A collection of our paper art and crafts projects for kids

Make a vibrant and colorful art-filled city neighborhood with cardboard boxes! This craft activity and drawing prompt for kids incorporates STEAM-building and creative story-telling for hours of imaginative play! | from barley & birch

Make: A Cardboard Box City Neighborhood

I have been super lucky to have lived in quite a few cities all over the US. Winter always makes me miss California’s beautifully sunny beaches, but when spring is so close you can taste it, I long for Chicago’s…

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…

This bold modern art project for kids uses deconstructed rainbows to create bright & colorful collages inspired by Frank Stella! | via barley & birch

Make: Deconstructed Rainbow Collages

Their unofficial theme of 2018 seems to be rainbows, and since it’s been cold and grey here, I was so excited to fill the walls with a little sunshine and color! Their shapes and colors remind me of a series…

Create a storybook Valentine with bright, blooming hearts! A fun paper craft for kids.

Make: Mixed Media Heart Bouquet Cards

Last month I was invited to take part in the amazing 31 Days of Love series that Red Ted Art creator Maggy started a couple of years ago. Red Ted Art is one of our favorite go-to sites for adorable, yet…

This quick little art project is a fun way for kids to experiment with making landscapes from torn paper and simple stamps! | from barley & birch

Make: Torn Paper Landscape Art

I’ve been daydreaming of mountains, forests, and epic top-of-the-summit sunsets this week, so I thought I’d share a project that can help you escape winter and head for the hills with me! If your kids can rip paper (and what…

Upcycle an old box and some scrap paper into these super cool mix & match pattern DIY cardboard necklaces! An easy and relatively mess-free craft for kids. | via barley & birch

Make: Recycled Cardboard Necklaces for Kids

I don’t know about you, but gray winter days have me longing for a color injection – the brighter the better! These simple but stylin’ cardboard necklaces are the perfect cure for the winter blahs. This is a project that…