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Layered Paper Flower
Feb 24th, 2013 by Craftylocks

I just found this craft from one of my very first paper crafts for children newsletters in 2010! I do slowly add the crafts from old newsletters to the site but I had missed this one.

It almost feels like 2010 since I last sent out one of my newsletters. Well it has not been quite that long, but it has been far longer than I would like – sorry to anyone who has been waiting for one. The good news is that I am again getting time to craft and am bursting with ideas. The crafts for the next newsletter are done, the photos are taken, now I just need to write it – so not much longer to go now.

The great thing about this craft is that you can keep it really simple or add little details and mimic real flowers. This technique is very similar to the Tissue Paper Flowers on the web site and is easy to follow. We did the tissue version for my daughters crafty birthday party and the children learnt how to make them in less than a minute! One safety note, pipe cleaners do have sharp points.

You will need:

- paper – decorated or colored

- pipe cleaners (chenille sticks)

- scissors

Cut flower shapes out of the paper, they do not have to be perfect as by the time they are layered up you will not see all the little details. The paper we used is made with the pulled apart paint technique from your introduction email. Roll one end of the pipe cleaner over. Starting with the smallest shapes first, thread the paper shapes onto the sharp end of the pipe cleaner and push them up around the rolled end. If your paper is thick you may need to pierce holes in the center – otherwise you can make a hole with the sharp end of the pipe cleaner. Once you have enough on, shape the ‘petals’ by bending them up until you are happy with it.

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Paper Layer Hat
Mar 20th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

A few layers and a little glue create a solid structure – strong enough to support flowers for a Spring bonnet, and hard enough for a dress-up helmet.
You need a bowl for the shape, and then layer up some plain paper and newspaper with some wallpaper paste in between each layer. We used four layers of newspaper and two of plain paper. Shape the layers into a hat shape while they wet.
Add some more strips around the brim of the hat to tidy it up if you wish, then leave it to dry.
Decorate to suit your season or occasion.
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Pleated Flower with Button
Jan 9th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

These pretty flowers are great for decorating lots of different things. They are of course great attached to a drinking straw and made into a gorgeous bouquet but you can also pop them onto greeting cards, wrapped gifts or attach to a twig.

Gather up some pretty paper like the one we made using crepe paper as a dye, a button, a pipe cleaner cut in half and a glue stick.

Fold the sheet of paper into a concertina.

Fold the length of concertina’d paper and cut the ends off on an angle. Push a length of pipe-cleaner through two holes in the button.

Wrap the pipe cleaner around the center of the folded paper. Twist to secure.

Using the glue stick, join the sides together to make a circle. If you find that the concertina is flattening out too much, cut the length of paper shorter.

Use the excess pipe-cleaner to secure the flower on to what you want.

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Giant Spring Flower
Aug 21st, 2011 by Craftylocks

 

Isn’t it wonderful when a craft idea turns out better than you expected? It is the middle of winter here and this flower has truly brought spring to the kitchen.

Ideally you could make this from all recycled items, but I usually have these in stock more for craft activities like this than for parties. You will need a paper dinner plate, paper cup, an empty toilet roll and an empty long cardboard roll. You will also need some paint – red, orange, yellow and light green, some light green paper and glue. You can use a hot glue gun or white glue, but if you use white goue you must leave it to dry thoroughly

Cut the paper plate into several sections, leave a circle uncut in the center. For younger children it might be a good idea to draw a circle in the middle so they know where to cut up to. I ended up with 14 ‘petals’.

Paint alternate sections in red paint and the remaining sections in orange. Leave to dry.

Cut the paper cup into eight sections …

… fold down and paint yellow. Leave to dry.

Cut the toilet roll into approximately 1cm strips, leaving the bottom 1.5cm-2cm uncut. Fold the strips down. Cut the toilet roll down to size. This will depend on the size of your plate and cup and of course, your personal preference.

Paint the toilet roll using the light green paint. Leave to dry.

Assemble the flower by gluing the cup to the center of the plate and the toilet roll to the center of the cup. If using white glue, apply it liberally to the edges of the cup and toilet roll and once in place, put a bit more glue around the edges. I didn’t think to use a glue gun at this stage so I know this works well. However, you must be patient and let the glue dry for several hours.

Cover the long roll with a piece of A4 paper and cut out two leaf shapes and attach them to the stem.

Using the hot glue gun, glue the flower head to the top of the stem.

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Spring Paper Crafts for Children
Mar 2nd, 2011 by Craftylocks

Yay for spring!! Celebrate with these paper crafts for children gorgeous blossoms and flowers …

Seasonal Concertina Picture
Cover the four seasons with this craft.
Hand Shape Sheep
You may need to use your imagination to see the sheep in our version – but whatever you call it, it is still fun to do.
Flower Pencil Topper
Lots of great things about this craft.
Paper Hand Lily
A handy craft to know how to make.
Origami tulips are very effective and super easy to make. Make the Origami Tulip Flower and Origami Stalk and Leaf separately and glue them together. origami-tulips
Tissue paper daffodils are pretty realistic. Cut two circles for the inner trumpet and the two with the petal shape for the petals, crease the outer petals as well. See the general tissue paper step by step tutorial. Or download the PDF Worksheet on how to make these – PDF Worksheet – Tissue Paper Flowers. tissue_daffodils2
Spring blossom tree is easy and fun to make – instructions at Blossoming Tissue Tree tissue_blossom-tree2
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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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