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Cardboard Roll Paper Bug
Aug 31st, 2013 by Craftylocks

Often when I am playing with a few ideas for some paper crafts for children crafts, the children try out some ideas of their own and they have some great results!

This one even had a planning stage!!! I have no idea where that stage would have come from, he would never have seen me demonstrate something so sensible.

So the plan involved three cardboard tubes, empty toilet rolls are perfect.

One roll was squashed and another two were attached on top of it to make the huge eyes. Then some pipe cleaners for legs and details.

I love the teeth on the first one, and the bow on the next one.

A bit of painting later and we had some beaut bugs.
We did think about adding some paper over the holes for eyes, but thought that the empty hole at the ends of the rolls made quite effective eyes.

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Asterix and Obelix Papier Mache Costumes
Aug 22nd, 2013 by Craftylocks

There is a bit of a saying in our house, well to be accurate, I keep saying … ‘You can make anything out of papier mache’

I needed to utilise the awesome powers of papier mache to create a couple of costumes for an event. Lots of fun and many many many hours of paper glueing, shaping and painting later – our costumes were ready! And then we set about very quickly ruining them by running, sliding and crawling through 10 km of mud!

Making the Menhir …



Making all the rest of the costume items …


The final costume …

How I planned to carry the Menhir …


… but in the end Asterix carried it mostly, until we abandoned it by one of the muddy obstacles.

How we looked after about 6-7 km of the mud …

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Tube and Crepe Paper Draped Tree
Aug 16th, 2013 by Craftylocks

Pippi Pipecleaners came up with this craft when she was left with lots of scraps of brown crepe paper from a previous craft. The crepe paper gives the trunk lots of texture and looks surprisingly close to real bark. Make some Newspaper Trees and Paper Trees as well and you will soon have a forest.

You will need a cardboard tube, some brown and green crepe paper – brown and green, a glue stick and scissors.

Cut the brown crepe paper into large scraps.
Apply glue liberally to the tube so that when you put the crepe paper on it will slide around and create folds to make the bark-like texture.

When it dry cut straight down from the top of the tube to create the branches of the tree.

Cut thin shreds of green crepe paper.

Drape and glue in place on the branches of the tree.

You could make different styles of tree by covering the branches in little balls of tissue paper or use real bark and dried leaves for a great autumn craft.

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Simple Folded Paper Puppet
Aug 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

All you need is a piece of photocopy size paper, and a few folds later you have a puppet – a very wide mouth puppet! I have popped all the steps into a worksheet that you can download and print, as well as summarised here.

Fold a peice of photocopy size paper into three so that it is long and skinny.
Fold it again into four sections so that it forms a concertina.
Add details to the top layer. Your fingers go in the space created between the layers of paper. Your thumb goes in the space in the bottom layer and then you can open and close the mouth really wide.!
Once again my daughters attempt is much better than mine!
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Gmail
Aug 6th, 2013 by rob the rookie

Gmail Users
If you use gmail (the Google email program) you may have the new ‘tabbed’ interface. If you are signed up to receive our newsletters you may notice that they now turn up in the ‘Promotions’ tab, as shown.

If you click on the ‘Promotions’ tab you will see the newsletter.

If you would like these to come into your ‘Primary’ tab just drag the email with your mouse as shown and drop it on the ‘Primary’ tab. This will be remembered by gmail from there after.

You can also ‘Right Click’ on the email and select the tab you would like to achieve the same thing. I hope this helps out a few folk.

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