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#175: Halloween Pumpkin Witch DIY

Bloesem kids | Halloween pumpkin witch DIY by Yufrukt

Make your own Halloween Pumpkin Witch by Yuliya  from Yufrukt

It’s almost Halloween time! While carving Jack-o-lanterns is a classic activity, here is an alternative pumpkin craft. It’s quite simple and doesn’t require carving yet is very entertaining for the little ones. Pick up a small pumpkin at the nearby market and lets make a Pumpkin witch!

Bloesem kids | Halloween pumpkin witch DIY by Yufrukt

What you will need:
* A medium pumpkin
* Thick paper (suitable for painting)
* Gouache/poster paint
* A pair of scissors
* Pencil
* Paintbrush
* Skewers (or toothpicks)
* Glue

Bloesem kids | Halloween pumpkin witch DIY by Yufrukt

Step 1:
Draw scary arms and a witch hat. Cut them out. Now make an outline to duplicate each item (you have to have two witch hats, two left arms and two right arms).

Bloesem kids | Halloween pumpkin witch DIY by Yufrukt

Step 2:
Squeeze a fair amount of glu on one of your hats, glue a toothpick in the middle then cover with a second hat and press to make it stick together. Do the same with the arms.

Bloesem kids | Halloween pumpkin witch DIY by Yufrukt

Bloesem kids | Halloween pumpkin witch DIY by Yufrukt

Step 3:
Take gouache and paint the witch hat and scary arms. We painted the hat with black and the arms in green with red nails - what colors did you choose?

Bloesem kids | Halloween pumpkin witch DIY by Yufrukt

Step 4:
Now give that witch a face and paint her eyes,nose, and mouth on the pumpkin. Don't use water for this one, because we want the paint to be very thick.

Bloesem kids | Halloween pumpkin witch DIY by Yufrukt

Step 5:
Force the sharp ends of the toothpicks into the pumpkin (if the pumpkin is too hard, make little cuts with the knife first). The witch has arms a hat now!

Bloesem kids | Halloween pumpkin witch DIY by Yufrukt

Step 6:
When the first layer of paint is dry, give her face more details if you like. We painted white teeth and a scary shine in her eyes.

It’s ready! Decorate your room for Halloween with a scary Pumpkin witch and some candles! - Yuliya

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Project #174: DIY Halloween decorations

Bloesem Kids | Halloween decoration DIY by Emma of Showpony

DIY Halloween decorations by Emma of Showpony

I love Halloween and I’m really excited that my son who’s nearly three is just about old enough to get excited about it too. So to help him get in the mood for all things spooky I wanted to spend some time making decorations with him. These are really simple and perfect for a toddler to get involved with.

Bloesem Kids | Halloween decoration DIY by Emma of Showpony

What you'll need:
* Polystyrene balls - I used 4 cm balls
* Black and orange paint
* Black pipe cleaners
* Black cardstock
* White paper
* String or cord
* Paintbrushes
* Scissors
* Black pen
* Glue
* Darning needle/ thin knitting needle

Bloesem Kids | Halloween decoration DIY by Emma of Showpony

Step1: Paint your polystyrene balls. Paint some black for bats and spiders, some orange for pumpkins and leave a handful white for your ghosts.

Step2: For the spiders: Cut two pipe cleaners in half and half again making the eight legs, push them into the sides of a black ball and bend into shape. Cut out eye shapes from your white paper, draw in the pupils and stick in place.

Bloesem Kids | Halloween decoration DIY by Emma of Showpony

Step3: Make the bats: Fold a piece of black card in half and draw on one wing shape, Cut this out and push or punch two small holes in the fold. Using a small piece of pipe cleaner attach the wings to the back of a black ball. In the same way as before stick the eyes in place.

Step4: To make the pumpkins: Use your black pen to draw on some pumpkin markings, add your eyes and push a small piece of pipe cleaner into the top to make a little stalk.

Bloesem Kids | Halloween decoration DIY by Emma of Showpony

Step5: For the ghosts: Cut a strip of white paper long enough to wrap around a white ball. Cut a wavy shape into the bottom of the paper and stick around your polystyrene ball. Cut large black eyes from the black card and stick to your ghost.

Step 6: Using a thin knitting needle or long darning needle push holes through the centre of the polystyrene decorations. Thread a large darning needle with your string and push through the holes. Tie knots in the string to stop the decorations from slipping down and carry on adding as many decorations as you like.

Bloesem Kids | Halloween decoration DIY by Emma of Showpony

Craft contributed by: Emma of Showpony (our lovely new craft contributor!)

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Project #173: Tablet Felt Picture Board DIY

Bloesem Kids | DIY project:Tablet Felt Picture Board contributed by Laura Murray

DIY Felt Tablet Picture Board by Laura Murray

Smart phone and tablets are all the rage these days, especially with kids. So why not have your little ones make their very own felt tablet picture board which they can use to create countless patterns, pictures and stories simly by layering fun felt shapes! It'll get them away from the screens and using their imaginations, plus it's great use for any felt scraps you may have lying around!

What you'll need:
* 1 black piece of felt - A4 size
* 1 white piece of felt - A4 size 
* 1 coloured piece of felt - A4 size (for the backing)
* Various different coloured scraps or small pieces of felt
* Scissors
* A4 card stock
* White craft glue
* (optional) Embroidery thread & needle

Bloesem Kids | DIY project:Tablet Felt Picture Board contributed by Laura Murray

Step1:
Start by cutting a piece of black felt in half and rounding off it's corners. Then take half of a white piece and cut it to size for the 'screen'.

Step2:
Cut some bright coloured felt square buttons for below the screen.

Step3:
You can either use craft glue to attach the felt pieces to the black base or, if feeling a little adventurous, stitch a simple line of running stitch in similar coloured thread.

Bloesem Kids | DIY project:Tablet Felt Picture Board contributed by Laura Murray

Step4:
Cover the back of the black piece with craft glue, stick it to the piece of card stock and cut off the excess. Then glue the back of the card stock to your piece of coloured stock and trim off the excess.

Step5:
Now it's time to cut some fun shapes from the colourful felt scraps! Abstract shapes are great for building patterns while simple trees, flowers, clouds and people can inspire pictures and unique stories.

Bloesem Kids | DIY project:Tablet Felt Picture Board contributed by Laura Murray

Craft contributed by: Laura Murray (our new craft contributor! Go have a look at her beautiful website! So many more craft projects over there..)

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Project #172: Party Envelopes DIY

Bloesem kids | Craft project #172: DIY Party envelopes by Yuliya of Yufrukt
 
Party envelopes DIY by Yuliya  from Yufrukt
 
Birthdays, home parties, letters for friends – we need envelopes for all of of that! And even though you can probably find some nice envelope designs in the shops, they mostly come in white. This is the perfect chance to practice your creativity and design your own envelopes, I’m sure it will be lots of fun and make your friends feel extra special when receiving such an envelope. Don’t worry about your painting skills, this activity is about creative thinking and is suitable for very little ones too!
 
Bloesem kids | Craft project #172: DIY Party envelopes by Yuliya of Yufrukt
 
What you will need:
* A couple of envelopes (as many as you want to use for inviting your friends)
* Watercolours or gouache
* A painting brush
* A black marker 
 
Bloesem kids | Craft project #172: DIY Party envelopes by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 1:Pour a glass of water and set everything ready for painting. Start painting abstract or geometrical shapes on the envelopes without thinking what it is going to be upfront.

Bloesem kids | Craft project #172: DIY Party envelopes by Yuliya of Yufrukt
 
Bloesem kids | Craft project #172: DIY Party envelopes by Yuliya of Yufrukt
 
Step 2: Once the paint has dried, paint over the other side. Let all the envelopes dry completely. 
 
Bloesem kids | Craft project #172: DIY Party envelopes by Yuliya of Yufrukt
 
Bloesem kids | Craft project #172: DIY Party envelopes by Yuliya of Yufrukt
 
Step 3: When dry, take a good look at all your shapes: what do they look like to you? Use your creativity and add little details here and there with the marker to transform shapes into characters and objects.
 

Step 4: Envelopes are ready to put your letters or party invitations in and to be sent off to your friends!

Hope your characters will make your friends smile, and the postman too! - Yuliya

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Project #171: Soccer-themed treats

Bloesem Kids | Project #171:Soccer-themed treats.. Goal!!

Make your own soccer-themed treats by Anouk van der El from Make History

The world of soccer gained a lot of fans over this World Cup summer and kids are no exception! Surprise your birthday boy or girls and their friends with these soccer themed treats.

What you will need:
* 25 cupcakes
* 3 paper straws
*  green paper
* piece of cardboard or peg board
* two different colours for the two teams
*  white Posco (or similar) marker
* 25 small straws or small skewers
* roll of double sided tape
*  masking tape

Bloesem Kids | Project #171:Soccer-themed treats.. Goal!!

Step 1. Bake as many cupcakes as needed for your kid's treats.
Step 2. Stick green paper on cardboard/pegboard.
Step 3. Draw the lines with white marker as shown in picture. We used the tape rolls to create the circles.
Step 4. Use the holes of the pegboard or create holes in he cardboard for the soccer goal and corner flags.
Step 5. Measure the distance between the goal's holes and fold the straw so it fits nicely. At the bottom, once the poles are inserted, make 4 little incisions and fold to the outside so the straws stay in place.
Step 6. Cut the third straw in four small pieces for the corner poles. Make similar incisions at the bottom and fold to the outsides so they stay in place as well.
Step 7. Use a piece of masking tape to create the corner flags.
Step 8. Use this T-shirt printable and cut out the teams' outfits in two different colors. Stick a piece of strong double sided tape on the inside of one t-shirt, stick the straw/skewer on it and stick the second t-shirt on top. Stick the outfit on a cupcake et voila, you're done!

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Project #170: DIY Mushroom Theatre

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Make your own Mushroom Theatre by Yuliya  from Yufrukt

Young children learn by imagining and doing. When a child engages in pretend or dramatic play, he is experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. That's why all kinds of puppets and theatre crafts are so popular. Today I decided to make a simple cardboard puppet theatre with a mushroom family for the troupe of actors.

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

What you will need:
* A piece of paper (for sketching)
* A cardboard box
* A pair of scissors
* A pencil
* A needle and thread for sewing
* A couple of bright colours of gouache paint
* A paintbrush
*A square of cotton fabric (or other thin fabric)
* 5 skewers

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 1:
Take a pencil and paper and sketch designs for your mushrooms. I made a family of four.

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 2:
When you have decided on your designs, draw them on the cardboard (try to use your box economically) and cut them out.

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 3:
Now cut out a frame that will become our "stage".

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 4:Dress up your puppets with colours. Paint in layers: first, colour the body; and when the paint is dry enough, paint the details.
Decorate your stage too.

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 5:
Take your piece of fabric and cut it to the size of a frame — it's going to be your stage curtain! Stitch through the top of the curtain so you can "open" and "close" it, but don't cut off the thread (you will need it to attach your curtain to the frame). Make a little cut on each side of the frame and attach the curtain by hooking the thread edges in the cuts.

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 6:
Carefully stick the skewers in between the layers of cardboard on your puppets. If you are using a cardboard that is too thin, attach the skewers with the tape on the back side of the puppets and the frame.

Bloesem Kids | Make your Mushroom Theatre! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 7:You are all set for the performance!

Have fun playing with your little ones! - Yuliya

.. Yufrukt

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Project #169: DIY Felt flowers (Travel crafts series)

Bloesem Kids | Travel crafts series: DIY felt flowers by Anouk van der El

Make your own felt flowers by Anouk van der El from Make History.

Surprise the ones picking you up with some nice flowers. Also a great gift for the stewardesses. Guaranteed VIP service for the rest of the flight! Although felt is more durable, you can also use colored paper sheets for the flowers. Entertainment time: 60 minutes +

What you will need:
* sheets of colored felt
* pipe cleaners
* scissors ( remember that scissors are not allowed on planes so precut when flying)

Bloesem Kids | Travel crafts series: DIY felt flowers by Anouk van der El

Step 1. Cut felt as shown in pictures
Step 2. Twist around a pipe cleaner

Bloesem Kids | Travel crafts series: DIY felt flowers by Anouk van der El

Here are just some alternate ways to create felt flowers. You can make a whole bouquet with different types and colors of felt flowers.

Bloesem Kids | Travel crafts series: DIY felt flowers by Anouk van der El

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Project #168: DIY Cockpit (Travel crafts series)

Bloesem kids | DIY kids craft travel series- DIY Cockpit by Anouk van der El ( free cockpit printable)

Make your own cockpit by Anouk van der El from Make History.

Kids love to be involved, so if you are traveling by plane let your kids be the pilots. Great fun for that first half hour when preparing for take off. You can create your own cockpit or use our printable and color/fill in together with your kids. Entertainment time: 30 minutes +

What you will need:
* sheets of paper
* coloring markers
* circle stencil or round shaped object

Bloesem kids | DIY kids craft travel series- DIY Cockpit by Anouk van der El ( free cockpit printable)

Step 1. Draw circles and fill in/print cockpit printable.
Step 2. Color and fill in (your route, departure and arrival time etc.)
Step 3. Tape to the seat in front of you.

Bloesem kids | DIY kids craft travel series- DIY Cockpit by Anouk van der El ( free cockpit printable)

Click to download the cockpit printable

Have a safe and fun flight!

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Project #167: DIY Veggie Creatures

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Make your own Veggie Creatures by Yuliya  from Yufrukt

Playing with food is famously fun among kids but we tend to not encourage this when a family gather around dinner table for a meal. But why not to let your little helpers play with fresh colourful veggies while you are cooking? This activity is proved to be lots of fun by children and myself and it's full of curious discoveries too: how do different vegetables smell? do they have seeds inside? why does the juice come out when we prick the skin of the vegetable? Your children will surely come up with much more questions. Have fun!

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

What you will need:
* Aubergine
* Bell pepper
* Carrot
* Two tiny potatoes
* Ginger
* Scissors
* Skewers (or toothpicks)
* Knife
* Ribbon (optional)
* Chopping board

 Note: you can replace, mix and match vegetables according to your fridge stock and colour choice. Just make sure those are not soft/juicy vegetables.

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 1:
Using scissors cut your skewers into small pieces.

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 2:
Chop up ginger into 4 bits (it's going to be your creature's legs) and carrots into multiple bits (it's going to be eyes, noses or perhaps a mouth). Now take your little vegetable parts and little potatoes and skewer them all one by one.

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 3:
Then stick the "body-parts" onto the big veggies.

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 4:
We made a creature that looks like a mole and an alien mouse! What have you got?

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Bloesem Kids | Make your own Veggie Creatures! Kids craft by Yuliya of Yufrukt

Step 5:
Play with your creatures while dinner is simmering :)

Have fun in the kitchen! - Yuliya

.. Yufrukt

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Project #165: DIY story book from one single sheet (Travel crafts series)

Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: Single sheet paper story book DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Make your own story book from one single sheet by Anouk van der El from Make History.

Let your offspring write and illustrate their first travel novel. All you need is a single sheet of paper and some coloring markers. Entertainment time: 60 minutes +

What you will need:
* sheet of paper
* coloring markers
* scissors (remember that scissors are not allowed on planes so either fold well and tear in a straight line or precut)


Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: Single sheet paper story book DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Step 1. Fold single paper halfway three times
Step 2. Cut paper in the middle
Step 3. Stand it up
Step 4. Fold it into a book
Step 5. Create your own story

Now sit back and let your little artist get to work!

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