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Paper Cup Santa Boot
Dec 20th, 2013 by Craftylocks

This is the cutest little craft. Thanks again to the super crafter Pippi Pipecleaners for another fun craft.

You will need a paper cup, some red crepe paper, cotton ball and a black chenille stick as well as the usual crafty supplies of scissors, glue, pencil and marker.

Lightly mark where you want to cut the cup using the pencil. I used a marker just so you could see the shape needed. I marked the holes for the chenille stick laces at the same time but you can do this after you have cut the lines out if you prefer.

Use something sharp such as a carpentry nail to make the hole for the laces.

Use the black marker to colour in the sole of the boot.

Cut little squares from the crepe paper and glue onto the boot overlapping the edges so you don’t see any of the cup. I wrapped mine over the cut edges also to make it nice and neat.

Remake the holes for the laces and leave to dry.

Thread the black chenille stick through the holes to represent the laces and make two little loops with the excess for the bow.

Stretch or unroll your cotton ball and stick on the top of the boot.

Pierce a hole in the back of the boot to hang.

Then make another one as these would look best in pairs.

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Paper Cup Christmas Bells
Dec 17th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

These bells can be decorated anyway you like and look lovely hanging together on the wall or at the top of your tree.

You will need 2 paper cups and some paper to decorate the cups with, like the sheets of old music used here to great effect! As well as that you will need the usual paper craft tools and materials such as glue, scissors, glitter (of course!), ribbon (this one is from an old Christmas decoration), wire and some small squares of heavy card.

Cut the paper into approximately narrow strips a bit longer than the height of the cups.

Glue the strips to the cups, I used the rounded lip of the cup as a guide and butted the strips up to it. Leave to dry.

Even up the excess length of the strips leaving enough to cover the top of the bell (bottom of the cup). Apply a liberal amount of gluestick to the top of the bell and fold the excess over. Leave to dry.

Make a hole in the top of the bell with a sharp object. Thread the wire through anchoring it by wrapping it around a small piece of card so it doesn’t pull through the hole.

Pour some glue into a dish and dip the lip of the cup into the glue making sure it completely covers the lip.

Pour some glitter into another dish and dip the cups into it. The glitter will stick anywhere the glue is and makes a nice neat edge. Leave to dry by hanging from the wire.

Twist the wires from the two bells together so one bell hangs lower than the other and make a loop with the excess wire so you can hang it.

Attach the bow – mine came with a wire to attach it but you can use craft wire or a chenille stick if your bow doesn’t.

Another Pippi Pipecleaners for this cool craft!!

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Decorating Artwork with Santa Hats
Dec 15th, 2013 by Craftylocks

So simple and so much fun

For a recent pirate themed party we decorated our pictures on the wall with eye patches. Then a few days ago I came home to a Christmas theme take on that idea – I loved it, I hope you do!

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Paper Chain Christmas Tree
Dec 13th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

This is a fun, no mess craft that looks great hanging on the wall as well as the tree.

You will need card in yellow, red, green and black – I used corrugated card for texture, stapler and staples and scissors and that is all!

Cut the card into 2cm strips. My card came in A4 size so I cut my strips the length of the sheet and then cut them in half. You will need 1 strip of yellow; 16 green; 5 red and 3 black.

Secure the strips into loops using the stapler and assemble as shown.

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Easy Crepe Paper Wreath
Dec 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

I love the texture scrunched up paper gives to crafts and it works so well on a Christmas wreath.

You will need heavy card – recycling an old box is perfect!, also green and red crepe Paper, and glue.

Cut a wreath shape the size you want from the heavy card.

Cut the green crepe paper into large squares approximately 10 cm square. You do not have to be accurate with this at all but if you want some height to the ‘foliage’ then you probably don’t want to go much smaller.

Lightly scrunch the crepe paper so the cut edges face out. Dip the other end in the glue and stick on the wreath shape. Continue until the whole wreath is covered.

At this point you can use anything you like to decorate your wreath. I was tempted to wire in some old dismantled Christmas decorations or nestle in some pom poms but decided to stay with the crepe paper theme.

Cut a 2cm wide strip of red crepe paper. Using your thumb and forefinger, twist each section twice before moving on to the next.

Make the red crepe paper rope into a bow leaving long strands to drape around the wreath.

Thanks Pippi Pipecleaners for this cool craft!!

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Paper Plate Christmas Candy
Dec 8th, 2013 by Craftylocks

I can just see this idea being used in a classroom with each child decorating a paper plate in their own beautiful way, and then them all wrapped in cellophane and covering a wall.

You will need 2 paper dinner plates, a sheet of clear cellophane, red markers or something else to decorate your plates and a glue stick and sticky tape.

Decorate the underside of just one plate to look like candy if it will be displayed on the wall, or two plates if they are used for decorating something like a big tree.

Glue the plates together around the rims.

Wrap the plates in the cellophane to look like a candy wrapper. You may have to cut the cellophane to size.

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