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Thank You Garland
Nov 27th, 2013 by Craftylocks

This technique has so many uses. I think using a garland of letters is such a beautiful way to deliver a message.

Fold some paper in half – any colorful paper, or use plain paper and decorate it after it is cut out. Cut out the letters for your message.
Make sure the fold of the paper is at the top of the letter and is not cut off.
Lay the message out and put some string along the fold. Close the letters over the string and glue them closed.
Hang the garland ready to greet and delight.

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Cardboard Roll Stars
Jul 1st, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

These gorgeous stars are easy and make a very effective garland for 4th of July Celebrations.

You need some empty toilet rolls, glitter and glue. A glue stick and white craft glue are both useful for this one.

Flatten the toilet rolls making the edges of the folds sharp by running the edge of a ruler over them. Line up the fold lines and then flatten again making the folds sharp with the ruler.

Cut the toilet rolls in half and then in quarters.

Straighten the curved sides of the toilet rolls squares by squeezing the edges between your fingers. They should end up looking more like a diamond shape.

Glue three of the squares together. I used clothes pegs to hold them together whilst they dried.

Attach a strip of paper in a loop using the glue stick.

I found it easier to glue the toilet rolls in sets of two or three rather than adding them individually. You can either make five or six pointed stars.

Pour a generous blob of white craft glue into a flat container and glitter into another.

Dip the edges of the star into the white craft glue making sure they are well coated, then dip in the glitter.

It is easier to leave the first side to dry before doing the other but if you are careful you can do both at once.

Hang to dry.

Hang as individual decorations or attach to a string to make a garland.

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Saint Patricks Day Garland
Mar 14th, 2013 by Craftylocks

Super quick and easy paper craft decoration to get the children to do when you suddenly remember the O’Briens are coming round to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at your place!

Start with a green piece of printer size paper and cut it in half lengthways – you will now have two strips of paper. Fold each one into a concertina – folding it into four usually works really well. Draw a shamrock shape on the front, making sure that the edges of the picture go on the edge of the paper.

Cut the shape out and when you open it you will have a row of shamrocks ready to decorate the wall. Repeat on the other piece of paper and tape them together – keep repeating to make it as long as you like.

If you do happen to do this as a leisurely planned activity, you can also have lots of fun decorating your garland with drawings, glitter, stickers and the like.

This is a great paper craft for children to do independently, and to help them I have a Paper Garland Tutorial.

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Thanksgiving Paper Crafts for Children
Oct 30th, 2012 by Craftylocks


A range of Thanksgiving paper crafts to keep the children occupied before the celebration and some great decorations for the day.

Paper Bag Turkey Thanksgiving Hat
Make this hat to wear at your thanksgiving day celebration.
Paper Gratitude Garland
Make this garland of gratitude statements or simply things you are thankful for. It makes a great decoration and trying to read every link adds extra interest. Some examples to get you started:

  • for friends I can cry with
  • for my lovely mother
  • for my happy home
  • for my favorite toy
  • for our thanksgiving gathering
thanksgiving-hand-turkey Thanksgiving Hand Print Turkey
Have some fun making these Thanksgiving turkeys with the children.


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Tissue Paper Flying Fish
Oct 6th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

I have always thought these looked beautiful, but worried they may be tricky to make … don’t worry – be crafty, they are simple!
You just need to catch yourself a strip of card, some tissue paper sheets and scraps, and some string. Staple the strip of card into a circle.
Make sure your tissue paper is wide enough to go all the way around the circle, and roll a bit over the strip of card and glue into place. Repeat with another shorter piece of tissue.
Trim the tissue paper to the shapes you want and glue on some details like fins and eyes.
Punch four holes evenly around the cardboard strip and tie a piece of string to each hole. Tie all the pieces of string together.
Hook your fish into a tree to catch a wave in the wind or set the children running with the fish flying behind them.
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Simple Crepe Paper Jelly Fish
Jul 5th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Crepe paper is great, it is light and floaty, stretchy and textured and lends it self to all sorts of crafts … including the tentacles of a jellyfish.

A crafty friend came up with this simple and cheerful design. Not too messy either and would be great to hang for an ocean themed party.

Take a sheet of newspaper and scrunch into a ball several times to make the paper soft and pliable. Make a ball the size you want your jellyfish’s head to be.

Place two layers of crepe paper on a flat surface. The size of the piece of crepe will depend on how big your ball of newspaper is. Make sure to leave lots of overhang to make the tentacles.

Gather the crepe up and around the ball of newspaper and fasten with a chenille stick. Cut off the excess chenille stick and tuck the ends away.

Cut strips in the crepe paper to make the tentacles. It doesn’t matter that they are different lengths or widths but you don’t want them to be too narrow that they tear easily.

Cut the base for the eyes out of some card. Cut out the white for the eyes a little smaller than the base and then draw in the pupils with the black marker. Glue to the card.

Glue eyes to the head of the Jellyfish, and then because he is so cute and ever so easy make another!

We have made something similar a while ago … a super quick Paper Towel Ghost

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