Eco-Friendly Crafts

Use up scrap supplies to make this chill pool art for creative summer fun with kids! | from barley & birch

Make: Paper Pool Art with Scrap Supplies

We’re having a scrap art pool party, and YOU’RE invited! Don’t you want to just dive right into our vibrant pool art?! This summer art project is full of simple little visual art tricks that make the most of scrap…

These DIY clothespin cicadas clip on to anything and make the cutest summer nature craft for kids. | from barley & birch

Make: Clip-On Clothespin Cicadas for Kids

They’re baaaa-aaaack…! In different parts of the US this week the Brood X Cicadas are beginning to emerge! Here in Minnesota, we won’t be seeing this particular species, but back in my old state of Ohio, they’re expecting a total…

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…

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…

Make a lovely watercolor flower garden card! Perfect for kids to make as a Father's Day or Mother's Day card and a great gift card holder!

Make: A DIY Watercolor Flower Garden Card

Spring’s arrival brings the loveliest changes to our garden, and also a parade of holidays that stretch right into summer. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Day…coming up with unique gift ideas year after year can feel a bit overwhelming…

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

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

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…

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…