Our recycled juice carton birdhouse decorated with egg carton flowers hanging from a small branch.

Make: A DIY Juice Carton Birdhouse (with a Surprise!)

A few springs ago, I was inspecting the garden in the backyard when I heard the faintest little chorus of “cheep! cheep!”‘s coming from…somewhere….! As I wandered around the yard, the sound grew louder until I finally found the source…

Turn a juice carton into an adorable slide-open DIY birdhouse hiding a little nest and baby birds inside! A cute spring or summer recycled craft for kids. | from barley & birch
This sweet little spring cardboard deer craft for kids is a great way to recycle a cereal box and play with natural decorations from the garden!

Make: A Stand-Up Cereal Box Spring Deer

It’s been a cold and rainy spring here in Minnesota, and although the chilly days have slowed my progress outside, Mother Nature works away unphased. Bees have started emerging from the little leaf piles in the back gardens, birds have…

This sweet little spring cardboard deer craft for kids is a great way to recycle a cereal box and play with natural decorations from the garden!
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 process art spring craft for kids combines fabulous folk art style with fun, experimental painting techniques for a bloomin' lovely spring art project!

Make: DIY Folk Art Bunnies

Oh process art fans, do I have a fab spring surprise for you…! The floral detail on these comes courtesy of one of my favorite art friends, and if you’re not already following Julie Curtin on Instagram, you’re missing some…

This process art spring craft for kids combines fabulous folk art style with fun, experimental painting techniques for a bloomin' lovely spring art project!
Enjoy an afternoon of fresh air, open-ended art, bright colors, and bunnies and chicks, with this fun kids spring DIY! A great nature-inspired Easter craft for kids. | via barley & birch

Freebie: Bunny & Chick Spring Twig Trees

Eeeep! Spring is almost springing, and I just can’t wait a minute longer for it! It might still be in the ’40s here (with occasional snow) but I’ve already packed up my winter frocks and swapped glittery white flakes for…

Enjoy an afternoon of fresh air, open-ended art, bright colors, and bunnies and chicks, with this fun kids spring DIY! A great nature-inspired Easter craft for kids. | via barley & birch