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Flower Pencil Topper Tutorial
May 31st, 2010 by Craftylocks

One of the mess free paper crafts for children! You need a pencil, some paper, sticky tape, and scissors.

pencil-flower1 Start with an oblong piece of paper, the size of half a piece of photocopy paper is about right.
pencil-flower2 Fold the paper in half and then half again and cut slits from one end to about an inch from the other end. Make sure you do not cut through the folds on the sides.
pencil-flower3 Wrap the paper around the top of the pencil, taping the paper firmly to the pencil.
pencil-flower4 Bend the paper strips out and down to create the flower.
pencil-flower5 If you want to create even more shape to your flower, roll some of the strips around a pencil to curl them.

Download the printable version of the worksheet. PDF Worksheet – Flower Pencil Topper.

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Papier Mache Pen Holder
May 30th, 2010 by Craftylocks

papier-mache_holder3Use this craft to recycle your old paper into something new.

Papier Mache is one of the most versatile recycling paper crafts for children and for grown-ups – you can make just about anything. I have even seen furniture referenced in papier mache books I have read, but we keep to smaller, faster items.

Before we made this pencil holder for my daughters school desk we had an empty tin and a pile of newspapers. We made some papier mache pulp – instructions on how to make the pulp here. We taped on some pointy shapes at the top and then we covered it with the papier mache pulp. As the pulp dried it shrunk and curled the pointy bits back a bit which we thought looked really good. We painted it with some bold stripes but thought it needed something else and added the jewels – a very regal result!

papier-mache-holder1 papier-mache-holder

If you want to learn some more about Papier Mache, you may want to read my article – ‘What is Papier Mache?

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Leaf Template Printing
May 27th, 2010 by Craftylocks

leaf-printsNo need to make a stencil for this printmaking, leaves all around us provide the perfect ready made shapes.

This is one of the decorative paper crafts for children – lots of cross-over into art! The results from this are beautiful, just a few of the craft uses for this leaf printed paper could be for cards or wrapping paper, or as a frame for a drawing about collecting the leaves.

Method
First collect your leaves! You will need:

- leaves
- paint and paper
- dabber (a bunched up piece of sponge to dab paint instructions to make them here)

leaf-printingArrange the leaves on your paper and dab the darkest paint around the edges of each leaf so that when you lift it off you can see the shape of the leaf on the paper. Once it is dry arrange your leaves on the paper again, in different places. Alternatively you could use different ones if you prefer. Dab a lighter color paint around the leaves this time so that the first darker layer shows through still. We have just used red and yellow in our leaf print but you could use more if you wanted.

When we had finished the leaves we had used looked really good too with extra colors around their edges! I will have to try and think which of the paper crafts for children I could use them for now. If you want to try some other leaf crafts for children there are more at Autumn / Fall Crafts for Children.

leaves-for-printing

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Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly
May 26th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This butterfly fluttered in yesterday and looks as though it is going to hang around for a while!

toilet-roll-butterflyThis year we had some swan plants near the house and were delighted to watch the little caterpillars grow very big and then turn into a chrysalis and finally a monarch butterfly. Such a fabulous process for the children to watch (I was just as excited!). Butterflies suit paper crafts for children so so well. They are some wildlife that is pretty easy for children to get close to, and they are such a great shape to craft! My daughter finished this one for me with the perfect butterfly eyes that she drew on it, and she curled the antennae over as well.

With any toilet paper roll craft you can replace the toilet paper roll with a tube made out of cardboard if you prefer.

You will need:
- Toilet roll tube or card to make a tube
- Three different colored pieces of paper
- Scissors and glue

toilet-roll-butterfly2Cut out three butterfly wing shapes, each one a little smaller than the previous one. Run a strip of glue along the center of the biggest wing shape and stick on the middle sized shape. Then repeat to attach the smallest wing shape.
To make the body section tear up the scraps of paper and glue them onto the toilet paper roll. Glue some strips of paper to the inside of the tube for the antennae and then glue the body section to the wings. Finally draw on the eyes, curl the antenna a little and fold out the wings to separate them.

To display your butterfly you can either attach a loop at the top to hang it, or glue an iceblock or popsicle stick to the bottom to hold it or poke it in a potted plant.

We have made another version of a butterfly made with a toilet paper roll at Mirror Picture Butterfly.

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Cup Cake Cases Bunch of Flowers
May 25th, 2010 by Craftylocks

These cup cake cases were just begging to made into flowers!

cup-cake_boquet-closeWhen I first made a cup cake case flower I used the last of my cup cake cases and when I went to replace them I found these gorgeous bright colored ones so of course I had to make some more flowers. Luckily the packets have heaps in them as these cute things are one of the speediest paper crafts for children that I have done! It took me longer to open up the packets of cup cake cases than it did to craft the flowers.

To make these you need to set aside about 5 minutes to gather everything you need and then 1 minute to make them.
1. You need chenille sticks (pipe cleaners), a bit of colored cotton wool or similar, and paper cup cake cases.
2. Poke the chenille stick through the middle of the cup cake cases.
3. Wrap the end that is at the inside of the cup cake cases around the cotton wool and then push the cup cake cases up so they all sit snuggly together.
4. Bend the chenille stick at the back so it holds them all together and so the cup cake case flowers look at you.

Another way of assembling them is to use them as part of a picture as I did in my first attempt with much plainer cup cake cases at Cup Cake Cases Flower.

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Shapes Flower Picture
May 24th, 2010 by Craftylocks

A very handy technique for creating a flower from shapes

shapes-flowers-pictureLots of paper crafts for children involve making a simple picture out of shapes. I love it when the children use their own imagination and experiment to create their own picture. However sometimes it is fun to learn a a different technique for creating a really effective image from very simple shapes. To create this flower picture you just need some cut out blobs of decreasing sizes. Younger children may find it easier to draw the stalk and stems rather than make them out of cut-out paper as well. The shapes that we used for this picture are below. Another example of a flower shapes picture is on our Easy Pop-up Card.

shapes-flower-picture

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