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#Project 194: DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones

Bloesem kids craft | DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones

DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones by Laura Murray

When I was a kid, one of my most favourite toys was play-food. I used to love playing kitchens and restaurants and had a pretty extensive collection of plastic food. I had plastic donuts, pizzas and even bacon slices but none were as cute at these quick and easy felt ice cream cones! These little beauties are so easy to make - all you need is felt, pom-poms and glue. And kids will love deciding the different 'flavours' and decorating with button and bead sprinkles!

Bloesem kids craft | DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones

What you'll need:
* Cone coloured felt (beige or light brown)
* Large coloured pom poms
* Scissors
* Glue (a hot glue gun works really well and speeds up the process! Otherwise, craft glue or PVA would work well)
* Cute buttons, beads and sequins to decorate

Bloesem kids craft | DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones

Step1: Start by cutting a circle from your felt. The size of the circle depends on the size of your pom-poms, but a 10cm diameter circle should do the trick. Now cut the circle in half and roll it on itself, making a cone shape. Then secure by sticking the exposed edge to the cone with a line of glue.

Step2: Next, simply run some glue along the inside of the cone and pop the pom-pom inside. Now you're free to decorate with buttons, beads and maybe a little cherry on top! 

Bloesem kids craft | DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones

Craft contributed by: Laura Murray

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#Project 193: DIY Skittles set

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

DIY Skittles by Emma of Showpony

In the West Coast of Scotland we get way more than our fair share of rainy days, so I like to think of ways to bring outdoor games inside. Rather than recycle our juice bottles like a normal family, we’ve been stashing ours for a few weeks so that we could make a set of indoor skittles.

What you'll need:
* 6 empty, and clean plastic bottles.
* White acrylic paint
* White poster paint – or ordinary children’s paint
* Coloured paper
* Scissors
* Paint brush
* PVA Glue
* A blob of old mixed up play dough

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

Step1: To paint the bottles white you will need to use acrylic paint first – this sticks to the plastic and can then be painted over with cheaper white paint. To make it easier for little people to paint the bottles and (hopefully) minimise the amount of paint that gets splattered around the place, we secured the bottles to the table with a blob of old play dough.

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

Step2: Once the bottles have had a couple of coats of paint its time to decorate. Cut out shapes from your coloured papers, we made rectangles, circles and triangles. If your little ones are helping keep the shapes fairly large so it isn’t too fiddly for them.

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

Step3: Then using the PVA glue stick them on, brushing a layer of PVA over the whole bottle once you’re finished to keep them well and truly stuck.


Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

Step4: Once they are dry, just pop the lids on.
The skittles are really light so will easily be knocked over with a nice soft ball. All you need to do now is set them up and start playing.

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

Bloesem kids | DIY game of Skittles

I hope these help pass a rainy day in your house. - Emma

Craft contributed by the lovely Emma of Showpony!

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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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