Monday, 25 March 2019

Egg carton lizard

egg carton lizard

This craft is all about cutting and stacking, the only tricky part is you do need a lot of egg cartons!!

You will need:
3 x Large (dozen) egg cartons or
6/7 Regular (half a dozen) egg cartons
Craft glue
Paint (optional)
Toilet paper tube
Paper punch (optional)

1. Our Lizard is made from fourteen of the middle cones you find in egg cartons.

If you can get hold a few of the larger cartons, you'll get 5 cones per box, rather than the usual two. 

Of course you could always make one with less, and spread the cones out more, or add in extra cones (if you have them) for a really long tail!

You can either paint your lizard at the end, or leave it as it is. 

egg carton lizard

If you want to leave it, then think about using different coloured egg cartons. 

For our non-painted lizard we used mostly green, with a few white cones for contrast, but create your own pattern if you want to.

2. Cut the cones out roughly, in a strip, then separate them by snipping a part. We cut out 14 altogether. 


3. Then cut around the bottom of the 13 remaining cones, just above the cardboard joins - so the sides are smooth, the edges are even and the cone sits straight on a flat surface. (I've used a pencil to mark above the card join on this cone, to show where to cut).

4. Aim to make them look the same size (but don't worry if they're not exactly alike! And you can always tidy them up if you feel you need to, at the stacking stage)

Put one of these trimmed cones aside too (for the end of the tail) so you're now left with 12. 

Then chop about 1cm off the top of 12 remaining cones, by squeezing the cone flat between your fingers and snipping across the top. The cut will look a bit wonky when you squeeze the cone back into shape, but that's fine as you won't see this end when you put your lizard together.

5. Now the fun part, the stacking! We stacked 6 cones together for the body and alternated between green and white.

Brush glue around the inside edges of the first cone, then push the next one in, but don't push it in too far, you want to have gaps between the ridges (and this stretches out the body too). Brush glue around the inside edge of the second cone and add the third, and so on. Keep the gaps looking even (and you could try different cones to get a good fit).

6. The next cone is going to go in the opposite way round (so you can attach the tail), but it's too big as it is, so you need to shorten it by cutting about 1cm off the bottom edge, then glue inside the end of your stacked cones.

7. To make the tail less bulky than the body, cut no about 1cm off the bottom of the remaining 5 cones.

(You should still have 2 cones left aside, for the head and bottom of the tail)

8. Glue these five pieces to the body, but make the gaps wider a part than those on the body - this will allow you to extend the tail and to curve it slightly as you do. Brush glue inside the pieces you're adding to the body, mainly on the bottom and inside of curve, where the cones have more contact.

9. For the end of the tail, take the trimmed cone you've been saving, and shorten the bottom edge by about 1cm again. Then cut one of the sides away and bring the end to more of a point, before gluing in place.

10. For the legs, cut a 4cm strip that widens at one end. Use this as a template to draw around, and cut out four legs. Either leave like this, or snip out little pieces to define the feet. Put them to one side while you make the head.

11. For the head, take the last remaining cone you cut out roughly at the beginning, and hold it so you're looking at one of the flat sides. This will be the top of your lizard's head. 

Cut away any stray card at the top and snip out the two cardboard joins either side, so you end up with small triangles either side of the top of the head. (See the pencil lines on the picture below)

12. Then cut away the sides and the bottom of the cone, so they're a little shorter than the top of your lizard's head.

13. Now, shorten the pointy end of the cone by about 1cm, by squeezing the cone flat between your fingers like before, and cutting across. This time though you will need to straighten up the wonky cut by snipping the edges carefully.

14. Next, cut the sides of the mouth by snipping out a long triangle from the corners to over halfway along the head, on both sides.

Check the head looks right on the body - if it's looking a bit big, shorten the head at the back.

15. For the eyes, cut a thin piece of egg carton card and snip into two roughly 3cm lengths. It's good to use a contrasting colour to the head if you can, especially if you aren't going to be painting the lizard.

Brush glue along the length of the thin strips and roll tight. Squeeze and hold so each swirl sticks together. If this is too fiddly, use a hole punch to punch out circles and maybe stick a few on top of each other. Or just draw on eyes with a pen.

Glue the head to the body - with a good layer of glue inside the bottom edge of the head where there's the most contact between the head and body.

Glue the eyes on the ridges on top of the head.

Glue the feet under the body at an angle, so they face forward.

16. For the tongue, paint the end of a toilet paper tube (or kitchen paper tube) your choice of colour - make sure you paint the inside too - and when it's dry, squeeze the tube flat and cut off the top cm or so. Snip this ring open, and cut a long 'V' in one end.

17. Glue the other end inside the lizard's mouth.

And he's off! Exploring the garden...

egg carton lizard

egg carton lizard

...with his exotic, fiery cousin..

egg carton lizard

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Rainbow foil fish - Easy Easter craft

easter craft

'Just need to eat this bag of chocolate eggs so I can make some shiny shapes!'

Yes, this has got to be one of THE best excuses for chocolaty treats!

At the moment the shops are full of colourful foil wrapped eggs, bunnies, you name it - and I'd say the hardest part of this craft is getting the foil off in decent size pieces, or saving enough from impatient little people who just want to rip it off. So you end up with tin foil confetti!

Try to hang on to some if you can. You'll be glad you did.

You will need:
Colourful tin foil pieces
Kitchen foil (optional)
Cereal box card
Glue stick
Black marker pen (Sharpie)
Stick (optional)
String or yarn (optional)
Sticky tape (optional)

Now you see them...

1. To make a fish shape, draw half a fish on the fold of some cereal box card - we used one of the side box folds that was already there - cut out and use as your template. Make the fish any size you want - we made two, one about 14cm/51/2in. long, the other 10cm/4in.

2. Draw around your template and cut out the fish shapes. We made eight altogether.

Snip your colourful foil (and kitchen foil) into smaller pieces if you want. Cut away any straggly edges.

Then cover a card fish with a good layer of glue stick and start arranging your foil.

Overlap to avoid too many gaps and use more glue to stick these foil pieces down.

Don't worry about bits hanging over the edge, because these can be tucked around the back when you've finished. Rub more glue along the back edge before wrapping the foil around your shape.

3. We added a fin, this is optional though, just cut a small triangle from some spare card, rub some glue on, and cover with foil. Glue to your fish. Dot on eyes with a black marker pen (like a Sharpie).

4. Use your fish in a collage..

5. Or you could make a wall hanging.

Find a good stick - ours is a piece of driftwood from the beach, but something from the garden is perfect. Ours is about 40cm/15in. long.

Cut a length of string or yarn about 40cm/15in. long (just as a guide). Then cut two more pieces of string, double that length.

Tie the end of the shorter piece to the middle of your stick with a double knot. Tie the other pieces either side, but make the knot in the middle of the length of string, so you have plenty left to hang your shoal of fish.

6. Rub a good amount of glue stick over the middle part of the back of your fish and arrange them on the strings. Aim for the middle of your fish, but it really doesn't need to be perfect, so don't worry.

7. Give the glue a chance to dry, then turn the fish over and use some sticky tape to properly attach them to the string.

8. Cut away any stray strings. You may find some of the bottom fish don't look like they're swimming completely straight, but I think this just gives the display a bit more movement!

9. Hold your fish up by the two side strings, and when it looks even, tie the strings together and trim.

Lovely when they catch the light...

Of course you don't have to make fish, I'm just very fond of fish!! We have covered other shapes too.

easter craft

easter craft