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Tissue Decorated Tealight Jar
Apr 30th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

This is a perfect gift children to craft up for a Mothers Day gift. Even better, it also makes a great container in which to pop in a few extra treats if you want.

This is an easy craft to do and the result is a very cool gift. Start off with a clean empty glass jar.

You will also need a pile of torn up tissue bits and some glue.

Glue the tissue onto the outside of the jar. Some extra glue may be needed to smooth all the bits down.

Then pop a tealight into it. We used one of our cheap and cheerful battery powered ones. In the picture below there is one inside the jar and one beside it. A normal lit tealight works really well too, but the battery one is safer and easier.

This is so effective. But I also like that you could put little items like soaps, chocolate, little messages or work vouchers in it as well as a tea-light as a gift.

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Scented Stuffed Shape
May 4th, 2013 by Craftylocks
Such a great idea for a gift! This is perfect for turning a childs drawing into a gift – even a toddlers scribble designs would make a much appreciated present for something like Mothers Day.

The example from Pippi Pipecleaners below uses a very cute design that you can make from craft paper or from left over artwork.

Simple to make, you just need to cut out two identical shapes.

Layer up the shapes and glue some ribbon to the inside of one of the pieces. Glue the two pieces together leaving an opening.

Dab a small amount of scented oil onto a cotton wool ball – if you put too much it will ooze through the paper and may mark clothing. To make sure it will be OK, unroll another ball or two and roll it around the scented one.

Glue the closing shut and it is ready to be given and enjoyed. Just in time for Mothers Day!

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Cardboard and Tape Writing Compendium
Sep 1st, 2012 by Craftylocks

Not much in the way of step by step photos for this craft – we made it about 20 years ago as a gift when we had far more ideas than money. It is a great idea for children to make as a gift as well.

You need cardboard and some masking tape. I like to use masking tape as you can paint over the top of it very easily. So you need either one large piece of card you fold or two larger pieces of card – these will form the basic shape and size of the compendium, so they need to be larger than the paper you will have in your compendium. You will need two smaller pieces of card – the same height of the large card, but narrower to make the pockets for the paper and envelopes to sit in.

If you are using a larger piece of card to fold, score it on the fold line before you fold it to make a tidy fold. Tape everything together with the masking tape. Then start decorating! We painted over the masking tape to make it look pretty and painted a picture on the cover that matched the decorated paper and envelopes we had made.

An easy and fun way to make decorated paper and envelopes for the writing paper in the compendium is printmaking with potatoes.

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Pressed Flower Gift Cards
Jul 18th, 2012 by Craftylocks

We have always enjoyed making these. So special to give a card that you have made by hand and also uses flowers picked from your garden.

You do not need many flowers, even grasses and weeds can make a lovely picture. If you do not have a proper flower press, or if like me you have two but cannot find them, just press some flowers between some absorbent paper in a telephone book under a heavy box. We use cartridge paper for our absorbent paper. As soon as we finished pressing our flowers, I found the flower presses!

Cut up and fold some lightweight card to make some simple cards, and then carefully arrange the pressed flowers and glue them onto the card with just little bits of glue.

 

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Tissue Paper Lollypop Angel
Jul 12th, 2012 by Craftylocks

A craft that hides a lollypop inside it is going to be a winner with the kids.

You need a square or circle of tissue big enough to ‘wrap’ the lollypop, and another couple of pieces about half that size. You also need some ribbon and wool – and don’t forget the lollypop.
Drape the large tissue paper over the lollypop and then the small piece over that, tie a ribbon where the lolly connects to the stick to create the neck.
Make some wings by tying a piece of tissue in the middle.
Attach the wings, draw on a face and add some wool for hair. Now see how long the tug of war between retrieving the lollypop and preserving the creation takes!
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Set of Greeting Cards
Dec 7th, 2011 by Craftylocks

Some occasions call for a set of greeting cards – so here is one way of making a very special set of invitation or thank you cards. Although there are many many simple print making techniques that can be used, I really like this polystyrene tray print making method. It is simple to do and you are also recycling at the same time. Note that if you want to do text, you will need to do it in reverse so that it prints correctly.

We usually do our simple design onto paper first and then transfer it onto the polystyrene tray by positioning the paper on the tray and pressing firmly with a pencil. The pencil will dent the tray. Then working directly on the tray, go over the image again so that it is firmly dented into the tray.
Apply paint onto the tray, use a roller or dabber.
Carefully place the painted side of the tray onto your paper and press firmly. I usually pick up the two and gently rub with my finger to make sure all the paint is picked up. Do not leave them together for too long in case the paper becomes glued to the polystyrene tray. Then repeat until you have plenty.
Glue each image onto a simple folded piece of card. To continue the consistency theme you could also print out the same message to glue on the inside of each card.
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