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Sun Printing Failure
May 11th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Do not try this at home, or school, or at Gran’s place!

Well if you do at least do not do it the way that I did – it was what is called a learning experience! I had seen someone else do some gorgeous sun prints that used a special light sensitive paper, they looked really great but I like using what I have at home, not having to buy any special materials. Although I love shopping, when I want to craft I want to do it straight away – no waiting!

sun-print1I reckoned that ‘sugar’ paper fades really fast when you do not want it to, so I would use that instead. I found some interesting leaves, put my paper on a sunny window sill, grabbed some handy chestnuts to hold the leaves in place – and then instructed all to leave them alone. Now the sun does a lot of things, and one of them is to dry out stuff – which is proceeded to do with my leaves. So of course they shriveled and curled up – not really a nice clean leaf edge any more. My final print turned out to be some blurry blobs of color on the paper, not so good. However I have seen it used in other places with things that do not curl and shrivel, they used keys and scissors – perhaps I will have to try again!

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wood-burnerBut there was another interesting outcome – sort of related, remember I used chestnuts to hold down the leaves! We are over-run with chestnuts at the moment, we quite like them but never get around to cooking them, and we would still have too many to eat anyway.

So my husband took the chestnuts and threw them in the wood-burner. Now as he full knows – chestnuts expand when hot, which is why we usually cut little slits in the tops of them before cooking them. Hehehe – I can hassle him on this one for ages. The explosions started – little bits of chestnut were splattered all over the inside of the glass door of our wood-burner.

The children would have found it alarming except I was laughing so much at him and of course rolling my eyes, shaking my head – all the ‘that was silly’ signals. The children suggested counting the bangs so we knew if it would be safe to open the door to put more wood in. But as I pointed out we had not counted the chestnuts thrown in the fire, or the bangs so far. Husband rolled his eyes and said ‘it will be fine’ opened the door to add more wood and the biggest bang so far – hehehehe. I will get lots of mileage out of this one – thanks Honey!

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Hand and Scrunched Tissue Paper Tree
May 7th, 2010 by Craftylocks

hand-tissue-treeTake children’s hand shapes and create a forest.

Paper crafts using children’s hands shapes are a great buzz for them. They get to make something cool and integral to the whole thing is their hand.

This time trace around part of the arm as well to make the trunk, the fingers will be the branches. Trace the shape onto brown paper and glue that onto your background paper. Then chop up lots of autumn or fall colored tissue paper into small pieces. Scrunch the bits of tissue paper up, dunk them in a bit of glue and then pop onto the tree.

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You could also make a spring version of the tree and use pink and white tissue paper. If you like using tissue paper like this then check out Blossoming Tissue Tree for another idea.

There are more paper crafts for children for this season at Autumn or Fall Crafts for Children

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Printing with Apples
May 3rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

apple print pictureFruit and vegetable printmaking show children a different way to look at their food!

This is moving a little away from paper crafts for children and heading one step towards art, but I reckon craft is a form of art and plus we need lots of decorated paper to use in our crafts anyway. So with that justification, on with the arty crafty project. One of the fun things about this is it starts the children off thinking about what else can we use to make fruit or vegetable prints with. This is a great way to get them thinking creatively and you may be surprised with some of the objects for printmaking they come up with! It is also really useful for children to experiment with art and craft just to see what happens and focus on the process more then the result.

So wander in your garden or the vegie shop and see what you can find to print with. We picked some apples from our granny smith apple tree – it is covered with apples in autumn and we leave them on until it is really cold as that is when they are sweetest. This year the pesky bugs have found our tree and we had to pick a few apples to find ones that would give nice even bug-free prints.

apples for apple printCut your chosen fruit in different ways, with the apples we cut them in half from the stalk down and also across the middle to create a star shape in the print. We also cut them into quarters, so we found lots of ways to print from them. After experimenting with the apple prints we made a design using our favorite prints. You could also just make lots of prints and then cut the best print shapes out to make a fruit print collage.

This is a great Autumn or Fall craft for children, I have some more @ Autumn or Fall crafts for Children

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3D Autumn or Fall Leaf
May 2nd, 2010 by Craftylocks

3d-leaf3Take two-dimensional paper, add a dash of glue and create this three-dimensional leaf.

The Autumn leaves are gorgeous around here at the moment! As if it is not enough having them on the trees, the lawn, the deck, and my socks – we are doing leaf crafts most days. This technique is so effective, and one of the easy paper crafts for children too.

Make three copies of your leaf shape – I traced around a handy one from the garden to get it just right. Run a strip of glue along the middle of one piece, layer on another shape and repeat the glue strip and adding the final shape. Instead of glue you could also use double sided tape. Once the glue it dry fold out the sides to create your shape. Just like that and it is done. These would look great sitting on a windowsill or as a mobile.

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I have some more Autumn or Fall crafts for children @ Autumn or Fall crafts for Children

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Autumn or Fall Hand Leaf Tree
May 1st, 2010 by Craftylocks

autumn hand leaf treeToday at our place was Family craft day! Lots of paper crafts for the children was lined up and we started with this one, making an autumn or fall tree out of our hand shapes. We all started out with tracing our hands onto colored paper to make the bunches of leaves for the tree. But not all plans go as expected and today the children were distracted by an exciting game they were playing and they had to dash off and fight dragons. So I made a tree trunk and cut out the leaf shapes all on my own. Oh well, just as well I love cutting stuff out.

hand-leaf-treeBut I can happily report that despite dragons, our family hand tree turned out really well!

I have some more Autumn or Fall crafts for children @ Autumn or Fall crafts for Children

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Autumn Leaves Collage
Apr 18th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Paper leaves inspired by Autumn

autumn leavesIn the south island of New Zealand the trees are putting on a fiery show before winter hits. Today we wandered the garden and collected a few choice specimens to study (yesterday I raked up leaf piles and mixed them with cow poo for my compost – but not much paper crafty about that!!). We then searched through the paper piles and found papers that reminded us of the leaves and started creating paper versions of out autumn finds. This is a great way for children to use paper crafts to create some seasonal art – if you want to make this too – just follow the steps we took below.

leaf collage Number one daughter traced the leaves onto her paper selection and I cut them out.
paper autumn leaves We made a beautiful range of paper leaves inspired by the real ones.
leaf collage 2 We arranged them on the paper and glued them down.
leaf collage Once the glue was dry we added leaf details with crayons, this really brings the collage to life.

I have some more Autumn or Fall crafts for children @ Autumn or Fall crafts for Children

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