Mindfulness Art Activities
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20 Mindfulness Art Activities for Adults & Kids

Mindfulness Art Activities
How often do you practice mindfulness?

Put simply, mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment without judgement, and instead embracing openness and curiosity.

Besides allowing you to slow down in your day-to-day life, practicing mindfulness also has many scientific benefits, including:

  • Reducing anxiety and stress
  • Boosting your energy
  • Creating a sense of calm
  • Regulating emotions
  • Enhancing creativity
  • Boosting concentration
  • Improving productivity
  • Encouraging connectedness
  • Improving sleep patters
  • Benefiting overall health and wellbeing

While mindfulness has its roots within meditation, it does vary from it, and instead can also be practiced through particular activities.

These activities stem from those as mundane as washing the dishes or brushing your teeth, all the way to more fun activities, such as getting creative with art and craft.

Mindfulness through creativity is perhaps one of the easiest (and most enjoyable) ways to encourage mindfulness, so we’ve rounded up 20 mindful art projects that everyone from children to adults can partake in.

Ready to reap the benefits of mindfulness and create something cool?

Let’s get started!

COFFEE FILTER BUTTERFLIES

1. COFFEE FILTER BUTTERFLIES FROM ONE LITTLE PROJECT

Here’s a great idea for a mindfulness art activity that you can do with children. After all, mindfulness is great for humans of any age!

Coffee filter butterflies are a classic craft project that can take as little as half an hour to make. You’ll want to use washable markers to get that gorgeous, blended rainbow look.

STRING ART CRAFT

2. STRING ART CRAFT FROM DIVA OF DIY

String art is both easy and inexpensive to make, plus its repetitive nature is perfect for putting you in a mindful state.

All you’ll need is a wood backing (pallet wood is perfect), wire nails, a design to sketch onto the wood, a hammer, and some string.

So easy!

PET CACTUS ROCKS

3. PET CACTUS ROCKS FROM THE BEST IDEAS FOR KIDS

Before you get too skeptical, it’s true, even creating pet rocks can be a wonderful and mindful experience.

Because these rocks are painted to look like cacti, you can take time to enjoy the process, make up your own patterns, and achieve a sense of calm as you work away. You have to admit, they do look pretty adorable…

BLOW PAINTING WITH STRAWS

4. BLOW PAINTING WITH STRAWS FROM ARTFUL PARENT

Can there be anything more fun (or relaxing) than using a straw to blow liquid paint around on paper to create interesting designs?

This one is fun for mindfulness-seekers of all ages and you can create some incredible works of art using this easy method. It’s also the perfect art activity to get you concentrating on your breathing – an element mindfulness is all about.

WATERCOLOUR MAIL ART

5. SIMPLE WATERCOLOUR MAIL ART FROM MAPLE POST

Whether you choose to decorate an envelope or a canvas, this technique is still a simple and enjoyable way to practice mindfulness through art.

You’ll just need some watercolor paints and paintbrushes, as well as a fine tip black pen to pull it off. You’ll be feeling like a very relaxed artist in no time!

DIY WATERCOLOR ART

6. DIY WATERCOLOR ART (THE EASY WAY) FROM TATERTOTS & JELLO

Speaking of watercolors, here’s another watercolor art project to help you practice mindfulness.

Rather than using paints, this DIY uses watercolor pencils, meaning less mess and less chance of stuffing it up! And as for the artwork itself?

You can simply trace a picture and turn it into your own little masterpiece.

BEAUTIFUL CANVAS ART

7. BEAUTIFUL CANVAS ART (IN LESS THAN AN HOUR) FROM LOVE CREATE CELEBRATE

If you can engage in a mindfulness-encouraging activity for one hour, then you’re well on your way to being a more relaxed and healthier individual.

This is what makes this DIY painted canvas project so great, because you can achieve the same look in just one hour or less! Customize the colors and patterns for an artwork that you love.

SPIDER WEB ART PROJECT

8. SPIDER WEB ART PROJECT FROM LASSO THE MOON

This is a great project for children, but you can also use the same method to create some interesting art for yourself!

To make this, you simply need watercolor paper, white or light-colored oil pastels or crayons, watercolor paint in dark colors such as black, blue, and purple, and salt (for that cool speckled effect).

DIY BUBBLE ART

9. DIY BUBBLE ART FROM BUZZFEED

An art project that helps you concentrate on your breathing and mindfulness while blowing bubbles?

Count us in! To complete this arty DIY, you’ll just need paint, water, dish soap, a bowl, straw, and paper or another product to put your paint on (i.e. a canvas, notebook, etc.).

What colors will you experiment with?

PAINT SCRAPE NOTECARDS

10. PAINT SCRAPE NOTECARDS FROM PERSIA LOU

This DIY art project idea is really easy and fun to create, plus it makes beautifully colored notecards for every occasion.

You just need a few simple supplies you may already have at home to create these fun cards, including card stock, envelopes, acrylic paints, masking tape or washi tape, an old credit or rewards card, paper towel or wipes, and stickers of your choice.

The process is very calming and will have you tuning out from your worries in no time.

ROPE RAINBOW WALL DÉCOR

11. ROPE RAINBOW WALL DÉCOR (FIBER ART) FROM PURE SWEET JOY

If getting lost in an activity that plays with fun colors and textures is your thing, then you’ll love this DIY rope rainbow art project.

It requires you to use your hands a lot in repetitive motions, so is the perfect DIY for taking time out to enjoy some mindfulness while creating something gorgeous.

Pick a calming color scheme and hang your finished product in your room.

GALAXY COLOR BLOCKED MARBLE COASTERS

12. GALAXY COLOR BLOCKED MARBLE COASTERS FROM A KAILO CHIC LIFE

You can make yourself a set of these galaxy color blocked coasters in just one afternoon of mindful crafting!

Along with some marble coasters, you’ll just need alcohol inks, painter’s tape (if you want the color blocked look), gold paint pen, and disposable gloves.

Watching the alcohol inks slowly mix together is great for your mindfulness – just don’t forget to concentrate on your breathing as you slowly craft away.

CHERRY BLOSSOM PAINTING

13. CHERRY BLOSSOM PAINTING WITH COTTON BALLS FROM PROJECTS WITH KIDS

Here’s another activity you can get the kids to partake in – both for their mindfulness and creativity skills. This tutorial will teach you how to paint a beautiful cherry blossom scene using cotton balls instead of a paint brush.

Concentrate on the texture of the cotton balls, the colors, and the movement of your paint.

PAINT CACTUS AND SIMPLE SUCCULENT ART

14. HOW TO PAINT CACTUS AND SIMPLE SUCCULENT ART FROM DELINEATE YOUR DWELLING

If you really want to get into painting for art therapy, relaxation, or mindfulness purposes, but don’t know where or how to begin, then this tutorial is perfect for you.

It gives you easy, step-by-step instructions to draw or paint a simple succulent in just 1,2,3. The final product is this beautiful gold glimmering DIY cactus painted piece of artwork!

DIY PAINT BALLOON ART CANVAS

15. DIY PAINT BALLOON ART CANVAS FROM MAKEFUL

Fancy a mindfulness art project you can complete with friends?

This DIY balloon art canvas is a genius idea, as you fill balloons with paint and attach them to the canvas, before throwing darts at them to result in an artwork bursting with color.

Mindfulness is all about concentrating on what you’re doing and using it as a tool to be aware of your body and mind. These skills are much-needed when it comes to aiming and firing darts!

DIY PAINT POUR CANVAS

16. DIY PAINT POUR CANVAS FROM SWEET RED POPPY

Learn how to create a stunning paint pour canvas the easy way in this step-by-step photo and video tutorial.

What makes this project so fun is there is no right or wrong way to do it; mix the colors, pour them onto the canvas and then let the paint (and your mindfulness) flow!

The end result is something incredibly calming and on-trend; you’ll want to make more than one!

DIY POUNDED FLOWER ART

17. DIY POUNDED FLOWER ART FROM BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS

This art project begins by taking a stroll in the garden to pick beautiful flowers, before artfully arranging them on paper and hammering them flat.

It might sound strange, but this DIY is a great way to practice mindfulness and creativity, plus you’ll be left with a unique floral artwork that you’ll love.

VISION BOARD ART JOURNAL

18. HOW TO MAKE A VISION BOARD ART JOURNAL FROM ARTFUL HAVEN

The processes of collaging, drawing, and painting are great ways of practicing your mindfulness, but when you combine them with a vision board art journal, you’ve got yourself the ultimate activity for mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

Making a vision board art journal is also a powerful way of influencing your mind and creating your own reality.

MINDFUL BODY SCAN ART THERAPY EXERCISE

19. MINDFUL BODY SCAN ART THERAPY EXERCISE FROM THIRSTY FOR ART

This is quite a unique art project for mindfulness, as it encourages you to get in touch with your physical self through art.

You color the body outline to represent how you feel right now – physically and emotionally, and indicate where you feel it in your body.

If thoughts or judgments come up in your mind, gently come back to your breath and your drawing.

AFFIRMING MINDFULNESS ROCKS

20. AFFIRMING MINDFULNESS ROCKS FROM KUMARAH YOGA AND WELLNESS

Painting mindfulness stones, or kindness rocks, can be an easy mindfulness craft to add to a kid’s camp, a classroom activity, or to do with your kids at home.

Even if you don’t have children, however, we still think this activity can benefit adults too. As the blogger behind the DIY explains, “the purpose is to have a beautiful affirming stone for practicing mindfulness, calming oneself during times of stress, or as a mantra stone for meditation”.

What Mindfulness Art Craft Will You Try?

There you have it – 20 art projects you can do today to practice mindfulness and achieve greater health and wellbeing.

Remember, practicing the art of mindfulness on a regular basis, even if just for ten minutes, can help you to manage stress and anxiety, achieve a better sleep, improve productivity, boost concentration, and so much more.

These DIY art and craft activities are perfect for both children and adults, or why not invite friends over and complete them as a fun group activity?

Whether you’re looking to practice mindfulness through painting, collage, drawing, craft, or more – there’s certainly something on this list for everyone.

Which mindfulness art activity will you be trying? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

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Using Herbs in Your Home
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12 Ways to Use Herbs in Your Home (Other than Cooking!)

Using Herbs in Your Home
Even if you don’t have a herb garden (whether it be a few pots on your windowsill or meters of herbs planted in your backyard), fresh herbs are just a supermarket trip away.

We all love to cook with them, but did you know herbs can also be used in a number of fun and helpful ways around your home?

From bathroom products such as body scrubs and soaps, to cleaning sprays, room perfumes and decorative hangings – herbs go beyond garnishing your favorite meal. 

If you’re looking for ways to use herbs in and around your home, then you’re in luck. We’re sharing 12 brilliant DIY herb projects below!

LEFTOVER HERBS INTO CLEANING PRODUCTS

1. THREE WAYS TO TURN LEFTOVER HERBS INTO CLEANING PRODUCTS FROM THE KITCHN

Summertime often brings an abundance of herbs, so if you’ve got some extra bunches lying around your home, why not turn them into not one, but three of these genius (and all-natural) cleaning products?

This tutorial will show you how to use herbs as natural pest repellents, to add additional benefits and aromas to natural cleaning products, and to infuse in vinegar. So clever!

HOMEMADE MINT SUGAR SCRUB

2. HOMEMADE MINT SUGAR SCRUB FROM THE FAMILY FREEZER

Here’s a simple homemade mint sugar scrub that you can make in five minutes or less with ingredients from your grocery store, as well as some trusty herbs.  It’s exfoliating, moisturizing, and so easy to make! The best part?

It takes advantage of all of the fresh mint available this time of year, so you don’t have to let any go to waste.

HERBAL SOAP WITH ROSEMARY AND PEPPERMINT

3. HERBAL SOAP WITH ROSEMARY AND PEPPERMINT FROM LOVELY GREENS

This pretty and herbal soap contains essential oils, mineral color, and dried herbs and flowers, making it not just smell great, but be excellent for your skin too.

When it comes to decorating these soaps, feel free to use whichever herbs take your fancy – whether it be mint, rosemary, chamomile, or more. The herbs don’t just act as a decoration, but also work to exfoliate your dead skin cells.

ESSENTIAL OIL ROOM SPRAY

4. ESSENTIAL OIL ROOM SPRAY DIY FROM JOJOTASTIC

This eucalyptus essential oil spray smells so peaceful and has the added benefit of boosting immunity due to its antimicrobial properties, making it wonderful to spritz around during flu season.

It’s just a three-ingredient process: water, essential oil, and witch hazel, which can then be adorned with your favorite herbs to boost its fragrance (and health properties) even more.

ROSEMARY AND PEPPERMINT ENERGIZING SHOWER SOAP

5. ROSEMARY AND PEPPERMINT ENERGIZING SHOWER SOAP FROM GARDEN THERAPY

The scent of rosemary is used in aromatherapy to promote focus, memory, and reduce brain fog, while peppermint is claimed to help energize and refresh the mind and body.

That’s what makes this soap so beneficial for your morning shower, as it instantly puts you in a positive mood to start the day. Rosemary is also commonly used as a natural deodorizer, making this one all-natural soap that totally works.

HERBAL BATH MILKS

6. HERBAL BATH MILKS FOR WINTER FROM WILL FROLIC FOR FOOD

Bath milk recipes usually include milk powder, but this dairy-free version uses finely powdered oats as a great substitute for milk powder, still creating a luxurious, skin-softening and calming bath.

In this tutorial, you’ll find not one, but three luscious recipes for bath milk, containing goodness such as Epsom salts, clay, jojoba oil, essential oils, and of course, dried herbs!

DIY CALMING CHAMOMILE BATH OIL

7. DIY CALMING CHAMOMILE BATH OIL FROM HELLO GLOW

This DIY calming chamomile bath oil is wonderfully soothing, not just for skin but also for an anxious mind. This herb-infused bath oil contains dried chamomile flowers and essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, cedarwood, and camphor.

Then there’s beneficial ingredients such as sweet almond oil and fractionated coconut oil for moisture. Sounds divine!

DIY CITRONELLA CANDLES

8. DIY CITRONELLA CANDLES WITH HERBS FROM ON SUTTON PLACE

These DIY candles smell wonderful and repel mosquitoes naturally, making it a safer and healthier version than other store-bought alternatives.

They’re the perfect addition to any outdoor space, plus they make a pretty table centerpiece when entertaining guests. You can add herbs such as rosemary, basil, thyme and lavender, along with lemon and lime slices.

ROSEMARY PRESSED HERB CANDLES

9. ROSEMARY PRESSED HERB CANDLES FROM GARDEN THERAPY

These DIY pressed candles aren’t just a great way to try your hand at making candles, but they’re also a wonderful excuse to use up any herbs in your garden.

This project uses a mix of beeswax and soy wax, Mason jars, pressed rosemary leaves, and essential oils. Rosemary looks great in these candles, but you can also use herbs like thyme or lavender that are readily available in the garden, grocery store, or garden center.

DIY NATURAL ROOM SCENTS

10. DIY NATURAL ROOM SCENTS FROM THE YUMMY LIFE

Simply simmer water infused with spices, herbs, and fruit to make your very own natural room scents. Any herb can be used for making a room scent, but the ones that are sturdier and on woody twigs hold up the best.

This tutorial recommends using rosemary and thyme. Simply pair them with ingredients such as lemon, pine or cedar twigs/needles, spices (such as cinnamon sticks or cloves), and extracts.

DIY HERBAL DREAM PILLOWS

11. DIY HERBAL DREAM PILLOWS FROM GARDEN THERAPY

The herbal blend used in these DIY dream pillows is specifically chosen to release a fragrance that will promote calm and send you off to dreamland in a matter of minutes.

We all know how important a good night’s sleep is, but many find it hard to fall asleep quickly, not to mention to stay that way until the sun rises. These perfect little pillows contain ingredients such as dried hop heads, dried chamomile flowers, dried lavender buds, dried rose petals, and dried mint leaves.

MAKE YOUR OWN HERB DRYING RACK

12. MAKE YOUR OWN HERB DRYING RACK FROM HELLO GLOW

Your garden might be overflowing with fresh herbs, but many DIY projects and recipes will often call for the herbs to be dry. Now, we all know that dried herbs can cost a small fortune at the supermarket, which is why your very own herb drying rack can come in handy.

Don’t see the need to dry your herbs? Why not use this as a beautiful decoration within your home (like an alternative chandelier) when guests come over for dinner? Genius!

Time Inspire Your Home With These Amazing Herb Ideas

There you have it – 12 ways to use herbs in your home that you’re sure to love!

Remember, even if you live in the tiniest apartment in the world, you can still benefit from utilizing herbs in your everyday life – whether they’re store-bought or straight from the garden. Herbs contain wonderful health and beauty benefits, plus they give off beautiful aromas to fill your home with.

What’s great about the DIY projects listed above, is that it doesn’t matter how experienced you are at crafting – there’s something on this list for everyone.

Start with the project you feel most comfortable with (like infusing some oil with fresh herbs), then work your way up to those that might take more time and energy.

It’s time to embrace the natural wonders of herbs!

Which herb project will you be tackling this weekend? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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