Paper Flower Lei
Nov 30th, 2010 by Craftylocks

It is currently summer here in New Zealand, and my garden is full of roses. So thinking of flowers I went back to one of the first newsletters I sent out and was excited when I re-discovered this craft. It is its turn to adorn the paper crafts for children site.paper-lei3

Celebrate summer with this fun to make version of the Hawaiian Lei.

You will need:
– colored paper
– drinking straws cut into short lengths
– scissors
– wool and darning needle


Cut out some flower shapes, or if you want to go off on your own tangent, you could cut all sorts of other shapes. String them onto some wool by threading a piece of straw alternating with a paper shape. Keep going until it is long enough.

Then tie it off, put it on and do the ‘hula’!


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Mini Envelope Advent Calendar
Nov 27th, 2010 by Craftylocks

I do not subscribe to very many newsletters as I am usually too busy writing my own paper crafts for children newsletter. But one that I always make time to read is the one from Amber at kids craft weekly. Her latest newsletter was all about advent calendars and I loved them. She has kindly let me post one of her ideas here. I have posted it exactly as she wrote it in her newsletter.

This is a really simple and cute advent calendar. We’ve used potato prints to decorate the envelopes but you could make it even more simple by buying some Christmas stamps or stickers and letting your little ones go crazy with the embellishments!

You will need

• small envelopes
• stickers or paint to decorate
• string
• miniature pegs
• advent activities, sweets or trinkets to put inside


1. Decorate some miniature envelopes using potato prints or stickers. Whatever you choose to do, keep it simple as you will have to repeat it 24 times!


2. Number the envelopes from 1 to 24 and enclose an advent activity and a sweet or trinket in each envelope.


3. String some colourful string along a wall or mantle and use mini pegs to hang the envelopes from the line.


Thanks Amber!

For some other festive crafts check out the Christmas Paper Crafts for Children list.

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Christmas Tree Shape Template
Nov 23rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

This arty paper craft for children is not just for Christmas Tree shapes, any simple shape is good for this technique.

templateThis time of year you need heaps of decorated paper! You need it for gift tags and cards, you need it for wrapping paper, you need it for gift bags. You can even use it to make decorations with, and of course you need it to give the children something creative to do so that you have 10 minutes to pour some more brandy. on the Christmas Cake of course!

For this particular flavor of decorated paper you just need a simple shape cut out of cardboard, some paint and a dabber or paint brush. Place the shape on your paper and holding it down with one hand, dab around the edges with the dabber or paint brush in the other hand. Repeat over the page in one color. Leave it to dry and then do it all again with another color. Over lap the shapes like we have done in this one.

If you want to use this for wrapping paper and make a matching gift tag, just do one stencil shape on a separate piece of paper to go with it.

For some other festive crafts check out the Christmas Paper Crafts for Children list.

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Hand Print Santa
Nov 20th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Today Christmas exploded at our place! The floor is still covered in half empty boxes – but the shelves are filling with Santa’s, Christmas scenes and garlands.

With Christmas rapidly approaching, the time to send seasons greeting cards is upon us. So now is the perfect time to have fun with paper crafts to make the best sort of greeting card – a hand made one.

As well as looking great – this design is special as it uses a hand print as the basis for the Santa. Use white paint to create a hand print on green paper. Once it is dry add some Santa details. You now have a picture that is perfect for the cover of a card.

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For some other festive crafts check out the Christmas Paper Crafts for Children list.

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Thanksgiving Hand Print Turkey
Nov 16th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Add a few tiny details to some hand prints to create turkey pictures with this easy paper craft for children.
I like to mark this very American tradition, as a long time ago we celebrated Thanksgiving while on an American cruise ship in the Caribbean for our honeymoon, so it is special to us as well.

To make this special Thanksgiving turkey you just need to make some suitably colored hand prints, wait for them to dry and then add some turkey details. It is so quick and easy I suggest that you make lots of them!

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Flying Paper Fish
Nov 15th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Keep this fun idea tucked away in your bag of tricks! Bring it out when you need an instant paper craft for children.

You need such little time and such little equipment to make these – and you then have a fun toy to entertain the children with. And once they know how to make them, they are so easy that they will be able to create them independently.

You just need a strip of paper with a cut at each end, the cut needs to be from the opposite side of the paper. In the picture below we cut little slots out so that the photograph would show where to cut – but you just need to cut once at each end. We have also not measured how far in to cut. A little variation does not seem to impact on the flight. Decorate your fish with a face, or just a pattern.

Slot the two ends together.

Then toss your fish in the air, or drop it from up high, and it will start to twirl rapidly as it falls.

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