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Crepe Paper Tassel Tutorial
Jul 12th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This festive craft is not just a great paper craft for children – it is an any age party decoration. You need to gather up the brightest crepe paper you can find, some scissors, string and glue and then you can get started.

crepe-tassle1 Cut two strips off the end of a roll of crepe paper. Cut a small piece – up to the first fold from each roll to be used as a wrapper in a later step.
crepe-tassle2 Cut narrow strips into the thick piece.
crepe-tassle3 Cut the ends of the folded strips open at the end the narrow strips are cut from.
crepe-tassle4 Thread string through the folded end. Fold the small piece in half length-ways.
crepe-tassle5 Scrunch the tassel around the string and wrap the folded small piece of crepe paper around and glue in place as pictured.

Download the printable version of the Tutorial – PDF Worksheet – Crepe Paper Tassels.

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Hand Print Fish Art
Jul 11th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This is one of the great classic paper crafts for children, and for very good reason.

Take one hand print and with a few little details that the child can add themselves, you have a very fishy picture. It is nothing new, and you most likely have seen it, or done it before. But if you have forgotten about this excellent way to create hand print art, hopefully this serves a useful purpose of reminding you about it. If you don’t need reminding I will keep this short so you can move on quickly!
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This classic paper craft has got me to thinking about some of the others that are essential in the crafting with children toolkit, but I have not posted about them as they are so common. Hmmm, I feel a list coming on!!

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Paper Crafts for Children blog in Magazine
Jul 10th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Yay, 23.5 seconds of fame! I am very excited to be mentioned in the very cool Popular Crafts Magazine

news2_smallI have been a regular contributor to the forum at the Popular Crafts Magazine and when they were looking for blogs to mention in their Paper-craft feature they chose Paper Crafts for Children! This magazine is published and printed on the other side of the world so I am not sure if I can buy a copy here in New Zealand but the lovely folk from the website sent me a PDF of the page I am on.

I love that this magazine and the website forum are an example of how it does not matter where in the world we are from, the crafty community are working together to create beautiful and special treasures, and share ideas for nurturing creativity in children. Congratulations to all of us who are creating more than just things when we work with our children together on a project.

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Paper Mosaic from a Drawing
Jul 8th, 2010 by Craftylocks

There are lots of ways to create a mosaic from paper, this technique is one of the simplest.

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I love the effect of paper mosaics, I think the little gaps between the pieces of paper give the picture a great vibrancy. It is one of the paper crafts for children that has many routes to success. This version is easy as you can work with any picture the child wants to draw.

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To give it the mosaic effect, rule up some squares in the background of the picture and color them in with alternate colors.

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Once the whole thing is colored in, cut a the picture into the squares you have ruled up. Work with a row at a time to make it easier to keep track of where you are up to. Glue the squares onto your backing paper which can be any color you wish.

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I like black as it gives a definite, dramatic edge to each square.

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Cut Paper Decorative Garland
Jul 7th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Turn some old art works into a new garland with this handy paper craft for children.

finger-paint-print I was having a look through some of the children’s old artworks, they were artworks that were done purely for the fun of the process but even so, I have not been able to throw them away. They were created when we were having fun crafting up some finger and cotton buds prints. The paint was spread on a plastic sheet and the pattern made using cotton buds, then some paper was laid on the top and a print taken.

The first garland was made by folding the paper so the picture was on the inside. The only reason the picture needs to be on the inside is so you can rule lines on the other side to guide your cutting.

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Once you have ruled the lines, about a thumb width in from each side, alternate cutting from each side up to the ruled line.

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garland3 Then you carefully pull open the paper to create the loopy garland.

We found that the loopy garland tangled a bit and did not open smoothly all the way – it could just be that I rushed it, but if something does not work the first time I am not so keen on it. So I made another version. You only need a piece of paper that is about half length-ways of some photocopy paper. I wanted the design on both sides, so I folded another cotton bud print in half with the pattern on the outside, and glued it together.

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Then I cut it in the same way as the loopy one, alternating the cut from each side.

garland-b3 This time it opened really easily – perhaps not as impressive as the loopy version but a lot more reliable as a paper craft for children to do.

I remember doing this cutting version when I was at school on an end day of term day when we had lots of fun activities. The challenge was to see who could cut their paper so it was the longest. So it is a great group activity for any gathering of children.

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Crayon Rubbing Collage Picture
Jul 5th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Crayon rubbings are great fun to create, but what can you make with them?

rubbing-green rubbing-orange rubbing-purple

A crayon rubbing collage picture is the perfect solution! It combines the two great paper crafts for children. Collecting crayon rubbings is a good way to discover textures in your environment. You only need paper and crayons to take with you as you search for textures. Some ideal subjects include leaves, bark, paths, wallpaper, radio grills, and small items like coins. It is an entertaining challenge for the children to see what they can find.

rubbing-collage Simple pictures create the best collage, but the result is not as important as the fun gluing on the different patterns! Great topics include faces, landscapes, flowers, butterflies and underwater scenes. All of these have some very recognizable elements to them which makes them easy to do.

Once the shapes have all been glued on you can also add detail with a matching crayon, or with a felt or marker pen. I have used matching crayon to add a little contrast on some of the edges of this underwater scene.

To see an idea for using some leaf rubbings to make a picture, check out our Leaf People Picture.

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