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Saint Patricks Day Wreath
Mar 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

Oh I had fun with this one – and my family heard probably a few too many times how much I like it – but there are so many good things about it …

1. It is easy and effective (I suppose that could be two points but I really like high-lighting paper crafts that cover both)
2. It works for young children, as well as slightly older kids (like me)
3. The children can do most of it on their own
4. It can be adapted to other themes as well
5. No special materials are needed
6. It can even be educational
7. I could use a shamrock shape cutter I found among my mum’s (mom’s) crafting gear.

I really like the idea of something like this at the door to welcome visitors with a celebration wreath. Just change the colors or theme to whatever is relevant. I think this would be great for letting everyone know which local sports team you support.

For the base of the wreath, a pizza box lid or base is a great size. Trace around a large plate and a small one to make the wreath shape and cut it out. You could also make a smaller one using a paper plate. Paint the shape green so that it does not matter if the artist covers all the cardboard with their decorations.

Gather up all sorts of green bits and pieces. This is the educational part, have your young artist help you find things the right color. To add to the mix we roughly chopped up some green paper. I also used a cutter to make the shamrock shapes – thanks mum!

Then just randomly glue things on! You could demonstrate scrunching some tissue up and looping bits of crepe paper – or just leave them to it and see what they think of. I had glitter I was going to add at the end to fill and cover if it was needed, but it had so much on it that I did not use it after-all.

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Rookie Crafter
Mar 9th, 2013 by Craftylocks
I am very happy about this latest addition to our crafty team – my husband – Rob the Rookie! He has always been a great help and support with the site, but will now be taking a bit more of a hands on role. He will be helping out with the newsletters and technical stuff on the site, so any errors that come up I can now blame on him:-). He might even be allowed to put up the occasional paper craft related post as well as articles on associated topics.

Although he is a bit of a craft rookie, he still likes to have a go and sometimes something new and fun comes from his muddling. I look forward to seeing what sorts of things he finds to share with us all. He will add to the fun of the site for me, and I hope for you as well.

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Simple Cowboy Hat
Mar 6th, 2013 by Craftylocks

Keep an eye out for this cowboy – you might see a bit more of him around here! If you like the look of his hat – it is a great easy one to quickly craft up.

Find a nice sturdy large piece of paper and draw a hat shape on it as pictured. To get the size right you can roughly trace around a cap for the inner circle size. Cut it out as indicated by the lighter card.
Then you push the ‘top’ of the hat up and push the brim over your head – he looks like a bit of a cowboy to me!
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