Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern
Sep 24th, 2012 by Craftylocks


This cute and friendly Jack O Lantern craft for children uses the whole paper plate, so there is no waste.

You will need;
1 Paper plate
Some black paper or card
Tissue paper in orange and green
Glue stick

Cut a crescent shape from the top and bottom of the plate.

Trim the crescents into leaf shapes.

Tear the orange tissue into squares. Spread glue onto the plate and stick the tissue pieces on in a
random mosaic. Fold over and glue any pieces that hang over the edge of the plate.

Tear the green tissue into smaller squares than the orange tissue and glue to the leaf shapes.

Stick the leaves under the plate.

Cut the face pieces from the black paper or card and glue to the plate.

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Papier Mache Witches Hat
Jul 29th, 2012 by Craftylocks


This example of papier mache is probably a bit of a big project for young children, but it is a great example of how durable papier mache can be.

I first made this hat over 15 years ago and between fancy dress outings for it, it is stored in our cold garage. It was a lot of fun to make, so I am really glad it has lasted this long – and it shows no sign of wearing out or coming apart yet. I go into some more detail about how to make this sort of item at my What is Papier Mache page. I enjoy both the process of making papier mache as well as the variety of things you can make, which is just about anything!

For the hats latest outing, I accompanied it with brushed hair and some spooky make-up – it was lots of fun!

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Finger in a Matchbox Trick
Jan 18th, 2012 by Craftylocks


A crafty friend told me about the fun she had with this as a child and shared with me how to do it …

“This trick gave me endless entertainment when I was a child. Nearly every child at my school had their ‘cut off’ finger in a match box and even though we were all knew how the trick worked, there was still something pleasingly revolting about looking in the match box. ”

What you will need
1 empty match box
Cotton wool
Red food coloring

Slide the box out of the cover and cut away the sections as shown.

Lay a piece of cotton wool (you could use a folded tissue instead) in the bottom of the box.

Dribble some red food coloring onto the cotton wool about half way down the length of the box. Slide the box back into the cover.

To play the trick, put you index finger into the hole in the bottom and practice holding the box with your thumb and middle finger so it looks natural. Tell your friends that you cut your finger off and ask them if they want to see it. Slide the box open and there your finger will lay looking lifeless on a blood soaked bed of cotton wool!

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Paper Strip Pumpkin
Oct 8th, 2011 by Craftylocks


This wee pumpkin was such fun to make. This technique is easy to turn into all sorts of different fruits and vegetables too.

You need an empty toilet roll or roll of cardboard, some sheets of orange, brown, yellow and green paper, brown pencil or crayon, and scissors and glue stick

Cut the toilet roll a bit shorter. Roughly scribble over the orange, brown and yellow paper with the brown crayon.

Coat the outside of the cardboard roll in glue.

This next bit was a bit of a challenge as it required thinking backwards and inside out! With the scribble side up, roll the orange sheet of paper around the cardboard roll. Glue the overlap in place but just along the length of the cardboard roll, not all the way up the sheet of paper.

Repeat with the yellow and then the brown sheets of paper remembering to coat each layer with glue the width of the cardboard roll. You should end up with what looks like a plain brown roll. Leave to dry for a bit. I staggered the edges so that I did not end up with too many layers in one place.

Using your scissors, cut 1cm strips through all the layers of paper and down to the cardboard roll.

Spread glue liberally around the inside edge of the toilet roll and peel back each strip of brown paper and glue it in place. Try to glue the strips so they create the skeleton of a circle. Leave to dry for a few minutes.

Repeat the process for the yellow and orange layers, remembering to apply glue to the inside edge of the cardboard roll between layers.

You should end up with a lovely pumpkin shape that has the brown scribbles showing.

Finally, roll the green A4 sheet of paper into a tube narrower than the cardboard roll. Pop it through the off-cut of cardboard roll and let is spring out. Glue one edge 6cm up the tube of paper to secure. Flatten the other end and roughly cut into a leaf shape.

Pop into the center of your pumpkin and then curl the leaves to suit.

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Hand Print Ghost
Oct 25th, 2010 by Craftylocks
Cover your walls with these ghostly hand prints. ghost-hand3

Just two steps to create a perfectly spootastic picture. Make hand prints using white paint on black paper. Hold your hands closed to make a ghost shape.


When it is dry, add the eye details with a felt or marker pen. If the eyes are on a slant like pictured here they look very ghostly. If your hand print has not left a mouth shape then also add a mouth so your ghost can “Woooooooooo”.


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Paper Towel Ghosts
Oct 22nd, 2010 by Craftylocks

I am very excited by these little ghosties – super quick to toss together using art materials found in the kitchen cupboards.

I first saw a similar craft at Learn Create Love, they went a little further and used paint to make the paper towel ghosts stiff. But I am always looking for the easiest way to do paper crafts for children so I did a bit of adapting to the process, and I think they still look great! paper-towel_ghost5

You just need some paper towels, string, twist ties, a marker pen and some scissors.


Carefully poke a couple of holes in the center of the paper towel and push a twist tie through it. This will become the top of the head.


Bunch up another paper towel and put it in the center of the other towel and close the first paper towel over it and tie it at the base with the string.


Add some ghostly eyes and mouth and hang them about the house in time for Halloween.


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