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Envelope Corner Bookmarks
Mar 26th, 2015 by Craftylocks

Such a simple paper craft that children can do to make a useful little present AND recycle at the same time.

We had so much fun making fancy shaped Bookmarks from Envelope corners, and Shamrock Bookmarks that I had a search on the internet for some other envelope corner bookmarks and only then realised that we had made it all much harder than we needed! I still love the shaped ones we made, but it can be so much easier! For these ones we just cut the corners off the envelopes and drew on them or glued paper on them – and our bookmarks are ready to use!

Of course I just might need to buy more books now for all the bookmarks!

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St Patricks Day Envelope Corner Bookmark
Mar 12th, 2015 by Craftylocks

I had so much fun making these the other day that when a green envelope arrived in the house, I knew it needed to become a shamrock bookmark!

Please have a look at all the steps for Bookmarks made from Envelope Corners to see how easy they are.

For a St Patrick’s shamrock bookmark we of course needed to bookmark a book by an Irish author! An author that we love and highly recomend is Roddy Doyle, and his books; The Giggler Treatment and Rover Saves Christmas. These were also some of the stories the children read to me while I painted the Forest Lagoon Mural.

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Bookmarks made from Envelope Corners
Mar 10th, 2015 by Craftylocks

Recycle those pretty envelopes into even prettier bookmarks with this fun easy craft.

I guess I only really needed to make one of these to demonstrate the process, but it was so much fun and so easy that I made a few! Now when I get cards in brightly coloured envelopes, I will be thinking what sort of bookmark I can make! And I did … see the next one I made.

You do not actually need to have brightly coloured envelopes, even plain ones will work.

Draw and colour some pictures in the corner of the envelope. The best corner to use is the one at the bottom that does not have the flap on the other side, so you have a nice pocket when you cut your shape out.

Cut around your shape and it makes a nice pocket for slipping over a page corner to mark your place.

 

This would be a handy paper craft for children needing to make a gift for Mothers or Fathers Day!

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Tissue Decorated Tealight Jar
Apr 30th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

This is a perfect gift children to craft up for a Mothers Day gift. Even better, it also makes a great container in which to pop in a few extra treats if you want.

This is an easy craft to do and the result is a very cool gift. Start off with a clean empty glass jar.

You will also need a pile of torn up tissue bits and some glue.

Glue the tissue onto the outside of the jar. Some extra glue may be needed to smooth all the bits down.

Then pop a tealight into it. We used one of our cheap and cheerful battery powered ones. In the picture below there is one inside the jar and one beside it. A normal lit tealight works really well too, but the battery one is safer and easier.

This is so effective. But I also like that you could put little items like soaps, chocolate, little messages or work vouchers in it as well as a tea-light as a gift.

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Cardboard Roll Paper Bug
Aug 31st, 2013 by Craftylocks

Often when I am playing with a few ideas for some paper crafts for children crafts, the children try out some ideas of their own and they have some great results!

This one even had a planning stage!!! I have no idea where that stage would have come from, he would never have seen me demonstrate something so sensible.

So the plan involved three cardboard tubes, empty toilet rolls are perfect.

One roll was squashed and another two were attached on top of it to make the huge eyes. Then some pipe cleaners for legs and details.

I love the teeth on the first one, and the bow on the next one.

A bit of painting later and we had some beaut bugs.
We did think about adding some paper over the holes for eyes, but thought that the empty hole at the ends of the rolls made quite effective eyes.

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Cardboard Roll Stars
Jul 1st, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

These gorgeous stars are easy and make a very effective garland for 4th of July Celebrations.

You need some empty toilet rolls, glitter and glue. A glue stick and white craft glue are both useful for this one.

Flatten the toilet rolls making the edges of the folds sharp by running the edge of a ruler over them. Line up the fold lines and then flatten again making the folds sharp with the ruler.

Cut the toilet rolls in half and then in quarters.

Straighten the curved sides of the toilet rolls squares by squeezing the edges between your fingers. They should end up looking more like a diamond shape.

Glue three of the squares together. I used clothes pegs to hold them together whilst they dried.

Attach a strip of paper in a loop using the glue stick.

I found it easier to glue the toilet rolls in sets of two or three rather than adding them individually. You can either make five or six pointed stars.

Pour a generous blob of white craft glue into a flat container and glitter into another.

Dip the edges of the star into the white craft glue making sure they are well coated, then dip in the glitter.

It is easier to leave the first side to dry before doing the other but if you are careful you can do both at once.

Hang to dry.

Hang as individual decorations or attach to a string to make a garland.

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