Valentines Day

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 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
Use simple scrap supplies to make these cardboard secret message sailboats! A visual language exercise and upcycled summer craft for kids. | via barley & birch

Make: Secret Message Cardboard Sailboats

Ahoy loveys! It may be dipping into negative degrees outside, but indoors we’re celebrating picture-perfect regatta weather. Yes, this Valentine’s Day we have blue skies, a fair wind, and following seas for the 1st Annual Cupid’s Cup. Super-sleuth sailors may…

Use simple scrap supplies to make these cardboard secret message sailboats! A visual language exercise and upcycled summer craft for kids. | via barley & birch
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…

Make coded secret messages with our morse code and nautical flag alphabet printables! | via barley & birch
Recycle some cardboard and explore simple building with these little love shack art projects for kids | via barley & birch

Make: Recycled Cardboard Love Shacks

‘Tis the season of luuuuv and have I got a sweetly spontaneous recycled art project for you today! These little recycled cardboard love shacks are an artful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and don’t require more than a few ordinary…

Recycle some cardboard and explore simple building with these little love shack art projects for kids | via barley & birch
This fun Alice in Wonderland themed DIY Valentine Box doubles as a tabletop croquet game

Make: A DIY Tabletop Croquet Valentine Box

One of my absolute favorite parts of being a designer is revisiting projects I would have loved to have made as a kid. I have so many that I filed away in my imagination and share every now and then…

This fun Alice in Wonderland themed DIY Valentine Box doubles as a tabletop croquet game (printable available too)! | barley & birch
These DIY recycled art pennant pins are a fun way to reuse an art project and share the love with your favorite chums on Valentine’s Day!

Make: Recycled Art Heart Pennant Pins

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it seemed the perfect occasion to share a little heart-based art. I’m on a major mission this year to further “green up” our art practices, and though it can be really challenging at times, I’m…

These DIY recycled art pennant pins are a fun way to reuse an art project and share the love with your favorite chums on Valentine’s Day!
DIY Poseable Conversation Hearts

Make: Poseable Conversation Heart Valentines

The season of love is upon us and we kicked it off by celebrating #31daysoflove with our friend Maggy of the amazing Red Ted Art! Last year, I shared the tutorial for these storybook heart bouquet cards (an old family classic and…

DIY Poseable Conversation Hearts
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…

Create a storybook handmade bouquet card with bright, blooming hearts! A lovely DIY Valentine or Mother's Day paper craft for kids. | via barley & birch
Our adorable free printable Tweetheart valentine is ready to deliver mini messages of love in his satchel (and can actually fly!)

Freebie: A Messenger Pigeon Valentine

Well, Valentine’s Day has totally gone to the birds over here. 😉 Between the cuckoo clocks and this new little buddy, we are bound and determined to fly by and deliver some printable Valentine love your way this year! Meet…

Our adorable free printable Tweetheart valentine is ready to deliver mini messages of love in his satchel and can actually fly!)