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Apple Print Tree
Mar 13th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

In this part of the world we are heading into Autumn (Fall) and our many many apple trees are laden! I go and pick buckets full of apples and it does not even look like I have been near the trees! So I have been making fruit leather, stewed apple, apple puddings and now apple art.

I hope you remember this craft when it is apple season in your part of the world, or if you cannot wait – you can probably buy apples all year round anyway – they might even be a New Zealand apple.

This craft would be great as a family or class craft. Start with everyone using hand prints to create the leaves of the tree. If there are lots of children involved, a little crowd control of having only a few children with painted hands at a time, will help minimize the mess. To make the hand print you can either press the hand onto some thinly spread paint, or paint soaked into a sponge, or you can use a brush to paint the hand.

While the hand print leaves are drying, cut an apple in half and press a fork into the round part to use as a handle.

Dry the cut side and press it onto the paint, or use a brush to paint it onto the cut surface of the apple. Then press it onto the hand print tree. It works best if you ‘re-load’ the paint onto the apple each time you make a print.

But the print-making does not need to end here! Using a different shade of green paint, make a leaf at the top of each apple with a finger print. For a classroom tree you could instead cut the leaves out of paper and write a childs name on each one and then glue them onto the apples. You could glue them just at the base of the leaf and curl the leaf out a little bit to make them stand out a bit more.

I did think that we could have done the tree trunk with foot prints – but by this stage the paint was starting to spread far and wide so I took the easy way out and just painted it.

We just loved the pattern the apple prints made so we did other apple print crafts as well. Have a look at our beautiful apple print paper.

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Gridded Pattern Name
Oct 26th, 2012 by Craftylocks

I really like this technique – it gives a cool result even if you have no artistic or creative skills!

To make the pattern, draw up a grid on the paper. Then write the word on top, and rub out the grid lines that are inside the word shapes. You can also do it the other way round and write the word first, then do the grid lines. Color in the shapes using two different colors, alternating them as shown.

We did something similar for a Mosaic Fathers Day Card idea

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Collage Name
Oct 14th, 2012 by Craftylocks

It is not just an educational activity, it is fun too! Finding, cutting, assembling and gluing – lots of paper crafty fun for young children who are learning how to spell their name.

Gather together some advertising brochures, and some magazines that you do not mind sacrificing to craft – and hunt out some letters. Try and find a selection of letters and then pick out the best ones to make the name. Glue them onto some bright colored paper and use another color for a border.
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Paper Plate Masks
Sep 15th, 2012 by Craftylocks

We have made paper plate masks for lots of occasions over the years. Because the paper plate is already the right size and shape, it is super easy to use as a base for a mask.

Most of our masks were decorated with pencils but you could use felt tip pens or paint too.
Animals have been a very popular theme in our household.
And a paper plate mask can be created by all ages!
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Decorating Dinosaur Shapes
Sep 6th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Giving children a craft activity to do that is half started makes it a lot easier and a lot more fun as they are into the exciting process straight away – the part where you get to play with glue and sparkly stuff!

Draw your own dinosaur shape or use one of the templates (Dino 1, Dino 2, Dino 3) to get you started.
Copy the shape onto some colored card and cut the shape out. Hand it over to a child to add lots of embellishments. And remember, for all we know dinosaurs might have had jewel encrusted sides.
Display and enjoy!!
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Cardboard and Tape Writing Compendium
Sep 1st, 2012 by Craftylocks

Not much in the way of step by step photos for this craft – we made it about 20 years ago as a gift when we had far more ideas than money. It is a great idea for children to make as a gift as well.

You need cardboard and some masking tape. I like to use masking tape as you can paint over the top of it very easily. So you need either one large piece of card you fold or two larger pieces of card – these will form the basic shape and size of the compendium, so they need to be larger than the paper you will have in your compendium. You will need two smaller pieces of card – the same height of the large card, but narrower to make the pockets for the paper and envelopes to sit in.

If you are using a larger piece of card to fold, score it on the fold line before you fold it to make a tidy fold. Tape everything together with the masking tape. Then start decorating! We painted over the masking tape to make it look pretty and painted a picture on the cover that matched the decorated paper and envelopes we had made.

An easy and fun way to make decorated paper and envelopes for the writing paper in the compendium is printmaking with potatoes.

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