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Paper Bag Owl Puppet
Sep 11th, 2013 by Craftylocks

This owl stands up nicely on its own by opening the bottom of the bag, or you can slip your hand inside and use it for a puppet.

You will need a paper bag with a rectangle bottom, 2 paper muffin cups, some black card, some orange card, and some sheets of card in other colors.

Place the paper bag flat, with the bottom flap at the top and facing you. This will become the head of the owl. Glue the cups onto the flap of the paper bag.

Cut two black circles out of card to fit the bottom of the paper muffin cups. Cut a pie slice out of each. Stick these into the bottom of each muffin cup and glue onto the paper bag flap for the eyes.

Cut a long triangle for the beak out of the orange card and glue into place.

Cut an oval from the second piece of card and draw ‘v’ shapes to represent feathers. Glue this to the belly of the owl.

Fold the piece of card you want to use for the wings in half and draw and cut out a wing shape.
Open the wing shapes out and cut along the fold line to make two wings.
Glue the wings to the top inside fold of the bag.

Cut out two triangles from the excess card used to make the wings and glue to the top of the bag for the ears of the owl.

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List of Paper Plate Crafts
Sep 5th, 2013 by Craftylocks

Wow!! Today I have gathered up as many of the Paper Plate crafts I could find on the site and have put together this list of 14!!

Paper plates might have a minor use at parties – making the cleaning up easier, but I think they may really have been invented for use in paper crafts for children. I have never intentionally looked for paper plate crafts, but have just kept finding lots of great ideas.

Paper Plate Easter Basket

A really simple Easter basket.

Paper Plate Easter Bunny Basket
This bunny can carry Easter eggs – how clever!!
Paper Plate Spider and Web
Perfect for those insect studies.
Paper Plate Ladybug Hand Puppet
The perfect critter to make with circles is a ladybug of course!
St Patricks Day Paper Plate Door Hanger
This link is a real pot of gold.
Paper Plate Fish
A perfect follow up craft for any fishy story.
Paper Plate Sunflower
Cheer up any day with this fabulous flower craft.
Paper Plate Chicken
It is a snip to make this cute chick.
Paper Plate Thanksgiving Turkey
Don’t forget to write the Thanksgiving messages on the feathers.
Paper Plate Snappy Dragon
What a colourful character this dragon is.


Paper Plate Animal Masks
Lots of masks to make here, whatever suits your occasion
Paper Plate Dinosaur
What a special looking dinosaur.
Paper Plate Spotty Spider
How many spots are really eyes?
Paper Plate Jack-o-Lantern
Perfect for a Halloween pary.
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Cardboard Roll Paper Bug
Aug 31st, 2013 by Craftylocks

Often when I am playing with a few ideas for some paper crafts for children crafts, the children try out some ideas of their own and they have some great results!

This one even had a planning stage!!! I have no idea where that stage would have come from, he would never have seen me demonstrate something so sensible.

So the plan involved three cardboard tubes, empty toilet rolls are perfect.

One roll was squashed and another two were attached on top of it to make the huge eyes. Then some pipe cleaners for legs and details.

I love the teeth on the first one, and the bow on the next one.

A bit of painting later and we had some beaut bugs.
We did think about adding some paper over the holes for eyes, but thought that the empty hole at the ends of the rolls made quite effective eyes.

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Tube and Crepe Paper Draped Tree
Aug 16th, 2013 by Craftylocks

Pippi Pipecleaners came up with this craft when she was left with lots of scraps of brown crepe paper from a previous craft. The crepe paper gives the trunk lots of texture and looks surprisingly close to real bark. Make some Newspaper Trees and Paper Trees as well and you will soon have a forest.

You will need a cardboard tube, some brown and green crepe paper – brown and green, a glue stick and scissors.

Cut the brown crepe paper into large scraps.
Apply glue liberally to the tube so that when you put the crepe paper on it will slide around and create folds to make the bark-like texture.

When it dry cut straight down from the top of the tube to create the branches of the tree.

Cut thin shreds of green crepe paper.

Drape and glue in place on the branches of the tree.

You could make different styles of tree by covering the branches in little balls of tissue paper or use real bark and dried leaves for a great autumn craft.

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Dinosaur Eggs
Jul 16th, 2013 by Craftylocks

These special dinosaur eggs are from the little known Papersaurus Rex. The eggs are famous for being many patterened, multi-colored and sometimes even covered in glitter.

Cover a balloon with strips of newspaper. We tore strips of paper long enough to go around the balloon and glued the ends to each other with wallpaper paste. Then we criss crossed the strips over these pieces and kept building the layers up to about three or four newsprint layers.
The final layer is photocopy paper – it is nice and strong and is also white, which makes a great base for painting on.
Then have fun making up some patterns and designs for what a dinosaur egg could have looked like.
These eggs are all resting in our cat bed, waiting for the right time to hatch, or in the case of one of ours – sat on and squashed!
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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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