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Egg Carton Dragon
Jun 23rd, 2013 by Craftylocks

This is one egg carton with lots of attitude!

I hope you can see how he is made – I’m sorry but I did not take any photos until he was all done. The orange eyes are two egg carton cups, and the red mouth part is an carton cut in half part way down – or a 6 egg, egg carton would work without being cut.

You need half an egg carton and some egg carton cups, paint them up in suitable colors.
Cut out some shapes in colorful cardboard and glue it all together as pictured.
Use tissue or crepe paper to create the body – I used sheets of tissue as well as strips.
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Card Roll Owl
May 29th, 2013 by Craftylocks

This colorful character is a hoot!

You will need an empty toilet roll or roll of card, some colored paper in a variety of colours, a small piece of black card and a small piece of white paper.



Cover the toilet roll with a piece of colored paper. To make great owl ears, cut a half moon shape from the front and back of the top of the toilet roll so they meet at a peak at each side.

Cut strips from colored paper long enough to circle the toilet roll. Make lots of cuts along the strips making sure you don’t cut right through. These will be the feathers of the owl.

Carefully run the ‘feathers’ along the edge of a pair of scissors to make them curl. Be gentle as it is easy to pull them off. Glue each feather strip around the toilet roll leaving a gap in the front with the two top strips.

For the tummy cut out an oval from colored paper and draw small ‘v’ shapes for feathers. Wait till you have made the eyes before gluing in place so you can work out the best place to put the tummy.

Use the black card to cut out a pair of eyes. Using this as a template cut out another pair of eyes using the white paper and then cut them a little smaller. Draw in some pupils.

Cut out a small triangle from orange and glue to the back of the eyes to form the beak.

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Cardboard Tube Branch Picture
May 25th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

This is a quite beautiful picture created from some very simple materials

Draw a tree branch on some long white paper. It is the shape of the paper that helps to make this so effective.

Flatten the toilet rolls and then cut into quarters. Make sure your cuts are fairly even as you want the edge to glue evenly to the paper.

Color the toilet rolls – green or autumn colors – remember to color the top edge that will be seen.

Dip the toilet rolls into the PVA glue. I used a plastic lid and put a blob of glue into it but you can paint it on if you wish. Press the toilet rolls into place on the branch and leave to dry thoroughly. Press the leaves down a couple of times whilst they are drying to make sure they adher evenly all round.

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Recycled Milk Bottle Bunny
Apr 3rd, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

Over Easter the children saw these bunnies as a decoration outside a school. They worked out how they were made and when they came home we made our own version.

Note that these are a complete paper free craft! So in one way, they do not belong on this site, but they were so cute and so easy to make, that we have made an exception for them.

Start with a clean plastic milk bottle.

Cut it roughly in half.

On the side opposite to the handle, cut some ear shapes. Bend the ears up.

Using a permanent marker, draw on some eyes. We also used a red permanent marker and shaded in part of the ears on the back of the ears, or what was the inside of the bottle. Loosen the lid and wrap pipe cleaners around the neck of the bottle opening for whiskers. Tighten the lid, or nose, back up again.

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Saint Patricks Day Wreath
Mar 10th, 2013 by Craftylocks

 

Oh I had fun with this one – and my family heard probably a few too many times how much I like it – but there are so many good things about it …

1. It is easy and effective (I suppose that could be two points but I really like high-lighting paper crafts that cover both)
2. It works for young children, as well as slightly older kids (like me)
3. The children can do most of it on their own
4. It can be adapted to other themes as well
5. No special materials are needed
6. It can even be educational
7. I could use a shamrock shape cutter I found among my mum’s (mom’s) crafting gear.

I really like the idea of something like this at the door to welcome visitors with a celebration wreath. Just change the colors or theme to whatever is relevant. I think this would be great for letting everyone know which local sports team you support.

For the base of the wreath, a pizza box lid or base is a great size. Trace around a large plate and a small one to make the wreath shape and cut it out. You could also make a smaller one using a paper plate. Paint the shape green so that it does not matter if the artist covers all the cardboard with their decorations.

Gather up all sorts of green bits and pieces. This is the educational part, have your young artist help you find things the right color. To add to the mix we roughly chopped up some green paper. I also used a cutter to make the shamrock shapes – thanks mum!

Then just randomly glue things on! You could demonstrate scrunching some tissue up and looping bits of crepe paper – or just leave them to it and see what they think of. I had glitter I was going to add at the end to fill and cover if it was needed, but it had so much on it that I did not use it after-all.

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Cardboard Roll Elephant
Sep 20th, 2012 by Craftylocks

 

I introduced a Crafty Helper – Pippi Pipecleaners a while ago, and this craft is a great example of one of hers – cute and beautifully made. I have had him sitting on my shelf for a few weeks and children and adults alike have commented on how they like him!

What a cute and friendly elephant and so easy to make too. When I stumbled across this craft it was made with sheets of paper rather than empty loo rolls but I can never turn away from the opportunity to use a loo roll or…five! It also made the craft more durable and easier for little hands to do.

You will need 5 empty loo rolls (or cardboard tubes), some paper the color you want your elephant to be and a small amount of white paper. Also some crafty equipment like a glue stick and black marker pen.

Cover the five empty loo rolls with the colored paper (or paint them if you prefer). Glue four of the covered loo rolls together, making sure you have the paper joins hidden. I used pegs to hold the rolls together whilst the glue dried. These are the legs of your elephant.

Cut a sheet of paper to size, drape it over the legs and glue in place by putting a little glue at the bottom of the legs.

Cut out a long triangle shape to make the trunk.

Fold into a concertina …

… and glue onto the front of the body. Take the fifth covered loo roll and run a line of glue along the paper join and stick on top of the legs covering the point where the trunk is attached.

Cut a piece for the tail, fold a couple of times and snip the end to represent hair.

Glue the tail in place.

Fold a piece of paper in half and draw an ear shape making sure the center is on the fold.

Cut out and glue in place.

Cut eye and toenail shapes from the white paper. Use the marker to add pupils to the eyes and glue in place.

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