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Seussical Mural
Jul 26th, 2014 by Craftylocks

Another mural has been keeping me busy! I thought a few truffala trees might be quite fun in our porch where we keep our boots, garden equipment and the dog kennel. But I kind of got carried away, and many months later the walls are covered in Dr Seuss creations.

 

Another of my murals is the forest lagoon mural.

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Collage Face
May 20th, 2014 by Craftylocks

We had lots of fun making these. We were just playing around with cutting out paper shapes and these faces happened!

It is as simple as sitting around with some paper and scissors and suggesting cutting out face shapes. The beauty of it is that you can arrange and trim and rearrange the shapes as much as you like before you glue them down. A really great way for a child to practice self critique, because it is no problem if it does not work out, it is so easy to change. Even if they like one of their arrangements, it is still fun to try others just to see what they would be like, before you get the glue out.

To start with, just two different colors of paper are all you need. Cut out some head and face feature shapes.

Arrange them on the paper, and trim or cut new bits out, and rearrange.

When it is just right, get out some glue and glue the pieces in place.

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Origami Peacock
May 13th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Origami is one of those crafts that make you feel pretty clever as you can make some cool things with just a few folds.
Fold the paper in half across the diagonal and open.
Fold the two side corners in to meet the middle fold.
Fold both side together. The fold line is the same one we made in the first step.
Fold the neck down as pictured.
Then fold the neck up inside.
Fold the top down to the inside to make the head. Looking from the top, or head, this is what the folds look like.
Cut a scalloped shape along the bottom.
Draw on an eye and decorate the tail feathers.
I like how effective it is with just a few details drawn on.

I share origami designs that are quite straight forward, but even so they can still have quite a few steps, so I have made a worksheet that you can print out if you want.

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Mother Day Cards
May 8th, 2014 by Craftylocks

Some of my favorite cards for children to craft for Mothers Day and of course Grandmothers Day too.

Mothers Day Tea Bag Card
From all the hits this craft gets, it must be one of the most popular on my site. Have a look and see why everyone likes it so much.
Fold Out Card
A bit of a fancy card, but ever so easy to make.
Secret Message Card
This very clever card is much easier to make than it looks – have a go!
Seeded Paper for Gift Cards
A perfect card and gift combo paper craft.
Accordion Pop-up Card
The front of this card says ‘Thanks …’ and when it opens a whole bunch of flowers pop up and the message is ‘… a bunch’. Much easier to make than it looks.
Concertina Gift Card
What I love about this one is that it combines a card with a gift – and the gift can be little promise notes or special messages. Did I mention that this is also easier than it looks??
Pop-up Garland Card
This card combines two very easy techniques, a simple pop-up card and a paper garland. The flowers from the garland are used on the inside of the card as pictures here, and also on the front of the card and an envelope.
Easy Pop-up Card
Just like the others in this list, this is a great card craft for children to learn. The pop-up section is a separate piece that is glued on.
Heart Shapes Card
This is easy to do and super cute.
Hand and Heart Shape Card
Just right for a special message for someone special.
Tulip Flower Card
Flowers are always great on a card, and this one has two folding out flaps.
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Tulip Dog Card
May 7th, 2014 by Craftylocks

When we were making the Tulip Flower Card I thought that the shape of the card opened looked a lot like a dog.

Well that is what I thought anyway, the children were not so sure, so I convinced them …

Tulip Flower Card …

Dog Card …

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Tulip Flower Card
May 7th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

This is a cute folding out card for the children to make for someone special, like Mum or Mom.

I have made a template for you to print out and use if you want, or you could just use the pictures as a guide as it does not need to be exact. If you want to just have a go making the shape, then fold the paper or card into three first so that you have two flaps that open out. Then cut the shape of the tulip top and bottom. Cut an arc on each side of the flaps as pictured here.

We had also added a piece of paper to the inside so that it peeked up above the flaps. I didn’t check to see if an actual tulip has this but we thought it looked better for it.

When it is opened it will look like this, except this was before we added the bit of paper on the inside.

We thought that some leaves would look good with it. We just cut some shapes out and glued them to the back of the card.

Then I bought in an expert in the whole childrens making mothers day cards to help me, a child, to help make this mothers day card. She designed and added the details.

Including a cute little surprise on the second flap.

I thought it was funny that as it is not Mothers Day yet and she was helping me make this for this site, my child helper could not use her real name as it is not really a card from her to me. So her chosen nom-de-plume for the project was Joe.

Did anyone else think that the card opened up looked a bit like a dog? I did and so make a Tulip Dog Card too.

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