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Origami Peacock
May 13th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Origami is one of those crafts that make you feel pretty clever as you can make some cool things with just a few folds.
Fold the paper in half across the diagonal and open.
Fold the two side corners in to meet the middle fold.
Fold both side together. The fold line is the same one we made in the first step.
Fold the neck down as pictured.
Then fold the neck up inside.
Fold the top down to the inside to make the head. Looking from the top, or head, this is what the folds look like.
Cut a scalloped shape along the bottom.
Draw on an eye and decorate the tail feathers.
I like how effective it is with just a few details drawn on.

I share origami designs that are quite straight forward, but even so they can still have quite a few steps, so I have made a worksheet that you can print out if you want.

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Folded Cut Out Flowers
Feb 13th, 2014 by Craftylocks

For Valentines day today here in New Zealand I had one waiting on each of my colleagues desks for when they got in – they somehow guessed who the paper folding cutting and glueing person was that made them!!

 

This is so much fun, and easy!! I demonstrated this simple technique and I was then amazed by how many different flowers the children came up with! I have also made a more detailed worksheet of the steps in case that is easier for you to work with.
Start with a square piece of paper and fold it into a triangle three times.
With the longest side on the right, and the corner that was the middle of the square of paper pointing down, fold the point on the left over so the sides line up like pictured.
Cut off the triangle at the top above the edge of the folded paper.
Draw a half petal shape starting at the top corner of the triangle and ending on the long edge.
Cut along the outline you have drawn. But make sure you do not cut through all of the long edge of the triangle. Ease the flower open.
Layer up with some more folded cut out flowers.

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Simple Folded Paper Puppet
Aug 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

All you need is a piece of photocopy size paper, and a few folds later you have a puppet – a very wide mouth puppet! I have popped all the steps into a worksheet that you can download and print, as well as summarised here.

Fold a peice of photocopy size paper into three so that it is long and skinny.
Fold it again into four sections so that it forms a concertina.
Add details to the top layer. Your fingers go in the space created between the layers of paper. Your thumb goes in the space in the bottom layer and then you can open and close the mouth really wide.!
Once again my daughters attempt is much better than mine!
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Paper Snapper Tutorial
Jan 5th, 2011 by Craftylocks

This is a simple origami paper craft for children that can be adapted to many different critters or fantasy creatures.

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snapper-1 Cut a square from a sheet of colored paper, we used photocopy sized paper. You can choose to use a larger square of paper and you will get a bigger snapper than the one pictured. The narrow strip of paper is our off-cut.
snapper-2 Fold the square sheet of paper in half. Fold each side in half so you end up with a zig zag fold in the paper.
snapper-3 Flatten all the folds so you are left with a skinny rectangle. On the first section fold the corners in on a diagonal to form a triangle.
snapper-4 Repeat this on the middle section …
snapper-5 … and then again on the last section so that all the sections are folded to the same shape.
snapper-6 Find the center point on the longest side and using a pencil make a mark about 12 mm (0.5″) in from the edge. Cut up to the mark through all the layers of paper.
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Fold back long triangles from the cut to the outer point. This creates the lips or gums of the snapper. Pull the sides apart.
snapper-9 Fold over so the points meet and make a beak or mouth shape. I pinch the back of this to encourage it to stay folded so it does keep springing fully open.
snapper-10 Decorate as you wish. I cut teeth from white card …
snapper-11 … and a curly tongue from red paper, but you can use you imagination to create any creature you like. Maybe big lips for a gorilla or a hanging tongue for a dog. Whiskers and ears for a mouse or fangs for a bat.

Download the printable version of the Tutorial – PDF Worksheet – Paper Snapper

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Crepe Paper Tassel Tutorial
Jul 12th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This festive craft is not just a great paper craft for children – it is an any age party decoration. You need to gather up the brightest crepe paper you can find, some scissors, string and glue and then you can get started.

crepe-tassle1 Cut two strips off the end of a roll of crepe paper. Cut a small piece – up to the first fold from each roll to be used as a wrapper in a later step.
crepe-tassle2 Cut narrow strips into the thick piece.
crepe-tassle3 Cut the ends of the folded strips open at the end the narrow strips are cut from.
crepe-tassle4 Thread string through the folded end. Fold the small piece in half length-ways.
crepe-tassle5 Scrunch the tassel around the string and wrap the folded small piece of crepe paper around and glue in place as pictured.

Download the printable version of the Tutorial – PDF Worksheet – Crepe Paper Tassels.

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Scraped Paint Tutorial
Jun 28th, 2010 by Craftylocks

scraped-paint-sectionThis is one of the very versatile paper crafts for children. You can make patterns, pictures, even write words by scraping into the paint. You just need some paper and paint, and some tools to do the scraping. Tools like a piece of card, the end of a brush or even fingers will do!

To make a more dramatic scraped paint image, first coat the paper with a base layer of acrylic paint. If you are using just one layer of paint and scraping through to the paper, then any sort of paint is fine.

scraped-paint1 Once the first layer is dry paint a small area on top. I have painted and scraped each stripe before starting the next one.
scraped-paint2 While the paint is still wet scrape into the paint with a tool, like the end of a paint brush or a peice of card.
scraped-paint-word You can scrape patterns or words into the wet paint.

Cut bits from the finished piece for all sorts of paper crafts.
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Download the printable version of the tutorial – PDF Worksheet – Scraped Paint

See some of the things we made with just half of this decorated paper at Scraped Paint Decorated Things.

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