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Cardboard Roll Stars
Jul 1st, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

These gorgeous stars are easy and make a very effective garland for 4th of July Celebrations.

You need some empty toilet rolls, glitter and glue. A glue stick and white craft glue are both useful for this one.

Flatten the toilet rolls making the edges of the folds sharp by running the edge of a ruler over them. Line up the fold lines and then flatten again making the folds sharp with the ruler.

Cut the toilet rolls in half and then in quarters.

Straighten the curved sides of the toilet rolls squares by squeezing the edges between your fingers. They should end up looking more like a diamond shape.

Glue three of the squares together. I used clothes pegs to hold them together whilst they dried.

Attach a strip of paper in a loop using the glue stick.

I found it easier to glue the toilet rolls in sets of two or three rather than adding them individually. You can either make five or six pointed stars.

Pour a generous blob of white craft glue into a flat container and glitter into another.

Dip the edges of the star into the white craft glue making sure they are well coated, then dip in the glitter.

It is easier to leave the first side to dry before doing the other but if you are careful you can do both at once.

Hang to dry.

Hang as individual decorations or attach to a string to make a garland.

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Egg Carton Dragon
Jun 23rd, 2013 by Craftylocks

This is one egg carton with lots of attitude!

I hope you can see how he is made – I’m sorry but I did not take any photos until he was all done. The orange eyes are two egg carton cups, and the red mouth part is an carton cut in half part way down – or a 6 egg, egg carton would work without being cut.

You need half an egg carton and some egg carton cups, paint them up in suitable colors.
Cut out some shapes in colorful cardboard and glue it all together as pictured.
Use tissue or crepe paper to create the body – I used sheets of tissue as well as strips.
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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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Turtle Finger Puppet
Jun 5th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

This is another adorable craft made by Pippi Pipecleaners. This technique can be used to make all sorts of finger puppets just change the details to fit the animal you want to make.

You will need card in two shades and all the usual crafty bits like a pencil, scissors, glue stick, googly eyes and sticky tape

Draw two circles on the light green card so they overlap a little. I drew round a side-plate and a mug to get the size I wanted.

Draw on the legs, tail and a bit extra for the nose.

Cut out leaving the overlap uncut. Cut out the slits.

Turn over so you can’t see the pencil line.

Overlap the slits and glue in place with the gluestick. I used my trusty clothes pegs to hold whilst the glue dried and then added sticky tape to the underside to make sure they stayed secure and flat.

Fold out the legs and tails and gently bend the neck so the turtle sits flat.

Decorate your turtle with pieces of the dark green card cut to shape and attach two googly eyes.

Make two rings from strips of card to fit your fingers.

Attach the two rings to another strip of card. Remember to put the rings on your finger first to work out the distance needed between them.

Attach this to the neck of the turtle using the sticky tape.

And it really is a finger puppet …

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Paper Plate Easter Basket
Mar 29th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

I had fun making this one – I wanted to make something really simple that lots of ages and abilities could enjoy – this one worked for me!

You start by making a really simple basket using two paper plates and a bit of paper for a handle. Cut the top of the paper plates and face them together with a bit of paper folded to make a handle in between them as pictured. Staple the plates together with the ends of the paper handle between them.

You now have a very simple basket that could be decorated in any number of ways. Your young crafter may choose to paint or glitter or collage their basket. I chose to curl it! I curled some strips of paper by rolling them around a pen and then gluing them on to the basket. This is quite a good technique to teach even quite young children to do – they find it quite fun!

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Translucent Tissue Paper Easter Egg
Mar 23rd, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

This is a great craft for an older child to create – they will be very very proud of their results

Pippi Pipecleaners made this beautiful egg, but her first attempt was a bowl using this technique – unfortunately she didn’t use any petroleum jelly. Turns out that is quite important – so we have no bowl to show you but we had a good laugh though! With Easter around the corner she had another go – worked perfectly I think.

You need a water balloon, white tissue, flowers, white glue, cling film and petroleum jelly! You might also want to use a balloon pump and have a clothes peg handy.

Inflate the water balloon. Don’t over inflate so you can squeeze the balloon into an egg shape.

Cover the balloon in petroleum jelly and then the cling film. Make sure the cling film sits as flat as possible. Twist the end of the cling film and secure with a clothes peg. The cling film adds an extra layer of strength to your egg without blocking out light and the petroleum jelly stops the balloon sticking to the cling film.

Cut the white tissue into small pieces – if the pieces are too big they won’t sit flat against the balloon.

Dilute the white glue so it is a consistency similar to pouring cream. Paint some of the balloon with the glue and then stick on the tissue. Smooth out any pieces of tissue that are sticking up. Cover your balloon with two coats of tissue.

Stick your flowers to the balloon brushing down with the glue brush. If you are using fresh flowers, make sure you select flat flowers as any air will cause the flowers to decay.

Coat with one coat of tissue.

Leave to dry thoroughly. I used the peg to clip it out of the way.

Pop the balloon and snip off the extra cling film.

Decorate with a ribbon to hide the hole.

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