Paper Hand Lily Tutorial
May 6th, 2010 by Craftylocks

For this speedy paper craft you need children’s hands to trace around, paper and scissors, tape, and chenille sticks or pipe cleaners to make the stem and stamen.

hand-shape The basis of these lilies are hand shapes. So the first step is to trace around a hand and cut the shape out.
hand-lily1 Roll the hand into a cone shape and tape it near the base. Leave a small hole at the bottom of the cone shape.
hand-lily2 Wrap each finger around a pen …
hand-lily4 … to curl the petals
hand-lily_pipe-cleaners2 Twist the end of a green piece of pipe cleaner around the middle of a short piece of pipe cleaner. Fold that short piece up and curl over at each end.
hand-lily Push the pipe cleaner stalk through the lily to make the stalk and stamen.

To see these in red have a look at some other Hand Shape Lilies.
Download the printable version of the worksheet – PDF Worksheet – Hand Lilies.

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Paint on Paper Book Review
May 4th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Great Reference Book

Usually if I find a good book I will link to it in relation to the craft I am doing, however this one relates to so many paper crafts for children it gets its own review!
The title ‘Paint on Paper’ did not make me think of craft however it is not about painting as an art, it is about decorating paper to use for other purposes like scrapbooking, cards, paper sculptures, stationery and much more. It is also more than just about using paint, it is about any method that can be used to decorate the surface of the paper. It has over 130 different techniques and I find it an excellent reference book. It does give lots of examples on the decorated paper used in crafts as well, but the main focus is the huge range of techniques.

book_paint-on-paper2The techniques also range from those suitable for young children to those an adult would use to create faux decorative finishes on furniture or walls. The pages I have photographed show the techniques, other pages show examples using the decorated paper.

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Printing with Apples
May 3rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

apple print pictureFruit and vegetable printmaking show children a different way to look at their food!

This is moving a little away from paper crafts for children and heading one step towards art, but I reckon craft is a form of art and plus we need lots of decorated paper to use in our crafts anyway. So with that justification, on with the arty crafty project. One of the fun things about this is it starts the children off thinking about what else can we use to make fruit or vegetable prints with. This is a great way to get them thinking creatively and you may be surprised with some of the objects for printmaking they come up with! It is also really useful for children to experiment with art and craft just to see what happens and focus on the process more then the result.

So wander in your garden or the vegie shop and see what you can find to print with. We picked some apples from our granny smith apple tree – it is covered with apples in autumn and we leave them on until it is really cold as that is when they are sweetest. This year the pesky bugs have found our tree and we had to pick a few apples to find ones that would give nice even bug-free prints.

apples for apple printCut your chosen fruit in different ways, with the apples we cut them in half from the stalk down and also across the middle to create a star shape in the print. We also cut them into quarters, so we found lots of ways to print from them. After experimenting with the apple prints we made a design using our favorite prints. You could also just make lots of prints and then cut the best print shapes out to make a fruit print collage.

This is a great Autumn or Fall craft for children, I have some more @ Autumn or Fall crafts for Children

apple prints

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3D Autumn or Fall Leaf
May 2nd, 2010 by Craftylocks

3d-leaf3Take two-dimensional paper, add a dash of glue and create this three-dimensional leaf.

The Autumn leaves are gorgeous around here at the moment! As if it is not enough having them on the trees, the lawn, the deck, and my socks – we are doing leaf crafts most days. This technique is so effective, and one of the easy paper crafts for children too.

Make three copies of your leaf shape – I traced around a handy one from the garden to get it just right. Run a strip of glue along the middle of one piece, layer on another shape and repeat the glue strip and adding the final shape. Instead of glue you could also use double sided tape. Once the glue it dry fold out the sides to create your shape. Just like that and it is done. These would look great sitting on a windowsill or as a mobile.

3d-leaf1 3d-leaf2 3d-leaf4

I have some more Autumn or Fall crafts for children @ Autumn or Fall crafts for Children

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Autumn or Fall Hand Leaf Tree
May 1st, 2010 by Craftylocks

autumn hand leaf treeToday at our place was Family craft day! Lots of paper crafts for the children was lined up and we started with this one, making an autumn or fall tree out of our hand shapes. We all started out with tracing our hands onto colored paper to make the bunches of leaves for the tree. But not all plans go as expected and today the children were distracted by an exciting game they were playing and they had to dash off and fight dragons. So I made a tree trunk and cut out the leaf shapes all on my own. Oh well, just as well I love cutting stuff out.

hand-leaf-treeBut I can happily report that despite dragons, our family hand tree turned out really well!

I have some more Autumn or Fall crafts for children @ Autumn or Fall crafts for Children

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