Make a set of process art play tiles for composition, color and design exploration! A fun reusable invitation to create that helps kids explore art concepts through play. | via barley & birch

Make: Process Art Play Tiles for ART CAMP

Move over awards season, better luck next year March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day what?…this month’s hottest event is Womens’ Week Collective over at ART CAMP and it’s happening NOW! Every year my friend Arielle hosts a fabulous celebration of noteworthy…

Make a set of process art play tiles for composition, color and design exploration! A fun reusable invitation to create that helps kids explore art concepts through play. | via barley & birch
Make moving art with this paper playground art project for kids! | via barley & birch

Make: A Paper Playground Art Invitation

With the first signs of spring come the welcome sounds of excited shrieks, whoops, and hollers from the park down the street. Playground season is nearly upon us, and after a long winter, I have a feeling it’s in for…

Make moving art with this paper playground art project for kids! | via barley & birch
Explore movement and composition with this easy kinetic paper shape art project for kids.

Make: Kinetic Paper Shape Art

Today I was looking through an old folder of reference artwork and came across a whole file filled to the brim with the art of Sophie Taeuber-Arp. I first found her work while studying art in college, and she has…

Our kinetic shape art laying out with paper scraps and metal brads
This DIY cardboard unfolds to reveal a secret garden! A wonderful spring or summer art project for kids that can be used for a small world play backdrop. | via barley & birch

Make: A Cardboard Fold-Out Secret Garden

Spring…can you hear it coming? Deep underneath the melting snow things are beginning to happen. Every “cheep” of the sparrows and “hey, sweetie!” of the chickadees has me daydreaming of lush green secret gardens. Since we have to wait a…

This DIY cardboard craft unfolds to reveal a secret garden! A wonderful spring or summer art project for kids that can be used for a small world play backdrop. | via barley & birch
Kids will love cutting apart rainbows to make this beautiful abstract art project that can also be used to celebrate small joys throughout the week! | via barley & birch

Make: Rainbow Road Abstract Art for Kids

Deep in the heart of winter, I typically find myself turning to rainbows for cheery, bright art inspiration. A few years ago I shared a Frank Stella deconstructed rainbow project, and it’s been a site favorite ever since. This year…

Kids will love cutting apart rainbows to make this beautiful abstract art project that can also be used to celebrate small joys throughout the week! | via barley & birch
Our DIY cereal box reindeer standing among a set of mini cardboard trees.

Make: A Stand-Up Cereal Box Reindeer

My first December in Minnesota has me embracing my Scandinavian roots in a major way. Norwegian traditions like lefse-making, putting up straw ornaments, and watching for the nisse have always been a part of our family’s holiday celebration, but this…

This charming upcycled stand-up reindeer is made from a cereal box and sticks! A lovely winter or holiday art project for kids. | via barley & birch
This merry and bright cardboard Christmas tree is a fantastic recycled holiday art project for kids, and a great way to use up scrap paper and wrap! | via barley & birch

Make: A Merry and Bright Cardboard Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center, eat your heart out! NYC has nothing on our eye-popping evergreen – the latest addition to our cardboard art project family and merriest little Christmas tree you ever did see. Cardboard boxes keep piling up on my doorstep…

This merry and bright cardboard Christmas tree is a fantastic recycled holiday art project for kids, and a great way to use up scrap paper and wrap! | via barley & birch
Make a modern, minimal winter village from collaged scraps and cardboard! A lovely holiday arts and crafts project for kids. | via barley & birch

Make: A Modern Mini Cardboard Holiday Village

Oh, the magic of MINI! I have a mantel that was desperate for some decoration, so after work the other night, I grabbed the nearest supply (cardboard boxes, of course) and started cutting. 45 minutes later, I had the first…

Make a modern, minimal winter village from collaged scraps and cardboard! A lovely holiday arts and crafts project for kids. | via barley & birch
Find your zen and relax by making your own meditative scribble art collage for stress relief. | via barley & birch

Make: Scribble Art Collages for Stress Relief

We are having the rare week of November 70-degree weather up here in the north, and I’ve committed to soaking up every last second of it with some alfresco art-making. Grab a blanket or big piece of cardboard, a little…

Find your zen and relax by making your own meditative scribble art collage for stress relief. | via barley & birch