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Collage Face
May 20th, 2014 by Craftylocks

We had lots of fun making these. We were just playing around with cutting out paper shapes and these faces happened!

It is as simple as sitting around with some paper and scissors and suggesting cutting out face shapes. The beauty of it is that you can arrange and trim and rearrange the shapes as much as you like before you glue them down. A really great way for a child to practice self critique, because it is no problem if it does not work out, it is so easy to change. Even if they like one of their arrangements, it is still fun to try others just to see what they would be like, before you get the glue out.

To start with, just two different colors of paper are all you need. Cut out some head and face feature shapes.

Arrange them on the paper, and trim or cut new bits out, and rearrange.

When it is just right, get out some glue and glue the pieces in place.

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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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Cut Up Shapes Picture
Apr 22nd, 2013 by Craftylocks

Colorful and easy – it also suits a wide range of ages!

Roughly chop up some bits of colored paper. Glue some onto a piece of black paper.
Arrange another layer on top of them, overlapping them but letting bits of the first layer show.
Repeat with another layer.
Stop when you are happy with the shapes and colors, or if it is bedtime – whichever comes first.
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Saint Patricks Day Wreath
Mar 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

Oh I had fun with this one – and my family heard probably a few too many times how much I like it – but there are so many good things about it …

1. It is easy and effective (I suppose that could be two points but I really like high-lighting paper crafts that cover both)
2. It works for young children, as well as slightly older kids (like me)
3. The children can do most of it on their own
4. It can be adapted to other themes as well
5. No special materials are needed
6. It can even be educational
7. I could use a shamrock shape cutter I found among my mum’s (mom’s) crafting gear.

I really like the idea of something like this at the door to welcome visitors with a celebration wreath. Just change the colors or theme to whatever is relevant. I think this would be great for letting everyone know which local sports team you support.

For the base of the wreath, a pizza box lid or base is a great size. Trace around a large plate and a small one to make the wreath shape and cut it out. You could also make a smaller one using a paper plate. Paint the shape green so that it does not matter if the artist covers all the cardboard with their decorations.

Gather up all sorts of green bits and pieces. This is the educational part, have your young artist help you find things the right color. To add to the mix we roughly chopped up some green paper. I also used a cutter to make the shamrock shapes – thanks mum!

Then just randomly glue things on! You could demonstrate scrunching some tissue up and looping bits of crepe paper – or just leave them to it and see what they think of. I had glitter I was going to add at the end to fill and cover if it was needed, but it had so much on it that I did not use it after-all.

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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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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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