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Paper Plate Bird Puppet
Mar 30th, 2014 by Craftylocks

One of those nice simple ideas that result in something fun. After the fun of making this one, there is then more fun had in the playing with it.

You need two paper plates, fold them both in half and staple together so that the two plates fit snuggly together to make a nice tight fit for a hand to squeeze into.
Paint and decorate, add feathers and the puppet is done! You could also add a tab to the underside of the bottom beak to slip your fingers in to help open the mouth, but it opens naturally anyway – and makes a very satisfying ‘pecking’ sound as you snap the beak closed.
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Shamrock from Heart Shapes
Mar 15th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

When I was having a look at some shamrock pictures the heart shapes of it appealed to me.

Paper hearts are easy to make and a handy paper craft technique for children to know. But for younger children you could just have lots of heart shapes of different sizes ready for them to arrange and layer as they wish.

To make the heart shapes fold some paper and then cut the shape as below. To then make lots of hearts that are the same as each other, trace around the first one you made and then cut lots more out.

Arrange three of the hearts to make a shamrock shape, and add a stalk. My stalk is also cut from a folded piece of paper – I did that as I liked the texture the fold were giving to the shapes.

I made some gradually smaller shapes in alternating shades of green, but this does not have to be in just greens – how about a rainbow shamrock?!

Check out some of my other St Patricks day paper crafts for children.

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Rolled Paper Shamrock
Mar 13th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Well, this may look more like a rolled paper tree, but the intention was to make a shamrock so we will call it that for now!

I think that the process of rolling the paper to make shapes is great fun. This is a simple little design that did not take much rolling so it is a good example of this paper craft for children to try.

Cut out some strips of paper, you will need three that are the same length and one that is a little shorter. Fold each of the three same length strips in half and then using a thin stick, something like a skewer or knitting needle, roll each end of the paper around it. Do not roll all the way to the fold, leave a little bit of the strip straight, also make sure to have the roll on each end of the paper face each other so that you end up with a heart shape.

Blob some glue onto some paper and arrange the rolled paper into a heart shape and put the three together like pictured. Then use the last shorter strip of paper to make a stalk.

Check out some of my other St Patricks day paper crafts for children.

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Star Shape from Snowflake Fold
Mar 4th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Folded up paper and cutting holes in it to create a beautiful star or snowflake shape is a popular craft for a great reason. It is worth knowing a few different ways to fold up the paper to make the most of this technique to create some exciting different results!

This fold is called the snowflake fold.

Fold a square piece of paper in half diagonally.

Fold the two sides across so they point up and cross each other like below. I am sure you could measure to get some precise place to fold, but I don’t think you need to. I did gently fold the long side and pinch at the half way point to mark it with a crease so I knew where to start folding the two sides across. Then I just lined them up across each other roughly before pressing the folds.

Turn over and draw some cut lines or just start cutting. Drawing does help plan where you are going but there is value in just cutting without a plan to start with to see what happens, this will help knowing how to plan the cuts.

Cut out the shapes.

Gently unfold and you have a beautiful star shape.

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