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1  Painting with balls in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Craftylocks on: May 03, 2010 02:19:54 PM
This is an activity that I did with my kids but I reckon the decorated paper would be great used for paper-crafts, like a card or scrap-booking. And it is such fun to do too.


You need marbles or golf balls and a box with a lid, the box should be about the size of the paper, I use the boxes that photocopy paper comes in - just perfect. You can leave the lid off to watch the balls roll around and direct them where there is no trail - or just put the lid on and make a big noise rattling them round.

Step 1. Place some paper in the bottom of the box, ideally it should fit without too much of a gap around the edges.

Step 2. Drip or dab some paint on the paper for the balls to roll through. Tip in some balls and rock and roll them. The balls will leave a trail of paint where ever they go.

Step 3. Do another one coz they are so much fun.

Another similar way to decorate your paper is to borrow some toy cars from your kids and drive the wheels through the paint to make tracks.

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Hope you have fun and think of some cool ways to use the paper.
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2  Concertina Gift Card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Craftylocks on: April 19, 2010 04:58:13 PM
A card that can be used for gifts too!


What I really really love about this card is that the little pockets can be used to contain all sorts of treats. The most special kind are vouchers promising things like a cup of tea, or dishes washed, that kind of thing. The giver and the recipient both feel good with that sort of gift. I will give this card to my children to see what they come up with - I suspect I may even find carefully drawn pictures of dragons tucked in the pockets!!


The elements to make this card are two shapes cut out of cardboard for the front and back of the card, I also cut a smaller matching shape out of paper to layer onto the front. For the card inner you need a piece of paper folded up at the bottom to make the pockets and then folded into a concertina. The paper can already be decorated as in this example, or you can decorate the paper in your own style. In my example I have also cut a decorative edge along the pocket edge.


All sorts of things can be used to tuck in the pockets - to use in this card I made little tags out of card and tied ribbon to the top of them.


Assemble the card by gluing the front and back onto the concertina. You also need to run a bit of glue along the open edge at each edge of the concertina so it is closed at each end. I also glued the accent layer on the front and added a dangling note to decorate the front. I am not a really bad speller - in New Zealand we spell 'Mom' as 'Mum' Wink

Then it is ready for filling the pockets!!

If you want to use the shape I made for the card front and back, I have made a card shape template you are welcome to use - http://www.papercraftsforchildren.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/template_card-shape.pdf that you can print out. I put lots of different sizes, even little ones that you could use for gift tags.


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3  Papier Mache Treasure Egg - it opens!! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Craftylocks on: March 30, 2010 12:37:26 PM
On one of the forums I contribute to I was asked about making a papier mache egg with an opening for hiding treasures in - so I set to experimenting!




I tried a few things that did not work, like an inside lip to hold the egg shut - I made it too rigid and it pushed it out of shape. I also found that as I am not so great on the accuracy side that my two halves did not meet nicely - I solved that by adding a small outside lip to hide the uneven edges. Bonus - this also holds the two halves in place nicely.

I am really pleased with the process I worked out and with the final result. It is lined with tulle to make a snuggly place for treasures and treats.

Tutorial
For this craft you need two bowls, cling-film, newspaper, white paper, tissue paper, paste, and ribbon.

The two small bowls need to have the same size opening, alternatively you can use just one bowl and make one half first and the second half later. Cover the bowls with cling-film.

Glue strips of newspaper onto the bowl and leave to dry. When it is dry carefully remove the bowl and cling-film and leave it to dry on the inside as well.

Add a layer of white paper so that no newsprint will show through the final tissue paper layer.Use layers of strong packing tape to make a hinge to join the two halves of the egg.

I suggest making a small lip on the outside of one half so that it fits a tiny bit over the other half - this helps hold it together. Finish the outside with a layer of torn tissue paper.
Glue a ribbon to the bottom so that the egg can be kept closed with a bow.

I also have made a worksheet (PDF) that you can print out - http://www.papercraftsforchildren.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/tutorial_paper-egg.pdf
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4  Hammered and twisted ... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Craftylocks on: March 22, 2010 02:35:39 PM
... not me! My necklace Wink. I love that it is 'free-form', not too neat and tidy - so perhaps it is like me after all!!



I made this at a class, we made a 'nest' shape by going round and round a rod with the wire and then weaved it back and forth at the back. Then thread on and attach the beads that go in the nest, I also have little red ones that are hard to see right in the middle. Then hammering - yay. First we made petal shapes, hammered them flat with little craft hammer on a metal or marble block. Attached those and made spirals by hammering a bit of wire and then spiralling it around a thin rod like a paint brush. Leave some of the wire normal (not hammered) and use that to attach to the piece. Add a dangly bit if it works, add more spirals and petals as needed. You can even add beads to the end of the spiral, just leave that bit not hammered so you can thread the bead.
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5  Origami Bunny and movie of its life story in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Craftylocks on: March 15, 2010 03:10:44 PM
I was so excited when I made these (too easily excited by paper!) as they were so much easier to make than I thought they would be. Perfect as an Easter craft for kids!



So in an effort to populate the world with little paper bunnies in time for Easter I also made a tutorial and PDF worksheet on how to make them. http://www.homeofcraft.com/2010/03/15/origami-bunny-tutorial/

Have just made a movie showing the life story of the origami bunny - have your tissues on hand for the tragic ending.

Thanks
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6  Multistrand with lotsa black beads in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Craftylocks on: March 08, 2010 01:23:55 PM
I made this one based on necklaces I had been coveting in shops. I like jewelery with a certain amount of randomness (helps hide my lack of planning and inevitable errors), However this one has mostly uniform strands and one random one - but when they are all joined up it has a nice lively look to it. One strand is all beads the same size and another is continuous beads with three small and then one large. The other two strands are links with beads on each link, one is small uneven stones and the other has a mix of all sorts. Each strand needs to be a slightly different length so they sit nicely.



Thanks for looking.
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7  Mini Star Accordian Book in CHALLENGE 48 ENTRIES by Craftylocks on: March 05, 2010 02:12:56 AM
Phew - silly me, I was racing to get this done by the end of the 5th, but even though it is the 6th in half an hour where I live in NZ, it is not the end of the 5th for many more hours in the US! Oh well, now that I am done and I still have some margarita left Grin, then I may as well post it now anyway!

I have made these star accordion books before in large size (as @ http://www.homeofcraft.com/2010/03/05/fold-out-book/, but I have never really embellished or decorated them like this one. I started with pink dotty paper that I thought would suit the tiny theme and had some cut out heart shapes, so that set the theme - and an excuse to go to my favourite craft shops for more heart bits and bobs. I had so much fun and love the result - just have to try and remember where it is for Valentines next year and I can use it!



The next photo has a usual size fold out book in the background




I managed to find something with inches on it to accurately show actual size ...


Now I can enjoy browsing all the other entries again - such cool things!

Cheers,



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8  Owl and the Pussycat - Owl Costume in Costumes: Completed Projects by Craftylocks on: March 03, 2010 04:03:59 PM
I love making dress-ups, this one was for my long suffering husband. We were going as the owl and the pussycat. We had a huge pea green boat made out of a huge packing box, that we walked in and carried. The cat costume was fairly standard, cat mask, tail and fur cuffs for my wrist and ankles. But the owl mask and cape was magic. The mask was built around a plastic mask with papier mache and then painted. The cape is just felt with marker pen easy, no hemming needed. But the shading of the marker pen gives it real dimension - I have put a close up in so you can see the detail.





Thanks,
Sarah
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9  Tissue Paper Flowers - great for kids! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Craftylocks on: February 22, 2010 02:51:08 PM
This is so much fun! Great results really fast, my kinda craft. I first did these as an activity at my daughters 'crafty' 7th birthday party - they were a huge hit. I have started to get a little more creative with them and made some with fancy stamens and different types of petals. Any shape that can be threaded is worth trying!


Tutorial ...
1. Cut various shapes from tissue paper. The shapes do not need to be neat.
2. Roll one end of a pipe cleaner into a snug spiral.
3. Start threading the pieces of tissue onto the pipe cleaner.

4. Keep threading more pieces of tissues onto the pipe cleaner.
5. Push all the tissue to the end and scrunch and shape the flower.

6. Now make lots of flowers using different colors and shapes. I made the stamens on my flowers by rolling tissue up tightly and then threading them on first.


I also have a PDF version of the tutorial ... http://www.homeofcraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/tutorial_tissueflowers.pdf

I am a real amateur at these, have only made them a few times. I would love to see some that others have made to give me some ideas.

thanks
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10  Lovey Dovey Cookies in Dessert by Craftylocks on: February 15, 2010 06:03:17 PM
I was really pleased with these as my icing technique is pretty random. The kids were also involved and made some for their teachers.
My cookies ...

The kids versions ...

The cookies are really crisp and spicy. The recipe was originally in metric but I have converted the metric measurement to ounces - I assume the rest are the same in both metric and imperial.
8 ounces (225 gm) soft butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp mixed spice

Cream softened butter. Add remaining ingredients, mix to combine. Either roll out and cut shapes or make a long roll and wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm and then cut thin slices. Bake at 180C for 8-10 minutes or until biscuits darken slightly. When cool transfer from tray and decorate with white icing patterns or just eat!
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