Simple Crepe Paper Jelly Fish
Jul 5th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Crepe paper is great, it is light and floaty, stretchy and textured and lends it self to all sorts of crafts … including the tentacles of a jellyfish.

A crafty friend came up with this simple and cheerful design. Not too messy either and would be great to hang for an ocean themed party.

Take a sheet of newspaper and scrunch into a ball several times to make the paper soft and pliable. Make a ball the size you want your jellyfish’s head to be.

Place two layers of crepe paper on a flat surface. The size of the piece of crepe will depend on how big your ball of newspaper is. Make sure to leave lots of overhang to make the tentacles.

Gather the crepe up and around the ball of newspaper and fasten with a chenille stick. Cut off the excess chenille stick and tuck the ends away.

Cut strips in the crepe paper to make the tentacles. It doesn’t matter that they are different lengths or widths but you don’t want them to be too narrow that they tear easily.

Cut the base for the eyes out of some card. Cut out the white for the eyes a little smaller than the base and then draw in the pupils with the black marker. Glue to the card.

Glue eyes to the head of the Jellyfish, and then because he is so cute and ever so easy make another!

We have made something similar a while ago … a super quick Paper Towel Ghost

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Tissue Box Feet
Jun 27th, 2012 by Craftylocks

We’ve been on a bit of a dress up theme around here lately.

This is easy and fun, and very very handy as part of a dinosaur or monster costume

The hardest part of this one for us was to hang onto two empty tissue boxes. Once we had managed to save the boxes. We just cut some slits around the holes in the top of the boxes to enable some feet to push into the box. We painted the boxes and glued on some claws. The final step is to add some scrunched up pieces of paper into the boxes to make a nice comfy space for feet.
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Making Arrows for Dress Up
Jun 16th, 2012 by Craftylocks

We approach any opportunity to dress up with enthusiasm, and usually lots of paper to make our costumes. This opportunity was to go as your favorite character from a book. There was no question who that was for our daughter – Will from Rangers Apprentice. That character called for arrows!

A bit of scavenging in the garden found the stalks from agapantha flowers – they are straight and easy to cut – perfect!

We cut a slot in each end of the stalk. At one end we slotted an arrow head cut from cardboard.

At the other end we cut a sort of feather shaped end from card. We also cut a shape in it to allow it to fit over the stalk. It is also pushed into the slot cut in the stalk.

Repeat a few times and some fabulous arrows. Not pictured here, but we also made a great bow from some plaited wool and a nice bendy bit of grape vine.

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Paper Bag Pinata
Jun 14th, 2012 by Craftylocks

This craft also doubles as two party games, one of them is to make it, the other is to destroy it.

Whenever you get hold of a plain paper bag – keep it for that craft that is sure to come along. Although for this one you can use any paper bag, it does not matter if it is printed.
Cut pieces of tissue paper long enough to go around the bag and then fringe the strips by cutting half way into them along the long edge.
Starting at the bottom, glue the stip onto the bag, leaving the fringing hanging. Repeat with more strips, overlapping them, until the bag is covered. Fill the bag with treats and also paper scrunched up to pad it. Add string to hang it with, if it does not already have handles.
Hang up high and see if it takes longer to destroy than it did to make it. Ours took a while to destroy as the children had to throw balls to break it instead of using a stick.
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Concertina Paper Butterfly
May 23rd, 2012 by Craftylocks

Who would have thought that a chenille stick and couple of pieces of paper could look so beautiful. This craft requires little effort yet looks FANtastic when completed. You can use already decorated paper like scrap-booking paper. They look better if you put the stronger pattern or color on the bottom. You could also use pages from magazines or children’s paintings.

Fold the piece of paper that you have selected to use as the top wings of the butterfly in a concertina. Fold the second piece of paper in the same way but make the folds only 2/3 as wide.
Fold both wings in half and then cut to shape.
Fasten the wings together by twisting a chenille stick around them both.
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Cardboard Tube Telescope
Apr 30th, 2012 by Craftylocks

I can’t remember what I was making, but my daughter was sitting with me making things too – this one she made from her memory of something she had seen in a book. The only thing I helped her with was painting the yellow strips around the edges of the tubes, she did everything else herself.

At first I did not take photos of the steps and it was just a bit hard to follow what was happening, so we repeated the steps so we could get some photos up here – we did miss out the painting step though as you can see what it looks like from our first painted telescope..

You need three cardboard tubes, or one long one cut into three equal lengths. This is made from recycled some toilet paper tubes. You will also need some ribbon. You need four equal lengths of ribbon, each just a bit longer than the length of the tube.

The first task is to paint all the tubes, we painted them with a yellow rim around each one, it turns out to be very effective having that bit painted a different color.

Cut two of the tubes down the length.

Roll them a little tighter so that they have a smaller circumference and tape them along the cut edge. The aim is to have the three of them all fit together – so one will need to be a bit smaller than than the big one, and then the other a little smaller again.

Tape the top of two pieces of ribbon to the inside bottom of the smallest tube – on opposite sides of the tube.

Then push the end of that smallest tube into the top of the middle sized tube and drop the ribbon down the inside of the middle sized tube and tape it to the bottom of the middle sized tube, so that when you pull the tubes apart, they can only go so far as they are held together by the ribbon.

Repeat that with the middle sized and largest tube. You will end up with the three of them nested inside each other and when pulled apart they only go as far as pictured as they are held together by the ribbon.

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