Chicken Pop-up Card
Apr 14th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Chickens moving into the yard and onto paper crafts for children!

hensHow exciting, new members of the family – clucky egg laying ones! We have six hen scratching in a nice new hen house in our orchard. The wonderful plan is that the children will look after them and sell surplus eggs for pocket money. The reality is that the cost of the hen house and all the food will mean that for each egg they sell will cost the parents equivalent to four eggs! But it has been entertaining, so far they have been fed about 5 times each day and checked for eggs every half hour. And when I wanted to cook with eggs I actually got some from my MIL next door (who we got the hens from) rather than use the ones the children have been saving up to sell.

bird-card_stepSo to celebrate we made a pop up chicken card. The children found the joke and drew the chicken for the front of the card. We have not decided who this card is for but now that we have practiced this bird/mouth pop-up technique we will be using it lots. The image to the right shows the pop-up mouth part way through making the card – it shows how it works really well.

The joke reads “What do you call a chicken who crosses the road, rolls in the mud, and crosses back again?A dirty double crosser!

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Flower Paper Garland
Apr 12th, 2010 by Craftylocks

A concertina chain of flowers that go on forever, or as long as your paper – whichever comes first!fold-out_flowers

This is one of the classic paper crafts for children, I loved it as a kid and I still love it. Super simple to make, all you need is paper and scissors and then if you want to decorate it – some pens, glitter, more paper, etc. I have used plain pink paper but it is also great with crepe paper which is made in handy dandy long lengths.

fold-out_flowers-closeFold a strip of the paper up accordion style and then draw a shape or picture onto the top of the paper ‘stack’, it must go all the way to each side of the paper. Any shape is fine as long as it joins on the sides. Cut the shape out through all the layers, making sure that the sides are not cut out. Open it up and you should have chain of shapes, if you do not, try again and this time make sure that the sides are not cut out:-).

Although this is really easy I have still made a Fold Out Garland Tutorial and a PDF Worksheet – Fold Out Paper Garland to print out so that you can show your children the steps if you wish.

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Spiral Paper Mobile
Apr 11th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Twirly whirly and super easy to make!

It is school holiday world at our house at the moment. So I need paper crafts for my children that I can quickly start up to distract from any budding argument! Fortunately most of the days have been filled with happy imaginary play – well not so happy if you are one of the many dragons or monsters that my children are slaying in their games:-).

spiral_mobile-treeThis craft is so easy to do, and nil set up time assuming you already have lots of decorated paper underfoot as we always do! So if you have had lots of fun decorating paper (like shaving foam marbling) but then do not know what to do with it, then this is for you.

Cut some roughly circle shapes out of the paper and then cut a spiral into the circle – as in the picture below.  Stick or tie one end onto something up high – like some sticks or coat hanger for inside or a handy dandy tree branch like we have done.


Then lie back and admire your fabulous decoration and dream of fairies, fire trucks or frogs.

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Shaving Foam Marbling
Apr 5th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Decorate some paper with gorgeous marbling

foam-marbling-smI have seen this technique used by adults to decorate wedding invitations, it is one of those paper crafts for children that all ages love! It creates a beautiful decorated paper, and it is simple to do. You do need one item that you may not have in your cupboard already – shaving foam. You just need the cheapest variety around though. I also need to experiment with beating soap flakes to see if they create a suitable surface, I suspect they will but I have not tested it yet. I will update this post once I have tried that out.

Basically the shaving foam forms a layer and holds the swirls of dye or food coloring for printing off. In this example we used too many colors and they mixed up very quickly and made it all a bit muddy in places. So I suggest just using a couple of colors or taking care not to mix everything too much. I have used this technique to decorate the paper for a stand up egg for Easter and to make spiral paper mobiles.

I have a detailed tutorial – Foam Marbling Tutorial for this with step by step photos. It is also available as a Worksheet for download – PDF Worksheet – Foam Marbling.

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Foam Marbling Tutorial
Apr 5th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This paper crafts for children activity gave us all a real buzz, it was fun to do and the decorated paper can be used for so many things! Materials needed for this activity are shaving foam and dyes or food colorings. Also a container to squirt the shaving foam in and of course lots of paper.

Foam Marbling 1 Shake the shaving foam well and squirt a layer into a dish.
Foam Marbling 2 Dribble dye or food coloring onto the shaving foam.
Foam Marbling 3 Gently stir the colours to mix them.
Foam Marbling 4 Lay a piece of paper on the foam and dye and gently
press the paper so that most of it touches the foam.
Foam Marbling 5 Peel the paper off. Leave it to dry completely. This can take
a few hours if it is very thick Once it is dry brush off the shaving foam to reveal the print on the paper.

Download the printable version of the worksheet. PDF Worksheet – Foam Marbling

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Gift for Teacher
Apr 3rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Star box for star teacher

starbox-teacher-giftMy daughters student teacher was due to finish the next day, we had left it more then a little late for organizing a gift!! She and I both like making something for a gift but we did not have time to create a papier mache briefcase, or an origami suit, or any other fantastical creation. However we did have the 5 minutes that it takes to create this great paper crafts for children container, a star box to contain some handy dandy stationery treats. So the next day she very proudly handed over her gift to Mr K. Thanks Mr K, I hope you have a fantastic teaching career!

If you need a last minute gift from your children then have a look at the Origami Star Box Tutorial or download the PDF Worksheet – How to Make a Star Box, the boxes can be made any size for all sorts of treats.

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