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Owl Dress Up
Aug 14th, 2014 by Craftylocks

Who who who needs a great dress-up for book week at school? Two parts here to make a hootrific costume.

To make the vest and the mask you need lots of black, brown and white crepe paper. You also need some card and paper and all those things for joining them together like glue and staples.

Fold the crepe paper up, cut a strip from each color and set it aside for the mask. Then cut feather shapes from them. You will then need a piece of paper big enough to cover the wearers front.
Glue the brown and white feathers alternately round an oval shape in the middle of the paper. Put glue at the top of the feather so they will be able to flutter.
Cover the rest of the paper with black and brown feathers. You could also make this as a cape and not have the tummy section – just all brown and black feathers. Use safety pins to attach it to whatever the owl to be is wearing.
From the rolls of crepe paper cut off earlier, snip a fringe 3/4 the way into each roll.
Unroll the black crepe fringe and glue in a circle around each side of the mask to create an eye. You will need to gather the crepe paper a little for it to go round in a curve so use lots of glue so you can slide it around to the shape you want.

Glue the brown crepe fringe in the same way just slightly in from the line of the black crepe. Repeat with the white crepe fringe.
We added a circle of plain paper to tidy up the edge of the eyes before cutting the eyeholes. Staple on some elastic to fit.
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Spider Hat
Oct 14th, 2013 by Craftylocks

Arrghghg – look out, there is a giant spider on your head!

You need to make a band of black paper for the head – we joined two pieces of black photocopy paper to get it to the right size. Then cut some strips for legs – eight seemed a good number. A few small bits of white and orange paper were used to make the face features.
We ended up with too options, the extremely terrifying ‘real’ spider eyes version …
… and the far more acceptable friendly face one.
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Asterix and Obelix Papier Mache Costumes
Aug 22nd, 2013 by Craftylocks

There is a bit of a saying in our house, well to be accurate, I keep saying … ‘You can make anything out of papier mache’

I needed to utilise the awesome powers of papier mache to create a couple of costumes for an event. Lots of fun and many many many hours of paper glueing, shaping and painting later – our costumes were ready! And then we set about very quickly ruining them by running, sliding and crawling through 10 km of mud!

Making the Menhir …



Making all the rest of the costume items …


The final costume …

How I planned to carry the Menhir …


… but in the end Asterix carried it mostly, until we abandoned it by one of the muddy obstacles.

How we looked after about 6-7 km of the mud …

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Simple Cowboy Hat
Mar 6th, 2013 by Craftylocks

Keep an eye out for this cowboy – you might see a bit more of him around here! If you like the look of his hat – it is a great easy one to quickly craft up.

Find a nice sturdy large piece of paper and draw a hat shape on it as pictured. To get the size right you can roughly trace around a cap for the inner circle size. Cut it out as indicated by the lighter card.
Then you push the ‘top’ of the hat up and push the brim over your head – he looks like a bit of a cowboy to me!
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Paper Cowboy Moustache
Nov 4th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

This is a very easy and cute way for kids to quickly sprout a great cowboy moustache.
You need some moustache colored paper and some ribbon or string. Cut out some shapes as pictured, they do not need to be exact. Read through all the steps and you will see how they layer up.
Thread the string through the ‘handlebar’ shaped piece, this is the back of the moustache and the string or ribbon will tie around the cowboys head to hold it on. Cut some slits into the larger piece of paper and the ‘hanging down’ part of back handle bar shape.
Use a pencil to curl the paper, including the individual strips.
Glue the individual curled pieces of paper onto the back handlebar shape, and then glue the large piece on top.
As I already have lots of cowgirl type gear, all I really needed was this moustache!
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Paper Bag Turkey Thanksgiving Hat
Oct 22nd, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

I am so thankful for paper bags to use in paper crafts. You can use this technique to make all sorts of hat designs as well as this cute Thanksgiving turkey hat.

You will need a square bottom paper bag and some colored card or paper.

Open the paper bag and cut down the center side fold. Glue the sides down to strengthen the hat.

Cut five circles from the colored card and cut one of them in half to become the wings.

Glue the circles together to form the body of the turkey.

Draw in the eyes and glue on the beak.

Glue the turkey to the bottom of the bag.

Check the size of the hat you need by popping it on the child’s head and make a mark.

Cut feather shapes from the card and staple in place at the top of the bag up to the head size mark.
You may need to cut the bag down if it is too long.

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