Tie Dye Paper
Feb 27th, 2012 by Craftylocks


To be completely honest, this should be called ‘Dip Dye Paper’ as there is not a single bit of tied paper involved – but it sort of follows the tie dye fabric look that we are familiar with – so I will run with it!

You will need a sheet of tissue or similar paper and 3 colors of food coloring

Fold the sheet of tissue in a concertina.

Fold a triangle at one edge.

Continue folding triangles until you are left with a small triangle parcel.

Dip each point into a different colour dye and let it soak in so there is no more white visible.

Give the parcel a gentle squeeze to get rid of the excess dye – do this between sheets of newsprint and keep the parcel flat. Leave overnight to dry.

Be very careful when you unwrap the sheet as it will tear easily if it is still damp.

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Working on the Newsletter
Feb 19th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Sorry that this newsletter has been so long in the making! I know that some of you have been wanting to know when it will be sent out – well today we had a day of crafting just for the newsletter and lots of fun it was!

That still does not mean I know when I will get this newsletter sent – but it is a lot closer than yesterday when all the ideas were just notes of what we will do – now they are made and are spread from one end of the lounge to the other – so that is a lot closer!!

I have a bit more gluing, some photos to take, and then lots of photo editing and writing of steps. I am looking forward to sharing the ideas with you, so I will go and work on it some more right now.

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Glue Print Fossil Rubbing
Feb 16th, 2012 by Craftylocks

There are so many simple shapes that make great fossil rubbings. Look in some dinosaur books to find some skeletons to use as an inspiration or just make up some crazy dino footprints.

Roughly sketch a skeleton and some foot prints, then dribble some white glue or acrylic paint over the sketch lines.
Leave it to dry – make sure it is completely dry and then place another piece of paper over the bumpy print base and use crayons to color back and forth – making a crayon fossil rubbing of the skeleton picture.
Use a black piece of paper and a white crayon to get an even more fossiled rubbing.
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Valentine Heart Garland
Feb 7th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Sometimes when you try a craft, you have to try all the different ways of doing it – so we are on a bit of a heart strip theme at the moment, which is perfect timing for Valentines Day.

This simple garland is perfect for Valentines Day but you could also use pastel colors to welcome a new baby or for Easter celebrations.

All you need are some strips of paper and a stapler. I have seen this done by using the strips to make just one heart at a time – but that involves sooooo much extra cutting and picking up strips of paper – so we tried to be clever and used each pair of strips to make three hearts. Seemed like more fun that way but you can make them just one at a time.

Cut strips lengthwise from sheets of printer paper. Heavy weight paper does not cope with the curves for these small hearts and tend to bend instead. They can be any width you like. Just make sure you make them a similar width to each other.

Lay two strips on top of each other and staple near the end.

Separate the strips and drag the unstapled ends down either side of the staple and pinch together with your fingers to get the size heart you prefer.

Fold the strips back up just below where you want to fasten the heart. This makes the start of the next heart. Staple together.

Drag the strips down again to make another heart and repeat the process until you reach the end of the strips. I managed to get three hearts out of each pair of strips but the number will vary depending on the size of your heart.

To add another pair of paper strips to the garland, place one strip of paper either side of the bottom of the last heart with the strips upright and staple together. I used one staple to both secure the bottom of the last heart and to add the new paper strips. Drag the strips down as you have done with the previous hearts and continue until your garland is the required length.

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Paper Strip Heart Decoration
Feb 3rd, 2012 by Craftylocks

I loved making the simple heart decoration that we did this time last year, this version has a few more strips – a few of each would look great hanging together.

You will need
6 strips of paper in three colors
1 short strip
2 split pins or you can use a stapler

Lay the strips in two sets of three.

Take the shorter strip and fold it in half – the intention of this folded bit is to create a loop for hanging the decoration. Place it on top of one of the sets of three strips with cut edges together.

Lay the second set of strips on the other side of the folded strip – again with cut edges together so the folded strip is sandwiched between them. Using the sharp point of the scissors, make a small hole through all the layers of paper and secure with the split pin, or staple them together.

Lay the strips on their edge on a table and pull around the outer strips to form a heart. Repeat with the other layers making each layer slightly bigger than the last. Secure with the split pin or staple.

Cut the edges near the split pins to a point to neaten them.

Tie a piece of string or ribbon to the centre loop to hang.

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