Paper Chain Christmas Tree
Dec 13th, 2013 by Craftylocks


This is a fun, no mess craft that looks great hanging on the wall as well as the tree.

You will need card in yellow, red, green and black – I used corrugated card for texture, stapler and staples and scissors and that is all!

Cut the card into 2cm strips. My card came in A4 size so I cut my strips the length of the sheet and then cut them in half. You will need 1 strip of yellow; 16 green; 5 red and 3 black.

Secure the strips into loops using the stapler and assemble as shown.

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Easy Crepe Paper Wreath
Dec 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks


I love the texture scrunched up paper gives to crafts and it works so well on a Christmas wreath.

You will need heavy card – recycling an old box is perfect!, also green and red crepe Paper, and glue.

Cut a wreath shape the size you want from the heavy card.

Cut the green crepe paper into large squares approximately 10 cm square. You do not have to be accurate with this at all but if you want some height to the ‘foliage’ then you probably don’t want to go much smaller.

Lightly scrunch the crepe paper so the cut edges face out. Dip the other end in the glue and stick on the wreath shape. Continue until the whole wreath is covered.

At this point you can use anything you like to decorate your wreath. I was tempted to wire in some old dismantled Christmas decorations or nestle in some pom poms but decided to stay with the crepe paper theme.

Cut a 2cm wide strip of red crepe paper. Using your thumb and forefinger, twist each section twice before moving on to the next.

Make the red crepe paper rope into a bow leaving long strands to drape around the wreath.

Thanks Pippi Pipecleaners for this cool craft!!

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Paper Plate Christmas Candy
Dec 8th, 2013 by Craftylocks

I can just see this idea being used in a classroom with each child decorating a paper plate in their own beautiful way, and then them all wrapped in cellophane and covering a wall.

You will need 2 paper dinner plates, a sheet of clear cellophane, red markers or something else to decorate your plates and a glue stick and sticky tape.

Decorate the underside of just one plate to look like candy if it will be displayed on the wall, or two plates if they are used for decorating something like a big tree.

Glue the plates together around the rims.

Wrap the plates in the cellophane to look like a candy wrapper. You may have to cut the cellophane to size.

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Paper Plate Santa
Dec 1st, 2013 by Craftylocks

This is an easy craft for little hands and looks great on the wall!

What you will need;
A Paper Plate
White paper
Rolled Cotton Ball
1 large red pom pom
1 large white pom pom
1 small red pom pom
A small piece of black paper or card
Red card
Glue stick

Cut a Santa hat shape from the red card checking that it fits the paper plate you are using.

Glue the large white pom pom and the unrolled cotton ball in place on the hat.

Glue the hat to the paper plate along with eyes cut from the black card, pom pom nose and mouth and the eyebrows and mustache cut from the leftover unrolled cotton ball.

Make the paper chain by joining loops from strips of the white paper and glue in place on Santa’s chin. I made each chain six loops long.

Thanks for this great craft Pippi Pipecleaners!

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Popsicle Sticks Snowflake
Dec 22nd, 2012 by Craftylocks


This is a beautiful snowflake that would look lovely on the tree or as a seasonal garland. The children could just decorate it with painted patterns as well.

You will need 3 large Popsicle sticks – tongue depressor size and 6 standard Popsicles, white craft glue or wood glue, paint, and paper decorations if you want them.

Spend time arranging the sticks in the pattern shown in the photos. I did mine on a piece of white paper so I could make marks on it to show me where each piece went once I was happy with my placement.

Glue the two sizes of sticks together separately and then glue the large ones on top of the smaller ones.

Paint the snowflake all over.

Make some paper decorations. These ones are punched out from white paper – I didn’t have a snowflake shape so used a daisy one which worked just as well.

Coat the paper shapes in glue and then lay it glue side down in a bed of glitter. Press gently with your finger to ensure the glitter covers the whole shape. Leave to dry and then glue in place on the wooden snowflake.

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Cup Cake Paper Wreath
Dec 12th, 2012 by Craftylocks


I wonder if you can tell I was thinking about Christmas crafts whilst baking when this idea popped into my head?

This would also be good as a class or other children’s group craft activity. Each child could decorate their own cup cake case for the group wreath. Or as a teacher led decoration for the group – each child’s photo could be glued into a cup cake case to make the wreath.

You will need some cup cake, or patty cake papers for the main part of this craft. This one uses mini ones, but you could also do it with a mixture of sizes. The basis of the wreath is a circle of card – just cut from a packing box and painted white.

There are lot of ways you could decorate the cup cake papers for the wreath, this one uses a few different methods.

To decorate the cup cake papers, dip the edges into the white craft glue and then into the glitter and set aside to dry. Then I rolled chenille sticks into spirals and glued them in the cases. I drew stars on paper with glitter glue and glued them in the bottom of the cases and also glued some glitter pom poms in them as well.

Glue the patty papers onto the wreath. I started with the inside circle first, then the outside circle and then filled in the center.

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