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#Project 200: Learning to marble

Bloesem kids crafts | Learning to marble

Hi guys! It's Mei Kwee & Zara S. We thought we'd try our hands at marbling today and here's how it turned out. If you like mixing colours and creating patterns (and getting a bit messy) this is the project for you..

Bloesem kids crafts | Learning to marble

What you'll need:
* Nail polish colours of your choice
* Paper / card stock (thicker paper will wrinkle less)
* Chop stick 
* A tray or basin
* Water

Step-to-marble

Step 1: Pour water into the tray. The paper will float at the top so put in water about half the depth of the tray.

Step 2: Add the nail colours in. You can add as many as you want. We chose to mix 2 of our favourite colours for this combination but we always tried out some with 3 and another pattern with just 1 colour. Go wild, you'll never know what you come up with, that's the beauty of marbling.

Step 3: Use the chopstick or toothpick to swirl the colours around. We used a zig zag motion upwards and downwards to mix the colours together to create the marble effect.

Step 4: Almost done... place the paper quickly onto the surface of the water. It is best to do this in a place with little wind so the nail polish does not dry before you place the paper onto it.

Bloesem kids crafts | Learning to marble

3 outcomes of our marbling tests! The first and second were made using 2 polish colours and in the last one we added a slightly darker pink colour to the original mixture of colours. We love how they turned out but definitely want to try more colour combinations! It's kind of addictive because every try creates such a different effect.

.. Mei KweeZara S.

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#project 199: Sweet tie reversible frock

Bloesem kids | Sweet tie reversible dress DIY from Bloesem Gazette 4 kids issue

DIY Sweet tie reversible frock by Rubyellen Bratcher

Over at the Bloesem Team, we've all been long time fans of Rubyellen's blog and her craft work! When we met her last year in Singapore when she came to teach a Bloesem class here, we wanted to get her to teach us how she made all those beautiful dresses we saw on her blog and on her girls. Finally, for the latest issue of the Bloesem Gazette, we managed to get her as a lovely contributor for this DIY that we can't wait to try!

What you'll need- materials and tools:
* Download Dress template with measurements
*Fabric for outer dress:
- Size 12 - 24 months: 1 1/4 yards (1.1m)
- Size 4 - 6 : 1 1/2 yards (1.4m)
- Size 8 - 10: 1 3/4 yards (1.8m)
*Contrasting fabric for reversible dress:
- Size 12 - 24 months: 1 1/4 yards (1.1m)
- Size 4 - 6 : 1 1/2 yards (1.4m)
- Size 8 - 10: 1 3/4 yards (1.8m)
*Coordinating thread
*Sewing machine
*Scissors
*Iron & Ironing board

Notes: 

*Seam allowance: 1/2" (13mm) unless otherwise noted
*Since the dress is reversible, it is best to use a lightweight cotton fabric to prevent making the dress too heavy. 
* The dress can easily be changed into a shirt by shortening the length. 

Bloesem kids | Sweet tie reversible dress DIY from Bloesem Gazette 4 kids issue

 

Step 1: Cut out all the pattern pieces. There are 6 total: outer dress front, outer dress back, reversible dress front, reversible dress back, and two 5 ½” x 7” pieces for the pockets. Feel free to make the pockets larger or smaller, use only one pocket, or omit it from the dress completely. 

Bloesem kids | Sweet tie reversible dress DIY from Bloesem Gazette 4 kids issue

Step 2: To create the pockets, fold the top edge in 1/2" (13mm), press, fold another 1/2" (13mm), press, pin in place and topstitch. Fold the remaining 3 sides in 1/4" (6mm) and press in place. Place the pockets on the dress front of your choosing, pin in place, and edge stitch around the 3 sides, leaving the top open. 

Bloesem kids | Sweet tie reversible dress DIY from Bloesem Gazette 4 kids issue

Step 3: Pin the outer dress front and outer dress back with their right sides together and sew down the entire length of both sides. Press the seams open.

Step 4: Pin the reversible dress front and reversible dress back right sides together and sew down the entire length of both sides. Press the seams open.

Step 5: Place the reversible dress inside the outer dress with their right sides together, carefully lining up the neckline and straps, pin them in place. With a 1/4" (6mm) seam allowance, sew around the straps, arms, and neckline.  Clip around all the curves, turn right side out, and press. 

Step 6: Make sure the length is the right for your child; feel free to cut off more of the length if you desire something a bit shorter. Fold the outer dress and reversible dress hemline in 1/2" (13mm) around the entire length, press, and pin in place. Topstitch 1/4" (6mm) from the folded edge to finish off the hem. Press the entire dress. 

Bloesem kids | Sweet tie reversible dress DIY from Bloesem Gazette 4 kids issue

Thank you Rubyellen! Finally we have all the tools to try our hand at our very own Cakies creation!

.. Cakies
.. All BKids Craft Projects
.. Read the entire Bloesem Gazette Kids edition

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#Project 198: Seashell art

Bloesem kids craft | Beach DIY: Seashell art

DIY Seashell art by Wimke

There is no summer without going to the beach. Building castles, playing volleyball, soccer, swimming and looking for seashells. 

Last year we spent our holiday at the beach in France, Il d'Oleron. There is no better place to look for seashells. We brought a basket full of the prettiest shells home. We cleaned them and kept them in a box. Last week we found the box with the holiday memories. We thought about what we would do with the shells and settled on some nail polish art to decorate the beautiful shells.

What you'll need:
* Nail polish in your favourite colours

Bloesem kids craft | Beach DIY: Seashell art

Steps: Clean the shells. I boiled the shells for five minutes in salt water. When the shells are dry, you can paint them with nailpolish. Let your kids do the job for the best results! 

Bloesem kids craft | Beach DIY: Seashell art

Have a lovely summer! - Wimke

Thank you Wimke! We "shell" try out this DIY too (;

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