Jennie Garth's Creative, Crafty Weekend Art Project Ideas

Celebrity Moms Sep. 6, 2013 AT 8:15AM
Lola Facinelli, Fiona Facinelli, Jennie Garth Jennie Garth loves to craft with her daughters Lola and Fiona. "They're very creative thinkers," she tells Us Weekly. Credit: Sara Jaye Weiss

DIY day camp! When Jennie Garth's daughters Luca, 16, Lola, 10, and Fiona, 6, aren't in school, there's a good chance they're staying busy at home -- by crafting! "They're very creative thinkers," Garth says of her daughters with ex Peter Facinelli.

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Taking Us Weekly inside her California home recently as she joined Lola and Fiona to tackle an art project, Garth says her girls "like to get their hands going." The family tries to fit in a few TV-free activities a week. "Anything I can pull out of my sleeve!" jokes Garth.

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Her latest trick: Visiting a museum, then doing a project inspired by what they saw. To that end, the girls visited the Urs Fischer exhibit at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art. "I wanted them to have a learning experience," says the actress.

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Read on for exactly how the Garth girls replicated pieces they saw in the museum using clay.

Fine art: Lola created the cat and the heart (Freda is a neighborhood cat!) while Fiona crafted the rose.
Fine art: Lola created the cat and the heart (Freda is a neighborhood cat!) while Fiona crafted the rose.
Credit: Sara Jaye Weiss

THE SUPPLIES
Gray and colored molding clay
Molding knives

THE DIRECTIONS
1. Pick an exhibit. But keep the gallery visit brief, recommends Garth. She and her gals checked out the clay sculptures at MOCA in just 45 minutes. "They can get tired and cranky at museums," explains the actress.

2. Declare a mess-allowed zone. Garth cleared an area of her Santa Barbara ranch for the project, then let the girls go wild: "Just jump in and get your hands dirty!"

3. Give the pieces places of honor. The star says her girls' creations "might go by the front door!"

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