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Paper Tree Tutorial
Jun 8th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Another of the easy and speedy paper crafts for children. You need some paper, scissors and a bit of sticky tape.

paper-tree1 Cut slits in an oblong piece of paper, about three-quarters of the way across the paper.
paper-tree2 Roll up the paper and secure the roll at the bottom with a piece of tape.
paper-tree3 Carefully pull up the center of the tree to bring the ‘branches’ up.
paper-tree4 Arrange the branches by bending them, rolling them and cutting extra slits in them.
paper-tree-base1 To make a stand for the tree cut a circle out of paper or thin card. Cut a slit to the center and then a circle from the center about the size of the tree trunk.
paper-tree-base2 Form a cone around the base of the tree and secure it with tape. You can also made a trunk for the tree with another piece of paper decorated with crayon rubbings.

Download the printable version of the tutorial – PDF Tutorial – Paper Tree.

Have a look at the finished paper trees that we crafted.

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Mirror Pictures Tutorial
Jun 3rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Children love this art technique and it makes a great base for lots of paper crafts. You just need paint and plain paper.

mirror2 Fold your piece of paper in half, open it, and drip or paint some paint on one half of the paper.
mirror3 Close the paper together and press it so the paint gets all squashed together between the two sides of paper. Then open the paper up.
mirror4 The mirror picture is now revealed. The pattern created is called a mirror picture as one side is a mirror image of the other.

mirror-picture
Download the printable version of the tutorial. PDF Tutorial – Mirror Picture.
Check out some of the artwork created by our children using mirror pictures at Mirror Picture Artwork and at Mirror Picture Butterfly.

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Flower Pencil Topper Tutorial
May 31st, 2010 by Craftylocks

One of the mess free paper crafts for children! You need a pencil, some paper, sticky tape, and scissors.

pencil-flower1 Start with an oblong piece of paper, the size of half a piece of photocopy paper is about right.
pencil-flower2 Fold the paper in half and then half again and cut slits from one end to about an inch from the other end. Make sure you do not cut through the folds on the sides.
pencil-flower3 Wrap the paper around the top of the pencil, taping the paper firmly to the pencil.
pencil-flower4 Bend the paper strips out and down to create the flower.
pencil-flower5 If you want to create even more shape to your flower, roll some of the strips around a pencil to curl them.

Download the printable version of the worksheet. PDF Worksheet – Flower Pencil Topper.

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Papier Mache Pulp Tutorial
Apr 26th, 2010 by Craftylocks

All you need for this super cheap craft is newspaper, wallpaper paste or white glue, scrap cardboard and some paints.

papier-mache1 Fill a bowl or bucket with torn bits of newspaper. Cover the paper with warm water and leave to soak for 24 hours.
papier-mache21 Pour off the water and slowly mix in wallpaper paste or white glue until the mixture feels like dough or soft clay. It is now ready to use.
card-shapes-fish To make a small shape like a fridge magnet or brooch, cut a shape out of cardboard.
papier-mache3 Shape the pulp onto the cardboard.
papier-mache4-fish Leave the shapes to dry. Depending how thick the pulp is, this can take a few days.
papier-mache6 Paint a layer of white paint onto the shapes to make a plain background.
papier-mache fish-magnets1 Finish with lots of bright paints and fun designs.

Download the printable version of the worksheet – PDF Worksheet – Papier Mache Pulp

For more information about Papier Mache, check out my What is Papier Mache? article.

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Origami Tulip Tutorial
Apr 20th, 2010 by Craftylocks

All you need for this paper craft for children is a piece of square paper! Once you have finished it you will also need an origami stalk and leaf. I just happen to have a tutorial for that handy! Origami Stalk and Leaf Tutorial.

origami-valley1 Fold the paper to make a triangle.
origami-tulip2 Fold the corners up. Set them slightly off to the sides of the center point as shown.
origami-tulip3 Turn the model over.
origami-tulip4 Fold the side points in as shown.
origami-tulip5 Turn it over again and you now have a tulip flower head.
origami_tulip-leaf Glue an origami stalk and leaf onto the tulip.

Download the printable version of the tutorial – PDF Worksheet – Origami Tulip

See how the origami tulip has been used in my Accordion Pop-up Card.

For more info about Origami and some basic folds check out the paper crafts for children ‘What is Origami?’ article.

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Origami Stalk and Leaf Tutorial
Apr 20th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Another of the paper crafts for children that has a very short materials list. All you need for this one is a piece of square paper! Once you have finished it you will also need an origami flower. Here is a handy Origami Tulip Tutorial.

origami_crease Fold the paper to make a triangle, crease and unfold.
origami_leaf origami_leaf2 Fold the sides in to line up with the center crease to make a kite
shape. Fold the sides in again to line up with the center crease.
origami_leaf3 Fold the small edge sides in to line up with the center crease as well.
origami_leaf4 origami_leaf5 Fold the wide end over so that the point is part way along the center crease. Fold in half along the center crease.
origami_leaf6 Pull the shorter piece out to form the leaf. Crease the bottom firmly.
origami_tulip-leaf Glue the stalk onto an origami flower.

Download the printable version of the worksheet – PDF Worksheet – Origami Stalk and Leaf.

See how the origami tulip, stalk and leaf has been used in my Accordion Pop-up Card.

For more info about Origami and some basic folds check out my ‘What is Origami?’ article.

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