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Hand and Heart Shape
May 1st, 2014 by Craftylocks

There are so many beautiful papers and I do love buying them. This craft is a lovely way to use some of those papers and a special craft for children to do.

It is also handy as a mothers day gift or card, and easy for Dad’s to organise with their children! We used ours to make cards but these are very nice mounted on a block or in a frame to hang on the wall.

The children can be involved throughout this craft. They can choose the paper they want to use for their hand shape. They could also choose the background colour and the heart colour. If you are making something to mount on the wall the children could paint the canvas block or whatever background you are using.

If they are old enough to write they can write their own name on the heart shape. But have a few shapes ready and have them write on the heart before the shape is glued onto the hand shape, just in case they want a few attempts to get it right.

 

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Heart Shapes
Apr 25th, 2014 by Craftylocks

As well as easy, this one is also a perfect craft for children to make as a gift or a card for someone special, like perhaps Mum or Mom for Mothers Day!

Cut out heart shapes. The easiest way I find to do this is by cutting a half heart shape from some folded paper to make a nice symmetrical shape. You also need a circle and a thin strip of paper.
Arrange them into a flower. Mine is a pretty straight forward shape, but even with these simple shapes, children will come with their own version of it.
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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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Snake Shape Card
Jun 2nd, 2012 by Craftylocks

Ssssuch a sssssimple yet ssssssssspecial card.

To make this rather cool snake shape card, start by folding your paper or card along the length to make a long skinny shape. Sketch and then cut a snake shape out as pictured – making sure that you have the wiggles of the snake keep to the fold in a few places so that you have a card and not two separate snake shapes.

Decorate the outside in a suitably snakey pattern.

And then ‘hiss’ your message on the inside.

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Fold Out Card
May 5th, 2012 by Craftylocks

This craft first featured in one of my newsletters. It was a card I had always admired, and when I went to make it myself I was very pleased with how easy it was to make – so it is a great paper craft for children, and just in time for Mothers Day!

The basic shape is a square with a half circle on each side. I have made a template for you so that it is easier for you to get started.
Crease along the sides of the square, so that the half circles all fold in.
Fold each half circle in working around the square – the last half circle needs to tuck under the first half circle and the card will stay closed.
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Braille Paper Craft
Apr 20th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

This is a special craft for children. As well as it being fascinating for them to see their name in a different language, it is also a great learning opportunity.
Using a braille alphabet, write some names using a pencil to make the dots first – leaving plenty of room between each letter. Go over the pencil marks with white glue, acrylic paint, or nail varnish to make raised dots. Once the names are dry, try reading the names with your fingers.
We made our braille names on a folded piece of paper so that we could easily check what the name was.
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