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Shamrock from Heart Shapes
Mar 15th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

When I was having a look at some shamrock pictures the heart shapes of it appealed to me.

Paper hearts are easy to make and a handy paper craft technique for children to know. But for younger children you could just have lots of heart shapes of different sizes ready for them to arrange and layer as they wish.

To make the heart shapes fold some paper and then cut the shape as below. To then make lots of hearts that are the same as each other, trace around the first one you made and then cut lots more out.

Arrange three of the hearts to make a shamrock shape, and add a stalk. My stalk is also cut from a folded piece of paper – I did that as I liked the texture the fold were giving to the shapes.

I made some gradually smaller shapes in alternating shades of green, but this does not have to be in just greens – how about a rainbow shamrock?!

Check out some of my other St Patricks day paper crafts for children.

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Star Shape from Snowflake Fold
Mar 4th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

Folded up paper and cutting holes in it to create a beautiful star or snowflake shape is a popular craft for a great reason. It is worth knowing a few different ways to fold up the paper to make the most of this technique to create some exciting different results!

This fold is called the snowflake fold.

Fold a square piece of paper in half diagonally.

Fold the two sides across so they point up and cross each other like below. I am sure you could measure to get some precise place to fold, but I don’t think you need to. I did gently fold the long side and pinch at the half way point to mark it with a crease so I knew where to start folding the two sides across. Then I just lined them up across each other roughly before pressing the folds.

Turn over and draw some cut lines or just start cutting. Drawing does help plan where you are going but there is value in just cutting without a plan to start with to see what happens, this will help knowing how to plan the cuts.

Cut out the shapes.

Gently unfold and you have a beautiful star shape.

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Christmas Paper Crafts for Children
Dec 22nd, 2013 by Craftylocks

Tis the season to be crafty!

Paper Strip Bauble
Create these beautiful decorations from very simple materials.
Candy Cane Reindeer
A fun craft to create and also a cool little gift.
Santa Star
Santa is the star of this paper craft for children
Toilet Paper Roll Snowman
Put your rubbish to crafty use
Concertina Angel
This is a beautiful Christmas paper craft
cone-tree-3 Paper Cone Christmas Tree
Make a forest of trees with this cute craft
Paper Cone Santa
Print out the template for this Santa or design your own based on the process.
Egg Carton Christmas Tree
Recycle your egg cartons in a most decorative way.
Christmas Greeting Garland
Keep the children busy decorating a garland to greet friends and family.
Hand and Foot Shape Reindeer
Trace a foot, and print some hands to create this cute reindeer.
Mini Envelope Advent Calendar
Your children can make their own version of this fun Christmas tradition.
Christmas Shape Printed Paper
Just one way of creating decorated paper for your Christmas presents and cards.
Hand Print Santa
Perfect for making Christmas Greeting Cards.
Recycled Egg Carton Decorations
Our children made these years ago and they have been on our tree every year since then.
Slotted Christmas Bauble
These are quite lovely decorations, make them from childrens art work and they would make a great gift!
Paper Cup Santa Boot
A little bit odd, but a lot of fun.
Paper Cup Christmas Bells
A very elegant craft for children to have a go at.
Decorating artwork with santa hats
As well as this being a really great decorating idea, I loved that it was a complete surprise for me.
Paper chain Christmas tree
This is a much better use of paper chains than just trying to make a long garland with them
Easy crepe paper wreath
Nice gluely fun with this one, and then something special to hang on your door
Paper plate Christmas candy
Perfect for decorating a wall of a classroom. Each candy would be different, and together they would all look fantastic
Paper plate santa
Every Christmas house needs one of these on their wall!
Popsicle sticks snowflake
A simple idea that just works really well
Cup cake paper wreath
There are so many ways for children to decorate the paper cups for this wreath
Rudolf the red nosed toilet roll reindeer
A real character for your Christmas crafts and decor
Wooden Peg Rudolf
Oh what a cute Christmas craft
Crepe paper Christmas tree
So pretty!
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Halloween Paper Crafts for Children
Oct 31st, 2013 by Craftylocks

Lots of Halloween paper crafts for children that are quick and easy and turn out spooktastic!

Finger Finger in a Matchbox Trick
Everyone smiles at the ‘cut off’ finger in a match box.
Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern
This Jack O Lantern craft for children is very cute. With such a happy face it is quite friendly too.
Bat with peg Peg and Paper Bat
This bat is perfect for halloween and has a variety of uses.
Spider with paper plate web Paper Plate Spider Web
See how long it takes for this spider to catch a fly.
Paper Strip Pumpkins
Any excuse to make this cute decoration
Paper Plate Spotty Spiders
Not so scary, but lots of fun for little Halloween helpers
Halloween Paper Garland
A spooky twist on this classic paper craft.
Halloween Hanging Garland
Use your paper garlands to make this hanging version.
Cardboard Roll and Hand Shape Paper Spiders
Bat Mask
Only have minutes to make a Halloween costume? Craft this one up super fast.
Ball Rolling Spider Webs
Making this decorated paper for Halloween is lots of fun.
Paper Spider Wrist Wear
Cut Out Shapes Pumpkin Pictures
A great Halloween activity to set up for a group of children.
Paper Towel Ghosts
Another super quick Halloween craft.
Hand Print Ghosts
Print up a haunted house full of ghosts with these hand print spooks.
Rattle the chains with Paper Link Ghost; such an easy Halloween craft.
A trick or treat pumpkin basket is a perfect pumpkin craft.
A paper web can add to your Halloween decorations.
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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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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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