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Fathers Day Stone Paper Weight
Aug 23rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

If you are looking for a quick and easy last minute present for Fathers Day, this is great.

dad-rockYou just need a rock, some tissue paper and a bit of glue. Give the rock a quick clean and paste on some torn bits of tissue paper. Once it is dry, write on ‘My Dad Rocks’ and you have a very special paper weight for Dad’s desk.

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Paper Bag from Decorated Paper
Aug 14th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Pop any gift in this bag made from some of your own decorated paper and you will be giving double the gift!

There are so many great art and paper crafts for children that create artworks and decorated paper. The technique we have used to decorate this paper is pulled apart paint. To do this you cover some paper thickly with paint, and then dribble or dab another color on top of it, put some more paper on top and push down to squash the two colors together – when you peel the top sheet off you get a pattern like the paper in the bag we have made here.

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To make the bag you start off with your decorated paper, a length of cord cut in half and also something with square corners that is about the size of the bag you want. Wrap up one end of the object with the paper, creasing the corners and sides to make nice sharp edges. Glue the paper together where it meets. Carefully remove the object and your bag is halfway made.

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At the other open end of the bag, fold over the top edge into the bag so that it has a nice neat top. This is also reinforces the top edge so it does not tear easily where the cord goes through. Punch four holes through the folded over paper – try and have the two pairs line up evenly. Tie a knot at the end of one piece of cord and thread it through one hole, starting from the inside of the bag and then back through the other hole on the same side. You should now have one knot inside the bag. Tie a knot at the other end of the cord and repeat for the other handle of the bag.

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When you are tyeing the knots on the cord or ribbon for the handles, thread a little card onto them before you finish. Then you have a handy gift card already attached for the recipients name – and of course, you get to use some more of your lovely decorated paper.

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Papier Mache Pens
Jul 25th, 2010 by Craftylocks

papier-mache_penMake someones day by crafting up a totally cool pen for them.

I love paper crafts for children that involve their own creativity in making a gift for someone special. You may need to get them to make a few of these pens as they will want to keep one for themselves.

This idea was inspired by painted sticks at Creative Jewish Mom’s blog. When I saw them I thought that I would love to be able to use them to write and draw with.

We created our own sticks by wrapping some pens with papier mache. We tore up some newspaper into little strips and used wallpaper paste to glue the paper onto the pens. Of course you need to make sure that the pen is clicked on before you start! To create the shape on the pen with the ball at the end we also folded and squished some paper and attached it with more strips of paper and paste.

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Then it was just a matter of waiting till they dried, hiding them in a bag of other projects, finding them again, burying them under a pile of decorated paper, uncovering them, sitting them on the coffee table for a week, and them painting them. An extension is to then decide that you do not like one of them and paint over the top of it with white paint – them repeat from the beginning of this paragraph.

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Cardboard Picture Frame
Jul 15th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This is a simple craft that is easy for children to create, and a great way for them to make a gift and display their special art work.

We have used corrugated cardboard to make our frame, it is nice and thick so that there is plenty of room between the layers for your artwork.

For the backing start off with some bits of card that are both the same size, cut a ‘U’ shape out of one piece.

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Glue the ‘U’ shape onto the back piece.

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Glue some pieces of white paper over the two pieces of cardboard to tidy it all up and to give it a white background suitable for painting if you wish.

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To make the front of the frame cut a piece of decorative card a tiny but bigger than the backing card. Cut a hole in it that is a little smaller than the ‘U’ shape card. In our example we wanted to use some paper that we had previously decorated with scraped paint, so we backed it with some red card to make it stronger.

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Glue this on top of the backing piece and your frame is done.

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Then you can slot in a special picture or photo – ours has a really cool cartoon horse that my 10 year old created.

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Flower Pencil Topper
Jun 1st, 2010 by Craftylocks

This decorative topper for a pencil ticks lots of paper crafts for children requirements!

It is quick and easy and the results are great. And although mess is an important part of arts and crafts with children, sometimes we need something that is no mess, and this craft is one of those. It is also a cheap way of making a useful little gift for someone. We have used paper already printed with a pattern for our flower pencil topper but to make it more personal you could use decorated paper from something like painting with balls or wheels or leaf printing.

I have made a flower pencil topper tutorial which shows all the steps, but in summary the steps are …
1. You need an oblong/rectangle piece of paper.
2. Fold it a few times and cut slits in it from one end almost all the way to the other end. Cut parallel to the fold lines but make sure you do not cut the fold lines.
3. Unfold and then wrap the paper around the pencil and tape in place. Pattern to the inside and cut bits at the top.
4. Bend down the cut bits of paper to open them up like a flower. If you want you can also roll some of the paper strips around a pencil to curl them.

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Paper Hand Shape Lily
May 17th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This an easy paper craft for children, and they make a fabulous bunch of flowers!

Paper hand shape liliesI like the impact of these in red and we have this bunch of gorgeous hand shape lilies in our bathroom – a real splash of color! Nice and easy to make, you just need some paper, a child’s hand to trace around, scissors to cut the shape and tape to hold the shape in a tube. You also need pipe cleaners to make the stem and stamen.

This would make a lovely gift for someone special to the child. As well as being a lovely bunch of flowers they are also part of the clever crafty child.

All the steps are detailed at the Paper Hand Lily Tutorial. I made the tutorial using white paper so you can see both options and decide which one you prefer.

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