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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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Heart Shapes
Apr 25th, 2014 by Craftylocks

As well as easy, this one is also a perfect craft for children to make as a gift or a card for someone special, like perhaps Mum or Mom for Mothers Day!

Cut out heart shapes. The easiest way I find to do this is by cutting a half heart shape from some folded paper to make a nice symmetrical shape. You also need a circle and a thin strip of paper.
Arrange them into a flower. Mine is a pretty straight forward shape, but even with these simple shapes, children will come with their own version of it.
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Crayoned and Dyed Egg series – number one.
Apr 6th, 2014 by Craftylocks

I had the crayons and dye out to work on something for the next newsletter and was having so much fun that I thought I would do a lovely colourful Easter egg as well. I just planed to do one, but I kept thinking of different ways to do them that I made a few. I will post the others over the next few weeks.

Dye is something that is a standard in the art supplies for New Zealand schools and I love it as a way to add a fantastic pop of colour and lift to a picture. It can be substituted with food colouring and watered down paint. It is effectively a ‘colour wash’ and one of the properties that I love is that wax crayons resist it and will show through when dye is painted over the top of the crayons.

So a simple and effective Easter egg is to draw and colour in an egg with crayons. I did random criss cross patterns on an egg shape and then coloured the shapes in with lots of different colours.

Then I painted the dye over the whole piece of paper and you can see how effective this is with the crayoned picture!

Now proudly put this on the wall or make a gorgeous Easter card with it! You could make a series of cards by also trying out Crayoned and Dyed Egg series number two, number three and number four.

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Snake Shape Card
Jun 2nd, 2012 by Craftylocks

Ssssuch a sssssimple yet ssssssssspecial card.

To make this rather cool snake shape card, start by folding your paper or card along the length to make a long skinny shape. Sketch and then cut a snake shape out as pictured – making sure that you have the wiggles of the snake keep to the fold in a few places so that you have a card and not two separate snake shapes.

Decorate the outside in a suitably snakey pattern.

And then ‘hiss’ your message on the inside.

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Fold Out Card
May 5th, 2012 by Craftylocks

This craft first featured in one of my newsletters. It was a card I had always admired, and when I went to make it myself I was very pleased with how easy it was to make – so it is a great paper craft for children, and just in time for Mothers Day!

The basic shape is a square with a half circle on each side. I have made a template for you so that it is easier for you to get started.
Crease along the sides of the square, so that the half circles all fold in.
Fold each half circle in working around the square – the last half circle needs to tuck under the first half circle and the card will stay closed.
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Set of Greeting Cards
Dec 7th, 2011 by Craftylocks

Some occasions call for a set of greeting cards – so here is one way of making a very special set of invitation or thank you cards. Although there are many many simple print making techniques that can be used, I really like this polystyrene tray print making method. It is simple to do and you are also recycling at the same time. Note that if you want to do text, you will need to do it in reverse so that it prints correctly.

We usually do our simple design onto paper first and then transfer it onto the polystyrene tray by positioning the paper on the tray and pressing firmly with a pencil. The pencil will dent the tray. Then working directly on the tray, go over the image again so that it is firmly dented into the tray.
Apply paint onto the tray, use a roller or dabber.
Carefully place the painted side of the tray onto your paper and press firmly. I usually pick up the two and gently rub with my finger to make sure all the paint is picked up. Do not leave them together for too long in case the paper becomes glued to the polystyrene tray. Then repeat until you have plenty.
Glue each image onto a simple folded piece of card. To continue the consistency theme you could also print out the same message to glue on the inside of each card.
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