Use a crib mat and a paper mache trunk to make this farm and barn craft for kids. They will have hours of fun role-playing as a farmer.
The barn was created using a paper mache chest that I found in the paper mache aisle at the craft store. Once the door was cut and the exterior painted, I bent a stiff piece of gray felt board into the shape of a barnyard roof and glued it down. Then all the other little accessories such as birds and stalls inside (which you will see in photos below) were added at the end, and again, all glued down. Even the straw on the inside is partially glued so that a huge mess isn’t created in the house.
Farm and barn craft
Do you remember the train track mat I made for Flynn last year? Having twins means I had two of the portable cribs that were recalled. So, I saved the other mattress to make the ‘farm’. It took about four coats of fabric paint to cover the pattern on the mattress, but doesn’t it make a great base for the barn and farm animals to sit on?
The added bonus is that all of the farm pieces pack nicely into the barn and the mat folds up so you don’t have to leave it out all the time.
Let’s take a peek inside the barn too.
More barn crafts and fun ideas
Are you looking for more barn crafts and ideas for kids? Take a look at these too:
- A barn puppet theater
- Baby chick snack cup craft
- Cowboy and cowgirl birthday party ideas
- Bunny and chick mason jar craft
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bravo my friend. bravo!
What a neat gift! I’ll bet he will remember that one for years to come. I know my boys would have loved something like that.
SITS hello! That is a great idea! I have a nephew who got a barn this year, but yours is so much better.
Oh my gosh. That is SO creative. I LOVE it! I love Mom’s like you! So cool! I am stopping over from SITS. I think your soon is adorable too. Look at that hair. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
Wow!! That’s a beautiful farm!
Ok, can I hire you? I thought I was creative but this is amazing! Fantastic!
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another crafty creation! You are such an inspiration to wannabe-crafters like me!!! 🙂
the barnyard came out great,how so very creative and fun!
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Aww love it..What a great idea..Wow you are one handy girl..That loves to crafted..Hope you have a wonderful day..
Adorable!! And so creative too. Love it!
That is amazing!!!! I am not surprised that he loves it.
That is gorgeous. I love the matching play mat and that it all packs away.
Cute idea! And great idea with the pack and play too, I think we are done with the PNP’s….we did just use them at Disney in Dec though, I think we have graduated them, but I guess you could still use it, a cool new design though.
What a fantastic gift. I LOVE it.
Very, very cute project! Not sure I’d have the time and patience for it but I love it!
This is amazing. I’m going to link to this the next time I review a barn-themed book!
I love the way the roof lifts off the barn. Fantastic and lots of fun ahead.