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Papier Mache Finger Puppet
Jun 5th, 2012 by Craftylocks

The classic finger puppet has to be a papier mache one! It is pretty simple to make as long as you are not too fussy about details.

The basic puppet is made with a roll of paper for the neck and then just a scrunched up ball of paper coated with a few stips of glued paper to make the rough head shape.
Paint on some features.
And for the simplest of puppet bodies just attach a piece of fabric like a scarf, to the neck with a rubberband. Simple is good!
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Papier Mache Easter Egg
Apr 3rd, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

This eggy paper craft reminds my crafty friend of the Royal Icing Eggs she was given at Easter when she was a child. You will need a balloon pump to blow up the water balloon – apparently the crafty lass tried to do it herself and just about passed out!

As well as some water balloons and a balloon pump, you will need the usual papier mache ingredients – newspaper and white glue – or paste if you prefer. You will also need some tissue paper for this craft.

Blow up the water balloon using a balloon pump. Make it any size you wish but do not over full as it may pop while drying. Tear the newpaper into small squares.

Mix the white glue with water so it is about the consistency of pouring cream. White glue dries harder than paste but paste can be used if you wish.

Dip newsprint in the glue and place on the balloon until covered. You will need to do at least three layers.

Leave to dry.

Once dry, hold the balloon by the knot (don’t let go) and pop it with something sharp. As the balloon deflates, it will come away from the sides. Remove the balloon and throw away.

Draw a design on the egg shape. Keep it simple.

Tear the tissue paper into pieces. Screw up the small pieces of tissue dip in the PVA and stick it on the egg. It is best to start with the designs first and then fill in the rest last.

Yum – that looks so good – I hope Easter Bunny brings me one of those icing eggs!

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Paper Layer Hat
Mar 20th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

A few layers and a little glue create a solid structure – strong enough to support flowers for a Spring bonnet, and hard enough for a dress-up helmet.
You need a bowl for the shape, and then layer up some plain paper and newspaper with some wallpaper paste in between each layer. We used four layers of newspaper and two of plain paper. Shape the layers into a hat shape while they wet.
Add some more strips around the brim of the hat to tidy it up if you wish, then leave it to dry.
Decorate to suit your season or occasion.
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Water Monster Costume
Sep 7th, 2011 by Craftylocks

 

I love making costumes, just as long as I can create them quickly and easily – and for this costume I had some very speedy short-cuts to my water monster outfit.
The secret is out now, so I can finally share some ideas for using paper to make this costume. The secret was that I was a surprise guest at a great friends birthday party – I was unexpected as I had to travel from New Zealand to Australia to go to the party.

There are three main elements to this costume, the first is the basis of green clothes with lots of ragged scraps of green fabric pinned to the clothes and clipped in my hair.

The second element is the mask. The easiest way to make one of these is to start with an old or cheap plastic mask. The one I used was both of those! It was very thin and split plastic – but it had the perfect shape. I trimmed off some off the bottom of the mask as I don’t like them going way down past my chin, they get too hot and stuffy. I also made the eyes bigger and shaped them.

Then I covered the plastic with a few layers of newsprint.

The final layer was green paper, you can use white paper and then paint it the colour you want – but I used green because I had it and I like short-cuts. I then painted my designs on and tied some elastic to make it fit.

The third element and the one that excited me the most because it is just soooo easy and quick, were my flipper style hands and feet. To make these you just cut the shape you want out of some card – making sure that the shape has wrists and ankles on them. On these wrist and ankle sections cut slits so that you can thread either elastic or fabric through to tie them on to your wrists and ankles. Decorate them if you wish, I painted patterns on mine to tie them in with the mask.

Walking with the flippers on is entertaining as you have to lift your feet up each time, but that is part of the fun. I loved that I could hold a glass quite easily with my hand flippers as the hands were free underneath – I did have problems picking up some cake and made a small mess – but that was OK, I just threw the flippers out at the end of the night, as they were so easy to make.

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Papier Mache Crown
Jun 4th, 2011 by Craftylocks

 

A perfect time to re-issue this paper craft – first made a year ago!

Borrowing a line from the Cat in the Hat movie, but relating it to papier mache instead of cupcakes … “You can make anything …” out of papier mache. Not sure if that is the exact line but it is something like that. And I love any excuse to make something using one of my favorite paper crafts.

To celebrate the queens birthday holiday weekend, we crafted a crown out of papier mache. A crown is a classic essential for the dress up box and to crown it off, papier mache is a classic paper craft for children! The resulting crown is very cheap to make and it is surprisingly sturdy.

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papier-mache_crown1 We used a papier mache pulp on a cardboard base and left it to dry for ages.
papier-mache_crown2 Then we painted it with white paint to make an even base. Then painting it which is brings it to life and is my second favorite step! The best step is having hands in the goopy papier mache pulp when creating the shape.

crown edited onto queenWe were so pleased with our crown we made an exact replica and sent one to the queen of England. We thought that all those heavy crowns that she has to wear would be such a nuisance, and she is such a lovely lady that we wanted to help ease her load. She of course was very nice about our gift and sat for special photo with it. For her next birthday I think that we need to make her some matching earrings!

To learn some more about this paper craft for children have a look at What is Papier Mache?

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Papier Mache Pens
Jul 25th, 2010 by Craftylocks

papier-mache_penMake someones day by crafting up a totally cool pen for them.

I love paper crafts for children that involve their own creativity in making a gift for someone special. You may need to get them to make a few of these pens as they will want to keep one for themselves.

This idea was inspired by painted sticks at Creative Jewish Mom’s blog. When I saw them I thought that I would love to be able to use them to write and draw with.

We created our own sticks by wrapping some pens with papier mache. We tore up some newspaper into little strips and used wallpaper paste to glue the paper onto the pens. Of course you need to make sure that the pen is clicked on before you start! To create the shape on the pen with the ball at the end we also folded and squished some paper and attached it with more strips of paper and paste.

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Then it was just a matter of waiting till they dried, hiding them in a bag of other projects, finding them again, burying them under a pile of decorated paper, uncovering them, sitting them on the coffee table for a week, and them painting them. An extension is to then decide that you do not like one of them and paint over the top of it with white paint – them repeat from the beginning of this paragraph.

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