Card Roll Castle
Oct 25th, 2011 by Craftylocks

No need to go to the beach to make these sand castles, you just need a small amount of sand, some glue and a few cardboard tubes. The paper plate is also handy to build it on.

Cut the tubes up into different lengths to create the sandcastle shape.
Paint some glue onto the tubes and roll them in the sand. We also used some salt that we had colored with food coloring for the top of one of our tubes. I flag cut from an old cereal box completes the castle.
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Egg Carton Trumpet Flower
Mar 19th, 2011 by Craftylocks
Egg cartons are wonderful because they are so versatile and can be turned into all sorts of crafts. Basically, if you sit and stare at an egg carton for long enough, an idea will most likely pop into your head. This craft came from a staring session and is very simple but looks great when finished. 

You will need
Egg carton
Food coloring
Chenille stick (Pipe cleaner)

Egg cartons come in all sorts of profiles. For this craft you will need a carton that has the pointed center sections. Carefully cut two of these sections from the carton. Trim neatly and cut one slightly shorter than the other. I found a blue carton so chose not to color these pieces but plain cartons would look great with some food coloring splashed over them.

Cut one cup from the egg carton and color also. You could also use paint or felt tip markers but it is well worth playing around with the food coloring as the results are great. Leave to dry and then cut a hole out of the base.

Make two holes in the point of the longer trumpet. Thread the chenille stick through the holes so that you have a long stem and a shorter end to wrap around the stem in order to secure it and thread the stem and trumpet through so the base of the trumpet is wedged as far as it can go.

Take a sheet of A4 paper and cut an 8cm strip from the width. Glue along one long edge and up one side. Carefully roll up to form a short tube. Make cuts going two thirds down the shaft all round from the unglued edge. Using your scissors, run each strip down the blade to curl them. The picture here is before the curling!

Thread up the length of the chenille stick and glue in place to the base of the trumpet. Squeeze the paper shaft into the base of the flower.

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Hand Shape and Finger Print Tree
Mar 16th, 2011 by Craftylocks
This is a very effective way of making a tree – perhaps this one is an apple tree! I have used a similar technique for an Autumn Tree, but instead of finger prints we used scrunched tissue paper for that one.

You will need;
Brown paper for the trunk

Trace around a hand and forearm on the brown paper for the trunk and branches of the tree. Cut the hand and arm shape out and glue it another sheet of paper.

Dot on lots of green paint using fingertips. This creates a lovely leafy tree.

Add some apples or flowers with a different colored paint. We have made our apples with thumb prints, or perhaps they are cherries! Either way they look just like something any tree would be thrilled to have on it’s branches.

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Paper Flower Lei
Nov 30th, 2010 by Craftylocks

It is currently summer here in New Zealand, and my garden is full of roses. So thinking of flowers I went back to one of the first newsletters I sent out and was excited when I re-discovered this craft. It is its turn to adorn the paper crafts for children site.paper-lei3

Celebrate summer with this fun to make version of the Hawaiian Lei.

You will need:
- colored paper
- drinking straws cut into short lengths
- scissors
- wool and darning needle


Cut out some flower shapes, or if you want to go off on your own tangent, you could cut all sorts of other shapes. String them onto some wool by threading a piece of straw alternating with a paper shape. Keep going until it is long enough.

Then tie it off, put it on and do the ‘hula’!


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Seasonal Concertina Picture
Nov 3rd, 2010 by Craftylocks

Make yourself comfortable, this paper craft for children has quite a few steps. All lots of fun of course, and a very cool result. This post is much longer than my usual ones, but I could not think of anything to leave out

This picture works well with opposites like a day and night picture, a happy and a sad face or seasonal changes. Your pictures need to be on exactly the same size pieces of paper. I used photocopy paper folded in half.



On my basic crayoned tree shapes I added different details suitable for each season.


I painted dye (or food coloring) over the pictures and the artwork is ready for the next stage.


To make a concertina that is the right size I started with a piece of light card the same size as the photocopy paper. I cut it in half and taped it together so that the card is double the width of each picture. I started to make the concertina by folding it in half and then each half again until I had the folds in the right place for the concertina.


A more accurate way would be to measure it all and rule lines to fold along, if you care about detail then I suggest you do this. But I tend to try the easy way first, and this worked out fine.


Then fold or measure the pictures and cut them so that the bits are the same size as the faces of the concertina. Be careful to keep all the bits in the right order together.


Finally glue a strip from each picture on to the concertina card, alternating between the two pictures.


When you stand them up and look at an angle your concertina picture quickly flips from one view …


… to another.


Then on this one turn it over for another view …


… and another.


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Cardboard Roll Glasses
Sep 18th, 2010 by Craftylocks

These glasses or binoculars made from toilet paper rolls are fun for children to make and fun for them to spy things with.

Paper crafts that make things children can play with are double the fun. To make these groovy glasses you just need two toilet paper rolls – or rolls of cardboard if you prefer, and some scraps of paper and cellophane.

roll_glasses1 We used another toilet paper roll and cut the end off it to make the joining piece on our glasses. You can also just glue the two cardboard rolls together.
roll_glasses2 We wanted a rosy tinted view of the world so we taped cellophane over one end of the glasses.
roll_glasses4 To cover the toilet paper rolls, and the taped bits of the cellophane, we glued a couple of layers of tissue paper over them.
roll_glasses3 Of course all good glasses have eyelashes, so we cut some strips into some pieces of paper and curled them around a pencil.
roll_glasses5 Perfect!
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