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Construction Blocks Box
Jun 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

I love that this craft has a useful purpose as well as looking great in the kiddies rooms, and you get to do some recycling too.

You need a sturdy shoebox, 2 or 3 empty card rolls, newspaper torn into small strips, glue and paint.

Cut the card rolls into thirds and place on your shoe box lid in two lines. If your box is smaller you may think two rows of three looks better.

Secure the toilet rolls to the lid using some of the strips of newspaper dipped in glue. Use long thin pieces to cover the top of the toilet rolls making sure you smooth them down well. Continue to cover the rest of the lid with the strips of newspaper until you have three layers over the entire lid. I don’t wait for each layer to dry as I am too impatient. I think of this as a basic form of papier mache.

Make sure you don’t fold the paper under the rim of the lid as you will make it smaller and it won’t fit on the box.

Leave to dry thoroughly.

Paint the box and lid with a good craft paint (if you are going to use a light coloured paint, you may like to use white paper on your last layer of papier mache so the words won’t show through). Leave to dry. To make it even hardier, and also if you have used a cheaper poster paint, you might also want to seal it with a craft varnish.

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Turtle Finger Puppet
Jun 5th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

This is another adorable craft made by Pippi Pipecleaners. This technique can be used to make all sorts of finger puppets just change the details to fit the animal you want to make.

You will need card in two shades and all the usual crafty bits like a pencil, scissors, glue stick, googly eyes and sticky tape

Draw two circles on the light green card so they overlap a little. I drew round a side-plate and a mug to get the size I wanted.

Draw on the legs, tail and a bit extra for the nose.

Cut out leaving the overlap uncut. Cut out the slits.

Turn over so you can’t see the pencil line.

Overlap the slits and glue in place with the gluestick. I used my trusty clothes pegs to hold whilst the glue dried and then added sticky tape to the underside to make sure they stayed secure and flat.

Fold out the legs and tails and gently bend the neck so the turtle sits flat.

Decorate your turtle with pieces of the dark green card cut to shape and attach two googly eyes.

Make two rings from strips of card to fit your fingers.

Attach the two rings to another strip of card. Remember to put the rings on your finger first to work out the distance needed between them.

Attach this to the neck of the turtle using the sticky tape.

And it really is a finger puppet …

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Card Roll Owl
May 29th, 2013 by Craftylocks

This colorful character is a hoot!

You will need an empty toilet roll or roll of card, some colored paper in a variety of colours, a small piece of black card and a small piece of white paper.



Cover the toilet roll with a piece of colored paper. To make great owl ears, cut a half moon shape from the front and back of the top of the toilet roll so they meet at a peak at each side.

Cut strips from colored paper long enough to circle the toilet roll. Make lots of cuts along the strips making sure you don’t cut right through. These will be the feathers of the owl.

Carefully run the ‘feathers’ along the edge of a pair of scissors to make them curl. Be gentle as it is easy to pull them off. Glue each feather strip around the toilet roll leaving a gap in the front with the two top strips.

For the tummy cut out an oval from colored paper and draw small ‘v’ shapes for feathers. Wait till you have made the eyes before gluing in place so you can work out the best place to put the tummy.

Use the black card to cut out a pair of eyes. Using this as a template cut out another pair of eyes using the white paper and then cut them a little smaller. Draw in some pupils.

Cut out a small triangle from orange and glue to the back of the eyes to form the beak.

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Cup Cake Owl
May 18th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

Owls are such a great craft subject, and there are many beautiful crafts out there for them, but I think this must be one of the easiest crafty owls to make – perfect for little fingers.

This craft is fun to make, but would also be ideal for putting on a gift card!

You need a cup cake case, which you flatten and then fold the top down a little.

Then fold the sides in to make the wings, on a slight angle as pictured.

Finally add some details. The eyes could be googly ones like we have used or you could just draw them on. Use some scraps of card to make some feet and a beak.

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Simple Cowboy Hat
Mar 6th, 2013 by Craftylocks

Keep an eye out for this cowboy – you might see a bit more of him around here! If you like the look of his hat – it is a great easy one to quickly craft up.

Find a nice sturdy large piece of paper and draw a hat shape on it as pictured. To get the size right you can roughly trace around a cap for the inner circle size. Cut it out as indicated by the lighter card.
Then you push the ‘top’ of the hat up and push the brim over your head – he looks like a bit of a cowboy to me!
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Paper Bag Puppy Puppet
Feb 17th, 2013 by Craftylocks

When you get something in one of those paper bags that has a nice square bottom – be sure to keep it, as that is half way to becoming a cute puppet. This basic technique can be used to create all sorts of critters – just vary the details to change the dog to a rabbit, elephant, martian, etc.

Start with the paper bag folded flat, have the section that would be the bag bottom when it is fully opened, facing up – this is the side that gets the most decorating attention. We have also folded the corners of the bag bottom in to round out the ‘face’ a little.
Add on the details for your character. At this stage I thought this puppy was looking OK, but the kids had other ideas.
I am very glad that they did take over – it is a much improved puppet pooch.

I hope you can see on this picture how some of the features like the ears and front legs are attached to the sides of the bag.
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