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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

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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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Project #181: DIY Valentine's Glitter Hearts

Bloesem kids | Valentine's glitter hearts diy

DIY Valentine's glitter hearts by Emma of Showpony

This is a really simple little valentine’s gift that is definitely easy enough for you to do with your kiddo, and quick enough that even young ones won’t get distracted.

Bloesem kids | Valentine's glitter hearts diy

What you'll need:

For the salt dough:
* Half a cup of water
* 1 cup of flour
* 1 cup of salt

Other supplies:
* Glitter (we used chunky glitter but fine stuff would work just as well.)
* Heart shaped cookie cutters
* Badge backs or magnets
* Paintbrushes
* Glue
* Twine

Bloesem kids | Valentine's glitter hearts diy

Step1:

Make the salt dough. Just dump all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix it up with your hands.

Bloesem kids | Valentine's glitter hearts diy

Bloesem kids | Valentine's glitter hearts diy

Step2: 

Then add in your chosen glitter, we just kept sprinkling it in and mixing it up until it looked like enough.

Bloesem kids | Valentine's glitter hearts diy

Step3:

 Then onto a clean surface roll out your dough to about ½ cm thick and using your cookie cutters stamp out your shapes and place onto a baking tray.

If you didn’t have heart shaped cutters I’m sure you could freehand this easily enough.

If you want to string them with twine don’t forget to make a little hole in the heart before you bake them.

Bloesem kids | Valentine's glitter hearts diy

Bloesem kids | Valentine's glitter hearts diy

Step4: 

Then bake your salt dough hearts at around 110°C/225°F/Gas Mark ¼ for 2-3 hours or until they are hard and completely dry. You can air dry them but it takes around 48 hours.

Once dry you can glue on a badge backing or magnet or string through your twine.
Ready to hang as decorations or give away for Valentines Day. - Emma of Showpony

Bloesem kids | Valentine's glitter hearts diy

Craft contributed by: Emma of Showpony

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#Project 180: DIY Hama bead and tassel necklaces

Bloesem Kids | DIY Hama bead and tassel necklace

DIY Hama bead necklaces by Wimke Tolsma

A girl can never have enough jewelry. Did you know that using simle things you can make some nice jewelry? Make a bracelet of penne pasta, or a neckless of straws? We love colour and made necklaces out of these colourful Hama beads. - Wimke

Bloesem Kids | DIY Hama bead and tassel necklace

* HAMA beads
* Embroidery thread
* Darning needle
* Postcard / cardboard

Bloesem Kids | DIY Hama bead and tassel necklace

 Step 1 - Making the Necklace: Take about one meter of embroidery thread. Thread the iron beads on the wire with the colors you like. Make a long neckless that you also can wear around your wrist. To make the chain even more fun, make a tassel.

Bloesem Kids | DIY Hama bead and tassel necklace

 Step 2 - Making the Tassel : Take a postcard and wrap embroidery thread 10 times around it. Carefully remove the wire path. Using a wire, of about 10 cm, in the middle of the spool of thread a knot. Get the wire and there arises a bobbin. With another color of embroidery thread you wrap a few times around the spool. Cut the wires from the spool and cut them pretty straight. Now the tassel is ready for the necklace.

Have a lovely day making these necklaces together Moms and daughters! - Wimke

Bloesem Kids | DIY Hama bead and tassel necklace

Bloesem Kids | DIY Hama bead and tassel necklace

Thank you Wimke  for this awesome DIY! 
 
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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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