»
S
I
D
E
B
A
R
«
Crayoned and Dyed Egg series – number one.
Apr 6th, 2014 by Craftylocks

I had the crayons and dye out to work on something for the next newsletter and was having so much fun that I thought I would do a lovely colourful Easter egg as well. I just planed to do one, but I kept thinking of different ways to do them that I made a few. I will post the others over the next few weeks.

Dye is something that is a standard in the art supplies for New Zealand schools and I love it as a way to add a fantastic pop of colour and lift to a picture. It can be substituted with food colouring and watered down paint. It is effectively a ‘colour wash’ and one of the properties that I love is that wax crayons resist it and will show through when dye is painted over the top of the crayons.

So a simple and effective Easter egg is to draw and colour in an egg with crayons. I did random criss cross patterns on an egg shape and then coloured the shapes in with lots of different colours.

Then I painted the dye over the whole piece of paper and you can see how effective this is with the crayoned picture!

Now proudly put this on the wall or make a gorgeous Easter card with it! You could make a series of cards by also trying out Crayoned and Dyed Egg series number two, number three and number four.

Bookmark and Share  
Paper Plate Bird Puppet
Mar 30th, 2014 by Craftylocks

One of those nice simple ideas that result in something fun. After the fun of making this one, there is then more fun had in the playing with it.

You need two paper plates, fold them both in half and staple together so that the two plates fit snuggly together to make a nice tight fit for a hand to squeeze into.
Paint and decorate, add feathers and the puppet is done! You could also add a tab to the underside of the bottom beak to slip your fingers in to help open the mouth, but it opens naturally anyway – and makes a very satisfying ‘pecking’ sound as you snap the beak closed.
Bookmark and Share  
Shamrock from Heart Shapes
Mar 15th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

When I was having a look at some shamrock pictures the heart shapes of it appealed to me.

Paper hearts are easy to make and a handy paper craft technique for children to know. But for younger children you could just have lots of heart shapes of different sizes ready for them to arrange and layer as they wish.

To make the heart shapes fold some paper and then cut the shape as below. To then make lots of hearts that are the same as each other, trace around the first one you made and then cut lots more out.

Arrange three of the hearts to make a shamrock shape, and add a stalk. My stalk is also cut from a folded piece of paper – I did that as I liked the texture the fold were giving to the shapes.

I made some gradually smaller shapes in alternating shades of green, but this does not have to be in just greens – how about a rainbow shamrock?!

Check out some of my other St Patricks day paper crafts for children.

Bookmark and Share  
Rolled Paper Shamrock
Mar 13th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Well, this may look more like a rolled paper tree, but the intention was to make a shamrock so we will call it that for now!

I think that the process of rolling the paper to make shapes is great fun. This is a simple little design that did not take much rolling so it is a good example of this paper craft for children to try.

Cut out some strips of paper, you will need three that are the same length and one that is a little shorter. Fold each of the three same length strips in half and then using a thin stick, something like a skewer or knitting needle, roll each end of the paper around it. Do not roll all the way to the fold, leave a little bit of the strip straight, also make sure to have the roll on each end of the paper face each other so that you end up with a heart shape.

Blob some glue onto some paper and arrange the rolled paper into a heart shape and put the three together like pictured. Then use the last shorter strip of paper to make a stalk.

Check out some of my other St Patricks day paper crafts for children.

Bookmark and Share  
Christmas Paper Crafts for Children
Dec 22nd, 2013 by Craftylocks

Tis the season to be crafty!

Paper Strip Bauble
Create these beautiful decorations from very simple materials.
Candy Cane Reindeer
A fun craft to create and also a cool little gift.
Santa Star
Santa is the star of this paper craft for children
Toilet Paper Roll Snowman
Put your rubbish to crafty use
Concertina Angel
This is a beautiful Christmas paper craft
cone-tree-3 Paper Cone Christmas Tree
Make a forest of trees with this cute craft
Paper Cone Santa
Print out the template for this Santa or design your own based on the process.
Egg Carton Christmas Tree
Recycle your egg cartons in a most decorative way.
Christmas Greeting Garland
Keep the children busy decorating a garland to greet friends and family.
Hand and Foot Shape Reindeer
Trace a foot, and print some hands to create this cute reindeer.
Mini Envelope Advent Calendar
Your children can make their own version of this fun Christmas tradition.
Christmas Shape Printed Paper
Just one way of creating decorated paper for your Christmas presents and cards.
Hand Print Santa
Perfect for making Christmas Greeting Cards.
Recycled Egg Carton Decorations
Our children made these years ago and they have been on our tree every year since then.
Slotted Christmas Bauble
These are quite lovely decorations, make them from childrens art work and they would make a great gift!
Paper Cup Santa Boot
A little bit odd, but a lot of fun.
Paper Cup Christmas Bells
A very elegant craft for children to have a go at.
Decorating artwork with santa hats
As well as this being a really great decorating idea, I loved that it was a complete surprise for me.
Paper chain Christmas tree
This is a much better use of paper chains than just trying to make a long garland with them
Easy crepe paper wreath
Nice gluely fun with this one, and then something special to hang on your door
Paper plate Christmas candy
Perfect for decorating a wall of a classroom. Each candy would be different, and together they would all look fantastic
Paper plate santa
Every Christmas house needs one of these on their wall!
Popsicle sticks snowflake
A simple idea that just works really well
Cup cake paper wreath
There are so many ways for children to decorate the paper cups for this wreath
Rudolf the red nosed toilet roll reindeer
A real character for your Christmas crafts and decor
Wooden Peg Rudolf
Oh what a cute Christmas craft
Crepe paper Christmas tree
So pretty!
Bookmark and Share  
Slotted Christmas Bauble
Dec 21st, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

This simple Christmas bauble can be decorated with all sorts of paper to match the theme of your tree.

You will need stiff card, patterned paper for decorating and craft card to match the patterned paper. Also gluestick, scissors and a pencil.

Cut out a circle from the heavy card by drawing around something round the size you want your bauble. I used the inside of a large roll of sticky tape. Cut the circle out.

Use your circle as a template to cut 2 circles from your patterned paper.

Glue the patterned paper to either side of the circle cut from the card. I ran a coloured crayon around the edge of the circle to hide the white edge.

Cut a 3cm strip from the craft card. Fold the strip into a zigzag that is roughly the length of the centre of the circle to the edge. Cut into ‘V’ shapes along the folds.

Take each ‘V’ and cut a thin slot up from the fold leaving a half a centimetre uncut.

Slide onto the edge of the circle. It should be a tight fit as you won’t be gluing it in place.
Repeat until you have the 5 points of the star. I had to fiddle with the length of the ‘V’ strips to get them to sit nicely in the star shape.

Make a hole in the edge of the bauble and thread a length of string or ribbon to hang it from.

Pippi Pipecleaners made this one too!

Bookmark and Share  
»  Paperblog »  Substance: WordPress   »  Style: Ahren Ahimsa
© Copyright 2014 Paper Crafts for Children   »  Privacy