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Crepe Paper Dragonflies
Jun 27th, 2010 by Craftylocks

crepe-paper_dragonfliesCrepe paper comes in fabulous colors, and so do these dragonflies.

Crepe paper is such a great material for paper crafts for children. It is bright, cheap and the way it is folded can be really useful! We needed something bright today as it has rained all day.

Process
1. Cut a strip off the end of a roll of crepe paper as pictured here.
2. Squeeze the middle of the crepe paper in a little and wrap the end of a chenille stick around the middle of the crepe paper.
3. Cut the sides of the crepe paper in the center to divide the ‘wings’.
4. You can leave the folds in the crepe paper joined, or you can cut them to release the layers. I have left the pink dragonfly with joined wings and cut the folds in the other two.
5. Fold and twist the chenille stick to make the dragonfly body and antennae.
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If you want to put your dragonflies to work decorating anything that sits still for a brief moment, then glue some mini pegs to the back and then see what you can find to peg them to!

crepe-dragonflies-clips We found a curtain, …
crepe-dragonfly-brooch … a shirt, …
crepe-dragonflies-hair … and some hair!
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Stand Up Lizards
Jun 22nd, 2010 by Craftylocks

stand-up_lizards6This technique for making a 3-dimensional paper critter is nice and easy and could be used with all sorts of paper crafts for children.

After a day of crafting up all sorts of child suitable crafts without a child in sight, this is the one that my daughter wanted to know how to do straight away.

I love the lizard shape and it is perfect for this craft – well except that it would be a little fiddly to cut out for small children. I suggest a simpler shape for them or for grown up hands to do the scissor work. I also cut out a zig -zag from for my lovely lizards.
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To decorate the lizards in what I thought a very lizardy pattern, I flicked paint onto them using an old toothbrush.
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Can you see the lizards hiding in the paint splodges?
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Once the paint was well and truly dry I created the creases to turn them into standing up lizards. The basic step to create a 3-dimensional critter is to draw a firm line with a pen, on the reverse of the shape, where the fold will be. Then gently crease along the fold, making it as steep or as small as you want.
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I glued their little feet onto the paper, but you could also glue them onto rock to display them.
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Textured Paint Ice-creams
Jun 21st, 2010 by Craftylocks

Scoop up some paint and some paper and create these ice-creams that look so good that the children may want to eat them.

I had a day of creating all sorts of paper crafts for children without a child around. Our previous paper craft adventure, the super-sized car, used a lot of crafting time so I was running low on completed crafty ideas to post.  It was interesting discussing the projects with the children later and finding out what they wanted to try. My daughter was intrigued by the cones on these ice-creams and wanted to know how to make them – so that is on the list for us to try together. She also thought some 3D lizards were very cool and I had to show her how to make them then and there!!

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I used two different techniques to create these ice-cream pictures. For the cone I painted the cone shape and then flipped the brush and used the pointy end of the brush to scratch the details on.


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Then I searched through our food and art cupboards looking for ‘bits’ to add to the paint to recreate some of our favorite ice-cream and create some new ones. I stirred in some dessicated coconut and rolled oats for some of them. I also used the dessicated coconut as a sprinkle. On others I added an sprinkles of an essential paper crafts ingredient – glitter! An essential for me is ‘chocolate chips’ so I created them from little bits of card. Another I swirled some red paint through the white paint – mmmm, that looks delicious. But I think the one that will taste the best is the one with the hot chocolate dusted over it – YUM!! No prizes for guessing what we had for desert.

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This picture is of the painted ice-cream cones when the paint had dried. If you want your final piece to keep the gloss and texture of the wet paint, you need to use good quality acrylic paints or add a thickener like white glue or impasto gel.

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Mirror Picture Butterfly
Jun 9th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This technique for decorating paper is just asking to be used in children’s butterfly crafts.

mirror-paint2Without even trying, the mirror pictures look like beautiful colorful butterflies. To make the mirror picture you need to squash some paint in the middle of a folded piece of paper as illustrated in Mirror Pictures Tutorial. This picture is of our art work when we had just opened the folded paper and revealed our mirror picture – the paint is still all wet!

We decided to make a variation of our Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly, so we decorated a toilet paper roll with dabs of paint in the same colors as used on the mirror picture.
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When everything was dry we glued them together and attached some chenille stick feelers. Our butterfly is now ready to fly through the air.
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Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly
May 26th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This butterfly fluttered in yesterday and looks as though it is going to hang around for a while!

toilet-roll-butterflyThis year we had some swan plants near the house and were delighted to watch the little caterpillars grow very big and then turn into a chrysalis and finally a monarch butterfly. Such a fabulous process for the children to watch (I was just as excited!). Butterflies suit paper crafts for children so so well. They are some wildlife that is pretty easy for children to get close to, and they are such a great shape to craft! My daughter finished this one for me with the perfect butterfly eyes that she drew on it, and she curled the antennae over as well.

With any toilet paper roll craft you can replace the toilet paper roll with a tube made out of cardboard if you prefer.

You will need:
- Toilet roll tube or card to make a tube
- Three different colored pieces of paper
- Scissors and glue

toilet-roll-butterfly2Cut out three butterfly wing shapes, each one a little smaller than the previous one. Run a strip of glue along the center of the biggest wing shape and stick on the middle sized shape. Then repeat to attach the smallest wing shape.
To make the body section tear up the scraps of paper and glue them onto the toilet paper roll. Glue some strips of paper to the inside of the tube for the antennae and then glue the body section to the wings. Finally draw on the eyes, curl the antenna a little and fold out the wings to separate them.

To display your butterfly you can either attach a loop at the top to hang it, or glue an iceblock or popsicle stick to the bottom to hold it or poke it in a potted plant.

We have made another version of a butterfly made with a toilet paper roll at Mirror Picture Butterfly.

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Cup Cake Cases Bunch of Flowers
May 25th, 2010 by Craftylocks

These cup cake cases were just begging to made into flowers!

cup-cake_boquet-closeWhen I first made a cup cake case flower I used the last of my cup cake cases and when I went to replace them I found these gorgeous bright colored ones so of course I had to make some more flowers. Luckily the packets have heaps in them as these cute things are one of the speediest paper crafts for children that I have done! It took me longer to open up the packets of cup cake cases than it did to craft the flowers.

To make these you need to set aside about 5 minutes to gather everything you need and then 1 minute to make them.
1. You need chenille sticks (pipe cleaners), a bit of colored cotton wool or similar, and paper cup cake cases.
2. Poke the chenille stick through the middle of the cup cake cases.
3. Wrap the end that is at the inside of the cup cake cases around the cotton wool and then push the cup cake cases up so they all sit snuggly together.
4. Bend the chenille stick at the back so it holds them all together and so the cup cake case flowers look at you.

Another way of assembling them is to use them as part of a picture as I did in my first attempt with much plainer cup cake cases at Cup Cake Cases Flower.

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