Basic Paper Lantern
Aug 20th, 2012 by Craftylocks

There are some crafts that were such a part of my childhood making stuff, that they are often overlooked in the search for that cool craft to create with our children. And of course, just because I think it was a common craft, it does not mean that everyone knows how to do it!

So just in case you have forgotten about this one, or if you have never done – it is paper lantern time!

All you need is some colored or patterned paper, some scissors and glue.

These lanterns can be made any size so just use what paper you have. This lantern uses scrapbook paper, but you could use paper decorated in a previous crafty, arty session.

Fold your sheet of paper in half. It doesn’t matter if you fold length-ways or width-ways as your lantern will still work but it will affect the shape.

Make a fold a couple of finger widths down from the unfolded edge on both sides. Unfold. This is the line you cut up to.

Cut through the folded edge up to the fold-line. Make each cut about the same width.

Open out and keeping the narrow strip that is not cut at the top and bottom, make it into a tube and glue in place.

Use another strip of paper to make a hanging loop and glue in place on each side of the top.

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Tissue Paper Window Rocket
Aug 2nd, 2012 by Craftylocks

This project takes a bit of set up by a grown up, but even quite young children can do the tissue paper part of the process, and that is where all the fun is. You will need coverseal, black paper and bits of tissue paper.

Cut a shape out of black paper and attach it to the sticky side of some coverseal. You could also draw a shape onto the ‘not-sticky’ side of the coverseal – if you do that make sure the lines are thick.
Stick bits of tissue paper onto the sticky side of the coverseal until all the sticky bits are covered up.
It does not matter if the tissue paper goes outside the lines.
Cut the shape out, following the edge of the black shape and trimming any overlapping bits of tissue in the process. Display in a window so the light from our special star can shine through the tissue paper.

We have also made a tissue paper window bird.

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Pressed Flower Gift Cards
Jul 18th, 2012 by Craftylocks

We have always enjoyed making these. So special to give a card that you have made by hand and also uses flowers picked from your garden.

You do not need many flowers, even grasses and weeds can make a lovely picture. If you do not have a proper flower press, or if like me you have two but cannot find them, just press some flowers between some absorbent paper in a telephone book under a heavy box. We use cartridge paper for our absorbent paper. As soon as we finished pressing our flowers, I found the flower presses!

Cut up and fold some lightweight card to make some simple cards, and then carefully arrange the pressed flowers and glue them onto the card with just little bits of glue.


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Patterns in a Scribble and Grid Pattern
Jun 11th, 2012 by Craftylocks

We have been creating all sorts of arty crafty creations for our next newsletter, and inspired by what we were doing, our 10 year old came up with this. I reckon it is better than anything I did!

She started by folding and then ruling the paper into 8 sections. Then she drew a simple scribble on top. The lines from the grid and the curves from the scribble created lots of interesting shapes on the paper. That was the easy part – then she filled each section with a different pattern or design all in crayon. She also went over the lines with a black crayon to emphasize them and give a border to each shape.

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Hand Print and Hand Shape Arts and Crafts
May 29th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Put your hands together for these handy crafts.

It is probably not normal to be excited about being able to make super cute elephants out of hand prints, but I was very excited when we made these. The hand print makes the perfect elephant shape once you add a few details.
The fish is very popular in hand print art circles! It is very easy for a child to add just a few details to their hand print and they have a fish. Make a tropical fish by painting a pattern on the hand before printing it.
Another classic hand print, and for a very good reason. What a perfect way to tug at heart strings!
Hand and Foot Shape Reindeer
Trace a foot, and print some hands to create this cute reindeer.
Hand Print Santa
Perfect for making Christmas Greeting Cards.
Thanksgiving Turkey
Make a whole lot of these and you will have a rafter of turkeys. I had to look that one up, but apparently that is what a group of turkey’s is called.
Hand Print Ghosts
A spooktastic craft.
Autumn or Fall Hand Leaf Tree
The whole family can have a hand in this craft.
Hand Shape and Tissue Paper Tree
Don’t stop with the hand, put the whole arm into this craft.
Hand Print Octopus
This hand print picture will make a splash
Hand Print Sheep
Sheep or perhaps a sheep dog? – but either way a cute craft.
Hand Print Butterfly
Find the shapes created by your hand print to create this butterfly
Hand Shape Frog
Easy and effective frog craft like this is very handy to know about!
Hand Print Fish
One of the classic hand print crafts for great reason – hands turn into a school of fish very easily
Paper Hand Lilies
One of the best – a very effective craft that is very easy
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Color Wheel Spinner
May 27th, 2012 by Craftylocks

A simple activity that children find fascinating.

We had lots of fun experimenting with this. I prepared the basic shape and divided it up into sections for the children to color and then they experimented with different color combinations, including having two circles on one wheel.

This is also a great paper craft to help teach color mixing, our children were correctly predicting the colors they were going to create. But for a child not quite sure what to expect it would be exciting to have the blue and yellow color wheel turn green when they spin it.

There are two ways to spin these. One is with a short pencil and spin it on a table like a spinning top, but the children found it easier to have the color wheel on a longer pencil and then roll the pencil back and forth between two hands.

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