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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

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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

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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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Project #164: DIY Necklace (Travel crafts series)

Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: Necklace DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Make your own world clock by Anouk van der El from Make History.

Impress your co-travellers and design your own smashing jewelry line! A couple of beads and thread will do but we used some other fun accessories that you might have lying around. Entertainment time: 45 minutes +

What you will need:
* 3 straws
* string (50 cm)
* pasta bow ties
* beads
* scissors (remember that scissors are not allowed so precut the string and straws if you are flying)

Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: Necklace DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Step 1. (Pre)cut string
Step 2. (Pre)cut the coloured straws. We used paper straws but any straws will do.
Step 3. Colour the bow tie pasta in a colour you like.

Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: Necklace DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Step 4. Arrange in any order you like and create a colourful necklace.

Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: Necklace DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Put on the necklace and look like a  million bucks as you get off the plane and meet your friends and family at your destination!

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Project #163: World clock DIY

  Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: World Clock DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Make your own world clock by Anouk van der El from Make History.

Whether you are teaching you kids to tell the time of want to explain the different time zones you will be traveling to, this is a great simple educational craft project. Entertainment time: 45 minutes +

What you will need:
* White and colored carton
* split pin
* scissors (remember that scissors are not allowed on planes so cut before flying)

Bloesem Kids | Travel craft projects: World Clock DIY by Anouk van der El of Make History

Step 1. (Pre)cut a big circle
Step 2. (Pre)cut the hands in contrasting colors
Step 3. Write the numbers 1 - 12 on the clock's face
Step 4. Put a split pin through the hands and the middle of the clock

Then let the educational fun ensue!

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Project #162: DIY Animal Laterns

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Make your own Animal laterns by Yuliya  from Yufrukt

Kids are not always keen on going to bed so we have to lure them in with bedtimes stories, lullabies and other kind of things. Lighting their own lantern before getting into bed could be one of them! Make a spooky looking cat and a colourful mouse together with your little ones and tell your bedtime stories with the lights off and the lanterns on!

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects
 
For making your very own game you will need:
* Thick paper or card (we used black paper for the scary cat and the light yellow one for the colourful carnival mouse)
* colourful tissue paper
* paper knife
* cutting board
* scissors
* pencil and eraser
* glue
* two tea-light candles

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Step 1:
Draw an outline of the ears of a cat and a mouse on your pieces of paper and cut them out (see the picture below).

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Step 2:
Now draw their faces (make shapes easy and bold, you will have to cut them out).

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Step 3:
Using a paper knife and a cutting board cut out eyes, mouths and noses.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Step 4:
Now take your tissue paper and glue bits of it behind the cut outs. Use any colours you like!

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Once you've stuck the coloured tissue on, flip the cards over. This is how it should look from the "face side".

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Step 5:
Glue two sides of the latern together so that the card forms a cylinder. Make sure that the cylinder isn't too tight - there needs to be some room between the paper latern and the flame of the candle!

Bloesem Kids | DIY Animal laterns kids craft projects

Step 6:
Wait until it's dark and light the tea-light candles, placing the laterns over them carefully to see your laterns come to life!

Enjoy you bedtime stories! - Yuliya

.. Yufrukt

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