Our spring bunny and chick Calder-inspired cardboard sculptures

Make: Calder-Inspired Cardboard Spring Sculptures

Back when I used to live in Chicago, life didn’t get sweeter than chilling outside in a downtown plaza on a spring day, just people-watching and enjoying the fresh air. For those who have never been: Chicago is absolutely brimming…

These fun cardboard spring sculptures inspired by Alexander Calder encourage kids to play with shape and form. They're a great recycled art project and STEAM activity! | via barley & birch
This fun Alice in Wonderland themed DIY Valentine Box doubles as a tabletop croquet game

Make: A DIY Tabletop Croquet Valentine Box

One of my absolute favorite parts of being a designer is revisiting projects I would have loved to have made as a kid. I have so many that I filed away in my imagination and share every now and then…

This fun Alice in Wonderland themed DIY Valentine Box doubles as a tabletop croquet game (printable available too)! | barley & birch
These DIY recycled art pennant pins are a fun way to reuse an art project and share the love with your favorite chums on Valentine’s Day!

Make: Recycled Art Heart Pennant Pins

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it seemed the perfect occasion to share a little heart-based art. I’m on a major mission this year to further “green up” our art practices, and though it can be really challenging at times, I’m…

These DIY recycled art pennant pins are a fun way to reuse an art project and share the love with your favorite chums on Valentine’s Day!
DIY Poseable Conversation Hearts

Make: Poseable Conversation Heart Valentines

The season of love is upon us and we kicked it off by celebrating #31daysoflove with our friend Maggy of the amazing Red Ted Art! Last year, I shared the tutorial for these storybook heart bouquet cards (an old family classic and…

DIY Poseable Conversation Hearts
Make STEAM learning fun with this DIY winter-themed, recycled cardboard activity for kids. Our snowball factory project combines math and engineering with creative pretend play.

Make: A Recycled STEAM-Learning Snowball Factory

BBRRRRRRRR! It’s frigid here (I’m talking exposed-skin-freezes cold!) so we’ve been stuck inside this week. While looking for things to keep us busy, we surveyed our stash of recyclables and decided to put together a STEAM project we could play…

Make STEAM learning fun with this DIY winter-themed, recycled cardboard activity for kids. Our snowball factory project combines math and engineering with creative pretend play
Use cereal boxes to create an adorable DIY upcycled cardboard jack-o-lantern shape sorter (template included)

Make: A DIY Cardboard Jack-O-Lantern Shape Sorter

Halloween is HAPPENING in a big way! We’ve been celebrating a very merry, not-so-scary All Hallows Eve with this grinning gourd shape sorter you can make from a couple cereal boxes! This is so wonderful for shape-learning, DIY fine motor…

Use cereal boxes to create an adorable DIY upcycled cardboard jack-o-lantern shape sorter (template included)
Make a lion mask fit for a king with simple supplies! A most regal DIY no-sew costume for kids.

Make: A DIY Upcycled No-Sew Lion Costume

“Oh I just can’t WAIT to be King…”A little bit of Sub-Saharan magic happened over here this morning. From the simplest of supplies, bright colors and bold shapes took form, and a king (or queen!) of the jungle emerged!  I…

Make a lion mask fit for a king with simple supplies! A most regal DIY no-sew costume for kids (free template included)
Create your own storybook mid-century modern DIY shoebox house using a cardboard box and collaging textures and simple shapes. A great rainy day activity for kids of any age!

Make: A Mid-Century Modern Shoebox House

I adored making little playhouses and miniatures when I was a kid. When my sister and I were young, an extremely creative babysitter introduced us to the idea of creating multi-story houses from shoeboxes and we were both TOTALLY hooked.…

Create your own storybook mid-century modern DIY shoebox house using a cardboard box and collaging textures and simple shapes. A great rainy day activity for kids of any age!