Yummy Foods Collage
Jun 15th, 2010 by Craftylocks

One of the classic paper arts / crafts for children – cutting pictures out of magazines to make a collage around a theme.

My daughter was delighted at the opportunity to cut pictures out of one of my treasured magazines after I had been sent an overlap copy when renewing a subscription. She managed to find some lovely deserts but not a single vegetable that she thought looked yummy, fancy that! Oh well, she did find a nice bit of steak that she thought looked good. We then chose some paper to use as the place-mat and cut out a plate, knife and fork to make our paper table setting.


After a last minute change of place-mat pattern she arranged and glued it all together. I think this would look fabulous if a classroom of them was displayed on the wall. Another idea we will try is creating our own patterned paper to use for the place-mat.


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Cubomania Collage
Jun 12th, 2010 by Craftylocks

We had fun giving our abstract art parts of our brains a bit of a workout with this form of collage.

I had been sent a double up of a magazine I subscribe too, so now we can do magazine collage! I cannot bear to cut up my old cooking, garden and craft magazines, they are too lovely and I might just look back at them one day! Well I might!! But with two copies I am happy to turn one into lots of magazine collages. The first page was sacrificed for a cubomania experiment. Cubomania is a form of collage where a picture is cut up into squares and then reassembled. Ideally you would measure and carefully cut so that all your squares are the same size, but as this is paper crafts for children and my daughter was keen to get started – she folded the picture up to make lines for cutting. So I thought we would go with that have uneven oblongs instead – I wonder if that is called ‘randomshapeomania’?

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This inspired my husband to test his craftiness and have a go himself – he had mixed results! See how he did trying this paper craft at Cubomania Collage

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Tissue Paper Collage
May 23rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Tissue paper is a great paper for children to craft with!

tissue-paper-collage1Tissue paper comes in lot of lovely colors and is so much fun to tear and scrunch and layer. With this craft the children will sandwich the tissue paper between two bits of clear contact plastic to create a collage that can be used in so many different ways. To appreciate the transparency of the tissue paper use the collaged images to attach to windows or as a mobile in the children’s room. However this technique can also be used to make bookmarks or inserts for gift cards.

To create the collage you need some contact plastic – sometimes called ‘coverseal’, it is clear plastic that is sticky on one side. I cut out a piece twice the size of my planned collage and folded it in half. I pulled off the protective paper and arranged my tissue paper on one side of the contact plastic. Then I closed the other side over to seal the tissue paper in.

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The basic technique is pretty simple but I did have some issues with it, and it did not work as nicely as I hoped every time, sometimes bits of tissue would move and jump as I sealed the plastic. That is what happened with the final example here. The plastic also rarely sealed without wrinkles. I do not think that a big problem though. I also think that with practice and more care than I took it would work better. But I am interested in how easy it is for children, who like me, would not be interested in lots of practice or fiddling around to get it to work. All that said, I still think it is worth doing!

If you want to try some other tissue paper crafts for children I have a few more as I find tissue paper irresistible! Have a look at Hand and Scrunched Tissue Paper Tree, Easy Tissue Paper Flowers, and another cool tree idea Spring Blossom Tree.

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Autumn Leaves Collage
Apr 18th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Paper leaves inspired by Autumn

autumn leavesIn the south island of New Zealand the trees are putting on a fiery show before winter hits. Today we wandered the garden and collected a few choice specimens to study (yesterday I raked up leaf piles and mixed them with cow poo for my compost – but not much paper crafty about that!!). We then searched through the paper piles and found papers that reminded us of the leaves and started creating paper versions of out autumn finds. This is a great way for children to use paper crafts to create some seasonal art – if you want to make this too – just follow the steps we took below.

leaf collage Number one daughter traced the leaves onto her paper selection and I cut them out.
paper autumn leaves We made a beautiful range of paper leaves inspired by the real ones.
leaf collage 2 We arranged them on the paper and glued them down.
leaf collage Once the glue was dry we added leaf details with crayons, this really brings the collage to life.

I have some more Autumn or Fall crafts for children @ Autumn or Fall crafts for Children

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