Eco-Friendly Crafts

Our DIY sushi play set

Make: An Easy No-Sew DIY Play Sushi Set

After two weeks of spring, we’re back to snow, and frankly, everyone around here has been a little bummed about it. I had already moved on to outside play in my head, but with the temperatures hovering around 20, an…

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Discover: 10 Creative Websites for Modern Mini-Makers

The temperature is (slowwww-ly) dropping, the days are getting shorter, and everything seems to be a reminder that winter is coming (full disclosure: I don’t even watch Game of Thrones).  So in preparation for the indoor season, we thought we would…

10-minute kid+parent DIY bud vase

Make: 5-Minute DIY Kid-Safe Stem Vases

Ah, August! With all the kids already back in school and the summer-like days waning, it has us longing to gather up and surround ourselves with every last bit of the season. Our woodblock stem vases were born out of the desire to…

Easy origami box for nature collections via barley & birch

Make: An Origami Box for Nature Collections

As part of our celebration of Shinrin-Yoku and quality time spent in the great outdoors, we made a set of origami nature boxes – perfect for collecting and keeping all of your outdoor finds – flowers, rocks, leaves, shells…bugs…! The…

Make a camping small world setup with our simple scrap wood and dowel rod DIY Thingamaboard toy! A wonderful imagination-builder for kids. | via barley & birch

Make: A Scrap Wood and Dowel DIY Play Board

We are putting our safety goggles on and pulling out the power tools today! Admittedly, this DIY is one of my more random ideas, but while trying to use up some spare wood, I kind of stumbled upon it, and –…

Recycled phonebook DIY holiday wrapping paper craft for kids via barley & birch

Make: DIY Phonebook Wrapping Paper

Happy Green Monday! To be honest, I didn’t really even know that was a thing until this morning – and I guess it’s just a…second Cyber Monday? Hm-kay. Well, we’re celebrating “Green Monday” with TWO, count ’em TWO simple and lover-ly holiday projects that…

10-minute festive holiday felt garland craft via barley & birch

Make: A DIY Festive Felt Garland for the Holidays

For all of you still recovering from Thanksgiving overexertion, I have the PERFECT weeknight activity to entertain your kiddos AND create a lovely handmade holiday decoration. This unbelievably easy DIY felt garland only takes only 3 supplies and 2 steps. Within…