Paper Doily Screen Prints
Oct 11th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This is a fabulous way to make a beautiful pattern on some paper. If you can still find paper doilies, buy them so you can do this too!

It is a great introduction for children to the technique of screen printing as you have an already intricately cut piece of paper to use for your printing. I am sorry I do not have all the step by step photos as this is a print I did a few years ago. I was visiting a very cool site – http://creativejewishmom.com/ and saw that she had crocheted a Doily which I am so impressed by. It reminded me of my version of doily as art and I hunted though my stash of old art and found a doily print. I used to make lots of them, cut them into quarters and use them on cards.


To do the screen print you need a framed screen, a squeegee, paper, a stack of newspapers and some printing ink or paint. I just use good quality acrylic. Make a small stack of newspaper so the printing base has a little give in it. Put your clean paper on the newspaper stack. Place the paper doily on the paper and then the printing screen. Squeeze some paint on the screen, above the item to be printed, and then drag it over the doily with the squeegee. Repeat until all the white has been covered. Carefully lift the printing screen off the paper. The doily should stick to the screen enabling you to replace the paper and print again. I will take photos of the process one day!

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Ball Rolling Spider Webs
Oct 10th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Rattle and roll to make this spookily decorated paper.


This is a fabulously fun paper crafts for children. I have mentioned it before at Painting Paper with Balls and Marbles. This variation is perfect for a spooky theme. You start with the same balls and a box to contain the balls, but you use black paper and white paper.

Place the paper in the bottom of the box, it should fit without too much of a gap around the edges. Drip or dab some white paint on the paper for the balls to roll through. Tip in some balls and rock and roll them. The balls will leave a trail of paint where ever they go.

Now add a few spiders to scuttle across the web to see what they find.

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Autumn / Fall Crafts for Children
Oct 8th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Gathered up in this list are lots of autumnal paper crafts for children. So if it is Autumn or Fall in your part of the world, I hope you find some fun crafty ideas here.

Leaf Print Person
Have fun getting some leaf rubbings and then have more fun using them.
Autumn / Fall Leaves Collage
Use the leaves as your inspiration to make a collage with all the beautiful colors of the season.
Autumn or Fall Hand Leaf Tree
Our version of a family tree.
Three Dimensional Leaf
Layer up some leaf shapes with a little bit of glue to hold them in the middle and you have an easy effective 3D Leaf.
Printing with Apples
Apples are ready for harvest as all the leaves turn golden and red. Printmaking from apples and other Autumn or Fall harvest fruit and vegetables is lots of fun and a great introduction to printmaking.
Hand Shape and Tissue Paper Tree
Another great way to use children’s hand shapes. Add scrunched tissue paper for a gorgeous Autumn / Fall tree.
Leaf Template Printing
Make some very cool decorated paper to use in all sorts of paper crafts for children with this classic art technique.
Paper Leaf Tree Spirit Fan
With pink paper, glitter and jewels – a leaf shape can become a magical fan.
Leaf Printing
Pick up some patterns from nature with some leaf prints.
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Paper Leaf Tree Spirit Fan
Oct 7th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Tree’s are beautiful and powerful things, and if there are such a thing as a tree spirit, it will surely need a magical leaf fan like this one.

leaf-fanAnd it is only fair that leaves also get a chance to be pink and bejeweled! So when you get back from an autumn stroll, get out the bright card, the glitter and gems. Use a leaf as an inspiration for the shape and sketch, or trace the shape onto the card. Add a handle onto the shape, or glue one on at the end. Then decorate the leaf in a manner fit for a magical creature, or a forest princess.

If you want to try some more leafy crafts I have more at Autumn or Fall paper crafts for children.

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Bat Mask
Oct 4th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This is such a simple paper craft for children.

If you have 3.5 minutes to make a Halloween costume, send your child to find some dark coloured clothes to wear and cut this out of black paper – add some elastic and you are done!

Copy it free hand, or if you have the luxury of 5 minutes available to make it – then print out the PDF template – here and trace the shape onto some black paper and cut it out.


Add some elastic, or a paper strip to hold it on and you are done.


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