May 31st, 2013 by rob the rookie


Sometimes you need a game to keep the children amused for a few minutes. So here is one that can be played with just a pencil and paper. We call it ‘Wordmind’ as you use your mind to guess the word.

Sometimes you need a game to keep the children amused for a few minutes. So here is one that can be played with just a pencil and paper. We call it ‘Wordmind’ as you use your mind to guess the word. It works like this:
One person, the wordmaster, thinks of a word and put a dash for each letter on the paper (similar to ‘hangman‘ at this stage); then the others try to guess what the word is. In this game you guess whole words that are the same length as the number of dashes by writing the word down below the dashes.The wordmaster then marks at the end of your guess a cross (X) for a correct letter in the wrong place or a check (✓) for a correct letter in the correct place.
For example; say the word was ‘craft’ and the guess was ‘black’ then this would earn the following:

  • X for the letter ‘c’ as it is correct but in the wrong place
  • ✓ for the letter ‘a’ as it is correct and in the correct place

So it would look like this

_ _ _ _ _
b l a c k     X ✓

If the next guesses were ‘white’,’green’,’brown’,’brook’ and ‘crate’, then it would look like this:

_ _ _ _ _
b l a c k     X ✓
w h i t e     X
g r e e n     ✓
b r o w n     ✓
b r o o k     ✓
c r a t e     ✓ ✓ ✓ X

By now it might be clear that the first 3 letters are exactly correct and the ‘t’ is just in the wrong place – so it should be at the end. Thus a word that would fit is ‘craft’. Hurray!! The guessers have figured it out.

c r a f t     ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

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Card Roll Owl
May 29th, 2013 by Craftylocks

This colorful character is a hoot!

You will need an empty toilet roll or roll of card, some colored paper in a variety of colours, a small piece of black card and a small piece of white paper.

Cover the toilet roll with a piece of colored paper. To make great owl ears, cut a half moon shape from the front and back of the top of the toilet roll so they meet at a peak at each side.

Cut strips from colored paper long enough to circle the toilet roll. Make lots of cuts along the strips making sure you don’t cut right through. These will be the feathers of the owl.

Carefully run the ‘feathers’ along the edge of a pair of scissors to make them curl. Be gentle as it is easy to pull them off. Glue each feather strip around the toilet roll leaving a gap in the front with the two top strips.

For the tummy cut out an oval from colored paper and draw small ‘v’ shapes for feathers. Wait till you have made the eyes before gluing in place so you can work out the best place to put the tummy.

Use the black card to cut out a pair of eyes. Using this as a template cut out another pair of eyes using the white paper and then cut them a little smaller. Draw in some pupils.

Cut out a small triangle from orange and glue to the back of the eyes to form the beak.

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Cardboard Tube Branch Picture
May 25th, 2013 by Craftylocks


This is a quite beautiful picture created from some very simple materials

Draw a tree branch on some long white paper. It is the shape of the paper that helps to make this so effective.

Flatten the toilet rolls and then cut into quarters. Make sure your cuts are fairly even as you want the edge to glue evenly to the paper.

Color the toilet rolls – green or autumn colors – remember to color the top edge that will be seen.

Dip the toilet rolls into the PVA glue. I used a plastic lid and put a blob of glue into it but you can paint it on if you wish. Press the toilet rolls into place on the branch and leave to dry thoroughly. Press the leaves down a couple of times whilst they are drying to make sure they adher evenly all round.

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Forest Lagoon Mural
May 22nd, 2013 by Craftylocks

Sometimes I get a bit immersed in a project and a few things suffer – including keeping up with regular posts here. I thought that some of you might be interested in one of my recent projects, even if not at all paper craft related!

I quite like painting on things and had an old starry border in my daughters room that we didn’t want anymore, but we did want a forest mural. I came up with an idea for creating the new mural to work with the existing paint, and cover the old stars. This is stage one of the mural and covers the top quarter of the rooms walls. The next stage is to add some waterlife into the bottom three quarters of the room. And after that, it is on to another bedroom!

The start - on my ladder painting the waterfall

Some forest on the left of the waterfall

and some forest bushes growing on the right of the waterfall

The waterfall finished

The wall to the left of the waterfall just about finished

The wall to the left of the waterfall finished

The wall to the right of the waterfall with parrots near the curtain

On the other side of the curtain, more critters

Close up of the hummingbirds that were a special request

The wall around from the hummingbirds, and a bit of their wall, showing the first layer of paint

Now with some details added

and then with creatures added

The fourth wall - with Harry the crocodile on it

and one of the flamingoes

Showing most of Harry's wall

Above the door, the final creature for stage one of this mural

And now another one – Dr Seuss mural.

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Cup Cake Owl
May 18th, 2013 by Craftylocks


Owls are such a great craft subject, and there are many beautiful crafts out there for them, but I think this must be one of the easiest crafty owls to make – perfect for little fingers.

This craft is fun to make, but would also be ideal for putting on a gift card!

You need a cup cake case, which you flatten and then fold the top down a little.

Then fold the sides in to make the wings, on a slight angle as pictured.

Finally add some details. The eyes could be googly ones like we have used or you could just draw them on. Use some scraps of card to make some feet and a beak.

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Horse from Shoe Shape
May 14th, 2013 by Craftylocks


About time for a horse craft of course. Just a few simple steps that are fun for young kids as they will not need too much help for this arty paper craft.
Get the right size horse just for you, by using your shoe to trace the horse head shape onto some brown paper.
Also draw some ears and a neck onto the brown paper.
Cut out those shapes, and find some wool for the mane. Glue the mane onto some back paper as pictured.
Glue the neck shape over the mane, and add the head shape, the ears, some more wool for the forelock, and eyes and nostrils for your faithful wild west friend.
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