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Paper Crafter Work Desk
Jul 8th, 2013 by Craftylocks

This is what can happen to you when it is your birthday, and your colleague has a paper crafts for children blog:-).

I was just going to make some paper chains and planes, but then the paper crafter daughter joined in and we had lots of fun making things to decorate the birthday desk. We made …

Paper chains / garland – we just did plain ones without the message like the ones on the link.
Paper planes – I made a very simple style and the helper made two other fancy ones she knew.
Two fold origami fish – yes, really two folds!
Paper trees
Mirror name – I thought we had done something like this but I cannot find it on the site – some that are similar are Name shape bugs and Gridded pattern names.
Fortune teller – we also made these for St Patricks Day.
Origami lily – one of my younger crafters specialties!

There were more planes spread around the desk out of shot too! It got a few laughs!!

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Scented Stuffed Shape
May 4th, 2013 by Craftylocks
Such a great idea for a gift! This is perfect for turning a childs drawing into a gift – even a toddlers scribble designs would make a much appreciated present for something like Mothers Day.

The example from Pippi Pipecleaners below uses a very cute design that you can make from craft paper or from left over artwork.

Simple to make, you just need to cut out two identical shapes.

Layer up the shapes and glue some ribbon to the inside of one of the pieces. Glue the two pieces together leaving an opening.

Dab a small amount of scented oil onto a cotton wool ball – if you put too much it will ooze through the paper and may mark clothing. To make sure it will be OK, unroll another ball or two and roll it around the scented one.

Glue the closing shut and it is ready to be given and enjoyed. Just in time for Mothers Day!

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Cardboard and Tape Writing Compendium
Sep 1st, 2012 by Craftylocks

Not much in the way of step by step photos for this craft – we made it about 20 years ago as a gift when we had far more ideas than money. It is a great idea for children to make as a gift as well.

You need cardboard and some masking tape. I like to use masking tape as you can paint over the top of it very easily. So you need either one large piece of card you fold or two larger pieces of card – these will form the basic shape and size of the compendium, so they need to be larger than the paper you will have in your compendium. You will need two smaller pieces of card – the same height of the large card, but narrower to make the pockets for the paper and envelopes to sit in.

If you are using a larger piece of card to fold, score it on the fold line before you fold it to make a tidy fold. Tape everything together with the masking tape. Then start decorating! We painted over the masking tape to make it look pretty and painted a picture on the cover that matched the decorated paper and envelopes we had made.

An easy and fun way to make decorated paper and envelopes for the writing paper in the compendium is printmaking with potatoes.

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Tissue Paper Lollypop Angel
Jul 12th, 2012 by Craftylocks

A craft that hides a lollypop inside it is going to be a winner with the kids.

You need a square or circle of tissue big enough to ‘wrap’ the lollypop, and another couple of pieces about half that size. You also need some ribbon and wool – and don’t forget the lollypop.
Drape the large tissue paper over the lollypop and then the small piece over that, tie a ribbon where the lolly connects to the stick to create the neck.
Make some wings by tying a piece of tissue in the middle.
Attach the wings, draw on a face and add some wool for hair. Now see how long the tug of war between retrieving the lollypop and preserving the creation takes!
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Candy Cane Reindeer
Nov 21st, 2011 by Craftylocks

 

This makes a neat decoration for the tree or a gift for children to give to friends and family, although if you want them to give it away you may have to make extra so they can keep one as well!!

You will need …

Brown card
Red paper
2 eyes
1 red glitter pom pom
Glue
Scissors
Craft knife
2 wrapped candycanes

On the brown card, cut out one reindeer head, two ears, and one strip.

With a pencil, mark where the cuts will be made and using a craft knife cut the slits in the head to fit the strip through and across the top for the candycanes to slide into.

Weave the strip through the head so that you have both tags sticking out of the front of the head.

Turn the head over and pull the tags out so the candy-canes can fit through.

Glue the ears to the tags at the front of the head. Push the candy-canes through the slits at the top of the head and through the tags at the back of the head.

Cut ear detail out of the red paper and stick to the ears. Glue on the eyes and nose and the reindeer is now looking way too cute to be eaten … or is it??

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Jar of Appreciation
Jan 1st, 2011 by Craftylocks

This is a lovely craft to make for your parent, grandparent or teacher to let them know how much you love and appreciate them. It can also be adapted to be a thank you jar for a friend, a memories jar for a baby as it grows or even a jar with jokes or words of wisdom written on the strips of paper. I love this type of gift because it gives you the opportunity to say all the things you would like the special recipient to know but don’t always get the chance to say. Best of all, it is fun and easy to make too.

To make this gift you need a glass jar with a lid, some glue, colored paper, pen or marker, ribbon, scissors and letters to spell out your label. Our jar is labeled with ”I Love You Mum”.
Stick the letters that spell out your label on the outside of the jar. These letters have been cut from an old magazine but you could use alphabet stickers instead.

Cut the colored paper into narrow strips, wide enough to write a message on. Write your special messages on the strips of paper. For example, finish the line “I Love You Mum” on the outside of the jar by writing on the strip “… because you make me yummy dinners” or “… because you give me the best cuddles”.

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Roll the strips around the pencil so they curl and then pop inside the jar. Do as many strips as it take to fill the jar. Put the lid on and tie the ribbon over the lid. If you don’t have a jar with a lid you can place a piece of fabric over the top and tie it with a ribbon instead.

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