Fathers Day Crown for King Dad
Aug 19th, 2010 by Craftylocks

For Dad’s special day, make him King with a specially crafted crown.

I knew that a crown for dad would be a great Fathers Day craft for the children, but had not planned at all how it would go. So without much thinking about it I cut out a crown shape, wrote the words on it and then handed it over to No 1. Daughter to see what ideas she had.


As it turned out she had plenty of ideas! It is a much better paper craft for children than I was anticipating. First of all she with all the ideas colored in the letters with some cool patterns. Then she used some of her special stickers and arranged them on the points.


But wait, there’s more! She drew and colored and decorated for ages and ages.


I helped out a tiny bit, I added a strip of card at the back so that it would fit around a head, stapled it together and we have a crown waiting for a King. He will have to wait until Fathers day though, can’t have him being the boss for more than one day a year!!


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Card Print Picture
Aug 17th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Use this paper crafts for children technique to make some artwork good enough to frame.

I love the simplicity of this card print that I found in a box of our children’s artwork. All you need to do is start with a simple drawing on some card and cut it out. Glue this shape onto another piece of card. card-print-base

When the glue is dry the print base is ready. These pictures have been created with crayon rubbings. They use different colored crayons to give more depth to the picture.

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The print base can be used again and again so they are perfect for making lots of cards. To make a crowded scene, take a rubbing, move the paper a bit and take another. Keep repeating until you r design looks just right. You can also roll paint onto the card print base and then print the design onto some paper.

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Paper Bag from Decorated Paper
Aug 14th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Pop any gift in this bag made from some of your own decorated paper and you will be giving double the gift!

There are so many great art and paper crafts for children that create artworks and decorated paper. The technique we have used to decorate this paper is pulled apart paint. To do this you cover some paper thickly with paint, and then dribble or dab another color on top of it, put some more paper on top and push down to squash the two colors together – when you peel the top sheet off you get a pattern like the paper in the bag we have made here.


To make the bag you start off with your decorated paper, a length of cord cut in half and also something with square corners that is about the size of the bag you want. Wrap up one end of the object with the paper, creasing the corners and sides to make nice sharp edges. Glue the paper together where it meets. Carefully remove the object and your bag is halfway made.


At the other open end of the bag, fold over the top edge into the bag so that it has a nice neat top. This is also reinforces the top edge so it does not tear easily where the cord goes through. Punch four holes through the folded over paper – try and have the two pairs line up evenly. Tie a knot at the end of one piece of cord and thread it through one hole, starting from the inside of the bag and then back through the other hole on the same side. You should now have one knot inside the bag. Tie a knot at the other end of the cord and repeat for the other handle of the bag.


When you are tyeing the knots on the cord or ribbon for the handles, thread a little card onto them before you finish. Then you have a handy gift card already attached for the recipients name – and of course, you get to use some more of your lovely decorated paper.

hand made bags

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Cards from Bubble Print Decorated Paper
Aug 12th, 2010 by Craftylocks

There are lots of fabulous arty techniques for children that create decorated paper – here is a classic paper craft that uses some of that decorated paper pile.

Cards are needed throughout the year, handmade cards are always a treat to receive. Using some of the children’s own artwork makes a very special card – it is also speedy to create.

These examples show some simple ways that we used some bubble printed paper to make some cards. The first idea just makes a feature of the artwork. Gluing it on a card with a border is enough to make it stand out. decorated_paper_card1
Another way is to cut some shapes from it to make a picture. As well as the fish idea here, you could do a heart, a flower or flowers, a snowman or a present shape. decorated_paper_card2
Work in the reverse and make the hole cut out of the paper your feature. This shape is made by folding the paper into four and cutting into the folded corner. If it was a little bigger it would be perfect as a frame for a little photo of someone. decorated_paper_card4
Finally the shape that has no end of iterations – letters or numbers. To add a bit more effect on this card we cut the ‘DAD’ letters out twice, once out of the decorated paper and once out of a contrast color. Then we arranged them till we were happy with how it looked and glued the letters on. decorated_paper_card3
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Stone Decorated Box
Aug 10th, 2010 by Craftylocks

We decorated a treasure box with some mementos from a fabulous and very rugged beach on the west coast of New Zealand.

We rode the transalpine train to reach the other side of the South Island to spend the night. We were staying in a beach front motel, and wandered out from our room to check out the beach. It was incredible! It was wild with white topped mountains in full view and crashing waves. But the best thing was the stones. The beach was made up of all sorts of stones, a fabulous range of colors and patterns from translucent white stones, to spotty black and green, flat and thin as card ones, ones with layers in them like icing. Of course we filled our pockets with as many as we could to bring home.

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We sorted through and found lots of little ones to cover the lid of a spare box we had. One stone was perfect for a knob, we glued it on first with thick glue – impasto gel medium.


We then glued all the others around it. It is a collage made out of stones!


The glue dried clear and we have a very nice box which is also a memory from a very special trip.


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Blown Bubble Printed Paper
Aug 7th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This is a fabulous way to create some decorated paper.


I have done this craft many times with many children, and it is always a hit. It is one of the paper crafts for children that suits lots of ages too. The only thing you need to make sure is that the children practice blowing through a straw first! Does not work so well, or taste too good if you suck up the mixture – yik.

To make the mixture, you need a small amount of detergent and brightly colored dye or food coloring in containers. Containers the size of a cup or mug are about the right size. Blow into the mixture with a straw and the bubbles will grow. When they rise above the sides of the container place a piece of paper on them and they will pop and print the paper with their pattern.


Repeat with other colors if you want multi-colored bubble print paper.


Work as team to make a giant bubble for printing. The final print may not be as effective as repeating the smaller bubble prints, but it is heaps of fun. Put the mixture in a large baking dish that everyone can fit around and all blow!


Now what can you do with all of this bubbley paper? You will be pleased to know I have that sorted – you make cards! I have four easy speedy ideas for making cards from bubble print decorated paper. There are other much fancier methods but these are quick and simple to do, and they make a card anyone would love to receive.

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