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Envelope Corner Bookmarks
Mar 26th, 2015 by Craftylocks

Such a simple paper craft that children can do to make a useful little present AND recycle at the same time.

We had so much fun making fancy shaped Bookmarks from Envelope corners, and Shamrock Bookmarks that I had a search on the internet for some other envelope corner bookmarks and only then realised that we had made it all much harder than we needed! I still love the shaped ones we made, but it can be so much easier! For these ones we just cut the corners off the envelopes and drew on them or glued paper on them – and our bookmarks are ready to use!

Of course I just might need to buy more books now for all the bookmarks!

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St Patricks Day Envelope Corner Bookmark
Mar 12th, 2015 by Craftylocks

I had so much fun making these the other day that when a green envelope arrived in the house, I knew it needed to become a shamrock bookmark!

Please have a look at all the steps for Bookmarks made from Envelope Corners to see how easy they are.

For a St Patrick’s shamrock bookmark we of course needed to bookmark a book by an Irish author! An author that we love and highly recomend is Roddy Doyle, and his books; The Giggler Treatment and Rover Saves Christmas. These were also some of the stories the children read to me while I painted the Forest Lagoon Mural.

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Bookmarks made from Envelope Corners
Mar 10th, 2015 by Craftylocks

Recycle those pretty envelopes into even prettier bookmarks with this fun easy craft.

I guess I only really needed to make one of these to demonstrate the process, but it was so much fun and so easy that I made a few! Now when I get cards in brightly coloured envelopes, I will be thinking what sort of bookmark I can make! And I did … see the next one I made.

You do not actually need to have brightly coloured envelopes, even plain ones will work.

Draw and colour some pictures in the corner of the envelope. The best corner to use is the one at the bottom that does not have the flap on the other side, so you have a nice pocket when you cut your shape out.

Cut around your shape and it makes a nice pocket for slipping over a page corner to mark your place.

 

This would be a handy paper craft for children needing to make a gift for Mothers or Fathers Day!

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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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