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Fancy Paper Lantern
Aug 25th, 2012 by Craftylocks

It is still paper lantern time. Getting just a little bit more fancy now, but only a little bit more fancy than the basic paper lantern!

Make a tube out of a length of a sheet of paper. For this lantern, the handiest paper was scrapbook squares – so scrapbook square were used – but any paper is fine.

Roll the another sheet around the tube to measure the circumference. Add a bit for overlap.

Fold the paper in half.

Fold down a strip (about two finger widths) from the open edges as a guide to cut strips to. Unfold.

Cut strips starting at the centre fold up to the fold line. Cut off excess if any.

Leave folded. Starting from the second strip in, cut off every second one at the fold mark. As simple as this seems, it is easy to cut off the wrong one so double check before you cut!

Open out and glue around the tube top and bottom. If there is an overlap that looks messy, cut away the offending strips to make them more uniform.

Attach a loop made from the left over paper.

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Basic Paper Lantern
Aug 20th, 2012 by Craftylocks

There are some crafts that were such a part of my childhood making stuff, that they are often overlooked in the search for that cool craft to create with our children. And of course, just because I think it was a common craft, it does not mean that everyone knows how to do it!

So just in case you have forgotten about this one, or if you have never done – it is paper lantern time!

All you need is some colored or patterned paper, some scissors and glue.

These lanterns can be made any size so just use what paper you have. This lantern uses scrapbook paper, but you could use paper decorated in a previous crafty, arty session.

Fold your sheet of paper in half. It doesn’t matter if you fold length-ways or width-ways as your lantern will still work but it will affect the shape.

Make a fold a couple of finger widths down from the unfolded edge on both sides. Unfold. This is the line you cut up to.

Cut through the folded edge up to the fold-line. Make each cut about the same width.

Open out and keeping the narrow strip that is not cut at the top and bottom, make it into a tube and glue in place.

Use another strip of paper to make a hanging loop and glue in place on each side of the top.

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Paper Plate Snappy Dragon
Aug 18th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Oh, such a simple super snappy dragon, and did I mention sooo sweet too?!.

Fold the plate in half and paint it in your choice of dragon colors (my in-house experts advised green).

Paint two holders from an egg carton and glue in some paper for the eyes.

Add some lashes, a tongue and LOTS of sharp teeth.

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Snowy Pine-cone Owl
Aug 11th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

Pippi Pipecleaners and I have been ever so busy working on the next newsletter - and not all the creations would fit, so this wee fella got left out in the snow! But he does not mind – he understands that as cute as he is, he is not really a paper craft.

However he does have two bits of card on him, and that whole cuteness factor – so I am letting him hoot out a hello to everyone calling in on the website.

You will need a pine-cone that has opened, some white and black card, and cotton wool. Also some glue to bring him together, as well as a gluestick you will also need a stronger glue like a glue-gun or thick craft glue.

Have a look at your pine-cone and decide which side you want for the front.

Pull pieces from the cotton wool and using a stick, push the cotton wool between the gaps in the pine-cone. Try not to cover the seedpods completely as you want them to add texture to the body of the owl.

Cut a heart shape from the white card that fits your cone. This will become the face of the owl.

Cut two circles from the black card for the eyes and glue on the heart shape. We also added a couple of googly eyes but you could use some white paper to make eyes as well.

Cover the rest of the heart shape with glue. Glue the cotton wool to the face making sure the black eyes are not covered.

Using a glue-gun, apply a liberal amount of glue to the cone and press the face into place. Hold until the glue dries.

Cut a rough foot shape for the bottom of the owl. This will allow your finished owl to stand up. Flatten the bottom of the owl as well as you can by folding out the seedpods. Apply a generous amount of glue using the glue-gun and press the ‘foot’ into place. Hold until dry.

Cover the foot with more cotton wool glued on.



Can you imagine a family of these as a decoration? I can and think that would be a great gift for children to make a teacher.

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Tissue Paper Window Rocket
Aug 2nd, 2012 by Craftylocks

This project takes a bit of set up by a grown up, but even quite young children can do the tissue paper part of the process, and that is where all the fun is. You will need coverseal, black paper and bits of tissue paper.

Cut a shape out of black paper and attach it to the sticky side of some coverseal. You could also draw a shape onto the ‘not-sticky’ side of the coverseal – if you do that make sure the lines are thick.
Stick bits of tissue paper onto the sticky side of the coverseal until all the sticky bits are covered up.
It does not matter if the tissue paper goes outside the lines.
Cut the shape out, following the edge of the black shape and trimming any overlapping bits of tissue in the process. Display in a window so the light from our special star can shine through the tissue paper.

We have also made a tissue paper window bird.

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