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Cup Case Daffodil Candy Cups
Mar 31st, 2015 by Craftylocks

 

What a fun way to combine craft with a pretty setting for serving some treats.

I found this at Daffodil Candy Cups on Martha Stewarts site, and she also has a handy daffodil template. I thought this was perfect for those pretty little Easter Eggs.

You can use desorated papers to cut out the daffodil shapes, but this is perfect for children of all ages to decorate the daffodil shapes. If you wanted, you could not tell them what the plan is for the flower shapes and have a very cool surprise for them at the table on Easter day!

Sit or glue mini cup cake cases on the cut out daffodil shapes.

Fill with treats!

I had a bit of a problem initially, I could not fit all the pretty eggs in the cup cases, but the children helped me work out a solution – we ate them!!

 

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Tissue Pom Pom Flower
Aug 4th, 2014 by Craftylocks

These look seriously impressive – but are seriously easy to make! You need various shades of tissue paper, a chenille stick, some scissors and a twig.

Place the sheets of tissue on top of each other. You can use any size tissue but for these flowers the sheets were cut into a square.
Fold the tissue in a concertina and secure with the chenille stick in the middle. It is important that the chenille stick is in the centre as you will end up with a lopsided flower if the sides are too uneven.
Cut the ends in a point or curve depending on the finish you want.
Fan the concertina out. Very gently pull up the first layer on one side so it sits up at a right angle. Continue to lift up each layer being careful not to tear the tissue. Repeat on the other side.
Use the tail of the chenille stick to attach the flower to a twig.
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Tulip Dog Card
May 7th, 2014 by Craftylocks

When we were making the Tulip Flower Card I thought that the shape of the card opened looked a lot like a dog.

Well that is what I thought anyway, the children were not so sure, so I convinced them …

Tulip Flower Card …

Dog Card …

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Tulip Flower Card
May 7th, 2014 by Craftylocks

 

This is a cute folding out card for the children to make for someone special, like Mum or Mom.

I have made a template for you to print out and use if you want, or you could just use the pictures as a guide as it does not need to be exact. If you want to just have a go making the shape, then fold the paper or card into three first so that you have two flaps that open out. Then cut the shape of the tulip top and bottom. Cut an arc on each side of the flaps as pictured here.

We had also added a piece of paper to the inside so that it peeked up above the flaps. I didn’t check to see if an actual tulip has this but we thought it looked better for it.

When it is opened it will look like this, except this was before we added the bit of paper on the inside.

We thought that some leaves would look good with it. We just cut some shapes out and glued them to the back of the card.

Then I bought in an expert in the whole childrens making mothers day cards to help me, a child, to help make this mothers day card. She designed and added the details.

Including a cute little surprise on the second flap.

I thought it was funny that as it is not Mothers Day yet and she was helping me make this for this site, my child helper could not use her real name as it is not really a card from her to me. So her chosen nom-de-plume for the project was Joe.

Did anyone else think that the card opened up looked a bit like a dog? I did and so make a Tulip Dog Card too.

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Folded Cut Out Flowers
Feb 13th, 2014 by Craftylocks

For Valentines day today here in New Zealand I had one waiting on each of my colleagues desks for when they got in – they somehow guessed who the paper folding cutting and glueing person was that made them!!

 

This is so much fun, and easy!! I demonstrated this simple technique and I was then amazed by how many different flowers the children came up with! I have also made a more detailed worksheet of the steps in case that is easier for you to work with.
Start with a square piece of paper and fold it into a triangle three times.
With the longest side on the right, and the corner that was the middle of the square of paper pointing down, fold the point on the left over so the sides line up like pictured.
Cut off the triangle at the top above the edge of the folded paper.
Draw a half petal shape starting at the top corner of the triangle and ending on the long edge.
Cut along the outline you have drawn. But make sure you do not cut through all of the long edge of the triangle. Ease the flower open.
Layer up with some more folded cut out flowers.

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Layered Paper Flower
Feb 24th, 2013 by Craftylocks

I just found this craft from one of my very first paper crafts for children newsletters in 2010! I do slowly add the crafts from old newsletters to the site but I had missed this one.

It almost feels like 2010 since I last sent out one of my newsletters. Well it has not been quite that long, but it has been far longer than I would like – sorry to anyone who has been waiting for one. The good news is that I am again getting time to craft and am bursting with ideas. The crafts for the next newsletter are done, the photos are taken, now I just need to write it – so not much longer to go now.

The great thing about this craft is that you can keep it really simple or add little details and mimic real flowers. This technique is very similar to the Tissue Paper Flowers on the web site and is easy to follow. We did the tissue version for my daughters crafty birthday party and the children learnt how to make them in less than a minute! One safety note, pipe cleaners do have sharp points.

You will need:

- paper – decorated or colored

- pipe cleaners (chenille sticks)

- scissors

Cut flower shapes out of the paper, they do not have to be perfect as by the time they are layered up you will not see all the little details. The paper we used is made with the pulled apart paint technique from your introduction email. Roll one end of the pipe cleaner over. Starting with the smallest shapes first, thread the paper shapes onto the sharp end of the pipe cleaner and push them up around the rolled end. If your paper is thick you may need to pierce holes in the center – otherwise you can make a hole with the sharp end of the pipe cleaner. Once you have enough on, shape the ‘petals’ by bending them up until you are happy with it.

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