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Origami Peacock
May 13th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Origami is one of those crafts that make you feel pretty clever as you can make some cool things with just a few folds.
Fold the paper in half across the diagonal and open.
Fold the two side corners in to meet the middle fold.
Fold both side together. The fold line is the same one we made in the first step.
Fold the neck down as pictured.
Then fold the neck up inside.
Fold the top down to the inside to make the head. Looking from the top, or head, this is what the folds look like.
Cut a scalloped shape along the bottom.
Draw on an eye and decorate the tail feathers.
I like how effective it is with just a few details drawn on.

I share origami designs that are quite straight forward, but even so they can still have quite a few steps, so I have made a worksheet that you can print out if you want.

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Paper Plate Santa
Dec 1st, 2013 by Craftylocks

This is an easy craft for little hands and looks great on the wall!

What you will need;
A Paper Plate
White paper
Rolled Cotton Ball
1 large red pom pom
1 large white pom pom
1 small red pom pom
A small piece of black paper or card
Red card
Glue stick
Pencil
Scissors

Cut a Santa hat shape from the red card checking that it fits the paper plate you are using.

Glue the large white pom pom and the unrolled cotton ball in place on the hat.

Glue the hat to the paper plate along with eyes cut from the black card, pom pom nose and mouth and the eyebrows and mustache cut from the leftover unrolled cotton ball.

Make the paper chain by joining loops from strips of the white paper and glue in place on Santa’s chin. I made each chain six loops long.

Thanks for this great craft Pippi Pipecleaners!

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Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern
Sep 24th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

This cute and friendly Jack O Lantern craft for children uses the whole paper plate, so there is no waste.

You will need;
1 Paper plate
Some black paper or card
Tissue paper in orange and green
Glue stick
Scissors

Cut a crescent shape from the top and bottom of the plate.

Trim the crescents into leaf shapes.

Tear the orange tissue into squares. Spread glue onto the plate and stick the tissue pieces on in a
random mosaic. Fold over and glue any pieces that hang over the edge of the plate.

Tear the green tissue into smaller squares than the orange tissue and glue to the leaf shapes.

Stick the leaves under the plate.

Cut the face pieces from the black paper or card and glue to the plate.

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Origami Jumping Frog
Sep 12th, 2011 by Craftylocks

 

Being able to create something out of paper just by folding it is a cool craft in itself – but even more cool when it jumps!

Start with a square of paper. Fold the opposite sides together, unfold and repeat with the other sides. You will now have two creases going across the square.

Fold each of the four corners to the center where the crease cross each other.

Fold the two top edges to the center line.

Fold the triangle at the bottom up.

Fold the two bottom corners to the middle of the bottom edge.

Fold the bottom section up.

On that section you just folded up – fold the top half of it back down to make the frog’s legs.

Fold a small part of the top point down to create the head. Add some eyes so she can see where she is going.

To help her jump, push down near the bottom and slide your finger away from the frog.

 

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Crepe Paper Tassel Tutorial
Jul 12th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This festive craft is not just a great paper craft for children – it is an any age party decoration. You need to gather up the brightest crepe paper you can find, some scissors, string and glue and then you can get started.

crepe-tassle1 Cut two strips off the end of a roll of crepe paper. Cut a small piece – up to the first fold from each roll to be used as a wrapper in a later step.
crepe-tassle2 Cut narrow strips into the thick piece.
crepe-tassle3 Cut the ends of the folded strips open at the end the narrow strips are cut from.
crepe-tassle4 Thread string through the folded end. Fold the small piece in half length-ways.
crepe-tassle5 Scrunch the tassel around the string and wrap the folded small piece of crepe paper around and glue in place as pictured.

Download the printable version of the Tutorial – PDF Worksheet – Crepe Paper Tassels.

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Scraped Paint Tutorial
Jun 28th, 2010 by Craftylocks

scraped-paint-sectionThis is one of the very versatile paper crafts for children. You can make patterns, pictures, even write words by scraping into the paint. You just need some paper and paint, and some tools to do the scraping. Tools like a piece of card, the end of a brush or even fingers will do!

To make a more dramatic scraped paint image, first coat the paper with a base layer of acrylic paint. If you are using just one layer of paint and scraping through to the paper, then any sort of paint is fine.

scraped-paint1 Once the first layer is dry paint a small area on top. I have painted and scraped each stripe before starting the next one.
scraped-paint2 While the paint is still wet scrape into the paint with a tool, like the end of a paint brush or a peice of card.
scraped-paint-word You can scrape patterns or words into the wet paint.

Cut bits from the finished piece for all sorts of paper crafts.
scraped-paint
Download the printable version of the tutorial – PDF Worksheet – Scraped Paint

See some of the things we made with just half of this decorated paper at Scraped Paint Decorated Things.

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