Fish from Shapes
Sep 27th, 2011 by Craftylocks

I initially thought that this is a good one mainly for younger children as it is easy for them to do and is also a great way to learn about some basic shapes. They can make a fish with the prepared shapes or cut out some of their own shapes. However our older children had a go and created some fantastic fish out of all sorts of shapes, and none of them were what I was expecting, they were far more exciting! It is sometimes worth while to try things with different ages and see what happens!

Cut out lots of different shapes of paper.
Arrange them until the fish you want swims into shape.
Glue your fishy shapes down.
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Paper Plate Spotty Spider
Sep 17th, 2011 by Craftylocks

Little fingers will love covering the paper plate with sticky spots to make this friendly spider. Attach a loop under the paper plate and this spider can also become a hand puppet.

Hand over a paper plate and some sheets of spot stickers and let the spotting begin.
Poke four pairs of holes into the sides of the paper plate and thread a chenille stick through each pair of holes as pictured.
Add some googly eyes and you are done.
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Origami Jumping Frog
Sep 12th, 2011 by Craftylocks


Being able to create something out of paper just by folding it is a cool craft in itself – but even more cool when it jumps!

Start with a square of paper. Fold the opposite sides together, unfold and repeat with the other sides. You will now have two creases going across the square.

Fold each of the four corners to the center where the crease cross each other.

Fold the two top edges to the center line.

Fold the triangle at the bottom up.

Fold the two bottom corners to the middle of the bottom edge.

Fold the bottom section up.

On that section you just folded up – fold the top half of it back down to make the frog’s legs.

Fold a small part of the top point down to create the head. Add some eyes so she can see where she is going.

To help her jump, push down near the bottom and slide your finger away from the frog.


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Water Monster Costume
Sep 7th, 2011 by Craftylocks


I love making costumes, just as long as I can create them quickly and easily – and for this costume I had some very speedy short-cuts to my water monster outfit.
The secret is out now, so I can finally share some ideas for using paper to make this costume. The secret was that I was a surprise guest at a great friends birthday party – I was unexpected as I had to travel from New Zealand to Australia to go to the party.

There are three main elements to this costume, the first is the basis of green clothes with lots of ragged scraps of green fabric pinned to the clothes and clipped in my hair.

The second element is the mask. The easiest way to make one of these is to start with an old or cheap plastic mask. The one I used was both of those! It was very thin and split plastic – but it had the perfect shape. I trimmed off some off the bottom of the mask as I don’t like them going way down past my chin, they get too hot and stuffy. I also made the eyes bigger and shaped them.

Then I covered the plastic with a few layers of newsprint.

The final layer was green paper, you can use white paper and then paint it the colour you want – but I used green because I had it and I like short-cuts. I then painted my designs on and tied some elastic to make it fit.

The third element and the one that excited me the most because it is just soooo easy and quick, were my flipper style hands and feet. To make these you just cut the shape you want out of some card – making sure that the shape has wrists and ankles on them. On these wrist and ankle sections cut slits so that you can thread either elastic or fabric through to tie them on to your wrists and ankles. Decorate them if you wish, I painted patterns on mine to tie them in with the mask.

Walking with the flippers on is entertaining as you have to lift your feet up each time, but that is part of the fun. I loved that I could hold a glass quite easily with my hand flippers as the hands were free underneath – I did have problems picking up some cake and made a small mess – but that was OK, I just threw the flippers out at the end of the night, as they were so easy to make.

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Head Band Mask
Sep 3rd, 2011 by Craftylocks

This is a very very handy mask technique to keep in your list (you all have lots of lists too don’t you?!). We have used it with my daughters class when they all needed to be hippos. I found a great image, and her teacher popped them on a head band to sit on their heads. They were all hippos and could also all see and sing easily – which is very important for a hippo!

Create a face, or half face, with some paper shapes.
Make a head band for the mask that is the right size to sit on a head a bit like a crown. Sit is on your head for a simple mask that is easy to wear.
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