Project #153: Spec-tacular Valentine’s Day glasses

Bloesem Kids | Valentines DIY spec-tacular glasses craft project

As I prepared for Valentine’s Day this year I knew I wanted to come up with a craft that was fun but didn’t include chocolate or sweets. Now that both of my children are at school (and knowing they would want to make gifts for their classmates) I also wanted a craft they could make on their own – or with minimal assistance. My Spec-tacular Valentine’s Day glasses fit the bill and were inspired by my four year old who just loves wearing sunglasses. 

What you’ll need:
*Spec-tacular Valentine Printable (link: http://littlelovely.typepad.com/littlelovely/2014/02/free-spec-tacular-valentines-day-craft-printable.html
*Scissors
*Glue
*Glitter (optional)

Step 1:
Cut out the Spec-tacular Valentine’s Day cover, glasses and glasses arms.

Bloesem Kids | Valentines DIY spec-tacular glasses craft project

Optional Step 2:
Add glue to the glasses frame and decorate with glitter. Set aside to dry.

Bloesem Kids | Valentines DIY spec-tacular glasses craft project


Step 3:
Secure arms to the back of the glasses frame with glue. This can be achieved by folding over a section of the arm (about the width of the glasses frame) and gluing. Set aside to dry. Note: You may want to staple or cellotape the arms of the glasses if you think the recipient may be heavy-handed.

Step 4: Fold the cover along the lines as shown. Apply glue to the cover flaps and secure. Set aside to dry.

Bloesem Kids | Valentines DIY spec-tacular glasses craft project

Step 5: When your items are dry, place glasses inside cover and give to your Valentine.

Bloesem Kids | Valentines DIY spec-tacular glasses craft project

Happy Valentine's everyone! 

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Project #152: DIY Ironing Beads Garland

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DIY word catcher by Véronique from Pichouline

As a child I loved to make different shapes and designs with ironing beads. Still a lot of people do not know this lovely creative game.

As you know I love parties & this beads……so let’s make a garland with it!

what you'll need:
*ironing beads
*pegboard
*ironing/baking paper
*iron
*ribbon
*needle

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Step 1:

Use the pegboard to make your circles, or any other shape.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Ironing Beads Garland

Step 2: This step has to be done by an adult.

Preheat your iron to medium setting. Cover the beads with the ironing paper, you can also use baking paper. Gently iron on to your paper, for about 15sec, make sure the beads still have an open center. Depending on the beads and your iron the time can be less or more.

Once the design is cool, peel off your baking paper, turn around your design cover your design with baking paper and iron again. Don’t overheat it as you want to keep the center of your bead open.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Ironing Beads Garland

Bloesem Kids | DIY Ironing Beads Garland

Bloesem Kids | DIY Ironing Beads Garland

Step 3:

Put a ribbon through the opening of your circle….

Bloesem Kids | DIY Ironing Beads Garland

Tada….It’s easy as it is! Let’s party….!

Bloesem Kids | DIY Ironing Beads Garland

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Project #151: Play Diapers

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers

Play Diapers
 by Nora Vrba from La Fête

Now that Puck is going to be a big sister, playing with her doll Doris is one of the main activities. Bathing, sleeping, feeding and changing diapers became serious business. So these play diapers turned to be very handy.

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers


what you'll need:
• the doll that needs some diapers
• piece of paper
• pencil
• some thick cloth (I used flannel, but an old towel will work too)
• velcro
• thread (I used contrasting colors)
• scissors
• sewing machine
• pins

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers

Step 1 – make your pattern
. Fold the piece of paper, to get the center. Put your model on top of it. Make a rough sketch of the diaper on the left, right and bottom. Remove the doll, fold the paper, so you get a quarter of the diaper. Cut. Open the pattern and fit it on the doll. Trim the front, and shape the edges. So get a good fit. If it’s not working, just take a new piece of paper and repeat until you have a good fitting pattern.

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers

Step 2 – cut
Place your pattern on top of your diaper cloth, trace and cut.

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers


Step 3 – sew
Choose a stitch to finish the edges, any form of zigzag will do. If you have stretchy material, choose a stitch according to that. Pin one larger piece of velcro on the front and two smaller pieces on the inside of each side of the back flaps. Sew to secure.

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers


Step 4 – play
Your done. Happy diaper changing!

BLoesem Kids | Craft DIY Play Diapers

All images bNora Vrba 

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Project #150: DIY bird garland

Bloesem Kids | La Fete Bird Garland DIY tutorial

Bird Garland by Nora Vrba from La Fête

We have this little tradition of making a bird garland every winter. A small fun project to help the birds get through the time of year they have a little less food. It’s fun to watch them eat and spot all kinds of birds. It also makes very nice gift.

Bloesem Kids | La Fete Bird Garland DIY tutorial

what you'll need:
about 250grs raw, unpeeled peanuts
a piece of string
knitting needle
long (upholstery) needle

  Bloesem Kids | La Fete Bird Garland DIY tutorial


Step 1 – pierce
Pierce all peanuts with the knitting needle. The center of the peanut works best.

Bloesem Kids | La Fete Bird Garland DIY tutorial

Step 2 – string
Thread the string through all the peanuts. A little helping hand to slide the nuts is very welcome

Bloesem Kids | La Fete Bird Garland DIY tutorial


Step 3 – enjoy
Find a nice spot to hang your garland, so you can watch the birds enjoy their peanut banquet.

Bloesem Kids | La Fete Bird Garland DIY tutorial

 

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Project #149: DIY word catcher

Bloesem Kids | CRaft DIY Word Catcher

DIY word catcher by Véronique from Pichouline

Last summer I saw this in the window display of one of my favourite shops in Antwerp….so it was on my DIY-list for months now.

I have to admit, it was the most time-consuming DIY I have ever made. But more important, every time I see it, it makes me smile…this is the result….

Nice as a personalized christmas gift, no?

Bloesem Kids | CRaft DIY Word Catcher

what you'll need:
*balsa wood
*cutter
*stencil / adhesive paper
*spray paint (assorted colours)
*wire

Bloesem Kids | CRaft DIY Word Catcher
 

Step 1:
Use a stencil or make a stencil yourself. I think it's better to make your own stencil because the adhesive paper is very thin, practicale (because it sticks on your wood while painting) and you can remove it easily from your wood.

To make your stencil, print your words on an adhesive paper and cut out.

If you print the words make sure you print them reverse (mirror writing).
Use an easy font because you’ll need to cut out all the letters.

Step 2:
Cut the wood in strips. The size depends on the length of your word. The height of the strip is 3cm.

Step 3:
Attach the words on your wood, spray. Think about the result you want to get.

Step 4:
Make 2 holes in your wooden strip (top and bottom) so you can link your words with a wire. On my 'tools picture' you’ll see a metal wire but it worked better with a cotton thread, because your wordcatcher will move more. To fix your thread you can use a knot or a crimp bead. You can hang a lucky charm, for example, at the bottom.

Bloesem Kids | CRaft DIY Word Catcher


Enjoy! Happy 2014!

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Project #148: Milk Light House

Bloesem KIDS | DIY by La Fete | Milk Light House

Bloesem KIDS | DIY by La Fete | Milk Light House

Milk Light House by Nora Vrba from La Fête

It’s getting colder and darker outside (at least here in Holland :), time to light some candles.

Bloesem KIDS | DIY by La Fete | Milk Light House

what you'll need:

• empty milk/yoghurt cartons
• spray paint – I used matte white
• glue and/or double-sided tape
• ruler
• (colored) tracing paper
• pen/pencil
• scissors
• cutting knife
• (electric) tealight candle

  Bloesem KIDS | DIY by La Fete | Milk Light House

Bloesem KIDS | DIY by La Fete | Milk Light House

Step 1 – prepare your cartons
Rinse the cartons and let them dry. Close the opening with some glue or double-sided tape. I used a paperclip to secure during drying.

Spray paint your cartons, according to the instructions on the paint. Mostly a few thin layers work better than one thick one. Let the paint dry. I did this overnight to make sure it’s completely dry.

Bloesem KIDS | DIY by La Fete | Milk Light House

Bloesem KIDS | DIY by La Fete | Milk Light House

Step 2 – design your house

Draw windows on your house, wherever you like them. You can place them only on the front but also on the sides. I draw different kind of windows to create a little city. Cut the windows with a sharp cutting knife.

Make an opening at the back of your house, where you can insert your tea light. If you use regular candles, don’t forget to make an opening at the top of the carton, so the hot air can get out.

*** NOTE – be careful with regular candles! If your carton is too small or you don’t place your candle in the right way, the carton could burn. So I prefer electric candles.

Bloesem KIDS | DIY by La Fete | Milk Light House
 

Step 3 – decorate your windows

Cut the colored or white tracing paper in the size and shape of your windows. Stick some double-sided tape around the edges. Now you have to fiddle around a little to get the paper in the right place on the inside of the carton. With larger cartons a knitting needle can be useful to place and stick the paper.

Bloesem KIDS | DIY by La Fete | Milk Light House

Bloesem KIDS | DIY by La Fete | Milk Light House

Step 4 – light your house

The house is finished! Place your candle and wait until it get’s dark outside.

Alternative option

Great idea for Halloween next year or for Dutch people .... On the 11th of November we celebrate St.Maarten, where little kids go from door to door with a lantern and sing. This milk light house is perfect to make into a lantern. Just don’t make an opening at the back, but make window all around. At the top, make an opening big enough to get the light in. With some string or wire you can attach the house.

 

Bloesem KIDS | DIY by La Fete | Milk Light House

Bloesem KIDS | DIY by La Fete | Milk Light House

 

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 .. La Fête 

 

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Project #147: Tealight Advent Calendar

Bloesem Kids | DIY Tealight advent calendar

DIY Tealight advent calendar by Véronique from Pichouline

As we often have powercuts here in Africa and nowhere Christmas tree to find, I tought "let’s make a tealight advent calendar", so we can bring the Christmas atmosphere at home!
 

what you'll need:
*magnetic chalkboard wallpaper
*window marker / chalk / stencil
*24 magnets
*24 flickering tealights (on batteries)
 Bloesem Kids | DIY Tealight advent calendar

Step 1:

Attach the magnets on the back of your tealights. You don’t need glue to attach the magnets because the inside of your tealight certainly contains metal so the magnet will stick to itself.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Tealight advent calendar







Start to draw the numbers on your chalkboard using a window marker, of course you can use chalk. If you don’t have a consistent handwriting (like me) you can use a stencil.


Let’s turn on the lights…one by one….let the countdown begin!

 

Bloesem Kids | DIY Tealight advent calendar 

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Project #146: Forest advent calendar

Bloesem Kids | DIY Advent calendar 2013

Forest advent calendar by Véronique from Pichouline

what you'll need:
*thick paper
*stencil & marker / stamps
*cutter
*double-sided tape or glue

Bloesem Kids | DIY Advent calendar 2013

Step 1 – make the forest:

Download the template of the tree here, print and cut it out. I designed some different sizes of trees so you will get a real forest. It’s easier to decorate your tree before you fold it into a box. Don’t forget to decorate the trees on the good side = side without the print of the template.

I decorated a couple of them with stamps, just use your imagination.

Write or stamp the numbers 1-24 on the trees.

Step 2:

Make incisions on the good side so your paper will fold easier. Fold on the dotted lines, so you get a tree, glue all tabs marked with the circle.

Tuck the flaps inside. To make sure your tree won’t “pop open” fix it with a sticker

Bloesem Kids | DIY Advent calendar 2013


Don’t forget to fill them up….Let’s start the countdown!

All images by Véronique

 

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Project #145: Treasure garland

Bloesem Kids | Treasure-Garland

Treasure garland by Nora Vrba from La Fête

Collecting little treasures is probably a universal behavior of kids.  It’s very possible it’s genetic too ;) But what to do with all the shells, sticks and stones we bring home every vacation? We had this batch from our trip to Thailand lying around for over 6 months and I finally made this garland.


Bloesem Kids | Treasure-Garland

what you'll need:

• collected holiday treasures (shells, sticks, leaves, stones) Preferable the imperfect ones, already with little wholes in it
• a sharp knife and/or hand drill
• a piece of string (length depending how long you want to make your garland). I used 2 meters of neon pink for a nice contrast with the pastels of the shells

Bloesem Kids | Treasure-Garland

Step 1 – select
Select the treasures you want to use. Pick a nice order, contrasting in shape, color and size. Save a heavier item to use as bottom weight.

  Bloesem Kids | Treasure-Garland

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Project #144: origami star light string

Bloesem Kids | DIY Origami lights garland

Origami star light string by Véronique from Pichouline


what you'll need:
*A4 paper
*string lights
*cutter / scissors

Bloesem Kids | DIY Origami lights garland

Step 1 – make the star:
Cut  strips of paper +/- 12mm x 29,7mm. I’ve tried to make some bigger stars using the same ratio but they are not that “strong” than the smaller sizes.

The best result you get when you us thin paper with one coloured side.

Step 2:
Make a knot at the edge of the paper. Tighten knot gently and flatten.

Step 3:
Turn around. Fold the surplus of the paper inside the star. If it’s still too long, cut off.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Origami lights garland

Step 4:
Wrap the paper around all the sides of the pentagon, the paper will go in the opposite direction, keep wrapping, aligned with the sides of the pentagon, until you get to the end of your strip.

Step 5:
Fold the end of the paper inside. Your star has to look like a flat pentagon.

Step 6:
Push the sides of the pentagon, very gently and slowly. The easiest way is to use the side of your fingertops.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Origami lights garland

Bloesem Kids | DIY Origami lights garland

Step 7:
Make a little cross incision in one side of the star.

Step 8 – string lights
Attach all the stars to your string lights.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Origami lights garland

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