Origami Stalk and Leaf Tutorial
Apr 20th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Another of the paper crafts for children that has a very short materials list. All you need for this one is a piece of square paper! Once you have finished it you will also need an origami flower. Here is a handy Origami Tulip Tutorial.

origami_crease Fold the paper to make a triangle, crease and unfold.
origami_leaf origami_leaf2 Fold the sides in to line up with the center crease to make a kite
shape. Fold the sides in again to line up with the center crease.
origami_leaf3 Fold the small edge sides in to line up with the center crease as well.
origami_leaf4 origami_leaf5 Fold the wide end over so that the point is part way along the center crease. Fold in half along the center crease.
origami_leaf6 Pull the shorter piece out to form the leaf. Crease the bottom firmly.
origami_tulip-leaf Glue the stalk onto an origami flower.

Download the printable version of the worksheet – PDF Worksheet – Origami Stalk and Leaf.

See how the origami tulip, stalk and leaf has been used in my Accordion Pop-up Card.

For more info about Origami and some basic folds check out my ‘What is Origami?’ article.

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Fold-out Paper Garland Tutorial
Apr 14th, 2010 by Craftylocks

One of the classic paper crafts for children, you just need a strip of paper and some scissors. Also anything that you want to use to decorate the final piece.

garland2 Any size strip of paper will do – it just needs to be long enough that you can fold it into at least 6 and have room to draw a picture. Fold the strip of paper into a concertina.
garland3 Draw a picture on the top face of the folded up paper. The picture must go to each side of the paper. Any shape is fine as long as it joins on the sides.
garland4 Cut the shape out through all the layers, making sure that the sides are not cut out.
garland5 Open it out you should have lots of shapes all in a row. Decorate each shape as you wish.

Download the printable version of the worksheet. PDF Worksheet – Fold Out Paper Garland


For an example of this one check out Flower Paper Garland or Halloween Garland.

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Foam Marbling Tutorial
Apr 5th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This paper crafts for children activity gave us all a real buzz, it was fun to do and the decorated paper can be used for so many things! Materials needed for this activity are shaving foam and dyes or food colorings. Also a container to squirt the shaving foam in and of course lots of paper.

Foam Marbling 1 Shake the shaving foam well and squirt a layer into a dish.
Foam Marbling 2 Dribble dye or food coloring onto the shaving foam.
Foam Marbling 3 Gently stir the colours to mix them.
Foam Marbling 4 Lay a piece of paper on the foam and dye and gently
press the paper so that most of it touches the foam.
Foam Marbling 5 Peel the paper off. Leave it to dry completely. This can take
a few hours if it is very thick Once it is dry brush off the shaving foam to reveal the print on the paper.

Download the printable version of the worksheet. PDF Worksheet – Foam Marbling

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Tissue Paper Flowers Tutorial
Apr 2nd, 2010 by Craftylocks

The materials you need are just tissue paper and pipe cleaners. It is a ‘not very messy’ paper crafts for children – we need those sometimes!

tissue-flowers1 Cut various shapes from tissue paper. The shapes do not need to be neat.
tissue-flowers2 Roll one end of a pipe cleaner into a snug spiral.
tissue-flowers3 Start threading the pieces of tissue onto
the pipe cleaner.
tissue-flowers4 Keep threading more pieces of tissues
onto the pipe cleaner.
tissue-flowers5 Push all the tissue to the end and
scrunch and shape the flower.
tissue-flowers7 Now make lots of flowers using different colors and shapes.

Download the printable version of the worksheet. Worksheet – Tissue Paper Flowers PDF.

See the super speedy demo Speedy Tissue Paper Flower Demo

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Stand-up Shape Tutorial
Apr 1st, 2010 by Craftylocks

One of those paper crafts for children, and grown-ups too, that is useful to learn as it can be applied to all sorts of shapes that have a need to stand!

stand-up-egg1 Cut out two identical shapes, make sure they have a flat bottom.
stand-up-egg2 Cut from the bottom to the center on one shape and from the top to the center on the other shape.
stand-up-egg4 Slot the two shapes together. If the shape is large or it is made from lightweight paper it may need support at the joins. Try tape, a sticker or a foam dot.

Download the printable version of the worksheet. PDF Worksheet – Stand-up Shape

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Papier Mache Layers Tutorial
Mar 30th, 2010 by Craftylocks

For this paper craft you need two bowls, cling-film, newspaper, white paper, tissue paper and paste. For this egg example of a papier mache construction you will also need ribbon.

paper-egg1 The two small bowls need to have the same size opening, alternatively you can use just one bowl and make one half first and the second half later. Cover the bowls with cling-film.
paper-egg2 Glue strips of newspaper onto the bowl and leave to dry. When it is dry carefully remove the bowl and cling-film and leave it to dry on the inside as well.
paper-egg3 Add a layer of white paper so that no newsprint will show through the final tissue paper layer.
paper-egg4 Use layers of strong packing tape to make a hinge to join the two halves of the construction which in this case will be an egg.
paper-egg5 I suggest making a small lip on the outside of one half so that it fits a tiny bit over the other half – this helps hold it together. Finish the outside with a layer of torn tissue paper.
papier-mache_egg_bow1 Glue a ribbon to the bottom so that the egg can be kept closed with a bow.

Download the printable version of the worksheet – PDF Worksheet – Papier Mache Layers Egg.

For more information about Papier Mache, check out my What is Papier Mache? article.

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