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#Project 203: Shrink Art Animal Necklaces

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

DIY Nature-insprired flower wristlet by Bonnie Scorer

With the arrival of Spring, many animals have emerged from their winter homes, inspiring us to make animal necklaces!  

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

What you'll need - for Shrink Art:
* Plastic shrink art paper (you can purchase this at a craft store)
* Sand Paper
* Pencil Crayons
* Cookie sheet
* Hole Punch
* Paper
* Pencil/eraser

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

What you'll need - for Shrink Art:
* Wooden beads
* Acrylic paint
* Floral foam
* BBQ skewers
* Pony beads

OR

* Purchase pre-painted wooden beads!

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

What you'll need - for lacing:
* Elastic cord, embroidery floss, yarn or child-safe/breakaway cord
* Pony beads
* Scissors

With any project we always find these items helpful:
* Craft tray
* Apron

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

Here we go:

Step 1: Painting your beads

* Have an adult cut off the sharp points off of the BBQ skewers.
* Put a pony bead at the bottom of your skewer. This will hold your beads in place and prevent them from sliding down when you paint them.
* "String" your beads onto your skewer.
* Insert your skewer into your craft foam.
* Don your smock.
* Paint your beads. We find it helpful to hold the skewer with one hand at the top while you paint with the other.
* Paint as many colours as you would like for your jewellery.
* Allow to dry overnight.

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

Step 2: Making Shrink Art

* Draw out your animal onto your paper.  Remember that when you put your shrink art in the oven it will shrink to about 3 times the size.
* Cut out a piece of shrink art paper that is bigger than your drawing.
* Scuff it with a piece of sand paper. (You may want to wear a mask for this process or have an adult do it.)
* Place your plastic shrink art paper over your drawing. (You may want to tape it down with clear tape to hold it in place.) Trace over it with a dark colour such as black.
*Colour in your animal with your pencil crayons.
*Cut around your animal, leaving a border.
*Punch 1 or 2 holes into your animal or outside of your animal so you can lace it once it has shrank.
*With an adult, follow the directions included with the product as to baking your creations! (Oh what fun it was to watch our animals shrink through oven door!)

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

Step 3: Lacing it together

* Lace your beads and your shrink art onto either embroidery floss, elastic cord or a child safe release cord to make a bracelet or necklace.  We like going through the bead and then coming back and going through again.
* Wear your creations or give them to a friend!

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

Bloesem kids craft | Shrink art animal necklace DIY

Thank you Bonnie and Make it your own! Now let's make some fun animal accessories!

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#Project 202: Nature-inspired flower wristlets

Bloesem kids craft | Nature inspired flower wristlet

DIY Nature-insprired flower wristlet by Bonnie Scorer

We are always looking at ways to incorporate technology into our lives in meaningful, active and engaging ways.  We we went out for nature walk, took some photos of flowers and then used them as an inspiration for a crafty project.  We would love to hear the ways that you and your children have used technology! 
Wouldn't these wristlets be perfect for a wedding or special event?  Wear them and then save them as a keepsake.

Purpose of this craft:
* Getting out into nature.
* Extending digital experiences
* Developing fine motor skills: cutting, pasting etc.

Safety Notes:
* Exercise care when using needles and scissors. Do so with direct adult supervision.
* Beads can be choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.

Bloesem kids craft | Nature inspired flower wristlet

What you'll need:
* Camera (you can use your cell phone's camera)
* Felt
* Fabric scissors
* Fabric glue
* Sewing materials
* Ribbon
* Beads
* Paper/pencil/pencil crayons (*Optional: to sketch out your ideas)

With any project we always find these items helpful:
* Craft tray
* Apron

Step 1: Go out for a walk with an adult and take pictures of flowers and other foliage you might see.  

Bloesem kids craft | Nature inspired flower wristlet

Step 2: Use your photos as an inspiration for making a wristlet or a boutonniere.  We sketched out our ideas first before making them out of felt. 

Bloesem kids craft | Nature inspired flower wristlet

Step 3: Using fabric scissors, cut out your designs from felt.  You could use your sketches as patterns if you like, cutting them out and taping or pinning them to your felt to cut around.

Bloesem kids craft | Nature inspired flower wristlet

Step 4:We then sewed on a few details using a sewing machine.  (You could do this by hand or skip this step if you like.) Add little beads to create your stamen.

Bloesem kids craft | Nature inspired flower wristlet

Step 5: Glue your pieces together with fabric glue.

Bloesem kids craft | Nature inspired flower wristlet

Step 6: We then created a little base for our flowers which you will also slide the ribbon through on the back.  Make this by taking a felt rectangle and sewing or gluing another on at the ends (as seen in the photograph).  Make sure it is just a little bit wider then the width of your ribbon! Before you glue your flowers onto the other side, be sure to slide out your ribbon and tuck in a piece of paper etc. so your fabric glue doesn't glue your loop shut.  Glue on your flowers and leaves. Allow to dry overnight.

Bloesem kids craft | Nature inspired flower wristlet

Step 7: Slide your paper out of the base, measure and cut your lengths of ribbon (so you would be able to go around the wearer's wrist and tie a bow) and then insert the ribbon as seen below.

Bloesem kids craft | Nature inspired flower wristlet

Step 8: Have an adult assist you in tying on your wristlet to wear somewhere special!

Bloesem kids craft | Nature inspired flower wristlet

Bloesem kids craft | Nature inspired flower wristlet

Thank you Bonnie and Make it your own! Welcome to the Bloesem craft family! We're so glad to have you :)

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#Project 201: Confetti poppers DIY craft project

Bloesem kids craft project | DIY confetti poppers

DIY Confetti Poppers by Wimke

We are in a big partymood! My sister is getting married and asked me to think about the party decorations. I am a big fan of party decorations! You can do so much with stuff you already have in your house. With my girls we made confetti poppers out of toilet rolls. So easy and the party effect is big!

What you'll need:
* Toilet rolls
* wrapping paper (mine had gold glitter on it)
* tape
* balloons
* glue
* scissors
* hole puncher (with different shapes would be nice!)
* coloured paper to make confetti with

Bloesem kids craft project | DIY confetti poppers

Step 1: Wrap the wrapping paper around the toilet roll.
Step 2: Cut the top of a balloon. Tie a knot at the end of the balloon and put the balloon at the top of the toilet roll. 
Step 3: Secure the balloon to the top of the toilet roll with coloured tape. 
Step 4: Punch confetti. If you have hole punchers with shapes, create a mixture of different shapes with different colours. The more the merrier.
Step 5: Fill the open end of the toilet roll popper with confetti and pull the knot of the balloon and release to pop! Watch the confetti fly!

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Bloesem kids craft project | DIY confetti poppers

For my sister's wedding we will be filling up the poppers with glitter and confetti! Definitely try them out for your summer time party decor. - Wimke

Thank you Wimke

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