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Cardboard Tube Branch Picture
May 25th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

This is a quite beautiful picture created from some very simple materials

Draw a tree branch on some long white paper. It is the shape of the paper that helps to make this so effective.

Flatten the toilet rolls and then cut into quarters. Make sure your cuts are fairly even as you want the edge to glue evenly to the paper.

Color the toilet rolls – green or autumn colors – remember to color the top edge that will be seen.

Dip the toilet rolls into the PVA glue. I used a plastic lid and put a blob of glue into it but you can paint it on if you wish. Press the toilet rolls into place on the branch and leave to dry thoroughly. Press the leaves down a couple of times whilst they are drying to make sure they adher evenly all round.

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Apple Printed Paper
Mar 20th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

What do you do when you have just made an apple print tree and you still have surplus apples cut up and paint to use? You make apple printed paper ready to use in that craft that will come along one day that needs some colorful hand made paper!

You really only need half an apple for this, so it is not a great craft for using up a surplus crop, but a great craft for having some fun and making some great decorated paper.

Cut an apple in half and and push a fork into the round part of the apple so that the fork can be used as a handle.

Dry the cut side and press it onto the paint, or use a brush to paint it onto the cut surface of the apple. Then press it onto some blank paper. It works best if you ‘re-load’ the paint onto the apple each time you make a print.

We almost always do this sort of printing as a layer of three primary colors, starting with the darkest so that the colors can be seen through each other.

If you are following the same color scheme that we did, then load the apple with blue paint and press it on the paper. Repeating a few times, spreading them across the paper.

Wipe the apple clean, and then when the blue apple prints are dry, load the apple with red paint and print on the paper, overlapping the blue apples a little.

Repeat with the yellow paint – cool!

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Apple Print Tree
Mar 13th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

In this part of the world we are heading into Autumn (Fall) and our many many apple trees are laden! I go and pick buckets full of apples and it does not even look like I have been near the trees! So I have been making fruit leather, stewed apple, apple puddings and now apple art.

I hope you remember this craft when it is apple season in your part of the world, or if you cannot wait – you can probably buy apples all year round anyway – they might even be a New Zealand apple.

This craft would be great as a family or class craft. Start with everyone using hand prints to create the leaves of the tree. If there are lots of children involved, a little crowd control of having only a few children with painted hands at a time, will help minimize the mess. To make the hand print you can either press the hand onto some thinly spread paint, or paint soaked into a sponge, or you can use a brush to paint the hand.

While the hand print leaves are drying, cut an apple in half and press a fork into the round part to use as a handle.

Dry the cut side and press it onto the paint, or use a brush to paint it onto the cut surface of the apple. Then press it onto the hand print tree. It works best if you ‘re-load’ the paint onto the apple each time you make a print.

But the print-making does not need to end here! Using a different shade of green paint, make a leaf at the top of each apple with a finger print. For a classroom tree you could instead cut the leaves out of paper and write a childs name on each one and then glue them onto the apples. You could glue them just at the base of the leaf and curl the leaf out a little bit to make them stand out a bit more.

I did think that we could have done the tree trunk with foot prints – but by this stage the paint was starting to spread far and wide so I took the easy way out and just painted it.

We just loved the pattern the apple prints made so we did other apple print crafts as well. Have a look at our beautiful apple print paper.

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Paper Plate Turkey
Oct 31st, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

I love that the egg carton makes a perfect face for this cool turkey decoration.

You will need a paper plate, an egg carton, 2 buttons, some cardboard, some leaves, food coloring, paint and glue

Paint the bottom of the paper plate and leave to dry.

Cut the end two cups from the egg carton including the central peak. Paint the egg carton face with food coloring.

Glue a button to the bottom of each eye.

Cut feather shapes from the card. Write the things you are thankful for on each one.

Glue the dried leaves to the plate. Glue the face in place on the plate.and glue in place.

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Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
Feb 15th, 2011 by Craftylocks

Turn some of your rubbish into a fun activity that looks great and feeds the wildlife.

Well I am not that sure that it does feed the wildlife, but the other two I know to be true! I first saw this recycling paper craft for children at one of my favorite crafting mums sites – check out her toilet paper tube craft bird feeders for my inspiration!

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The bird seed is attached with peanut butter and the little ledge is just a kebab stick.

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Seasonal Concertina Picture
Nov 3rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Make yourself comfortable, this paper craft for children has quite a few steps. All lots of fun of course, and a very cool result. This post is much longer than my usual ones, but I could not think of anything to leave out

This picture works well with opposites like a day and night picture, a happy and a sad face or seasonal changes. Your pictures need to be on exactly the same size pieces of paper. I used photocopy paper folded in half.

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On my basic crayoned tree shapes I added different details suitable for each season.

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I painted dye (or food coloring) over the pictures and the artwork is ready for the next stage.

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To make a concertina that is the right size I started with a piece of light card the same size as the photocopy paper. I cut it in half and taped it together so that the card is double the width of each picture. I started to make the concertina by folding it in half and then each half again until I had the folds in the right place for the concertina.

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A more accurate way would be to measure it all and rule lines to fold along, if you care about detail then I suggest you do this. But I tend to try the easy way first, and this worked out fine.

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Then fold or measure the pictures and cut them so that the bits are the same size as the faces of the concertina. Be careful to keep all the bits in the right order together.

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Finally glue a strip from each picture on to the concertina card, alternating between the two pictures.

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When you stand them up and look at an angle your concertina picture quickly flips from one view …

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… to another.

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Then on this one turn it over for another view …

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… and another.

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