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Shapes Flower Picture
May 24th, 2010 by Craftylocks

A very handy technique for creating a flower from shapes

shapes-flowers-pictureLots of paper crafts for children involve making a simple picture out of shapes. I love it when the children use their own imagination and experiment to create their own picture. However sometimes it is fun to learn a a different technique for creating a really effective image from very simple shapes. To create this flower picture you just need some cut out blobs of decreasing sizes. Younger children may find it easier to draw the stalk and stems rather than make them out of cut-out paper as well. The shapes that we used for this picture are below. Another example of a flower shapes picture is on our Easy Pop-up Card.

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Rolled Paper Flowers
May 20th, 2010 by Craftylocks

I am on a real roll with paper flower crafts at the moment. This is made from very simple elements and is very effective.

rolled paper flowersThis paper craft for children is related to paper quilling, but it is a very simple version of it. All you need are strips of paper which are rolled into a ring and then glued together to make the flower shapes as pictured. You can make quite a few variations of the paper flowers by varying the sizes of the rinss and also by pinching the ends of the rings to make pointed petals as I have done in the second example.

To display them you can wrap a chenille stick (pipe cleaner) around one side of the center ring, or thread them all on a string and hang them up as a garland. But I think the best way would be to attach some thread to one of the petal rings on each one and hang them as a decoration.

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Cup Cake Cases Flower
May 19th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Another easy, speedy paper craft for children, and for grown-ups too if like me you love paper, glitter and glue!!

cup-cake_flower2We love making cup cakes and icing them, and of course eating them! So I had to try out making some flowers too. Very very easy – just what I love! There are many variations on how you can make these, you can make them on chenille sticks (pipe cleaners) for a nice posie, or you can make them as a picture like I have done. You can also glue different things inside the cup cake case like a child’s photo – that would then be a perfect picture or gift for a grandparent.

For the version here, start with your paper cup cake cases, some paper for the greenery bits, glitter (hands up if you love glitter!!), glue and scissors and then star crafting. I cut out and glued my greenery bits first and then glued on the cup cake cases – starting with the biggest and then gluing the others inside it. My cup cake cases are pretty on the outside and plain on the inside – glitter to the rescue! The was such fun, and guess what – easy too! I just dribble the glue randomly inside the cup cases and then sprinkled on the glitter. Once it had dried I tipped out the extra glitter and popped it back in the container. Then I spent more time ohhing and ahhing over the creating than I had spent making it.

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But in making the flower I had used up the last of my medium and mini cup cases – but don’t be sad, at the supermarket I was all of a quiver when I found cup cases in gorgeous bright colors! So of course I am going to have to make some more flowers and of course some more cup cakes! I think it is a challenge I can handle.

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Paper Hand Shape Lily
May 17th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This an easy paper craft for children, and they make a fabulous bunch of flowers!

Paper hand shape liliesI like the impact of these in red and we have this bunch of gorgeous hand shape lilies in our bathroom – a real splash of color! Nice and easy to make, you just need some paper, a child’s hand to trace around, scissors to cut the shape and tape to hold the shape in a tube. You also need pipe cleaners to make the stem and stamen.

This would make a lovely gift for someone special to the child. As well as being a lovely bunch of flowers they are also part of the clever crafty child.

All the steps are detailed at the Paper Hand Lily Tutorial. I made the tutorial using white paper so you can see both options and decide which one you prefer.

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Paper Plate Flower
May 12th, 2010 by Craftylocks

paper-plate_flower3-teaBright and cheery flower brings the sunshine inside

Our garden is full of birds feasting on all sorts of seeds and berries. Yesterday I investigated why the children stayed sitting in the car when we got home. They had been watching some birds eating the sunflower seeds out of our big sunflowers. For us it is autumn and our sunflowers look sad but I leave them there for the birds and so they can drop seeds to grow again next year. However in summer they were gorgeous so we made some paper plate sunflowers to remind us of summer.

You need
- paper plate
- yellow and green paint
- sunflower seeds or tea leaves
- stick or strong card
- scissors, paintbrush and glue

paper-plate_flower1 Paper plates are really useful for paper crafts for children, so when you see them in the shop make sure you buy some. This one is easy for children to craft and they look so dramatic when done. Start by painting your paper plate yellow and when the paint is dry trace around something to make circle in the middle.
paper-plate_flower2 Cut from the edges to the circle to make the petals. Our paper plate had regular creases around the outside so I cut every second crease and it worked out just right. Gently fold the petals up a little so they separate out and bend in a bit. Strictly speaking, our petals are too long for a correct sunflower but we cut first and checked later – oh well!
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Then glue whatever you are using for the seeds – you can use real sunflower seeds of course. The first example has real sunflower seeds, but we liked the second example better which has tea leaves – the contrast is more dramatic.

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To make the stalk paint a stick or a strip of strong card green and glue to the back of the flower – then you and your children can bask in the sunshine of your craft.

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