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#Project 179: Watercolour hearts garland for Valentine's day

Bloesem kids | Valentine's day craft project: Watercolour Heart Garland by Laura Murray, Paper & Pin

DIY Watercolour hearts garland by Laura Murray

Valentine's Day is almost upon us so why not bring a little love into your world with this watercolour heart garland! This simple paper-craft project involves some fun watercolour washes and is great for kids of all ages!


What you'll need:
* Watercolour paper (I used A3 but you could definitely use a few A4 sheets)
* Watercolour paints, a large brush and water
* Scissors
* Glue (I used white craft glue but a blue stick would also work fine)
* Baker's twine

Bloesem kids | Valentine's day craft project: Watercolour Heart Garland by Laura Murray, Paper & Pin

Step1:
Begin by using your watercolour paints to create a colourful wash on your paper. Make sure to load your brush up with plenty of clean water so as not to muddy the colours. If you don't have watercolour paints, you could use poster paint or acrylic mixed with a little water. Allow the paper to dry.

Bloesem kids | Valentine's day craft project: Watercolour Heart Garland by Laura Murray, Paper & Pin

Step2:
Once the paper is fully dry, take a ruler and divide the paper into vertical columns (I chose to space my 5cm apart but if you'd like larger hearts just make the columns larger). Then cut along every second line and, once the piece is cut, fold in half along the remaining pencil line.

Bloesem kids | Valentine's day craft project: Watercolour Heart Garland by Laura Murray, Paper & Pin

Step3:
Now take your folded pieces and, using a ruler once again, divide them into 5cm columns and cut along the lines to make squares. Now take a square and flip it so the painted sides are facing in. Draw two lines - one down the vertical middle and one horizontal 1.5cm away from the top fold. Cut from the bottom of the vertical line up to the horizontal line on both sides to create the bottom of the heart. Then cut from the diagonally from horizontal line to the top fold, stopping about 0.5cm away from the edge on both sides. Now you've made the top of the heart! Add a little v-shaped cut in the centre of the top fold and then flip the heart back so the colours are facing out. You can either continue drawing out the guidelines on each heart of just use this first heart as a template.

Bloesem kids | Valentine's day craft project: Watercolour Heart Garland by Laura Murray, Paper & Pin

Step4:
Once you've cut all your hearts, take your baker's twine and place it along the inner fold of the heart. Then dab a little glue on the point and press both sides together. Make sure to only place the glue on the point so the hearts can be easily shuffled along the twine. Repeat for all the hearts until your garland is complete! - Laura Murray

Craft contributed by: Laura Murray (Congratulations on your new website Paper & Pin! Hop on over for her beautiful images and craft projects)

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Project #178: DIY Robot puppets

Bloesem kids | Kids craft - diy robot puppet

DIY Robot puppets by Wimke Tolsma

If you thought robots are just for boys, you are wrong! My girls love them and they are so easy to make. Robots can also be girly and have sweet faces and a touch of pink. We made robots out of cardboard and made them move, they can even do jumping jacks! Perfect for a present or hang them in the kids room. - Wimke

Bloesem kids | Kids craft - diy robot puppet

What you will need:
* Cardboard in different colours
* Black marker
* Split pins
* Glue
* Scissors
* Rope
* Needle

Bloesem kids | Kids craft - diy robot puppet

 Steps: Cut the cardboard into different shapes and sizes: squares, triangles, cirles. Put the shaes together to make the robot's body, use your creativity, make them as crazy and out of this planet as you want (they are robots after all!). Nothing is too crazy. Put the moveable limbs on using split pins to fix them on. Thread the backside of the limbs loosely to a string. Your robot is now a jumping jack! Have a lot of fun with this DIY! - Wimke

Bloesem kids | Kids craft - diy robot puppet

Bloesem kids | Kids craft - diy robot puppet

Thank you Wimke  for this awesome DIY! Wimke has a great blog with many fun and creative ideas too, make sure to hop over and have a look if you enjoyed her DIY project.
 
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Project #177: DIY Nail polish hair clips

Bloesem kids | DIY nail polish hair clips

Nail polish hair clips by Wimke Tolsma

Time for a new colorful DIY especially for the girls.

This is an easy peasy diy for my girls. What do you do with a thousand different hair clips and a hundred different colors of nail polish? Right! Collect and get decorating! It is so very simple. Slide the clips on a sheet of paper and paint the clips with nail polish. You can decorate them with extra glitter and gemstones while the polish is still wet. I bet you will try this :) - Wimke

What you will need:
* Any hair pins of clips you have around
* Nail polish, any colour of your choice
* Piece of paper to pin hair clips and pins on
* Optional: Glitter, gems

Bloesem kids | DIY nail polish hair clips

Thank you Wimke  for this awesome DIY! Wimke has a great blog with many fun and creative ideas too, make sure to hop over and have a look if you enjoyed her DIY project.
 
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#176: Make your own Photobooth

Bloesem kids | Create your own DIY photobooth craft project

Make your own Photobooth by Wimke Tolsma

I'm sure know them; the photobooths with cool props. You see them at weddings, events and parties. You can also easily make your own photobooth together with your kids. Try it, it will be great fun!

Bloesem kids | Create your own DIY photobooth craft project

What you will need:
* Thick cardboard in the colors back, gold and red
* scissors
* drinking straw
* gemstones / decorative stickers
* masking tape
* happy kids

Bloesem kids | Create your own DIY photobooth craft project

Draw mustaches, glasses, lips, crowns, hats and bows on the cardboard and cut is out. Let the kids decorate the crowns, hats and glasses. Make a picture frame on the wall with the masking tape and the posing can begin. The photobooth is perfect for a kidsparty!

Happy posing! - Wimke
 
Thank you Wimke  for this awesome DIY! Wimke has a great blog with many fun and creative ideas too, make sure to hop over and have a look if you enjoyed her Photobooth project.
 
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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!

.. Make History! with a Timecapsule
.. Make History! with a Little Quote Jar

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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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