What Makes the Perfect Art Supply Cupboard | Nanny Anita | My Baba

Even though I left further education 11 years ago I still feel that September is the beginning of a new year. Therefore I thought it would be the perfect time to make a post about building up the perfect art supply cupboard.

I have added links to my favourite ones.

So what are my absolute art supply musts:

art supply cupboard

My trusty glue gun working hard.

Glue gun – without fail, my favourite thing, it makes doing crafts so much easier.

Paints

  • Acrylic – these go on all sorts of surfaces
  • Poster – great for small children
  • Powdered – I like adding these to play dough

Pencils – you can’t go wrong with a good and varied supply to colouring pencils

Pens

Crayons – there is a really good selection of chunky crayons for little ones

Paintbrushes – a lot of ours come from art packs

Paper

  • White paper – is an absolute must
  • Coloured paper
  • Card stock – it is more heavy duty, great for making cards with, less likely to curl when painted.

Tablecloth – we have a nice big plastic one. It’s easy to wipe up and is more eco friendly than constantly using newspaper.

Glitter – I know a lot of people hate it, but I love it. We are currently working through our supply so that we can replace it with biodegradable ones.  Most of them though tend to be ones that can be used both cosmetically and in crafts.

Art aprons – you don’t need to go out and buy fancy plastic ones. I use adult old shirts that they wear backwards. We’ve never had a problem with paint seeping through.

Glue – we have both PVA and normal stick glue

Scissors

So those are my must haves, but I have a lot more than that in my art supply cupboard.

This next list is made up of supplies that we often use:

Sequins

Paper straws

Paper plates

Paper cups

String

Wool

Inkpads

Stamps

Felt

Craft sticks

Embroidery thread

Washi tape

Googly eyes

Cotton wool

Tissue paper

Craft knife (for adults only)

Pastels

Split pins

Beads

Extras

My final section is not technically craft supplies, they are normally for activities, but having them in my art supply cupboard is very handy for making up sensory trays.

Pipettes and for toddlers

Scoopers

Tweezers

Magnets

Prisms

Torch

Everything else is stuff we have accumulated through left overs from art packs and previous crafts we done. Plus I do like to hoard stuff that could be useful later one.

Finally don’t forget to make a junk modelling section and fill it with shoeboxes, loo roll tubes, plastic bottles etc. You never know when it may just come in useful.

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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