Paper Cowboy Moustache
Nov 4th, 2012 by Craftylocks


This is a very easy and cute way for kids to quickly sprout a great cowboy moustache.
You need some moustache colored paper and some ribbon or string. Cut out some shapes as pictured, they do not need to be exact. Read through all the steps and you will see how they layer up.
Thread the string through the ‘handlebar’ shaped piece, this is the back of the moustache and the string or ribbon will tie around the cowboys head to hold it on. Cut some slits into the larger piece of paper and the ‘hanging down’ part of back handle bar shape.
Use a pencil to curl the paper, including the individual strips.
Glue the individual curled pieces of paper onto the back handlebar shape, and then glue the large piece on top.
As I already have lots of cowgirl type gear, all I really needed was this moustache!
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Thanksgiving Paper Crafts for Children
Oct 30th, 2012 by Craftylocks

A range of Thanksgiving paper crafts to keep the children occupied before the celebration and some great decorations for the day.

Paper Bag Turkey Thanksgiving Hat
Make this hat to wear at your thanksgiving day celebration.
Paper Gratitude Garland
Make this garland of gratitude statements or simply things you are thankful for. It makes a great decoration and trying to read every link adds extra interest. Some examples to get you started:

  • for friends I can cry with
  • for my lovely mother
  • for my happy home
  • for my favorite toy
  • for our thanksgiving gathering
thanksgiving-hand-turkey Thanksgiving Hand Print Turkey
Have some fun making these Thanksgiving turkeys with the children.

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Paper Plate Spider Web
Oct 10th, 2012 by Craftylocks


Paper plates are so versatile and make the perfect base for the web in this craft.

You will need;
A Paper plate
Silver curling ribbon
Large and small pom pom
Black card

Cut eight slits around the edge of the plate.
Slide the ribbon into one of the slits on the rim of the plate. Anchor the cut end at the back of the plate with glue or sticky tape. Take the long length of ribbon across the plate sliding it into another slit and taking it through to the back. Continue until you have a design you like and is looking like a spider’s web. Stick the loose end at the back of the plate.
Cut some legs from the black card leaving a space in the middle to glue the pom poms. Glue on the pom poms and just like that you have a spider.
Glue the finished spider to the centre of the plate and watch and see how long it takes to catch a fly – we are still waiting for ours too!
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Tissue Paper Flying Fish
Oct 6th, 2012 by Craftylocks


I have always thought these looked beautiful, but worried they may be tricky to make … don’t worry – be crafty, they are simple!
You just need to catch yourself a strip of card, some tissue paper sheets and scraps, and some string. Staple the strip of card into a circle.
Make sure your tissue paper is wide enough to go all the way around the circle, and roll a bit over the strip of card and glue into place. Repeat with another shorter piece of tissue.
Trim the tissue paper to the shapes you want and glue on some details like fins and eyes.
Punch four holes evenly around the cardboard strip and tie a piece of string to each hole. Tie all the pieces of string together.
Hook your fish into a tree to catch a wave in the wind or set the children running with the fish flying behind them.
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Simple Card Masks
Oct 2nd, 2012 by Craftylocks


Another one of the classic, simple paper crafts. Although not new, still a great one to do!

The basic mask shape can be quickly and simply decorated as we did here when we remembered we needed this type of mask for school at the last minute! Or they can be ornately decorated with all manner or beautiful things. We will get around to one of those ornate ones another day.

We made some small changes to the basic masquerade mask shape. I drew the basic shape with rounded ends, onto the black card and then gave it to the children to add shape to the sides.

Then they drew shapes for the glittery bits. We glued and sprinkled glitter just into those shapes. We liked the restraint of the plain black between the glitter – or perhaps we would have been late if we added more glitter!

Once your mask is ready, just add a piece of card for a handle – then you are done and can dash out the door to school or your party!

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Peg and Paper Bat
Sep 28th, 2012 by Craftylocks


This is a lovely little craft for the Halloween season. Stick them to the wall, hang them as a garland or garnish the front of a greeting card.

You will need;
1 plain wooden spring peg – any size
Black card
2 googly eyes
Black paint
Paint brush

Paint the peg black. Remember to open the peg and paint inside as you don’t want to see any
unpainted wood. Leave to dry.

Cut the wing shape from the black card – these should be in proportion to the size of your peg.

Glue the peg to the wings. Stick the googly eyes in place.

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