Paper Cup Easter Baskets
Mar 31st, 2012 by Craftylocks

Another craft and so soon! This is thanks to some help from a crafty friend of mine – as soon as we can think of a suitable craftilicious name for her (which I am sure you appreciate is critical), then I will introduce her properly. But for now, back to the craft …


This is an easy basket for children to craft up and fill with baking or other treats for a gift for someone, but make sure they make one to keep as well.

You will need:
Paper cup
Glue stick
Split pins
Pin or other sharp object

Paint the paper cups and let them dry. Well this is what we did – you may have another preferred method of decorating them.

Decorate with little squares of paper or card. You could of course use any little treasures in your craft box or even write a special message on the cup.

Poke two holes in each side of the cup for the split pins using something sharp. Cut two strips from card to make the handles.

Poke a split pin through each end of each strip and then attach it to the cup using the holes. I crossed the handles over before securing to the cup.

The final two steps are pretty important so make sure you follow them very carefully.
1. Fill the cup with treats
2. Eat the treats

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Painted Aluminum Foil Easter Egg
Mar 28th, 2012 by Craftylocks


This paint effect can be used to decorate all sorts of shapes but here it is used to make pretty Easter decorations. Use rigid card from an unwanted carton or shoe box if you do not have heavy craft card.

You will need, stiff card, aluminum foil, paint, cotton buds and scissors

Cut out an egg shape from the card.

Tear off a piece of foil bigger than the egg shape, Place the egg shape in the center and fold the foil up over the edges so the front is nice and smooth. You do not have to glue, the foil will stay in place on its own.

Paint a pattern on the egg using different colors. Instead of stripes, you could paint on spots of different colors or a combination of spots and stripes – or even a picture.

Using the cotton bud, make some designs in the wet paint to allow the foil to show through. It is better if you use a new cotton bud for each color paint you have used.

Well that was fun, time to make some more!

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Paper Layer Hat
Mar 20th, 2012 by Craftylocks


A few layers and a little glue create a solid structure – strong enough to support flowers for a Spring bonnet, and hard enough for a dress-up helmet.
You need a bowl for the shape, and then layer up some plain paper and newspaper with some wallpaper paste in between each layer. We used four layers of newspaper and two of plain paper. Shape the layers into a hat shape while they wet.
Add some more strips around the brim of the hat to tidy it up if you wish, then leave it to dry.
Decorate to suit your season or occasion.
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Saint Patricks Day Lucky Guess Clover
Mar 14th, 2012 by Craftylocks


These are lots of fun! If you have not done this paper craft with your children before, this Saint Patrick’s Day craft is a great excuse.

I don’t know what they are called, but I love this idea to use them for Saint Patrick’s Day as a lucky four leaf clover.

Start with a square piece of paper.

Fold it in half and open it out.

Fold it in half again the other way and open it out again.

Fold the corners in to the corners into the center.

Turn it over.

Fold the corners into the center again.

Fold it in half.

Carefully pull out the corners with your fingers pushed into the fold.

Use your fingers to open and shut the center.

Write some words to read around on the outside.

Write some numbers on the center.

And of course, write something on the inside flaps that you open out.

We have written lots of ‘lucky’ things just for Saint Patrick’s Day.

To play it, someone chooses a word which the holder of the ‘clover’ spells out as they open and close the ‘clover’, alternating which center numbers they display. Then the chooser selects a number which is counted out as the holder of the ‘clover’ again opens and closes the ‘clover’. Then finally a number is chosen again and this time the flap is opened and the ‘luck’ is read out.

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Name Shape Bugs
Mar 10th, 2012 by Craftylocks

This arty paper craft can suit all children’s ages, and no matter how much detail is added to the name it will always look fun in it’s mirror form.

You need to fold a piece of paper in half length ways and write your name in block letters so it is sitting on the fold. Cut around the letters through both thicknesses and then open it up and decorate the mirror name. Display it standing on it’s end and it can look a little like a crazy bug.
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Potato Print Making
Mar 5th, 2012 by Craftylocks


I thought this was quite a fun craft for children, to fit in with St Patrick’s day – decorating paper with potato prints.

Cut your potato in half making the cut surface as flat as possible, this will give a much better print surface.

A nifty way to get a nice shape cut into the potato is to use a cookie cutter shape to press into the potato and then use a knife to cut the potato away up to the edge of the cookie cutter.

Then when you lift the cookie cutter shape away you will have a nice shape ready to start printing with.

To get the paint onto the printing surface of the potato, you can either paint it on with a brush, or spread the paint onto a tray and stamp into the tray and then on the paper.

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