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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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Project #191: A Book for Mama

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

Make a Mother's Day book for Mama by Yuliya  from Yufrukt

This is one of the most touching crafts I’ve ever made with kids. Not only because it’s about the most precious people in the world (mothers) but also because it’s so interesting to hear what kids come up with about their mums.
A book about MAMA! What is she like? What does she do? Kids have their answers. Let’s devote a couple of hours to document them together and believe me, you will treasure this craft forever.

This activity is for kids who can write, however you can team up with the smaller kids and write their answers for them.

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

What you will need:

* 3 A4 sheets of paper
* Colourful paper
* Markers/ pencils/ crayons
* Glue
* A pair of scissors
* Needle and thread

Step 1: Fold three A4 sheets of paper, and then nest them together, so that you have what looks like a little book. Fasten the pages of this book together by running a needle and thread through the folded portion, or spine, of your book.

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

Step 2: A book about mama: let’s start with the cover. We made a little portrait of mummy using green paper and marker and a multicoloured title. How are you going to design your cover? Everything is up to the kids!

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

Step 3: Now we are going to work on the pages. There is a question for each page that kids should answer. If they come up with another question, it’s even better! Let them express themselves as much as they want. 

Page one: what is your mother’s name? Use colourful paper, markers and crayons to decorate your book page by page with drawings and shapes illustrating the answers.

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

Step 4: Page two: tell us how many kids your mum has, and make drawings to illustrate them.

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

Step 5: Page three: mamas are busy ladies! Tell us what your mama does (it could be her work, free time or maybe something you do together as a family).

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

Step 6: Page four: what is your mother’s favourite thing (or thing to do)?

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

Step 7: Page five: mothers are strong, loving, helping people! They are superheroes! Tell us: why your mama is a super-mama?

Bloesem kids craft | A book for Mama this Mother's day

Step 8: Last page: share why you love your mama as much as you do.

Give it to your mama on Mothers day, or if you made it together, why not share with other family members right now? Yuliya

.. Yufrukt 

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Project #190: DIY Tassel Bunting to go

Bloesem kids craft | Tassel bunting DIY

DIY Tassel Bunting by Wimke

I love tassels! How easily they can turn a bag, necklace or bracelet into a fancy bohemian-inspired accessory. You can make them as big as you like. Make them from ribbons for a large birthday bunting, from embroidery thread to spice up your jewelry or from yarn to make a mini-bunting! It is the perfect light accessory to bring along to decorate any space for a special occasion!

Bloesem kids craft | Tassel bunting DIY

What you'll need:
* Yarn in your favourite colours
* Scissors
* Darning needle
* Masking tape

Bloesem kids craft | Tassel bunting DIY

 Steps: This bunting is so easy to make, you can follow the step by step instructions in the picture above.

Bloesem kids craft | Tassel bunting DIY

Bloesem kids craft | Tassel bunting DIY

If you are ready, take the bunting with you! Whenever you go camping, to a small party or when you have something to celebrate, you can put it up in a restaurant. - Wimke

Thank you Wimke! We'll take any opportunity to add a little tassel action in our parties now..

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Project #189: Fruit Pizza

Bloesem kids | Craft Project - Make Your own Fruit Pizza

Make your own fruit pizza by Zara S.

As a child I remember being obsessed with making my own food and helping out in the kitchen, sadly that has faded over the years. But one thing that stuck was my love to assemble my own breakfasts. It usually needs to be something quick like cereal or yoghurt but I thought this fruit pizza that I used to eat a lot would be a fun do-it-yourself for the kids. Plus it's super healthy and you can still call it a pizza so it might get them excited!

Bloesem kids | Craft Project - Make Your own Fruit Pizza

What you'll need:
* Pizza base - I used a pitta bread, you can use any dough/bread alternative
* Yoghurt - a nice alternative is cream cheese (or nutella)
* Your favourite fruits

Bloesem kids | Craft Project - Make Your own Fruit Pizza

Steps: All that you need to do for this super simple fruit pizza is spread some yoghurt or cream cheese (or nutella if this is a dessert) on to your pizza base. That top it off with all kinds of cut fruit. I would suggest strawberries, mango, blueberries, any other kinds of berries. It would even be great to sprinkle some chopped nuts over the top. (Remember to check to allergies) Let the children make their own pizza and I'm sure we'll see some fruit faces appearing on the pizzas.

Bloesem kids | Craft Project - Make Your own Fruit Pizza

That's it! A super simple DIY and would even make a fun tea party activity. Bon Appetit - Zara

.. Zara S.

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Project #186: Easter eggshell planters

Bloesem kids crafts | Egg shell plants for Easter

DIY Eggshell Easter planters by Wimke

I love to eat eggs! Boiled, baked or an omelet. For a few years i had my own chickens. I had three of them. They where so tame. They would sit on my lap and potter around the garden. When I was expecting my first baby, I couln't clean the hen house anymore. I brought my three ladies to a farm where they lived happily ever after. Unfortunately I don't have fresh eggs anymore... But, back to my DIY. Last week I saved the shells, I wanted to make something for upcoming Easter so I made eggshell planters. Here's how you can make your own.

Bloesem kids crafts | Egg shell plants for Easter

What you'll need:
* Egg shells
* Mud
* Seeds (Cress)

For the eggholder:
* Toilet roll
* Coloured paper
* Glue
* Scissors

Bloesem kids crafts | Egg shell plants for Easter

Step1: First make the holders from the toiletrolls. Cut the toiletholder in three equal pieces. Glue paper with a nice print on it. And your egg holder is ready.

Step2: Clean the empty eggshells with warm water then use a marker to draw on cute faces. Fill with mud. Sprinkle some seeds and let nature do it's job!

Bloesem kids crafts | Egg shell plants for Easter

Happy Easter - Wimke

Thank you Wimke for the great Easter idea! We can already imagine a entire family of eggshells sitting on the window sill!

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#Project 187: Marbled Easter cards

Bloesem kids | Easter Card DIY

DIY Marbled Easter cards by Emma of Showpony

Easter cards made from your child’s unique artwork will make a lovely gift for any relatives that you might not be able to visit over the holidays. The other bonus is that you might finally find another home for some of the growing piles of priceless artworks created by your talented off spring. There’s only so much you can put on the fridge and the recycling bin is overflowing!

To create these Easter Cards, Download Easter Card Template and print onto the thickest Card your printer will take.

What you'll need:
* Some painted paper, an 8cm x 10cm piece will be enough
* A blank piece of card 11cm x 11cm
* Craft knife
* Metal ruler
* Tape
* Cutting mat.

Bloesem kids | Easter Card DIY

Bloesem kids | Easter Card DIY

Step1: Firstly score your fold mark onto your printed card. Then cut out the card rectangle using the printed cutting marks. To make life easier don’t cut right to the edges if you do this you’ll chop your guide marks (see the image below)  Also cut out the egg shape leaving an egg-shaped hole.

Bloesem kids | Easter Card DIY

Step2: All you need to do now is stick your painted paper behind the hole and stick the blank card piece over the top to keep everything neat and tidy.

Bloesem kids | Easter Card DIY

Step3: Bravo! Gorgeous quick and easy handmade cards the whole family can feel proud of. - Emma

Bloesem kids | Easter Card DIY

Craft contributed by: Emma of Showpony 

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Project #185: DIY Easter egg bunny hugs

Bloesem kids craft | DIY Easter egg hugs

DIY Easter egg bunny eggs by Laura Murray

Easter is almost upon us, which means another chance for some holiday-specific craft fun! Hooray! And these Easter Egg Bunny Hugs are the perfect place to start. With just a little snipping and gluing, these adorable felt bunnies will add a little extra love to any regular Easter egg! They're perfect as gift-wrapping for Easter treats and are super simple to make!

What you'll need:
* Coloured felt
* Craft glue
* Scissors
Download Easter Egg Bunny Hug Template!
* Small - medium (approx 17 gram) chocolate eggs. 

Bloesem kids craft | DIY Easter egg hugs

Step1:
First, download, print out and cut out this template. Then trace around it onto a piece of felt and cut out your bunny shape.

Bloesem kids craft | DIY Easter egg hugs

Step2:
Now it's time to get a little creative. I cut out eyes, a noise and little rosie cheeks from felt but you could experiment with different shapes or maybe even some embroidery or googly eyes. Glue on the features and while your at it, add a little glue to the end of one arm and stick the other to it to create the 'hug'! Then fold the legs up to the inside of this 'hug' and secure with a little glue. 

Then simply pop an egg inside the bunny's arms. Too cute, right?  - Laura Murray

Craft contributed by: Laura Murray

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#Project 184: DIY Summer fringe scarf

Bloesem kids craft | 5 minute summer fringe scarf

DIY summer fringe scarf by Wimke Tolsma

I can already smell the summer! Today was the first day we could leave the house without wearing a coat. What a luxury! The girls ran in and around our home and played in the garden. It was a great day. Soon, it will be time for the flip flops! We can't wait.

The winter scarves and hats can return to the attic. Instead we made these summer scarves in 5 minutes from old t-shirts. We cut them to create a fringe and a very bohemian vibe!- Wimke

Bloesem kids craft | 5 minute summer fringe scarf

What you'll need:

* Cotton T-shirts
* Scissors
* Beads

 Steps: Cut the sleeves and the lower edge from the shirt. Cut fringes just about 10 cm. When you cut all the fringes pull them one by one for a used look.

Pimp the scarves by thread some collored beads. And you are ready for spring!

Bloesem kids craft | 5 minute summer fringe scarf

Bloesem kids craft | 5 minute summer fringe scarf

Bloesem kids craft | 5 minute summer fringe scarf

Thank you Wimke for this summery DIY, we are as excited as you and your girls are for summer fashion!
 
.. Wimke

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Project #183: Funny Family Portrait DIY

Bloesem kids craft | How to make a funny family portrait : Paper collage DIY

Make your own funny family portrait by Yuliya  from Yufrukt

Do you have a big sister or a little brother? Does anyone in your family have a moustache? 
Today we’re going to make a fun family portrait collage using a bunch of colourful paper shapes and some imagination. Don’t be offended mamas and papas, you don’t really have square noses and triangle eyes!

What you will need:
* Colourful paper
* A pair of scissors
* Glue stick/glue
* a plain sheet of paper
* A marker
* A ruler

Bloesem kids craft | How to make a funny family portrait : Paper collage DIY

Step 1:
Cut out lots of different paper shapes. The more you cut out, the more fun you will have constructing funny faces. 

Bloesem kids craft | How to make a funny family portrait : Paper collage DIY

Step 2:
Take your plain sheet of paper and draw a frame. Use the ruler to make straight lines.

Bloesem kids craft | How to make a funny family portrait : Paper collage DIY

Step 3:
Cut out face shapes (circle, oval or maybe even square?). You will need a face shape for each member of your family. Once you have your face shapes, start playing around with mini shapes and constructing different kinds of faces.

Bloesem kids craft | How to make a funny family portrait : Paper collage DIY

Step 4:
To make this activity more fun, don’t glue your shapes straight away, take your time to discuss facial features and what is different/similar about them in different people (papa has a big nose, little sister has bushy eyebrows, etc). 

Bloesem kids craft | How to make a funny family portrait : Paper collage DIY

Step 5:
Once you’ve constructed your funny family portrait, go ahead and glue all the details together. And now lets add the last touches with the marker! 

Bloesem kids craft | How to make a funny family portrait : Paper collage DIY

Step 6:
Show your portrait to all the family members and have a laugh together! Yuliya

.. Yufrukt 

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Project #182: Split-pin robot puppet

Bloesem kids | Kids craft: DIY Split-Pin Robot

DIY Split-pin Robot puppets by Laura Murray

Paper craft is a great activity for kids; it's develops fine motor skills and has minimal materials and clean-up. Kid's will enjoy cutting out and creating this adorable split-pin robot. And when they're done, they'll have hours of entertainment making puppet shows and poses with this fully-jointed little character! - Laura

Bloesem kids | Kids craft: DIY Split-Pin Robot

What you will need:
* Corrugated cardboard in multiple colours
* Split pins in fun colours
* Scissors
* Masking tape
* Large circle punch (optional)

Bloesem kids | Kids craft: DIY Split-Pin Robot

Step 1: First, cut a large rectangle for the body (mine was around 15cm x 10cm) from corrugated cardboard. Then cut some smaller rectangles in contrasting colours to layer on top. Attach these rectangles using split pins to give the impression of panels of buttons. It can help to first poke a hole in the cardboard with the point of your scissors or a large needle (kid's will need supervision for this!) to make inserting the split-pins easier.

Bloesem kids | Kids craft: DIY Split-Pin Robot

Step 2: Next, cut a piece of card for the head (my was approx 8cm x 6cm) and punch (or simply cut) two large circles for eyes and attach with split pins. Now cut a piece 6.5cm long and around 4cm wide and attach with masking tape to the bottom of the head and top of the body. Now your robot has a neck!

Bloesem kids | Kids craft: DIY Split-Pin Robot

Step 3: For the arms and legs, cut 4 strips around 17cm long and 4cm wide. Cut each strip in half and then rejoin with a split pin to make  elbow and knee joints. Then attach to the body. Add extra rectangles on the bottom of the legs to make feet.

Bloesem kids | Kids craft: DIY Split-Pin Robot

And there you go! - Laura

Thank you for the cool craft Laura!

- Laura

 
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