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Mother Day Cards
May 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

Some of my favorite cards for children to craft for Mothers Day and of course Grandmothers Day too.

Mothers Day Tea Bag Card
From all the hits this craft gets, it must be one of the most popular on my site. Have a look and see why everyone likes it so much.
Fold Out Card
A bit of a fancy card, but ever so easy to make.
Secret Message Card
This very clever card is much easier to make than it looks – have a go!
Seeded Paper for Gift Cards
A perfect card and gift combo paper craft.
Accordion Pop-up Card
The front of this card says ‘Thanks …’ and when it opens a whole bunch of flowers pop up and the message is ‘… a bunch’. Much easier to make than it looks.
Concertina Gift Card
What I love about this one is that it combines a card with a gift – and the gift can be little promise notes or special messages. Did I mention that this is also easier than it looks??
Pop-up Garland Card
This card combines two very easy techniques, a simple pop-up card and a paper garland. The flowers from the garland are used on the inside of the card as pictures here, and also on the front of the card and an envelope.
Easy Pop-up Card
Just like the others in this list, this is a great card craft for children to learn. The pop-up section is a separate piece that is glued on.
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Scented Stuffed Shape
May 4th, 2013 by Craftylocks
Such a great idea for a gift! This is perfect for turning a childs drawing into a gift – even a toddlers scribble designs would make a much appreciated present for something like Mothers Day.

The example from Pippi Pipecleaners below uses a very cute design that you can make from craft paper or from left over artwork.

Simple to make, you just need to cut out two identical shapes.

Layer up the shapes and glue some ribbon to the inside of one of the pieces. Glue the two pieces together leaving an opening.

Dab a small amount of scented oil onto a cotton wool ball – if you put too much it will ooze through the paper and may mark clothing. To make sure it will be OK, unroll another ball or two and roll it around the scented one.

Glue the closing shut and it is ready to be given and enjoyed. Just in time for Mothers Day!

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Snake Shape Card
Jun 2nd, 2012 by Craftylocks

Ssssuch a sssssimple yet ssssssssspecial card.

To make this rather cool snake shape card, start by folding your paper or card along the length to make a long skinny shape. Sketch and then cut a snake shape out as pictured – making sure that you have the wiggles of the snake keep to the fold in a few places so that you have a card and not two separate snake shapes.

Decorate the outside in a suitably snakey pattern.

And then ‘hiss’ your message on the inside.

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Fold Out Card
May 5th, 2012 by Craftylocks

This craft first featured in one of my newsletters. It was a card I had always admired, and when I went to make it myself I was very pleased with how easy it was to make – so it is a great paper craft for children, and just in time for Mothers Day!

The basic shape is a square with a half circle on each side. I have made a template for you so that it is easier for you to get started.
Crease along the sides of the square, so that the half circles all fold in.
Fold each half circle in working around the square – the last half circle needs to tuck under the first half circle and the card will stay closed.
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Seeded Paper for Gift Cards
Apr 29th, 2011 by Craftylocks

Handmade paper is a great paper craft for children, this one has something extra to turn it into a great gift for someone special like a Mother for Mothers Day, she can plant your paper and grow a bunch of flowers.

Usually when you make paper you need some special equipment, it is not too hard to organise, but you can also make small amounts of paper without it which we have done here. These specially shaped bits of paper have some seeds added to them while the pulp was still wet.

Tear some paper into little strips. You can use any paper or card as long as it is not coated in plastic. We have used mostly red and pink paper and we ended up with a beautiful pink paper.
Add water and leave to soak at least overnight. You can mix it with a beater – or you can mix it with a child playing in the lovely pulpy mix.
Layer up some towels and use cookie cutters to make your paper shapes. Scoop the pulp into the shapes and smooth it out. Add seeds if you wish and add a little more pulp to hold them.
Remove the cookie cutters and the use another towel to press and squeeze some moistures out of the paper shapes. This also flattens them out.

Once they are dry, you can write some seed planting instructions on them before giving it to someone, or use it as a gift tag.

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Secret Message Card
Apr 26th, 2011 by Craftylocks

 

I was looking around for some fun card making techniques suitable for children and this one intrigued me. It looked very confusing and complicated but if you follow the steps it really does work – the secret of how it works is in the weaving.

This post must have the most photos of any that I have done! I am not going to check them all to make sure, but it sure feels like a lot – but for good reason – they will help make it really easy to follow the steps and understand how it works. All the techniques used are nice and simple, but the final card is a bit like magic – a very cool paper craft for children.

Start with two pieces of photocopy size paper in two different colors. Fold one piece of paper with three folds into a concertina as pictured here.

Cut slots along the center fold, the cut should go to the next fold, we did four cuts.

They were not measured or evenly spaced but if you like to be accurate you could measure before cutting.

Cut two strips of paper from the other piece of paper. The strips of paper should be the same width as one of the folded sections on the first piece, so that is quarter of the width. Weave the paper strips in and out of the slots.

Fold the card together.

You will be able to carefully pull the card apart along the center fold – the woven strips and slots enable it to be opened along the center fold.

It looks as though it is solid, but it really does open. But you may just have to do it to see what happens!

It opens all the way and hides the part that was open before.

Cut out some tabs and attach them to the part of the card that does not have any weaving.

This will help the recipient work out how to open the card – you can also write ‘pull’ on them to be extra helpful.

Open the card along the center fold again.

Write the first part of your message.

Open the card out and write the hidden part of the message.

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