Paper

A collection of our paper art and crafts projects for kids

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…

Make moving art with this paper playground art project for kids! | via barley & birch

Make: A Paper Playground Art Invitation

With the first signs of spring come the welcome sounds of excited shrieks, whoops, and hollers from the park down the street. Playground season is nearly upon us, and after a long winter, I have a feeling it’s in for…

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…

Send handmade art with a secret message this Valentine's Day! A wonderful activity for kids with printable morse code and nautical flag printable templates available. | via barley & birch

Make: Morse Code Valentine’s Day Cards

Happy Valentine’s Day love-lovers! This year, we made a set of artful cards featuring my own love language – geometric shapes. But hidden in plain sight is a mystery for little visual detectives to solve….can you crack the code?? Using…

Kids will love cutting apart rainbows to make this beautiful abstract art project that can also be used to celebrate small joys throughout the week! | via barley & birch

Make: Rainbow Road Abstract Art for Kids

Deep in the heart of winter, I typically find myself turning to rainbows for cheery, bright art inspiration. A few years ago I shared a Frank Stella deconstructed rainbow project, and it’s been a site favorite ever since. This year…

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 Cardboard Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

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 cardboard Christmas tree you ever did see. Cardboard boxes keep piling up on my…

Find your zen and relax by making your own meditative scribble art collage for stress relief. | via barley & birch

Make: Scribble Art Collages for Stress Relief

We are having the rare week of November 70-degree weather up here in the north, and I’ve committed to soaking up every last second of it with some alfresco art-making. Grab a blanket or big piece of cardboard, a little…

Design your very own Halloween home with this mix and match haunted house printable kit! | via barley & birch

Make: A Mix and Match DIY Haunted House

Do you have a favorite Halloween book from your childhood? I was an illustration-obsessed kid, and some of my very favorite books were the ones that included fantastical cutaways. Like opening a doll’s house, cutaways illustrate what’s happening *inside* a…