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Mirror Bird
Jan 16th, 2014 by Craftylocks
I got this idea from a beautiful bird decoration I have. I realised that it was just a mirror shape of a bird folded up with some parts glued together and some folded open.
I made a Mirror Bird Template that you can print out, or you could also just fold a piece of paper in half and draw your own bird shape on it.
We did some really messy finger painting to show any decoration technique will work.
Cut out the mirror shape. Instead of decorating the printed shape, you could trace the shape onto a piece of paper already decorated in a previous creative session.
Fold it in half, glue two end of ribbon inside the body and glue just the body part together. Leave the tail, wings and head feathers not glued.
Clip and curl the feathers a bit.
Hang the birdy up and then tweet about how beautiful it is.
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Tissue Paper Flying Fish
Oct 6th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

I have always thought these looked beautiful, but worried they may be tricky to make … don’t worry – be crafty, they are simple!
You just need to catch yourself a strip of card, some tissue paper sheets and scraps, and some string. Staple the strip of card into a circle.
Make sure your tissue paper is wide enough to go all the way around the circle, and roll a bit over the strip of card and glue into place. Repeat with another shorter piece of tissue.
Trim the tissue paper to the shapes you want and glue on some details like fins and eyes.
Punch four holes evenly around the cardboard strip and tie a piece of string to each hole. Tie all the pieces of string together.
Hook your fish into a tree to catch a wave in the wind or set the children running with the fish flying behind them.
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Heart’s from Paper Strips
Feb 5th, 2011 by Craftylocks

You only need thin strips of paper to make these heart shapes for hanging.

Another easy paper craft for children, and perfect for Valentines day decorations! You just need some string, a stapler and strips of paper – any width or length is fine – as long as you have two pieces the same length.

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Tie a knot in one end of the string and staple it between two pieces of paper. I was trying to work out how to explain on which side you should place the knot, the best I can put it is to have the knot sitting on the edge of the paper – read the next step and hopefully it makes sense

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Bend the two pieces of paper away from the staple and staple them together again where they meet as pictured. The heart will now hang from the string, as long as the knot is sitting on the correct side of the staple.

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Make lots of these easy heart shapes and …

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… use them to make a mobile for Valentines day.

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I wanted to keep the craft as simple as possible, but if your children want to try another step, you can also make them with multiple strips of paper on each heart.

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Spiral Paper Mobile
Apr 11th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Twirly whirly and super easy to make!

It is school holiday world at our house at the moment. So I need paper crafts for my children that I can quickly start up to distract from any budding argument! Fortunately most of the days have been filled with happy imaginary play – well not so happy if you are one of the many dragons or monsters that my children are slaying in their games:-).

spiral_mobile-treeThis craft is so easy to do, and nil set up time assuming you already have lots of decorated paper underfoot as we always do! So if you have had lots of fun decorating paper (like shaving foam marbling) but then do not know what to do with it, then this is for you.

Cut some roughly circle shapes out of the paper and then cut a spiral into the circle – as in the picture below.  Stick or tie one end onto something up high – like some sticks or coat hanger for inside or a handy dandy tree branch like we have done.

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Then lie back and admire your fabulous decoration and dream of fairies, fire trucks or frogs.

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