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Layered Paper Flower
Feb 24th, 2013 by Craftylocks

I just found this craft from one of my very first paper crafts for children newsletters in 2010! I do slowly add the crafts from old newsletters to the site but I had missed this one.

It almost feels like 2010 since I last sent out one of my newsletters. Well it has not been quite that long, but it has been far longer than I would like – sorry to anyone who has been waiting for one. The good news is that I am again getting time to craft and am bursting with ideas. The crafts for the next newsletter are done, the photos are taken, now I just need to write it – so not much longer to go now.

The great thing about this craft is that you can keep it really simple or add little details and mimic real flowers. This technique is very similar to the Tissue Paper Flowers on the web site and is easy to follow. We did the tissue version for my daughters crafty birthday party and the children learnt how to make them in less than a minute! One safety note, pipe cleaners do have sharp points.

You will need:

- paper – decorated or colored

- pipe cleaners (chenille sticks)

- scissors

Cut flower shapes out of the paper, they do not have to be perfect as by the time they are layered up you will not see all the little details. The paper we used is made with the pulled apart paint technique from your introduction email. Roll one end of the pipe cleaner over. Starting with the smallest shapes first, thread the paper shapes onto the sharp end of the pipe cleaner and push them up around the rolled end. If your paper is thick you may need to pierce holes in the center – otherwise you can make a hole with the sharp end of the pipe cleaner. Once you have enough on, shape the ‘petals’ by bending them up until you are happy with it.

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Paper Bag Puppy Puppet
Feb 17th, 2013 by Craftylocks

When you get something in one of those paper bags that has a nice square bottom – be sure to keep it, as that is half way to becoming a cute puppet. This basic technique can be used to create all sorts of critters – just vary the details to change the dog to a rabbit, elephant, martian, etc.

Start with the paper bag folded flat, have the section that would be the bag bottom when it is fully opened, facing up – this is the side that gets the most decorating attention. We have also folded the corners of the bag bottom in to round out the ‘face’ a little.
Add on the details for your character. At this stage I thought this puppy was looking OK, but the kids had other ideas.
I am very glad that they did take over – it is a much improved puppet pooch.

I hope you can see on this picture how some of the features like the ears and front legs are attached to the sides of the bag.
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Valentines Day Paper Crafts for Children
Feb 14th, 2013 by Craftylocks

Valentines day is a great excuse to make some cute crafts to show someone that you care.

3D Hearts

A bit of love jazzes up a simple shape.

Snowflake Cut Out Heart Shape

Get snipping with the scissors to create this detailed heart.

Crayon Outline Heart Shapes

Turning heart into art

Hearts from Paper Strips

These have been very popular – just a couple of simple steps to make them

Valentine Garlands

Super simple, extra effective!

Paper Heart Lei

A simple craft for the children and something fun to wear.

Wedding Day Invite Cards
These card’s ideas are very close to my heart!
Paper Strip Hearts
These hearts are mess free and very cute
Valentine Heart Garland
Another cool variation on making valentine hearts with paper strips.
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3D Hearts for Valentines Day
Feb 13th, 2013 by Craftylocks

A lovely excuse to make this lovely paper craft.

A simple craft that I have used before for 3D leaves, because I love how effective it is.

Just make three copies of a heart shape, using a different color for each heart shape. We used a cookie cutter to trace our shape onto some paper.

Fold two of them in half.

Run a strip of glue along the spines of the folded pieces and layer them up on each other and on the flat piece. Once the glue it dry fold out the sides to create your shape.

This can be folded up as part of a card, or even have loving messages written on each ‘leaf’.

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Paper Chain Dragon or Snake
Feb 9th, 2013 by Craftylocks

This was formerly a paper chain dragon in a newsletter, but she is quite happy also being a snake – JUST in time for the Chinese New Year, and for Dawnie:-).

Not surprisingly – make a paper chain.
We were very restrained with ours, but go as wild as you wish and add a head, tail, feather, wings, scales, fire and any other dragon or snake decorations.
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