Feb 23rd, 2011 by Craftylocks

Due to the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, we were off-line for a few days.

We are back on-line and are OK, unlike many others in our beautiful city. We are picking up all the normal parts of our life – we are again making stuff, laughing, dancing to loud music (much easier now we have power) and generally getting on with life. We are also appreciating such wonderful things as a roof, running tap water and being able to have lights on when it gets dark.

Enough on that, on with paper crafts for children.

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Two Fold Origami Fish
Feb 18th, 2011 by Craftylocks

This fish takes just TWO FOLDS! Once the children have those two folds mastered they can make and ocean full of fish. Give them lots of different sizes of square paper to make a school of fish. The two folds only need to be approximately as marked in the pictures.

The first fold is on an angle, the line that is folded is drawn here.
Once it is folded it looks like this.
The second, and final fold, is along the line marked.
This is the back off the fish after both folds have been made.
Turn it over and it is starting to look rather fishy.
Completely fishy now!
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Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
Feb 15th, 2011 by Craftylocks

Turn some of your rubbish into a fun activity that looks great and feeds the wildlife.

Well I am not that sure that it does feed the wildlife, but the other two I know to be true! I first saw this recycling paper craft for children at one of my favorite crafting mums sites – check out her toilet paper tube craft bird feeders for my inspiration!


The bird seed is attached with peanut butter and the little ledge is just a kebab stick.

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Paper Heart Lei
Feb 10th, 2011 by Craftylocks

This is a super-charged paper craft for children, as well as fun to make and wear, it is a great threading practice activity!

We have had fun making paper lei’s before, so when I saw the valentine version of this craft at craftzine we had to make this one too.

Very easy,you just need some heart shapes, some cut up straws, and some wool and a darning needle.


Poke a hole in the heart shapes and thread the wool alternately through a heart shape, and a straw length. Tie the ends of the wool together and you have a paper heart lei to wear on Valentine’s day.


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Valentine Garlands
Feb 8th, 2011 by Craftylocks

Both of these are super sweet and one is especially simple.

Hearts and garlands are just made to go together – the shape is so easy to cut out from the concertina folded paper. It was so easy I had to do another Valentine themed garland for you to try – this one involves a bit of planning, and although I usually cut first and plan later – this is still easy enough to work out really well.

Fold a strip of paper up until the front or face of it is about the right size for a picture. Draw on your picture making sure that the edges of the picture go on the edge of the paper.

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Cut out the shape making sure you leave the edge of the picture not cut – you remember, that bit that is touching the edge of the paper. When you unfold your paper you will have a lovely row of hearts, unless you did some other shape – in which case it is entirely likely that you will have some row of shapes that are not hearts at all.



I love the way that the birds are kissing each other – perfect for a Valentine card. valentine-garland-5


This is a great paper craft for children to do independently, and to help them I have a Paper Garland Tutorial. For other garland ideas have a look at the Flower Paper Garland or the Halloween Garland ideas.

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Heart’s from Paper Strips
Feb 5th, 2011 by Craftylocks

You only need thin strips of paper to make these heart shapes for hanging.

Another easy paper craft for children, and perfect for Valentines day decorations! You just need some string, a stapler and strips of paper – any width or length is fine – as long as you have two pieces the same length.


Tie a knot in one end of the string and staple it between two pieces of paper. I was trying to work out how to explain on which side you should place the knot, the best I can put it is to have the knot sitting on the edge of the paper – read the next step and hopefully it makes sense


Bend the two pieces of paper away from the staple and staple them together again where they meet as pictured. The heart will now hang from the string, as long as the knot is sitting on the correct side of the staple.


Make lots of these easy heart shapes and …


… use them to make a mobile for Valentines day.


I wanted to keep the craft as simple as possible, but if your children want to try another step, you can also make them with multiple strips of paper on each heart.

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