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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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Candy Cane Reindeer
Nov 21st, 2011 by Craftylocks

 

This makes a neat decoration for the tree or a gift for children to give to friends and family, although if you want them to give it away you may have to make extra so they can keep one as well!!

You will need …

Brown card
Red paper
2 eyes
1 red glitter pom pom
Glue
Scissors
Craft knife
2 wrapped candycanes

On the brown card, cut out one reindeer head, two ears, and one strip.

With a pencil, mark where the cuts will be made and using a craft knife cut the slits in the head to fit the strip through and across the top for the candycanes to slide into.

Weave the strip through the head so that you have both tags sticking out of the front of the head.

Turn the head over and pull the tags out so the candy-canes can fit through.

Glue the ears to the tags at the front of the head. Push the candy-canes through the slits at the top of the head and through the tags at the back of the head.

Cut ear detail out of the red paper and stick to the ears. Glue on the eyes and nose and the reindeer is now looking way too cute to be eaten … or is it??

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Jar of Appreciation
Jan 1st, 2011 by Craftylocks

This is a lovely craft to make for your parent, grandparent or teacher to let them know how much you love and appreciate them. It can also be adapted to be a thank you jar for a friend, a memories jar for a baby as it grows or even a jar with jokes or words of wisdom written on the strips of paper. I love this type of gift because it gives you the opportunity to say all the things you would like the special recipient to know but don’t always get the chance to say. Best of all, it is fun and easy to make too.

To make this gift you need a glass jar with a lid, some glue, colored paper, pen or marker, ribbon, scissors and letters to spell out your label. Our jar is labeled with ”I Love You Mum”.
Stick the letters that spell out your label on the outside of the jar. These letters have been cut from an old magazine but you could use alphabet stickers instead.

Cut the colored paper into narrow strips, wide enough to write a message on. Write your special messages on the strips of paper. For example, finish the line “I Love You Mum” on the outside of the jar by writing on the strip “… because you make me yummy dinners” or “… because you give me the best cuddles”.

love-mum_jar1

Roll the strips around the pencil so they curl and then pop inside the jar. Do as many strips as it take to fill the jar. Put the lid on and tie the ribbon over the lid. If you don’t have a jar with a lid you can place a piece of fabric over the top and tie it with a ribbon instead.

love-mum_jar

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Jigsaw Puzzle from Artwork
Aug 24th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Take a special picture and chop it up to make a special gift.

I have to be secretive with this one and not show you the final assembled puzzle until after Fathers Day which is September the 5th here in New Zealand. Just in case a certain Dad takes a look at this site! He is allowed to see that we have made him a puzzle – but not allowed to see what it is of. All will be revealed after September the 5th, in the meantime here it is as an idea.
dad-puzzle-chopped

To make this jigsaw puzzle you just need a picture that is drawn on some card, it can also have a message written on it. I recommend cutting the picture up into block – not trying to make the traditional jigsaw shapes. The sort of thinner card that we have used does not slot together too well if it is in traditional jigsaw shapes, but is easy to work with if chopped into random shapes like those pictured. You can also buy blank jigsaws especially for drawing on – your child’s artwork on these would make a great gift for Dad too.

And now that the New Zealand Fathers day is done and dusted, (except for Cubs Fathers Day Fish and Chip night), I can reveal the puzzle! It was completed by the man in question while I cooked him bacon and eggs and the children ran a commentary on the details in the artwork in the puzzle.

dad-puzzle-assembled

As the drawing is so detailed, it is a little hard to see what is going on in the artwork – fortunately I took a photo before we chopped it up! The picture is by our son and is of our family with a cartoonish emphasis put on our various hair styles. I am on the left with curly hair that goes everywhere, then the Dad sporting a lack of hair, beside him is the artist with a tall tower of hair representing what his hair does between haircuts – also what he would like it to do as he hates haircuts! Finally on the right is the daughter of the family with a long and very thick mane of hair.

dad-puzzle-picture

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