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Chicken Easter Egg Cup
Mar 29th, 2015 by Craftylocks

This is one of those paper crafts for children that let them do whatever they like with the decorating and no matter what it looks like, it will still make a cool Easter egg cup

Start with a chicken shape that has a square or rectangle for the body with the top and bottom sides measuring about 7 am long for a chicken egg. You need the straight bits to make a flat base so it stands, and it bends around the egg at the top. Trial some scrap bits of paper around your egg to work out how long that section needs to be. Cut two of the shape out – I just folded a piece of paper over and cut them both out at the same time.

On my cut out chicken shapes you can see where I ruled two lines. I folded my chickens along these lines and then glued them together up to these line – leaving the middle section not glued.

The chicken can be decorated before or after it is glued together. If the children are decorating it before it is glued together, to help make sure they colour the correct sides, the mirror images, draw the eye on both shapes.

Decorate with pens, crayons, paint, feathers, glitter, collage, egg shells …

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Thumbprint Easter Egg Card
Mar 24th, 2015 by Craftylocks

 

Once you start thumbprinting some Easter eggs, it is hard to stop!

We made some Thumbprint Easter Eggs yesterday and it was so much fun that I made a basket just right for some more.

You can copy or print out this Easter basket onto a card, or just to make a picture.

Use an inkpad or two inkpads if you have them, to make lots of egg shapes.

I did think after I started that you it would have been a good idea to mask the top of the basket so the thumbprints did not go on the basket, but I found another solution.

Use a pen to add some decorations.

Then colour in the basket and you have a very personal Easter card!

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Thumbprint Easter Eggs
Mar 22nd, 2015 by Craftylocks

An easy and fun way to make some Easter themed artwork.

Using inkpads, make lots of thumbprints.

Of course they are an instant egg shape! Just add circles, stripes, stars and some spring flowers to decorate them.

These are fun in themselves, and completely chocolate free!! While you wait for the real ones, these can also be used to decorate an Easter card.

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Crayoned and Dyed Egg series – number four
Apr 17th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

I have saved my favourite Crayon and Dye art technique for the last Easter Egg design – Crayon Batik. Well as my daughter just pointed out it is not really batik but a fun and easy version of it.

Colour in an egg shape in any way you like, but it is better if the crayon is nice and thick as then when it is crumpled up you will get nice cracks and creases in the crayon.

Then something a bit different in the art process, crumple up the picture! A little bit of care is needed as it can tear – so I squash it in on itself rather than screw it up. But a bit of tearing does not matter too much anyway.

Carefully uncrumple it and smooth it out a bit.

Then paint the dye, food colouring or watery paint over it and see how cool it looks! I also often mop off extra dye with a tissue so that the crayon colours show through well.

For the other Crayoned and Dyed Eggs hop on over to Crayond and Dyed Egg number one, number two and number three.

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Crayoned and Dyed Egg series – number three
Apr 16th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Chalk has a special use in this art craft for children.

This technique is a very good way to turn some simple lines, drawing or even writing, into a piece of art.

Use some coloured chalk to draw some lines, make them reasonably thick. You want to have a picture that has shapes to colour in.

Use wax crayons to colour between the lines. Do not colour over the lines, although a little bit does not matter, but in general leave the chalk lines visible. Although you cannot see at this stage, I also coloured around my egg shape with white crayon.

Then use dye, food colouring or watery paint to paint over the whole picture.

The wax crayons will resist the dye, but the chalk will not! Everywhere that is chalk or plain paper will soak up the dye and change how it looks in a very cool way!

More fun with crayon and dyes for Easter at Crayoned and Dyed Egg number one and number two and now number four.

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Crayoned and Dyed Egg Series – number two
Apr 13th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

This crayon and dye technique is one of my favourite! It is like an invisible drawing that magically appears.

It is a very simple process, you just draw a picture with white crayon on white paper, and then paint dye or food colouring or very watery paint over the top. The wax in the crayon resists the watery colour and shows through. If course drawing a picture in white crayon is a bit tricky as you cannot really see what you are drawing – but I think this is part of the fun! It is best to not try to draw anything specific – a pattern like this example works really well.

The invisible white crayon on white paper picture.

Then the dye is painted over top and the picture appears!




Also make sure you see Crayoned and Dyed Egg number one, number three and number four as well!

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