Wooden Peg Rudolf
Dec 8th, 2012 by Craftylocks


This is a really simple craft for little hands and best of all they stand up on their own.

Make a whole herd adding a different accent to each instead of holly – a bell, scarf etc.

You will need 3 wooden pegs – flat sided rather than round, white craft or wood glue, some paint and decorations like googly eyes, pompoms and paper.

Glue two of the pegs together and then the third upside down lining up the tops as best you can.

When it is dry, paint the three pegs brown. Glue the eyes and nose on. Cut holly shapes from the green paper and glue in place.

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Snowy Pine-cone Owl
Aug 11th, 2012 by Craftylocks


Pippi Pipecleaners and I have been ever so busy working on the next newsletter - and not all the creations would fit, so this wee fella got left out in the snow! But he does not mind – he understands that as cute as he is, he is not really a paper craft.

However he does have two bits of card on him, and that whole cuteness factor – so I am letting him hoot out a hello to everyone calling in on the website.

You will need a pine-cone that has opened, some white and black card, and cotton wool. Also some glue to bring him together, as well as a gluestick you will also need a stronger glue like a glue-gun or thick craft glue.

Have a look at your pine-cone and decide which side you want for the front.

Pull pieces from the cotton wool and using a stick, push the cotton wool between the gaps in the pine-cone. Try not to cover the seedpods completely as you want them to add texture to the body of the owl.

Cut a heart shape from the white card that fits your cone. This will become the face of the owl.

Cut two circles from the black card for the eyes and glue on the heart shape. We also added a couple of googly eyes but you could use some white paper to make eyes as well.

Cover the rest of the heart shape with glue. Glue the cotton wool to the face making sure the black eyes are not covered.

Using a glue-gun, apply a liberal amount of glue to the cone and press the face into place. Hold until the glue dries.

Cut a rough foot shape for the bottom of the owl. This will allow your finished owl to stand up. Flatten the bottom of the owl as well as you can by folding out the seedpods. Apply a generous amount of glue using the glue-gun and press the ‘foot’ into place. Hold until dry.

Cover the foot with more cotton wool glued on.

Can you imagine a family of these as a decoration? I can and think that would be a great gift for children to make a teacher.

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Magazine Tree
Jan 3rd, 2012 by Craftylocks


This was supposed to be a Christmas craft but I was a bit late getting it ready – then I thought that you may have some extra magazines from holiday reading that need to be used, well this is the craft for that!

Use a magazine with a bound spine rather than a flimsy stapled one.

Open the magazine to the first page. Take the top right hand corner and bring it to the centre and fold. This should be tucked as far into the spine as possible.

Tuck the folded edge into the center spine and make another fold.

Fold the triangle section up so the fold lines up with the bottom edge of the page.

Fold the rest of the pages in the same way.

Carefully fold the front and back covers to match the rest and then glue them together.

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Crepe Paper Christmas Tree
Dec 23rd, 2011 by Craftylocks

Have I got time to sneak one more craft in before Christmas? I think so – let’s try this one!

This is a lovely wee tree that uses crepe paper twist chains to decorate it.

What you will need
1 US letter or A4 sheet of card
Crepe paper in the colour of your choice
Glue stick

Trace around a dinner plate and fold to make a half circle. Cut out with the scissors and fold over to create a cone shape. Glue to secure.

Cut a strip from the end of the folded crepe paper.

Unroll and using your thumb and forefinger, twist twice to secure. Repeat along the length of crepe paper using your thumb as a guide to get a uniform size.

Cover the cone shape with glue from the glue stick and then attach the crepe paper chain starting at the top of the tree and spiralling down. Repeat with the other colours of crepe paper.

This tree looks good as it is but you could add some glitter shapes, pompoms or whatever you fancy.

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Rudolf the Red-Nosed Toilet Roll Reindeer
Dec 16th, 2011 by Craftylocks

I love the crazy antlers on this reindeer

What you will need:
1x Empty toilet roll
Brown, black and white paint
Paint brush
1 x small glitter pom pom
2 x googly eyes
2 x black pipe-cleaners
Black marker

What to do
Paint the outside of the toilet roll with the brown paint. Leave to dry.

Cut legs into the bottom of the toilet roll.

Paint on the hooves using the black paint. Leave to dry

Paint a white strip above the black hooves and leave to dry.

Using the point of the scissors, make a hole either side of the top of the toilet roll for the antlers. Make sure you take into account the position of the legs when making the holes.

Cut both pipe-cleaners in half. Thread one through each hole twisting it back on itself to secure.

Take the other half and wrap it around the middle of one of the antlers to secure in place. Bend the pipe-cleaners to make them look like crazy antlers.

Stick on the nose and then eyes. Draw on the mouth using the black marker.

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Christmas Tree Party Activity
Dec 13th, 2011 by Craftylocks

Around this time of year we usually have a bit of a party and I try to have a few activities set up that are easy and fun for any children that turn up. I have not tried this one before so I do not yet know how it will turn out. But the plan is that those that feel so inclined will decorate this very bare tree with lots of decorations and presents underneath it.

This tree is painted on a large bit of hardboard we had in the shed, I have taped the edges to prevent splinters!

The dog under the tree is not a gift, she is to demonstrate how large the tree is. So there is plenty of room for lots of children to use the boxes of felts I will have handy, to cover this tree with decorations.

Well of course things did not go completely as planned – but not in a bad way! The weather was lovely, and the children were all far too busy to sit down and draw, so we only had a couple of ornaments drawn on the tree – but they are still very cool. This may turn into an annual tree decoration activity – where a few ornaments are drawn on each year. Which would be a lovely crafty addition to our family Christmas traditions.

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