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Decorated Halloween Skulls
Oct 2nd, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

I have always been intrigued by the decorated skulls of the Day of the Dead celebrations – taking a skull and turning it into something beautiful. With Halloween approaching, I thought it a perfect excuse to do some of my own.

I was just going to do one, but had such fun, I kept going. If you want to have a go, print this skull shape out.

This one was decorated with crayons …

This is a fun way of decorating shapes, it is called Zentangling and it is a great art technique for older children to have fun with …

One more technique, this time watercolour pencils …


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Hand and Heart Shape
May 1st, 2014 by Craftylocks

There are so many beautiful papers and I do love buying them. This craft is a lovely way to use some of those papers and a special craft for children to do.

It is also handy as a mothers day gift or card, and easy for Dad’s to organise with their children! We used ours to make cards but these are very nice mounted on a block or in a frame to hang on the wall.

The children can be involved throughout this craft. They can choose the paper they want to use for their hand shape. They could also choose the background colour and the heart colour. If you are making something to mount on the wall the children could paint the canvas block or whatever background you are using.

If they are old enough to write they can write their own name on the heart shape. But have a few shapes ready and have them write on the heart before the shape is glued onto the hand shape, just in case they want a few attempts to get it right.

 

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Mirror Bird
Jan 16th, 2014 by Craftylocks
I got this idea from a beautiful bird decoration I have. I realised that it was just a mirror shape of a bird folded up with some parts glued together and some folded open.
I made a Mirror Bird Template that you can print out, or you could also just fold a piece of paper in half and draw your own bird shape on it.
We did some really messy finger painting to show any decoration technique will work.
Cut out the mirror shape. Instead of decorating the printed shape, you could trace the shape onto a piece of paper already decorated in a previous creative session.
Fold it in half, glue two end of ribbon inside the body and glue just the body part together. Leave the tail, wings and head feathers not glued.
Clip and curl the feathers a bit.
Hang the birdy up and then tweet about how beautiful it is.
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Rotated Shape Patterns
Jun 13th, 2013 by Craftylocks

You start with a simple shape, make a few cuts, and add in some rotations to create a bit of exciting art.

Start with a sqaure piece of paper. Draw a shape or pattern and color it in. We have used watercolor pencils to create our colorful shapes.
Cut the shape into four equal sections, rotate each section, and when you are happy with the look, glue them down.
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Apple Printed Paper
Mar 20th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

What do you do when you have just made an apple print tree and you still have surplus apples cut up and paint to use? You make apple printed paper ready to use in that craft that will come along one day that needs some colorful hand made paper!

You really only need half an apple for this, so it is not a great craft for using up a surplus crop, but a great craft for having some fun and making some great decorated paper.

Cut an apple in half and and push a fork into the round part of the apple so that the fork can be used as a handle.

Dry the cut side and press it onto the paint, or use a brush to paint it onto the cut surface of the apple. Then press it onto some blank paper. It works best if you ‘re-load’ the paint onto the apple each time you make a print.

We almost always do this sort of printing as a layer of three primary colors, starting with the darkest so that the colors can be seen through each other.

If you are following the same color scheme that we did, then load the apple with blue paint and press it on the paper. Repeating a few times, spreading them across the paper.

Wipe the apple clean, and then when the blue apple prints are dry, load the apple with red paint and print on the paper, overlapping the blue apples a little.

Repeat with the yellow paint – cool!

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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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