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Glitter Pictures in Two Ways
Nov 12th, 2010 by Craftylocks

If you love making things from paper you most probably also love glitter! If you are a child who loves making things from paper then glitter is an essential craft material.

Glitter is usually used to add some sparkle to a picture or emphasis to a design. In these two pictures glitter is the only medium used to create the design and each of them has the glitter applied in a different way.

This first one is probably the most common method. We drew a simple design and then only glued the area that we wanted to be our first color. Once it had dried (or mostly dried) we shook off the glitter and put some more glue on for the next glitter – we kept going until our snail was finished in all her sparkley glory.

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We also make our own sort of glitter paint. We mix glitter in with glue and either use a squeegee bottle to squeeze the glitter glue on to the paper, or we paint it on. The advantage of this is that their is no loose glitter to end up everywhere and you have a little more control over the picture. However it does dull the glitter a little and is also usually not as thick.

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Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies
Nov 9th, 2010 by Craftylocks

These have been waiting ever so patiently for us to decorate them with lots of color. But they have a real charm in their natural state – so we will leave them like that a little longer.

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I have seen other folks versions of this paper craft for children but none quite as beautiful as the one at Creative Jewish Mom’s site. I took a path less careful and cut my toilet paper rolls into rings with zero measuring – aiming for the rustic look! This craft passed my impatient crafter test and is suitable for crafting range of rough to precise – so no matter where you fit – start saving your toilet paper rolls.

Once you have more than one, cut them into rings and pinch them at each end – which they may well be anyway after cutting! Glue them together as pictured. The feelers are another ring cut in half and curled at each end.

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If you are like us – they are done! Or do what we intended to do and grab some bright tissue paper and some cellophane. Cover the cardboard with tissue paper and spread some cellophane over the wings – then tell me how it went and I will have a go too!

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Party Monster Pin-up
Nov 6th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This is a great party game. We had lots of fun creating some crazy variations of our pin-up monster.

This crafty party game is easy to make. Just cut out a variety of monster ‘parts’, and put some blu-tac on the back of each piece. Blind fold a child and then hand them a body part to attach to the wall or door. We put the main body up first, and put it on our glass sliding door (safety glass of course!).

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Each child did not know which body part they were given, although after a few goes they soon worked it out.

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After the game was over more fun was had by the children without the blindfold on, re-arranging the monster bits and having lots of laughs.

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Seasonal Concertina Picture
Nov 3rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Make yourself comfortable, this paper craft for children has quite a few steps. All lots of fun of course, and a very cool result. This post is much longer than my usual ones, but I could not think of anything to leave out

This picture works well with opposites like a day and night picture, a happy and a sad face or seasonal changes. Your pictures need to be on exactly the same size pieces of paper. I used photocopy paper folded in half.

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On my basic crayoned tree shapes I added different details suitable for each season.

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I painted dye (or food coloring) over the pictures and the artwork is ready for the next stage.

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To make a concertina that is the right size I started with a piece of light card the same size as the photocopy paper. I cut it in half and taped it together so that the card is double the width of each picture. I started to make the concertina by folding it in half and then each half again until I had the folds in the right place for the concertina.

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A more accurate way would be to measure it all and rule lines to fold along, if you care about detail then I suggest you do this. But I tend to try the easy way first, and this worked out fine.

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Then fold or measure the pictures and cut them so that the bits are the same size as the faces of the concertina. Be careful to keep all the bits in the right order together.

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Finally glue a strip from each picture on to the concertina card, alternating between the two pictures.

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When you stand them up and look at an angle your concertina picture quickly flips from one view …

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… to another.

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Then on this one turn it over for another view …

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… and another.

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