com

Our art space is in our kitchen as it's where we spend a lot of time before and after school. With slate floors and an old (ugly) table we inherited when we bought the house, I'm not too precious about anything here. We cleaned up the original desk space (and will clean the floor!), added somewhere to display a few favourite artworks (I just bought some cheap frames from IKEA) and put a basket of our art books within easy reach. I repositioned the table so we could all sit or stand around it while we work. The trolley sits at one end near the window when not in use but the top tray can be reached from the table.

Use 'The New Playroom' to help inspire, design, plan and make your own inviting art space at home for your children! Get your copy now! Visit www.youclevermonkey.com

We had also purchased one of these trolleys from IKEA and have now filled it with some everyday items like coloured pencils, crayons, scissors, glues, tape, hole punches and stapler that previously sat on top of the desk. It's also currently home to some chalk pastels, palette paints, paper bags, coloured sand, pipe cleaners, a compass set, some coloured squares and white card. Following Megan's advice, I plan on swapping the items from the two bottom trays regularly to keep the kids engaged. The rest of our art/craft materials are stored in a large cupboard in our spare room out of the way.

Use 'The New Playroom' to help inspire, design, plan and make your own inviting art space at home for your children! Get your copy now! Visit www.youclevermonkey.com

These are some of our favourite art books which are now right next to our art space.

Use 'The New Playroom' to help inspire, design, plan and make your own inviting art space at home for your children! Get your copy now! Visit www.youclevermonkey.com

Today's book-based invitation to create!

Use 'The New Playroom' to help inspire, design, plan and make your own inviting art space at home for your children! Get your copy now! Visit www.youclevermonkey.com

Feeling inspired? Not sure where to start? 

Grab your copy of the book here: The New Playroom (affiliate) and, for a short while, receive The Art Pantry's Invitations to Create for free!

Inside The New Playroom eBook:
  • 34 pages of step-by-step instructions on how to set up an art space for kids
  • tips on measuring, layout, organising and more!
  • gorgeous inspiring photos
  • a list of essential art supplies plus some extra goodies
  • tips on exploring art supplies with kids and keeping them engaged over time
  • DIY projects to try
  • additional resources for design, shopping and art activities
  • FREE bonus guide (PDF) Invitations to Create: 30 Days of Easy Art Prompts

Use 'The New Playroom' to help inspire, design, plan and make your own inviting art space at home for your children! Get your copy now! Visit www.youclevermonkey.com

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8 comments

  1. I am in love with your art room! Wow! It is so fresh, inviting, colorful (and more!) I would be delighted to sit down in there and create something myself. Very nice indeed.

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    1. Thanks Brain Power Boy - that's the idea :) Thanks for your comment!

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  2. That book looks so amazing - and so does your space!!! Very inviting indeed, love all the little nooks and areas/ Cool way to display books on the side too. I also have trolley envy! Our art space is a bit cluttered right now as the kids are like mad scientists w their creations... now I feel inspired to spruce up a bit too - it makes such a difference to how the kids create, I think! x

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    1. lol our art space is always cluttered! My partner saw the photo I took and did a double-take ;) Loving the trolley and it's been nice to see the kids looking through the books to find something to make/do.

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  3. What an inspiring and engaging space you have created. And your invitation to create is tempting! We love our trolley too, and have found it brilliant having easy always access to creative supplies

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    1. Thanks Kelly :) That's what I'm finding - the trolley is being taken everywhere!

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  4. Oh it looks great!! I want to come create!!

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  5. I felt the same way when I saw your posts about the art space in your playroom Sara - so inviting!

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