Friday, 8 February 2019

Raining hearts - Valentine's craft for kids


There really is no end to what you can do with cardboard tubes! They're so amazingly versatile - just look at these little hearts. Made from slices of toilet paper rolls simply squeezed into shape. Very satisfying and quick to do, and perfect for Valentine's Day.

You will need:
Toilet paper rolls (or kitchen paper rolls)
Paint
Scissors
String/yarn and a needle
White card (or painted cereal box card)
Sticking tape
Cotton wool (optional)

1. Choose colours for your hearts and start painting. Paint the inside as well as the outside of the tube. And if you're only making a few hearts in each colour, there's no need to paint the whole tube. (You could paint each end different colours if you only have a few tubes spare)



2. When the paint is dry, flatten the tubes with the palm of your hand and press along the two creases.



3. Cut across the flattened tubes, and make each slice roughly about a cm wide.


4. Cut a cloud shape from some white card or cereal box card (ours is about 28cm/11in. wide)


5. To make the heart shape, pinch one of the creases (see pic below) and push the other crease down, towards it, then give this crease a good pinch while you press the top part of the heart into shape with your fingers. Takes a bit of practice, but once you've got the hang of it you'll be making them in a flash.



*We have threaded our hearts together, which needs to be done by a grown up, but if you'd rather not do this, you could stick the hearts onto long strips of paper instead.*

6. We used some white yarn and a needle, and threaded it down through the middle of the heart at the top (leave a good tail to attach to the back of the cloud), and then through the point at the bottom. 

(Use modelling clay to push against, if you're finding it hard to make holes in the card)

We threaded three yellow, green, blue and orange hearts on separate strings and four red ones.


7. When you're finished, tie a knot below the bottom heart, and make sure your hearts are spaced out evenly along the yarn (remember to leave a good tail to stick behind the cloud) 

8. Use sticky tape to attach the threaded hearts to the back of the cloud. To help with spacing the strings evenly, stick down the ones at each end first (blue and green here), then stick the red hearts halfway between, before adding the other two either side.



9. Covering the cloud with cotton wool looks great too. Make sure you tease it out though, so it doesn't look too lumpy.









Monday, 28 January 2019

Paper roll posy for Valentine's Day - easy kids craft

toilet paper roll flowers

This hearty little flower craft is based on a similar one we made a while ago with tissue paper flowers. It's a great project because you can make a pretty posy quickly, with little fuss - all you need is a toilet paper tube and some coloured paper. I think they look a bit like tulips. It's great scissor practice too.

You'll need:
Toilet paper tube (or part of a kitchen paper tube)
Red paper (or colour of your choice)
Craft scissors
Glue stick/craft glue
Green paint (or mix blue and yellow)


1. Paint the outside of the tube green, plus as much of the inside as you can too (you will see the inside part when you cut the leaves).

2. Once the paint's dry, press the sides together near one end to make two creases. 


3. Then, line up the creases you've just made in the middle, and press the sides together again to make two more creases. So you end up with four evenly spaced creases (and the top of the tube looks more square).



4. Cut along these creases to about two thirds of the way down the tube. It doesn't matter if they're not exactly the same length.


5. To make the stems, cut down the tube, roughly1cm to the right of each of your original four cuts. Again, they don't need to be perfect, as long as they're roughly the same width, and thinner than the pieces of card between the stems (these are going to be the leaves).



5. Bend the four wider pieces out,  and cut them into a long, leafy triangle shapes (cut down from the middle to the bottom corners - see pic)




6. For the flowers, make a small heart template (roughly 4-5cm high), by folding a thin piece of card, drawing half a heart on the fold and cutting it out.


7. Draw around your heart on the coloured paper you've chosen. You will need 8 hearts.* You could make them two tone tulips, with two different colours.

*TIP: For younger makers or for a more speedy project, just cut out four hearts and glue them to the top of the stems. This looks lovely as it is.

8. For a more 3D heart tulip shape, snip half way down the middle of four of the hearts, dab some glue (or use a glue stick) on the top of the stems, and stick these four hearts in place, so the bottom of the cut is just above the end of the stem. Leave to dry.



9. When the glue has dried, cut half way up the other four hearts (from the point) and slot them on. We didn't bother gluing them, but you could dot a tiny bit of glue on the bottom of the slot, though think this could get a bit messy!



You could tie a bow around the bottom, to finish off your posy - or, pop it into a yogurt pot 'pot'. Stick pieces of wrapping paper on the pot to cover up any writing.






Friday, 25 January 2019

Heart puzzle picture - Valentine's craft for kids


Following on from the Christmas card puzzle pictures, here's a heart shaped one! We used a mixture of Christmas and Birthday cards and tried to stick to reddish/pinky colours (sort of!). Again, this is a great craft for practicing scissor skills. Vary the number of sections to suit the ability of your little maker.

You will need:
Cereal box card
Pencil
Scissors
Selection of old Christmas cards
Black pen
Glue stick
White paper or card

1. Fold a piece of card in half and draw half a heart on the fold. Make it a decent size - ours is about 20cm (8in.)  Cut out and open up. Use this as a template if you're going to make more than one.



2. With a pencil, divide your heart into sections and number them. We went for six pieces, but best to just do a few for younger makers, and keep the shapes simple. Cut into pieces.


3. Choose the cards you want to use. We picked ones with pink and red shades in them.

Place one of your pieces on the part of the card you like, and carefully draw around it (you will probably find using a black pen works best, as a lot of cards are too shiny for pencil. You could copy the shapes on the back instead, but we found this made it harder to get the part of the picture we wanted)


4. Label the back of the card pieces with the corresponding numbers too, to keep track of the shapes you've cut out.

5. Muddle them up and get puzzling!


6. When you're ready to make a collage, use a glue stick to glue the pieces to some paper or card. Leaving a small gap between the pieces looks great (and is forgiving!).


7. We made another one with a heart in the middle - using a small heart template (see Step 1)







Friday, 4 January 2019

Christmas card puzzle pictures!



Hang on to some of those old Christmas cards! So worth it for all kinds of craft projects. I've a box of old cards and use them throughout the year for various things - the more colourful and sparkly the better.
This project helps with scissors skills and puzzles, and ends up as a lovely, bright collage. Sort of three for the price of one!

You will need:
Cereal box card
Pencil
Scissors
Selection of old Christmas cards
Black pen
Glue stick
White paper or card

1. Draw some simple shapes on cereal box card. Make them a decent size - ours are about 15cm/20cm wide (6/8in.) With the symmetrical shapes like the heart and fish, fold the card in half and draw half the shape on the fold, then cut out and open up.


2. Use these shapes as templates (if you want to make more than one), and draw around them on another piece of cereal box card.

With a pencil, divide your chosen shape into sections. This is completely up to you, you could go for uniform pieces, like the one below, or completely random. You could have lots of sections too, but with little makers, it's best to keep the puzzle and the cutting simple. Our fish have six pieces, and it helps to number them.



3. Choose the cards you want to use. We arranged our cards roughly into colour tones - blues and greens, orange and reds, and pale colours.

Place one of your pieces on the part of the card you like (go for glitter!), and carefully draw around it (you will probably find using a black pen works best, as a lot of cards are too shiny for pencil. You could copy the shapes on the back instead, but we found this made it harder to get the part of the picture we wanted)




We divided our bird into 5 sections - with a wing shape in the middle.



4. Label the back of the card pieces with the corresponding numbers too, to keep track of the shapes you've cut out.

5. Muddle them up and get puzzling!


6. When you're ready to make your collage, use a glue stick to glue the pieces to some paper or card. Leaving a small gap between the pieces looks great (and is forgiving!).

7. Use a black pen to dot on eyes, or hole punch a dark coloured Christmas card and glue on eyes. We added little hole punched air bubbles for our fish, and you could add lots more to your collage, like extra Christmas card sealife and maybe some wavy, tissue paper seaweed?

We added an orange triangle beak to our bird and you could cut out some legs, or maybe a branch and some leaves from green coloured cards? What about a Christmas card nest!

Lots of possibilities - see where your imagination takes you.

I'm keeping the heart puzzle picture for next month..





This one has a few more pieces, and we added fins.