Kids’ Art Studio on the Go: How to Protect Furniture & Floors From Paint

KIDS ART STUDIO ON THE GO HOW TO PROTECT FURNITURE AND FLOORS FROM PAINT

KIDS’ ART STUDIO ON THE GO

If you read my post about How to Set up an Art Studio for Kids, you know how important it is for your child to have a creative space of their own. But how can your child continue creating (and using messy art supplies like paint) if she is at her grandparents? Traveling? On vacation or just not home for some other reason?

Below are a few studio set-ups from some of our world-wide trips the last few years. The main issue while traveling or staying at people’s houses is that you want to respect the surroundings. In each space we found different things we could use to protect both furniture and floors as well as objects to upcycle for art-making.

HOW TO PROTECT FURNITURE AND FLOORS FROM PAINT

  • Use a tarp or drop cloth. You can easily find them at home improvement shops.HOW TO PROTECT FURNITURE AND FLOORS FROM PAINT
  • A table cloth can be used both on the table or the floor.KIDS ART STUDIO ON THE GO HOW TO PROTECT FURNITURE AND FLOORS FROM PAINT
  • You can also upcycle plastic water bottles for cleaning brushes.KIDS ART STUDIO ON THE GO
  • Old rugs or carpets are a good way to protect the floor.
    KIDS ART STUDIO ON THE GO HOW TO PROTECT FURNITURE AND FLOORS FROM PAINT
  • Place a pile of newspapers to protect a table and recycle once finished. You can use bowls or paper cups for paint.KIDS ART STUDIO ON THE GO HOW TO PROTECT FURNITURE AND FLOORS FROM PAINT
  • If you are traveling in a city, you might be able to find creative spaces at a museum. This way you won’t have to worry about cleaning up a mess and your child will have freedom to experiment. 😉

    POPE.L at La Panacée in Montpellier, France Art Makes Children Powerful
    POPE.L exhibition at La Panacée in Montpellier, France
  • Cut trash bags and tape them to the floor. If you don’t have tape, you can weigh them down with art supplies._DSF4275
  • We have used trash bags often to protect floors, tables, chairs and even cushions. _DSF3463

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KIDS ART STUDIO ON THE GO HOW TO PROTECT FURNITURE AND FLOORS FROM PAINT

DIY SMOCK

Once I forgot to take Adèle’s smock on a long vacation and there weren’t any art shops around to buy a new one. If you also find yourself in an urgent need of a smock, here is the easiest and quickest solutions:

  1. Fold a (preferably recyclable) trash bag in half, lengthwise.
  2. Make sure the opening is on the bottom.
  3. Cut in a curved line as pictured below. Tip: make the top left cut SMALL. It’s easier to make it bigger later if your child’s head doesn’t fit through.
  4. Open and voila, you have a smock!_DSF8641
  5. Note, if it looks too big on the top, you can tie it behind or tape it._DSF8675

Do you set up a creative space for your kids when away from home? If so, I’d love to see the photos! Tag me on Instagram @Rainy.Day.Sunny.Play and use the #Rainy.Day.Sunny.Play hashtag.

 

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