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Paper Weaving Mat
May 10th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Effective way to use decorated paper

weaving1I think that sometimes we forget to use some of the simple techniques. This one most of us will have done when we were children, and it is worth doing it with our children. Paper weaving is also a great way to make use of some of those beautiful children’s artworks that are created with paper decorating techniques like the Painting with Balls and Wheels paper that we have used for our weaving.

weaving-cutsI like to set up the children’s paper crafts so that they can do most of it themselves, so for the weaving we cut the strips on the base sheet all the way from one edge. If you cut strips using a craft knife only in the middle of the paper, as in the yellow paper in the picture, it will look better. But young children cannot use the craft knives or weave in the paper like the yellow example as easily, so I suggest cutting all the way to one edge as in the pink example in the picture.

Once the paper is cut take your decorated paper and cut it into strips and weave in and out of the base paper.

We weaved in two slightly different ways. The first example we cut wavy lines and also did not push the strips up tightly. Err – an admission, another Sarah boo boo, I cut the paper the wrong way to start with so we did not end up with enough to weave tightly, but I reckon it still works out fine like this.

weaving-close weaving2

So in the second example I thought a tiny bit more before cutting and then had enough paper to weave tightly. We played around with weaving from different angles as well, and left a space for a car picture as this example used the decorated paper made with the toy car wheel prints.

weaving-close2 weaving3

Now I will get them laminated and they will be used as placemats. Easy to wipe clean and great to look at.

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Papier Mache Pulp Tutorial
Apr 26th, 2010 by Craftylocks

All you need for this super cheap craft is newspaper, wallpaper paste or white glue, scrap cardboard and some paints.

papier-mache1 Fill a bowl or bucket with torn bits of newspaper. Cover the paper with warm water and leave to soak for 24 hours.
papier-mache21 Pour off the water and slowly mix in wallpaper paste or white glue until the mixture feels like dough or soft clay. It is now ready to use.
card-shapes-fish To make a small shape like a fridge magnet or brooch, cut a shape out of cardboard.
papier-mache3 Shape the pulp onto the cardboard.
papier-mache4-fish Leave the shapes to dry. Depending how thick the pulp is, this can take a few days.
papier-mache6 Paint a layer of white paint onto the shapes to make a plain background.
papier-mache fish-magnets1 Finish with lots of bright paints and fun designs.

Download the printable version of the worksheet – PDF Worksheet – Papier Mache Pulp

For more information about Papier Mache, check out my What is Papier Mache? article.

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Gift for Teacher
Apr 3rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Star box for star teacher

starbox-teacher-giftMy daughters student teacher was due to finish the next day, we had left it more then a little late for organizing a gift!! She and I both like making something for a gift but we did not have time to create a papier mache briefcase, or an origami suit, or any other fantastical creation. However we did have the 5 minutes that it takes to create this great paper crafts for children container, a star box to contain some handy dandy stationery treats. So the next day she very proudly handed over her gift to Mr K. Thanks Mr K, I hope you have a fantastic teaching career!

If you need a last minute gift from your children then have a look at the Origami Star Box Tutorial or download the PDF Worksheet – How to Make a Star Box, the boxes can be made any size for all sorts of treats.

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