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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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Thumbprint Easter Egg Card
Mar 24th, 2015 by Craftylocks

 

Once you start thumbprinting some Easter eggs, it is hard to stop!

We made some Thumbprint Easter Eggs yesterday and it was so much fun that I made a basket just right for some more.

You can copy or print out this Easter basket onto a card, or just to make a picture.

Use an inkpad or two inkpads if you have them, to make lots of egg shapes.

I did think after I started that you it would have been a good idea to mask the top of the basket so the thumbprints did not go on the basket, but I found another solution.

Use a pen to add some decorations.

Then colour in the basket and you have a very personal Easter card!

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Thumbprint Easter Eggs
Mar 22nd, 2015 by Craftylocks

An easy and fun way to make some Easter themed artwork.

Using inkpads, make lots of thumbprints.

Of course they are an instant egg shape! Just add circles, stripes, stars and some spring flowers to decorate them.

These are fun in themselves, and completely chocolate free!! While you wait for the real ones, these can also be used to decorate an Easter card.

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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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Collage Face
May 20th, 2014 by Craftylocks

We had lots of fun making these. We were just playing around with cutting out paper shapes and these faces happened!

It is as simple as sitting around with some paper and scissors and suggesting cutting out face shapes. The beauty of it is that you can arrange and trim and rearrange the shapes as much as you like before you glue them down. A really great way for a child to practice self critique, because it is no problem if it does not work out, it is so easy to change. Even if they like one of their arrangements, it is still fun to try others just to see what they would be like, before you get the glue out.

To start with, just two different colors of paper are all you need. Cut out some head and face feature shapes.

Arrange them on the paper, and trim or cut new bits out, and rearrange.

When it is just right, get out some glue and glue the pieces in place.

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Crayoned and Dyed Egg series – number four
Apr 17th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

I have saved my favourite Crayon and Dye art technique for the last Easter Egg design – Crayon Batik. Well as my daughter just pointed out it is not really batik but a fun and easy version of it.

Colour in an egg shape in any way you like, but it is better if the crayon is nice and thick as then when it is crumpled up you will get nice cracks and creases in the crayon.

Then something a bit different in the art process, crumple up the picture! A little bit of care is needed as it can tear – so I squash it in on itself rather than screw it up. But a bit of tearing does not matter too much anyway.

Carefully uncrumple it and smooth it out a bit.

Then paint the dye, food colouring or watery paint over it and see how cool it looks! I also often mop off extra dye with a tissue so that the crayon colours show through well.

For the other Crayoned and Dyed Eggs hop on over to Crayond and Dyed Egg number one, number two and number three.

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