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Paper Strip Baubles
Dec 3rd, 2011 by Craftylocks

 

These baubles are beautiful and fun to make. It is a good idea to decorate the sheet of paper the night before or at least several hours before you want to put the bauble together. If the glue is not completely dry you will end up with a smeared mess – I wonder how we know that?

You will need:

Sheet of colored light weight card
Glue
Glitter
Scissors
Hole punch or something sharp to make a hole for the split pin
2 split pin fasteners
Thread or wire

To decorate your card or paper, drizzle the glue in a random pattern and sprinkle the glitter over it so it sticks to all the lines of glue. Shake the card to encourage the loose glitter to find uncovered areas of glue. Remember to allow lots of time for the glue to dry before you go on to the next step.
Once the glue has dried (have I mentioned that you really really need to leave it to dry properly?), cut the card or paper into eight even strips.
Lay the eight strips on top of one another and make a hole at each end of the strips. Remember that the hole needs to be smaller than the head of the split pin you are using. 

Push the split pin through the hole and fasten. Repeat this process with the other end so you have eight layers of card with a split pin at either end.

This next step is where you find out if your glue is dry enough (see above about leaving to dry properly). Gently separate each of the eight layers to form a ball shape. The first piece requires a bit of a twisting but the rest are easy.
You now have beautiful baubles! Tie the thread or wire to the top and your bauble is ready to hang. 

If you want to make smaller baubles, use colored paper rather than card and make the strips slightly narrower.

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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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Egg Carton Decorations
Nov 6th, 2011 by Craftylocks

 

Is it too early for this sort of craft? No, I didn’t think so either:-).

Recycle your egg cartons to make these very cool bell decorations. They are simple to make, and with the pipe cleaner hangers, they are also very simple for small hands to hang on the tree.

As well as the egg cartons you need some tin foil and pipe cleaners.

Cut the cups out the egg cartons and tear or cut out some pieces of tin foil. Poke the pipe cleaner hooks through the base of the egg cups to make the hook. Wrap the egg cartons with the tin foil and it is ready to hang.
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Fairies
Jun 23rd, 2011 by Craftylocks

 

Any occasion is a good time for fairy decorations. Find any excuse you can to craft up some of these.
You will need a few assorted items for this one.

Wooden Bead

Pipe Cleaner

Wool

Crepe Paper

Paper Flower (optional)

Start by giving your fairy a head of hair. Push the pipe cleaner up through the bead and then back down so that you have a loop at one end of the bead. Pop some wool in the loop for the hair and pull the pipe cleaner down into the bead so that the wool is held snuggly at the top of the bead. If you are using a paper flower – thread it onto the pipe cleaners now and push it up close to the bead.
Push a circle of crepe paper onto the pipe cleaner too. Under the crepe paper skirt, wrap one piece of pipe cleaner around the other a few times to help hold the crepe paper in place. Then trim the longer end of pipe cleaner off.
Wrap the cut off piece of pipe cleaner around the fairy between the bead and the paper flower – these are the arms. Tie a piece of wool around the crepe paper to make a waist on the fairy. Finally draw on a face and then make a friend or 5 for her.
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Paper Cones Christmas Tree
Dec 23rd, 2010 by admin2

Use this paper craft for children to whip up a forest of Christmas trees.

It can be made with or without decorations too – lots of fun either way.

For the basic tree you just need some green card and the usual supplies of scissors and glue. If you want to wrap it in baubles you will also need some jewelery wire and beads.

Draw four circles of different sizes on the card. Rummage through the pantry to find cans, bottles and other items you can use to trace round. Cut the circles out with the scissors. If you have scissors that cut with a fancy edge then make sure they get some use!

Cut your circles in half. You will have enough pieces for two trees.

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Roll each half into a cone shape and glue edges together. Use clothes pegs to hold them in place while the glue dries.

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Cut slits around the edges and flick the edges out a bit to add texture to the tree. Pop a bit of glue on top of each cone and stack them up – if you want a plain tree you are done.

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If you want to get all fancy schmancy then take a piece of jewelery wire three times the height of the tree in length. Thread pretty beads onto the wire making a bend after each bead so it stays in place. Leave a length of wire un-beaded. Thread this wire through the top of the tree and down through each of the cones. Turn the tree upside down and bend the wire tail to keep the four cones together.

Bend the beaded wire gently round the tree.

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For some other festive crafts check out the Christmas Paper Crafts for Children list.

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Concertina Angel
Dec 21st, 2010 by Craftylocks

I really love the simple lines of this Angel and think it deserves the best spot on the tree this year.

This paper craft for children is just as much fun for the grown-ups – do it together and share the glory!

You will need 2 sheets A4 or US letter paper, a pipe-cleaner (preferably white), some white card, glue and glitter.

Fold one sheet of paper along the longest side into a concertina. This will be the wings. Fold the other piece of paper into a concertina along the shortest side. We will call this piece the skirt.

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Dippy do the edges in glue and then in the glitter for to an ever so angelic edge. Leave to dry thoroughly.

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Fold the wings concertina sheet in half.

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Cut the card into a small circle. Draw some eyes and a mouth or use a toothpick to make them with glue and then sprinkle with glitter. Twist the pipe-cleaner into a circle to make the halo. Coat the pipe-cleaner circle in glue and then dip in the glitter. It takes a while for the pipe-cleaner to dry properly so I glued the face on at this point to save time later. Use a peg to keep the face in place as she looks much better with the face and halo facing the same direction.

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Find the wings (made right at the beginning) and use a craft knife to make a small slit in the fold line. Insert the pipe-cleaner through the cut in the center of the wings.

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Tuck the pipe-cleaner into the skirt of the Angel so the wings and skirt sit flush with each other. Glue the pipe-cleaner to the skirt.

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Glue the wings to the side of the skirt and attach a string so it can hang on the tree.

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Ahhh – she is gorgeous!

For more gorgeous as well as recycled, cute, quick and colorful ideas check out my Christmas Paper Crafts for Children list.

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