Paper Plate Easter Basket
Mar 29th, 2013 by Craftylocks


I had fun making this one – I wanted to make something really simple that lots of ages and abilities could enjoy – this one worked for me!

You start by making a really simple basket using two paper plates and a bit of paper for a handle. Cut the top of the paper plates and face them together with a bit of paper folded to make a handle in between them as pictured. Staple the plates together with the ends of the paper handle between them.

You now have a very simple basket that could be decorated in any number of ways. Your young crafter may choose to paint or glitter or collage their basket. I chose to curl it! I curled some strips of paper by rolling them around a pen and then gluing them on to the basket. This is quite a good technique to teach even quite young children to do – they find it quite fun!

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Paper Plate Easter Bunny Basket
Mar 26th, 2013 by Craftylocks


Finding a craft that is fun to do is great – pulling your own idea together is even better!

Pippi Pipecleaners had this one pop into her head whilst sorting through easter supplies. When she showed it to me I thought that this would be a really good one for the children to make just before Easter and then sit it beside their bed ready for something to be left in it from Easter Bunny.

It is made with 2 paper plates and some white card. You could decorate it with paint or felts, but this one uses crepe paper for the pink feet and ear bits, and also to make the ‘nest’

Cut a circle from the base of one of the plates. Save the circle as you will use this for the face.

Glue the plates together so they are facing each other.

Cut two feet shapes out of the white card and glue the crepe paper toe pads in place.

Trim the circle, from the plate, to size for the bunny’s face. Cut a pair of ears and draw the face on with the black marker. Miss Pipecleaners reckons that she can’t draw at all, so a trick she uses is to google image something she need to draw – in this case a bunny face. Then she picks the one that fits her needs and confidence.

Glue the ears to the head and leave to dry.

Cut strips from the crepe paper and then pull the strips apart. Although this may seem really obvious, I had not thought of cutting crepe paper like this to make shredded style paper – I really like it!

Place in the tummy of the bunny and glue the feet in place.

Glue the head in place and fill the tummy with treats.

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Translucent Tissue Paper Easter Egg
Mar 23rd, 2013 by Craftylocks


This is a great craft for an older child to create – they will be very very proud of their results

Pippi Pipecleaners made this beautiful egg, but her first attempt was a bowl using this technique – unfortunately she didn’t use any petroleum jelly. Turns out that is quite important – so we have no bowl to show you but we had a good laugh though! With Easter around the corner she had another go – worked perfectly I think.

You need a water balloon, white tissue, flowers, white glue, cling film and petroleum jelly! You might also want to use a balloon pump and have a clothes peg handy.

Inflate the water balloon. Don’t over inflate so you can squeeze the balloon into an egg shape.

Cover the balloon in petroleum jelly and then the cling film. Make sure the cling film sits as flat as possible. Twist the end of the cling film and secure with a clothes peg. The cling film adds an extra layer of strength to your egg without blocking out light and the petroleum jelly stops the balloon sticking to the cling film.

Cut the white tissue into small pieces – if the pieces are too big they won’t sit flat against the balloon.

Dilute the white glue so it is a consistency similar to pouring cream. Paint some of the balloon with the glue and then stick on the tissue. Smooth out any pieces of tissue that are sticking up. Cover your balloon with two coats of tissue.

Stick your flowers to the balloon brushing down with the glue brush. If you are using fresh flowers, make sure you select flat flowers as any air will cause the flowers to decay.

Coat with one coat of tissue.

Leave to dry thoroughly. I used the peg to clip it out of the way.

Pop the balloon and snip off the extra cling film.

Decorate with a ribbon to hide the hole.

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Brown Paper Bag Bunny
Apr 4th, 2012 by Craftylocks


Brown paper is a great paper for crafts. This paper bag bunny looks great just made with the plain brown paper, but you could certainly use a colored bag or paint it.

The main materials you will need are a paper bag with a flat bottom, some length of ribbon, twine or string, and light weight card. You will also need a marker, some newspaper and a bit of glue.

Scrunch up the brown paper bag three or four times. This softens the bag to make it easier to shape and also adds a nice texture to the bunny.

Tear strips of newspaper, scrunch up and pop inside the bag.

Tie a piece of ribbon or twine around the bag to make a neck bow.

Scrunch up some more newspaper to make the head. Do not over fill as you need the top of the bag to close.

Cut a strip of brown card and shape the ends to resemble ears.

Curl the ends of the strip down and glue in place. I left my bunny upside down while the glue dried as this also closes the top of the bag.

Cut out the feet and front paws and use the marker to draw the toes.

Glue in place. Draw the face using a marker.

For the tail, I ran a line of glue along a piece of garden string and rolled it up but you could use a cotton ball or pompom if you have one.

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Papier Mache Easter Egg
Apr 3rd, 2012 by Craftylocks


This eggy paper craft reminds my crafty friend of the Royal Icing Eggs she was given at Easter when she was a child. You will need a balloon pump to blow up the water balloon – apparently the crafty lass tried to do it herself and just about passed out!

As well as some water balloons and a balloon pump, you will need the usual papier mache ingredients – newspaper and white glue – or paste if you prefer. You will also need some tissue paper for this craft.

Blow up the water balloon using a balloon pump. Make it any size you wish but do not over full as it may pop while drying. Tear the newpaper into small squares.

Mix the white glue with water so it is about the consistency of pouring cream. White glue dries harder than paste but paste can be used if you wish.

Dip newsprint in the glue and place on the balloon until covered. You will need to do at least three layers.

Leave to dry.

Once dry, hold the balloon by the knot (don’t let go) and pop it with something sharp. As the balloon deflates, it will come away from the sides. Remove the balloon and throw away.

Draw a design on the egg shape. Keep it simple.

Tear the tissue paper into pieces. Screw up the small pieces of tissue dip in the PVA and stick it on the egg. It is best to start with the designs first and then fill in the rest last.

Yum – that looks so good – I hope Easter Bunny brings me one of those icing eggs!

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Easter Bunny Paper Bags
Apr 2nd, 2012 by Craftylocks


These are simple bags that can be made by the youngest member of the family and filled with treats for gifts, or filled with treats from an Easter egg hunt.

To make this you need a paper bag with a rectangle bottom and then bits and bobs to decorate it.

Draw the shape to be cut out – follow how we did it on the picture below.

Cut out the center.

Decorate the bag with a bunny face. You could use strips of card for the whiskers, a marker to draw on the mouth details, a the pompom for the nose and eyes and thin pieces of tissue for the ear detail and glue with a glue stick

Cut the side fold of the bag down the length of the ear and then glue the tops together using the glue stick.

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