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Flower Pencil Topper
Jun 1st, 2010 by Craftylocks

This decorative topper for a pencil ticks lots of paper crafts for children requirements!

It is quick and easy and the results are great. And although mess is an important part of arts and crafts with children, sometimes we need something that is no mess, and this craft is one of those. It is also a cheap way of making a useful little gift for someone. We have used paper already printed with a pattern for our flower pencil topper but to make it more personal you could use decorated paper from something like painting with balls or wheels or leaf printing.

I have made a flower pencil topper tutorial which shows all the steps, but in summary the steps are …
1. You need an oblong/rectangle piece of paper.
2. Fold it a few times and cut slits in it from one end almost all the way to the other end. Cut parallel to the fold lines but make sure you do not cut the fold lines.
3. Unfold and then wrap the paper around the pencil and tape in place. Pattern to the inside and cut bits at the top.
4. Bend down the cut bits of paper to open them up like a flower. If you want you can also roll some of the paper strips around a pencil to curl them.

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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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Cup Cake Cases Flower
May 19th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Another easy, speedy paper craft for children, and for grown-ups too if like me you love paper, glitter and glue!!

cup-cake_flower2We love making cup cakes and icing them, and of course eating them! So I had to try out making some flowers too. Very very easy – just what I love! There are many variations on how you can make these, you can make them on chenille sticks (pipe cleaners) for a nice posie, or you can make them as a picture like I have done. You can also glue different things inside the cup cake case like a child’s photo – that would then be a perfect picture or gift for a grandparent.

For the version here, start with your paper cup cake cases, some paper for the greenery bits, glitter (hands up if you love glitter!!), glue and scissors and then star crafting. I cut out and glued my greenery bits first and then glued on the cup cake cases – starting with the biggest and then gluing the others inside it. My cup cake cases are pretty on the outside and plain on the inside – glitter to the rescue! The was such fun, and guess what – easy too! I just dribble the glue randomly inside the cup cases and then sprinkled on the glitter. Once it had dried I tipped out the extra glitter and popped it back in the container. Then I spent more time ohhing and ahhing over the creating than I had spent making it.

cup-cake_flower-parts cup-cake_flower1

But in making the flower I had used up the last of my medium and mini cup cases – but don’t be sad, at the supermarket I was all of a quiver when I found cup cases in gorgeous bright colors! So of course I am going to have to make some more flowers and of course some more cup cakes! I think it is a challenge I can handle.

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Paper Hand Shape Lily
May 17th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This an easy paper craft for children, and they make a fabulous bunch of flowers!

Paper hand shape liliesI like the impact of these in red and we have this bunch of gorgeous hand shape lilies in our bathroom – a real splash of color! Nice and easy to make, you just need some paper, a child’s hand to trace around, scissors to cut the shape and tape to hold the shape in a tube. You also need pipe cleaners to make the stem and stamen.

This would make a lovely gift for someone special to the child. As well as being a lovely bunch of flowers they are also part of the clever crafty child.

All the steps are detailed at the Paper Hand Lily Tutorial. I made the tutorial using white paper so you can see both options and decide which one you prefer.

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Paper Hand Lily Tutorial
May 6th, 2010 by Craftylocks

For this speedy paper craft you need children’s hands to trace around, paper and scissors, tape, and chenille sticks or pipe cleaners to make the stem and stamen.

hand-shape The basis of these lilies are hand shapes. So the first step is to trace around a hand and cut the shape out.
hand-lily1 Roll the hand into a cone shape and tape it near the base. Leave a small hole at the bottom of the cone shape.
hand-lily2 Wrap each finger around a pen …
hand-lily4 … to curl the petals
hand-lily_pipe-cleaners2 Twist the end of a green piece of pipe cleaner around the middle of a short piece of pipe cleaner. Fold that short piece up and curl over at each end.
hand-lily Push the pipe cleaner stalk through the lily to make the stalk and stamen.

To see these in red have a look at some other Hand Shape Lilies.
Download the printable version of the worksheet – PDF Worksheet – Hand Lilies.

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Flower Paper Garland
Apr 12th, 2010 by Craftylocks

A concertina chain of flowers that go on forever, or as long as your paper – whichever comes first!fold-out_flowers

This is one of the classic paper crafts for children, I loved it as a kid and I still love it. Super simple to make, all you need is paper and scissors and then if you want to decorate it – some pens, glitter, more paper, etc. I have used plain pink paper but it is also great with crepe paper which is made in handy dandy long lengths.

fold-out_flowers-closeFold a strip of the paper up accordion style and then draw a shape or picture onto the top of the paper ‘stack’, it must go all the way to each side of the paper. Any shape is fine as long as it joins on the sides. Cut the shape out through all the layers, making sure that the sides are not cut out. Open it up and you should have chain of shapes, if you do not, try again and this time make sure that the sides are not cut out:-).

Although this is really easy I have still made a Fold Out Garland Tutorial and a PDF Worksheet – Fold Out Paper Garland to print out so that you can show your children the steps if you wish.

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