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
Make an adorably simple DIY gingerbread play bakery out of felt or cardboard! This is a wonderful pretend play activity for kids that also helps to develop fine motor skills. | via barley & birch

Make: A DIY Gingerbread Bakery for Pretend Play

Oh snap, we’ve gone gingerbread crazy! Over the weekend I made a pair of gingerbread softies, and while playing with the felt and patterns, it dawned on me that the thick felt was perfectly-suited for some real-life-sized play gingerbread cookies.…

Make an adorably simple DIY gingerbread play bakery out of felt or cardboard! This is a wonderful pretend play activity for kids that also helps to develop fine motor skills. | via barley & birch
Create an easy Christmas countdown with this adorable DIY pine tree lot scene! | via barley & birch

Make: A Mini Pine Tree Farm Holiday Sensory Activity

A little more than a month to Christmas and I’ve been hoarding advent calendar inspiration! I’m rarely organized enough to get 25 little gifts together for so many of the cute advent calendars I lust over on Pinterest, so I…

This charming sensory-packed snowy scene doubles as an easy countdown to Christmas. Kids will have a blast building this magical holiday small world that uses painted pinecones and simple supplies. | via barley & birch