Tissue Paper Collage
May 23rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Tissue paper is a great paper for children to craft with!

tissue-paper-collage1Tissue paper comes in lot of lovely colors and is so much fun to tear and scrunch and layer. With this craft the children will sandwich the tissue paper between two bits of clear contact plastic to create a collage that can be used in so many different ways. To appreciate the transparency of the tissue paper use the collaged images to attach to windows or as a mobile in the children’s room. However this technique can also be used to make bookmarks or inserts for gift cards.

To create the collage you need some contact plastic – sometimes called ‘coverseal’, it is clear plastic that is sticky on one side. I cut out a piece twice the size of my planned collage and folded it in half. I pulled off the protective paper and arranged my tissue paper on one side of the contact plastic. Then I closed the other side over to seal the tissue paper in.

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The basic technique is pretty simple but I did have some issues with it, and it did not work as nicely as I hoped every time, sometimes bits of tissue would move and jump as I sealed the plastic. That is what happened with the final example here. The plastic also rarely sealed without wrinkles. I do not think that a big problem though. I also think that with practice and more care than I took it would work better. But I am interested in how easy it is for children, who like me, would not be interested in lots of practice or fiddling around to get it to work. All that said, I still think it is worth doing!

If you want to try some other tissue paper crafts for children I have a few more as I find tissue paper irresistible! Have a look at Hand and Scrunched Tissue Paper Tree, Easy Tissue Paper Flowers, and another cool tree idea Spring Blossom Tree.

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Rolled Paper Flowers
May 20th, 2010 by Craftylocks

I am on a real roll with paper flower crafts at the moment. This is made from very simple elements and is very effective.

rolled paper flowersThis paper craft for children is related to paper quilling, but it is a very simple version of it. All you need are strips of paper which are rolled into a ring and then glued together to make the flower shapes as pictured. You can make quite a few variations of the paper flowers by varying the sizes of the rinss and also by pinching the ends of the rings to make pointed petals as I have done in the second example.

To display them you can wrap a chenille stick (pipe cleaner) around one side of the center ring, or thread them all on a string and hang them up as a garland. But I think the best way would be to attach some thread to one of the petal rings on each one and hang them as a decoration.

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Cup Cake Cases Flower
May 19th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Another easy, speedy paper craft for children, and for grown-ups too if like me you love paper, glitter and glue!!

cup-cake_flower2We love making cup cakes and icing them, and of course eating them! So I had to try out making some flowers too. Very very easy – just what I love! There are many variations on how you can make these, you can make them on chenille sticks (pipe cleaners) for a nice posie, or you can make them as a picture like I have done. You can also glue different things inside the cup cake case like a child’s photo – that would then be a perfect picture or gift for a grandparent.

For the version here, start with your paper cup cake cases, some paper for the greenery bits, glitter (hands up if you love glitter!!), glue and scissors and then star crafting. I cut out and glued my greenery bits first and then glued on the cup cake cases – starting with the biggest and then gluing the others inside it. My cup cake cases are pretty on the outside and plain on the inside – glitter to the rescue! The was such fun, and guess what – easy too! I just dribble the glue randomly inside the cup cases and then sprinkled on the glitter. Once it had dried I tipped out the extra glitter and popped it back in the container. Then I spent more time ohhing and ahhing over the creating than I had spent making it.

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But in making the flower I had used up the last of my medium and mini cup cases – but don’t be sad, at the supermarket I was all of a quiver when I found cup cases in gorgeous bright colors! So of course I am going to have to make some more flowers and of course some more cup cakes! I think it is a challenge I can handle.

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Our Childrens Art
May 18th, 2010 by Craftylocks

I am in awe of the art that our children create!

cartoon-airlifeAll their lives our children have drawn, we have always had lots of paper available for them and our son probably draws for about an hour a day on average. When he was pre-school age it would be for a couple of hours! It has been fascinating to watch as their art develops over the years, and they both have quite different styles. Our son is very detailed and had moved naturally to cartoon or comic style drawing. Our daughter makes bigger pictures and uses more texture.

cartoon-creatures-sA couple of recent things have had an impact on their individual work. Although I have never been a fan of ‘how to draw books’, as in my experience they just give you something to copy, our son has always loved them. But one in particular has made a big difference and helped him with the development of his artwork – it has given him excellent tools to use. The second cartoon is using tools from this book and even putting aside the proud parent angle, I think it is fantastic. I link to the book used below.

drawing-bearOur daughter has always created what I thought are fabulous art works but has often been frustrated that she cannot draw what she has in her head. So she asked if she could do some art lessons. Wow! I was worried that she would find them frustrating but at her very first lesson she started the bear pictured here and finished it in her second lesson. She absolutely loves the lessons and is justifiably very proud of her art work now.

Our son is 10 and our daughter is 8!!

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Paper Hand Shape Lily
May 17th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This an easy paper craft for children, and they make a fabulous bunch of flowers!

Paper hand shape liliesI like the impact of these in red and we have this bunch of gorgeous hand shape lilies in our bathroom – a real splash of color! Nice and easy to make, you just need some paper, a child’s hand to trace around, scissors to cut the shape and tape to hold the shape in a tube. You also need pipe cleaners to make the stem and stamen.

This would make a lovely gift for someone special to the child. As well as being a lovely bunch of flowers they are also part of the clever crafty child.

All the steps are detailed at the Paper Hand Lily Tutorial. I made the tutorial using white paper so you can see both options and decide which one you prefer.

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Rainy Day Artwork
May 16th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Fun artwork for children to create on a rainy day.

rain2At last we have some rain! Hopefully for all the farmers it is in time for the grass to grow before the cold weather really gets going. We have plenty of hay on hand for our wee herd of cattle, and we understock anyway so grass will not be a problem for us, but my garden needed a bit of water so we are happy to have a soggy day. It also means we could try out some art that is especially for rainy days.

For this one you need water soluble paints like poster paints, or palette paints. Paint your design onto the paper and then put it straight in the rain. Try to put it somewhere within view of a nice warm spot inside the house so that the children can watch their artwork develop in the rain. Once it looks suitably soggy very carefully bring it inside to dry. Note that the paper will tear very easily once it is so soggy so handle it very carefully and make sure you have an area with lots of newspaper spread out for it to dry on.

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As well as being a great art activity this is also useful for paper crafts for children that can use your own decorated paper. To make a simple image or background, then you can just create patterns or even just paint it with one color to develop a watery pattern.

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