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Rolled Paper Shamrock
Mar 13th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Well, this may look more like a rolled paper tree, but the intention was to make a shamrock so we will call it that for now!

I think that the process of rolling the paper to make shapes is great fun. This is a simple little design that did not take much rolling so it is a good example of this paper craft for children to try.

Cut out some strips of paper, you will need three that are the same length and one that is a little shorter. Fold each of the three same length strips in half and then using a thin stick, something like a skewer or knitting needle, roll each end of the paper around it. Do not roll all the way to the fold, leave a little bit of the strip straight, also make sure to have the roll on each end of the paper face each other so that you end up with a heart shape.

Blob some glue onto some paper and arrange the rolled paper into a heart shape and put the three together like pictured. Then use the last shorter strip of paper to make a stalk.

Check out some of my other St Patricks day paper crafts for children.

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Christmas Paper Crafts for Children
Dec 22nd, 2013 by Craftylocks

Tis the season to be crafty!

Paper Strip Bauble
Create these beautiful decorations from very simple materials.
Candy Cane Reindeer
A fun craft to create and also a cool little gift.
Santa Star
Santa is the star of this paper craft for children
Toilet Paper Roll Snowman
Put your rubbish to crafty use
Concertina Angel
This is a beautiful Christmas paper craft
cone-tree-3 Paper Cone Christmas Tree
Make a forest of trees with this cute craft
Paper Cone Santa
Print out the template for this Santa or design your own based on the process.
Egg Carton Christmas Tree
Recycle your egg cartons in a most decorative way.
Christmas Greeting Garland
Keep the children busy decorating a garland to greet friends and family.
Hand and Foot Shape Reindeer
Trace a foot, and print some hands to create this cute reindeer.
Mini Envelope Advent Calendar
Your children can make their own version of this fun Christmas tradition.
Christmas Shape Printed Paper
Just one way of creating decorated paper for your Christmas presents and cards.
Hand Print Santa
Perfect for making Christmas Greeting Cards.
Recycled Egg Carton Decorations
Our children made these years ago and they have been on our tree every year since then.
Slotted Christmas Bauble
These are quite lovely decorations, make them from childrens art work and they would make a great gift!
Paper Cup Santa Boot
A little bit odd, but a lot of fun.
Paper Cup Christmas Bells
A very elegant craft for children to have a go at.
Decorating artwork with santa hats
As well as this being a really great decorating idea, I loved that it was a complete surprise for me.
Paper chain Christmas tree
This is a much better use of paper chains than just trying to make a long garland with them
Easy crepe paper wreath
Nice gluely fun with this one, and then something special to hang on your door
Paper plate Christmas candy
Perfect for decorating a wall of a classroom. Each candy would be different, and together they would all look fantastic
Paper plate santa
Every Christmas house needs one of these on their wall!
Popsicle sticks snowflake
A simple idea that just works really well
Cup cake paper wreath
There are so many ways for children to decorate the paper cups for this wreath
Rudolf the red nosed toilet roll reindeer
A real character for your Christmas crafts and decor
Wooden Peg Rudolf
Oh what a cute Christmas craft
Crepe paper Christmas tree
So pretty!
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Cut Out Shape Webs
Oct 22nd, 2013 by Craftylocks

It is pretty spooky how a few folds and a few cuts creates an awesome web!!

Start with a square piece of paper and fold it in half across the diagonal so that you have a triangle. Fold the triangle in half again so that you have a smaller triangle, and fold it in half some more times.
Trim off the uneven section at the bottom of the triangle, if you trim it as a curve it is quite effective. Cut into the triangle as pictured.
Open the paper up to reveal your spider web design.

After you have tried your first one, I am sure that like us, you will have lots of fun experimenting to see how effective different patterns are.
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Paper Crafted Homework
Oct 21st, 2013 by Craftylocks

A great result from all the paper crafting the children have done over the years – paper crafted homework ideas are easy to come by and easy to do!

And they have an enthusiastic helper in me – well I was not allowed to help too much, but I happily tore paper up and gathered materials.

Assignment one – communicate your interests visually. Football is one of the interests, so he made a papier mache football with interests drawn and written on it.

Assignment two – display an idiom.
She chose ‘Put Your Foot in Your Mouth’ and also used papier mache in a covered shoe box.

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Simple Folded Paper Puppet
Aug 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

All you need is a piece of photocopy size paper, and a few folds later you have a puppet – a very wide mouth puppet! I have popped all the steps into a worksheet that you can download and print, as well as summarised here.

Fold a peice of photocopy size paper into three so that it is long and skinny.
Fold it again into four sections so that it forms a concertina.
Add details to the top layer. Your fingers go in the space created between the layers of paper. Your thumb goes in the space in the bottom layer and then you can open and close the mouth really wide.!
Once again my daughters attempt is much better than mine!
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Construction Blocks Box
Jun 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

I love that this craft has a useful purpose as well as looking great in the kiddies rooms, and you get to do some recycling too.

You need a sturdy shoebox, 2 or 3 empty card rolls, newspaper torn into small strips, glue and paint.

Cut the card rolls into thirds and place on your shoe box lid in two lines. If your box is smaller you may think two rows of three looks better.

Secure the toilet rolls to the lid using some of the strips of newspaper dipped in glue. Use long thin pieces to cover the top of the toilet rolls making sure you smooth them down well. Continue to cover the rest of the lid with the strips of newspaper until you have three layers over the entire lid. I don’t wait for each layer to dry as I am too impatient. I think of this as a basic form of papier mache.

Make sure you don’t fold the paper under the rim of the lid as you will make it smaller and it won’t fit on the box.

Leave to dry thoroughly.

Paint the box and lid with a good craft paint (if you are going to use a light coloured paint, you may like to use white paper on your last layer of papier mache so the words won’t show through). Leave to dry. To make it even hardier, and also if you have used a cheaper poster paint, you might also want to seal it with a craft varnish.

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