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Owl Dress Up
Aug 14th, 2014 by Craftylocks

Who who who needs a great dress-up for book week at school? Two parts here to make a hootrific costume.

To make the vest and the mask you need lots of black, brown and white crepe paper. You also need some card and paper and all those things for joining them together like glue and staples.

Fold the crepe paper up, cut a strip from each color and set it aside for the mask. Then cut feather shapes from them. You will then need a piece of paper big enough to cover the wearers front.
Glue the brown and white feathers alternately round an oval shape in the middle of the paper. Put glue at the top of the feather so they will be able to flutter.
Cover the rest of the paper with black and brown feathers. You could also make this as a cape and not have the tummy section – just all brown and black feathers. Use safety pins to attach it to whatever the owl to be is wearing.
From the rolls of crepe paper cut off earlier, snip a fringe 3/4 the way into each roll.
Unroll the black crepe fringe and glue in a circle around each side of the mask to create an eye. You will need to gather the crepe paper a little for it to go round in a curve so use lots of glue so you can slide it around to the shape you want.

Glue the brown crepe fringe in the same way just slightly in from the line of the black crepe. Repeat with the white crepe fringe.
We added a circle of plain paper to tidy up the edge of the eyes before cutting the eyeholes. Staple on some elastic to fit.
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Tissue Pom Pom Flower
Aug 4th, 2014 by Craftylocks

These look seriously impressive – but are seriously easy to make! You need various shades of tissue paper, a chenille stick, some scissors and a twig.

Place the sheets of tissue on top of each other. You can use any size tissue but for these flowers the sheets were cut into a square.
Fold the tissue in a concertina and secure with the chenille stick in the middle. It is important that the chenille stick is in the centre as you will end up with a lopsided flower if the sides are too uneven.
Cut the ends in a point or curve depending on the finish you want.
Fan the concertina out. Very gently pull up the first layer on one side so it sits up at a right angle. Continue to lift up each layer being careful not to tear the tissue. Repeat on the other side.
Use the tail of the chenille stick to attach the flower to a twig.
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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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