Another Newsletter Sending Soon
Aug 31st, 2010 by Craftylocks

Wow – a month has zoomed by and it is just about time to send out my next newsletter – and it is sure to make a splash!

To give you an idea or the sorts of ideas in a newsletter, the below is a section from the last one where it was an all Hands in for a crafty time. Click on the image below for a bigger version where you can read the text.


If you want some more information about the newsletter, or to join up – please check out the Newsletter page. I hope to see you there!

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Paint That Washes Out of Clothes
Aug 30th, 2010 by Craftylocks

I have to try this! It is a new paint that washes completely out of clothes.

I heard about this through FAS (Fine Art Supplies) who I developed a teaching resource book for. The book I wrote is about Ideas for Art – Paint, which is why they let me know about their exciting new development. I have not had a chance to try it yet but it sounds so cool I thought I would share it with you. To quote from the site “This paint really CAN BE REMOVED just by soaking in water.” They have a video showing just that happening at Total Wash Kids Paint.

I don’t know if you can get it anywhere else other than New Zealand yet, but I am sure the folk at FAS will be sorting that out too.

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Jigsaw Puzzle from Artwork
Aug 24th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Take a special picture and chop it up to make a special gift.

I have to be secretive with this one and not show you the final assembled puzzle until after Fathers Day which is September the 5th here in New Zealand. Just in case a certain Dad takes a look at this site! He is allowed to see that we have made him a puzzle – but not allowed to see what it is of. All will be revealed after September the 5th, in the meantime here it is as an idea.

To make this jigsaw puzzle you just need a picture that is drawn on some card, it can also have a message written on it. I recommend cutting the picture up into block – not trying to make the traditional jigsaw shapes. The sort of thinner card that we have used does not slot together too well if it is in traditional jigsaw shapes, but is easy to work with if chopped into random shapes like those pictured. You can also buy blank jigsaws especially for drawing on – your child’s artwork on these would make a great gift for Dad too.

And now that the New Zealand Fathers day is done and dusted, (except for Cubs Fathers Day Fish and Chip night), I can reveal the puzzle! It was completed by the man in question while I cooked him bacon and eggs and the children ran a commentary on the details in the artwork in the puzzle.


As the drawing is so detailed, it is a little hard to see what is going on in the artwork – fortunately I took a photo before we chopped it up! The picture is by our son and is of our family with a cartoonish emphasis put on our various hair styles. I am on the left with curly hair that goes everywhere, then the Dad sporting a lack of hair, beside him is the artist with a tall tower of hair representing what his hair does between haircuts – also what he would like it to do as he hates haircuts! Finally on the right is the daughter of the family with a long and very thick mane of hair.


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Fathers Day Stone Paper Weight
Aug 23rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

If you are looking for a quick and easy last minute present for Fathers Day, this is great.

dad-rockYou just need a rock, some tissue paper and a bit of glue. Give the rock a quick clean and paste on some torn bits of tissue paper. Once it is dry, write on ‘My Dad Rocks’ and you have a very special paper weight for Dad’s desk.

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Dad Mosaic Pattern for Fathers Day
Aug 22nd, 2010 by Craftylocks

This simple technique is a great way to jazz up a word.

Dad is a perfect word for making a pattern with this mosaic style technique. We have created a couple variations on this technique. To make the pattern, draw up a grid on the paper – it can be a grid with all straight lines, or with some wavy lines. Then write the word on top, and rub out the grid lines that are inside the word shapes. You can also do it the other way round, and write the word first, and then do the grid lines.

Color in the shapes using two different colors, alternating them as shown below. In this first example we made the pattern stand out by going over all the lines with a black felt.



With the other pattern, we cut it up into a grid and turned it into a mosaic picture by gluing each square onto a black background with a little gap between each one.



We have used this paper craft for children before when we made a Paper Mosaic from a Drawing.

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Paper Cup Trophy
Aug 21st, 2010 by Craftylocks
You need to look twice to realize that this gold trophy came from such humble beginnings as paper cups! trophy5

This is a very effective paper craft for children. The steps are all simple, and the final award, is very rewarding. You just need a couple of paper cups, a pipe cleaner, tape, some card, paper and paint.

Start by taping two paper cups together at the bottom. trophy1
Either use a box lid, or make your own base from a piece of scrap card. Draw a smaller version of your card shape, in the center of your card. Use this guide to cut in from each corner. Crease along all the lines. trophy-base1
Fold the sides and tape as pictured. trophy-base2
Tape the cups to the base. trophy2
Cut a pipe cleaner in half and bend the two pieces into handle shapes. trophy-handles
Attach the handles to the cups – with more tape – phew, the last of the taping! trophy3
Now it is time to cover up the cups, you could paint straight on the cups, or you could cover it with gold tissue. We did not have gold tissue (well I am sure we had some, but perhaps the dog ate it!), so I covered it with white paper first … trophy4
… then painted it gold. Now who deserves this beautiful trophy? Well it is Fathers Day here very soon, so the deserving man who has been a Dad for Decade in our house will be awarded it. trophy_dad
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