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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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#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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#Project 197: Make your own surf necklace

Bloesem kids craft | How to make a surf board necklace

Make your own surf necklace by Anouk van der El from Make History.

I don't know about you but I'm madly in love with these eye candy marble necklaces (my #1 favourites are these beauties by Zara), handmade from filo clay. On a rainy day, my sons and I started different shapes and ended up making these surf necklaces for cool dudes and equally cool dudettes. Super easy, great for gifts and you can even customise them by stamping a small message or a name on them. Here's how..

Bloesem kids craft | How to make a surf board necklace

What you will need:
* Polymer clay (as many colours as you like)
* Stamps
* ruler or something hard with a straight edge to cut the clay e.g. edge of a file, blunt plastic knife

* satay stick/sushi stick/skewer

  Bloesem kids craft | How to make a surf board necklace

Step 1. Pick your favourite colours and mix them as you like. To get the ‘marble effect’ don’t mix them too well as it will become one color again.
Step 2. Roll out the clay until 2-3mm thick.

Step 3. Print out the surf board shapes we prepared for you here and cut out the shape of the surfboard you like. Put it on top of your rolled out clay and cut along the sides to get the preferred shape.

Step 4. Use mini alphabet stamps to stamp a name or little message on the back.

Step 5. Puncture a hole in the top. We used a sushi stick, but you can also use a satay skewer.

Step 6. Bake the clay, pick a nice color thread et voilà!  

Bloesem kids craft | How to make a surf board necklace

Thank you Anouk for keeping us cool even in the summer time.

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# Project 196: DIY Watermelon print tote bag

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DIY Watermelon print tote bag by Wimke

It's a trend, these watermelon prints are everywhere during the summertime! I wanted to do make something with this summery print. The girls are going on a school trip. I wanted to make a summerbag with watermelons on it, where they can keep their sandwiches , drinks and sweets in it.

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What you'll need:
* Potato
* Acrylic paint - Red & Green
* Brush
* Black marker
* Canvas bag

Step 1: Iron the bag smooth. You cut the potato through the middle.

Bloesem kids crafts | DIY Watermelon print tote bag

Bloesem kids crafts | DIY Watermelon print tote bag

Step 2: This will become your stamp. To avoid pushing through of the paint, you can put a magazine in the bag. Put the red paint on a palette or any (unwanted) flat surface and press the potato into the paint. Stamp the potato onto the bag.

Bloesem kids crafts | DIY Watermelon print tote bag

Step 3: Paint a green semicircle around the potato stamp with the brush.

Bloesem kids crafts | DIY Watermelon print tote bag

Bloesem kids crafts | DIY Watermelon print tote bag

Step 4: To finish off the watermelon, use the marker to draw the seeds of the watermelon.

Bloesem kids crafts | DIY Watermelon print tote bag

Step 5: Allow the bag to dry and it is ready for a school trip or a day out to the beach!Wimke

Thank you Wimke! Watermelons are indeed a great part of the summer time..

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#Project 195: DIY Summer Vases

Bloesem kids craft | DIY easy summer vases

DIY Summer Vases by Wimke

Next month it's there: summer! Another perfect season with flipflops, ice-cream, summer-holiday, living in the garden, swimming and flowers in our hair. An easy craft project which you can make (and put) outside. Inside the house I have lots of little vases with small flowers, but why not place freshly picked flowers on your porch or at the garden table. Collect empty glass jars, balloons and flowers and make these summers vases within 15 minutes.

Bloesem kids craft | DIY easy summer vases

What you'll need:
* glass jars
* balloons
* scissors
* self-picked flowers

Bloesem kids craft | DIY easy summer vases

Steps: Get the best results when you use clean jars. Take a balloon and blow them up. Cut the spout of the balloon and a small half circle of the top. Pull the balloon over the bottom of the jar and that's the first one done! Make as many as you like.. - Wimke

Bloesem kids craft | DIY easy summer vases

Thank you Wimke! We're ready to party this summer..

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#Project 194: DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones

Bloesem kids craft | DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones

DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones by Laura Murray

When I was a kid, one of my most favourite toys was play-food. I used to love playing kitchens and restaurants and had a pretty extensive collection of plastic food. I had plastic donuts, pizzas and even bacon slices but none were as cute at these quick and easy felt ice cream cones! These little beauties are so easy to make - all you need is felt, pom-poms and glue. And kids will love deciding the different 'flavours' and decorating with button and bead sprinkles!

Bloesem kids craft | DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones

What you'll need:
* Cone coloured felt (beige or light brown)
* Large coloured pom poms
* Scissors
* Glue (a hot glue gun works really well and speeds up the process! Otherwise, craft glue or PVA would work well)
* Cute buttons, beads and sequins to decorate

Bloesem kids craft | DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones

Step1: Start by cutting a circle from your felt. The size of the circle depends on the size of your pom-poms, but a 10cm diameter circle should do the trick. Now cut the circle in half and roll it on itself, making a cone shape. Then secure by sticking the exposed edge to the cone with a line of glue.

Step2: Next, simply run some glue along the inside of the cone and pop the pom-pom inside. Now you're free to decorate with buttons, beads and maybe a little cherry on top! 

Bloesem kids craft | DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones

Craft contributed by: Laura Murray

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#Project 193: DIY Skittles set

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

DIY Skittles by Emma of Showpony

In the West Coast of Scotland we get way more than our fair share of rainy days, so I like to think of ways to bring outdoor games inside. Rather than recycle our juice bottles like a normal family, we’ve been stashing ours for a few weeks so that we could make a set of indoor skittles.

What you'll need:
* 6 empty, and clean plastic bottles.
* White acrylic paint
* White poster paint – or ordinary children’s paint
* Coloured paper
* Scissors
* Paint brush
* PVA Glue
* A blob of old mixed up play dough

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

Step1: To paint the bottles white you will need to use acrylic paint first – this sticks to the plastic and can then be painted over with cheaper white paint. To make it easier for little people to paint the bottles and (hopefully) minimise the amount of paint that gets splattered around the place, we secured the bottles to the table with a blob of old play dough.

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

Step2: Once the bottles have had a couple of coats of paint its time to decorate. Cut out shapes from your coloured papers, we made rectangles, circles and triangles. If your little ones are helping keep the shapes fairly large so it isn’t too fiddly for them.

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

Step3: Then using the PVA glue stick them on, brushing a layer of PVA over the whole bottle once you’re finished to keep them well and truly stuck.


Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

Step4: Once they are dry, just pop the lids on.
The skittles are really light so will easily be knocked over with a nice soft ball. All you need to do now is set them up and start playing.

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

I hope these help pass a rainy day in your house. - Emma

Craft contributed by the lovely Emma of Showpony!

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Project #192: Mother's Day Felt Tulips

Bloesem kids craft | Mother's day felt tulips

DIY Mother's Day Felt Tulips by Laura Murray

This mother's day, instead of giving flowers why not make these felt tulips? They're quick and easy to make and are oh-so cute! Plus, they'll definitely last longer than regular flowers!

What you'll need:
* Felt
* Glue
* Scissors
* Bamboo skewers
* White paint + paintbrush

Bloesem kids craft | Mother's day felt tulips

Step1: Start by folding a piece of felt in half and then cutting a scallop-shape.

Bloesem kids craft | Mother's day felt tulips

Step2: Then begin to roll the felt, starting from the folded edge. Make one full roll then secure the edge with some glue.

Bloesem kids craft | Mother's day felt tulips

Step3: Open up the scallop-shape and fold it back on itself and secure the two sides together.

Bloesem kids craft | Mother's day felt tulips

Step4: Now simply roll the rest of the felt around, making sure to keep the roll tight at the bottom and looser at the top. Secure with some glue. 

Bloesem kids craft | Mother's day felt tulips

Step5: Cut your skewers to the length you want the stalks to be and paint them white. Once the skewers are dry, glue the tulips to the tops. You can also cut a few leaves from white felt and stick those on as well! - Laura Murray

Bloesem kids craft | Mother's day felt tulips

Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful moms! We hope you have a great day with family and friends and thank you Laura for this sweet craft.

Craft contributed by: Laura Murray

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