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Flower Paper Garland
Apr 12th, 2010 by Craftylocks

A concertina chain of flowers that go on forever, or as long as your paper – whichever comes first!fold-out_flowers

This is one of the classic paper crafts for children, I loved it as a kid and I still love it. Super simple to make, all you need is paper and scissors and then if you want to decorate it – some pens, glitter, more paper, etc. I have used plain pink paper but it is also great with crepe paper which is made in handy dandy long lengths.

fold-out_flowers-closeFold a strip of the paper up accordion style and then draw a shape or picture onto the top of the paper ‘stack’, it must go all the way to each side of the paper. Any shape is fine as long as it joins on the sides. Cut the shape out through all the layers, making sure that the sides are not cut out. Open it up and you should have chain of shapes, if you do not, try again and this time make sure that the sides are not cut out:-).

Although this is really easy I have still made a Fold Out Garland Tutorial and a PDF Worksheet – Fold Out Paper Garland to print out so that you can show your children the steps if you wish.

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Spiral Paper Mobile
Apr 11th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Twirly whirly and super easy to make!

It is school holiday world at our house at the moment. So I need paper crafts for my children that I can quickly start up to distract from any budding argument! Fortunately most of the days have been filled with happy imaginary play – well not so happy if you are one of the many dragons or monsters that my children are slaying in their games:-).

spiral_mobile-treeThis craft is so easy to do, and nil set up time assuming you already have lots of decorated paper underfoot as we always do! So if you have had lots of fun decorating paper (like shaving foam marbling) but then do not know what to do with it, then this is for you.

Cut some roughly circle shapes out of the paper and then cut a spiral into the circle – as in the picture below.  Stick or tie one end onto something up high – like some sticks or coat hanger for inside or a handy dandy tree branch like we have done.

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Then lie back and admire your fabulous decoration and dream of fairies, fire trucks or frogs.

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