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Pleated Paper Rainbow Circle
Mar 13th, 2015 by Craftylocks

Rainbows are such a great excuse to use colourful paper. Add a pot of gold and it is a St Patricks Day paper craft!

For this craft you need paper in all the colours of the rainbow, to make it a St Patricks rainbow craft make sure you have some extra green paper for a shamrock, and brown for the pot of gold.

Good luck and have fun making your St Patricks rainbow circle.

Pleat each sheet of paper and then fold it in half. Cut out a shamrock and pot shape out as well.

Glue each pleated fan together in the middle, and to the next fan. I thought it looked quite cool cool after each one had been glued together and it made a half circle fan shape.

But the plan was a circle, so I made the final glueing step and joined all the fans together to make a circle with a pot of gold in the center.

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Spider Garland
Oct 7th, 2014 by Craftylocks

Garlands are such an easy effective paper craft for children. And of course how perfect for a spooktastic decoration – a spider garland!

I have some step by step instructions if you are new to making paper garlands.

If you love this idea so much for Halloween, check out some of my other Halloween Paper Garland ideas.

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Cup Cake Owl
May 18th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

Owls are such a great craft subject, and there are many beautiful crafts out there for them, but I think this must be one of the easiest crafty owls to make – perfect for little fingers.

This craft is fun to make, but would also be ideal for putting on a gift card!

You need a cup cake case, which you flatten and then fold the top down a little.

Then fold the sides in to make the wings, on a slight angle as pictured.

Finally add some details. The eyes could be googly ones like we have used or you could just draw them on. Use some scraps of card to make some feet and a beak.

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Simple Crepe Paper Jelly Fish
Jul 5th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Crepe paper is great, it is light and floaty, stretchy and textured and lends it self to all sorts of crafts … including the tentacles of a jellyfish.

A crafty friend came up with this simple and cheerful design. Not too messy either and would be great to hang for an ocean themed party.

Take a sheet of newspaper and scrunch into a ball several times to make the paper soft and pliable. Make a ball the size you want your jellyfish’s head to be.

Place two layers of crepe paper on a flat surface. The size of the piece of crepe will depend on how big your ball of newspaper is. Make sure to leave lots of overhang to make the tentacles.

Gather the crepe up and around the ball of newspaper and fasten with a chenille stick. Cut off the excess chenille stick and tuck the ends away.

Cut strips in the crepe paper to make the tentacles. It doesn’t matter that they are different lengths or widths but you don’t want them to be too narrow that they tear easily.

Cut the base for the eyes out of some card. Cut out the white for the eyes a little smaller than the base and then draw in the pupils with the black marker. Glue to the card.

Glue eyes to the head of the Jellyfish, and then because he is so cute and ever so easy make another!

We have made something similar a while ago … a super quick Paper Towel Ghost

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Valentine Heart Garland
Feb 7th, 2012 by Craftylocks

Sometimes when you try a craft, you have to try all the different ways of doing it – so we are on a bit of a heart strip theme at the moment, which is perfect timing for Valentines Day.

This simple garland is perfect for Valentines Day but you could also use pastel colors to welcome a new baby or for Easter celebrations.

All you need are some strips of paper and a stapler. I have seen this done by using the strips to make just one heart at a time – but that involves sooooo much extra cutting and picking up strips of paper – so we tried to be clever and used each pair of strips to make three hearts. Seemed like more fun that way but you can make them just one at a time.

Cut strips lengthwise from sheets of printer paper. Heavy weight paper does not cope with the curves for these small hearts and tend to bend instead. They can be any width you like. Just make sure you make them a similar width to each other.

Lay two strips on top of each other and staple near the end.

Separate the strips and drag the unstapled ends down either side of the staple and pinch together with your fingers to get the size heart you prefer.

Fold the strips back up just below where you want to fasten the heart. This makes the start of the next heart. Staple together.

Drag the strips down again to make another heart and repeat the process until you reach the end of the strips. I managed to get three hearts out of each pair of strips but the number will vary depending on the size of your heart.

To add another pair of paper strips to the garland, place one strip of paper either side of the bottom of the last heart with the strips upright and staple together. I used one staple to both secure the bottom of the last heart and to add the new paper strips. Drag the strips down as you have done with the previous hearts and continue until your garland is the required length.

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Simple Finger Puppet
Aug 8th, 2011 by Craftylocks

 

Dropping a bit of a huge hint about what the next Paper Crafts for Children newsletter is all about by posting this example from it.

But we all have had such fun and made so many of this particular theme that I had to show some of them here too. This one my son whipped up after seeing the ones I had made. I love his monster with all those eyes.

Simple to make, draw a picture of your character on some lightweight card – just make sure there is enough room at the bottom for two finger holes.

Cut the two finger holes, pop some fingers through to become the puppets legs and start the show.

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