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Envelope Corner Bookmarks
Mar 26th, 2015 by Craftylocks

Such a simple paper craft that children can do to make a useful little present AND recycle at the same time.

We had so much fun making fancy shaped Bookmarks from Envelope corners, and Shamrock Bookmarks that I had a search on the internet for some other envelope corner bookmarks and only then realised that we had made it all much harder than we needed! I still love the shaped ones we made, but it can be so much easier! For these ones we just cut the corners off the envelopes and drew on them or glued paper on them – and our bookmarks are ready to use!

Of course I just might need to buy more books now for all the bookmarks!

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St Patricks Day Envelope Corner Bookmark
Mar 12th, 2015 by Craftylocks

I had so much fun making these the other day that when a green envelope arrived in the house, I knew it needed to become a shamrock bookmark!

Please have a look at all the steps for Bookmarks made from Envelope Corners to see how easy they are.

For a St Patrick’s shamrock bookmark we of course needed to bookmark a book by an Irish author! An author that we love and highly recomend is Roddy Doyle, and his books; The Giggler Treatment and Rover Saves Christmas. These were also some of the stories the children read to me while I painted the Forest Lagoon Mural.

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Bookmarks made from Envelope Corners
Mar 10th, 2015 by Craftylocks

Recycle those pretty envelopes into even prettier bookmarks with this fun easy craft.

I guess I only really needed to make one of these to demonstrate the process, but it was so much fun and so easy that I made a few! Now when I get cards in brightly coloured envelopes, I will be thinking what sort of bookmark I can make! And I did … see the next one I made.

You do not actually need to have brightly coloured envelopes, even plain ones will work.

Draw and colour some pictures in the corner of the envelope. The best corner to use is the one at the bottom that does not have the flap on the other side, so you have a nice pocket when you cut your shape out.

Cut around your shape and it makes a nice pocket for slipping over a page corner to mark your place.

 

This would be a handy paper craft for children needing to make a gift for Mothers or Fathers Day!

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Tulip Flower Card
May 7th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

This is a cute folding out card for the children to make for someone special, like Mum or Mom.

I have made a template for you to print out and use if you want, or you could just use the pictures as a guide as it does not need to be exact. If you want to just have a go making the shape, then fold the paper or card into three first so that you have two flaps that open out. Then cut the shape of the tulip top and bottom. Cut an arc on each side of the flaps as pictured here.

We had also added a piece of paper to the inside so that it peeked up above the flaps. I didn’t check to see if an actual tulip has this but we thought it looked better for it.

When it is opened it will look like this, except this was before we added the bit of paper on the inside.

We thought that some leaves would look good with it. We just cut some shapes out and glued them to the back of the card.

Then I bought in an expert in the whole childrens making mothers day cards to help me, a child, to help make this mothers day card. She designed and added the details.

Including a cute little surprise on the second flap.

I thought it was funny that as it is not Mothers Day yet and she was helping me make this for this site, my child helper could not use her real name as it is not really a card from her to me. So her chosen nom-de-plume for the project was Joe.

Did anyone else think that the card opened up looked a bit like a dog? I did and so make a Tulip Dog Card too.

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Tissue Decorated Tealight Jar
Apr 30th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

This is a perfect gift children to craft up for a Mothers Day gift. Even better, it also makes a great container in which to pop in a few extra treats if you want.

This is an easy craft to do and the result is a very cool gift. Start off with a clean empty glass jar.

You will also need a pile of torn up tissue bits and some glue.

Glue the tissue onto the outside of the jar. Some extra glue may be needed to smooth all the bits down.

Then pop a tealight into it. We used one of our cheap and cheerful battery powered ones. In the picture below there is one inside the jar and one beside it. A normal lit tealight works really well too, but the battery one is safer and easier.

This is so effective. But I also like that you could put little items like soaps, chocolate, little messages or work vouchers in it as well as a tea-light as a gift.

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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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