Here’s a simple card decoration idea that doubles up as a fine motor activity.
For all the card projects this year I am using plain black card stock. They were $2 for a pack of 12 at a $2 shop.
For this project you will need some coloured paper or thin cardboard, craft glue and any decorations you like (we kept it simple with an angel sequin)
Trace out a tree shape on the back of one of the pieces of paper.
Fold the other coloured paper in half to double it over then bring all 3 pieces together and cut along the outline so you end up with 3 identical shapes.
Using a pencil draw some lines across the back of one of the trees. Then tear carefully along the lines as demonstrated by Ms5
Cover the other colour tree completely with glue, then stick down every second piece of torn paper.
Allow to dry and secure to your card stock 🙂
Torn paper christmas tree.
Trace out tree
hold pages together for cutting
draw lines on back of one tree.
tear along lines
Torn paper christmas tree.
I’d like to say I came up with this all on my own, but that would be a lie. Ms5 and I made some owls inspired by this post from Kerrys Craft Blog. It was from this concept that I came up with these easter Chicks. I thought the fact you can hold eggs or treats in them was ideal for an easter craft project.
All you need is some coloured paper, cardboard rolls, tape and glue. You can make them just as cute without the feathers, goggly eyes and pipe cleaners, but if you have some of those handy, you could use them like we did too. The main difference between these and the owls is that the top and bottom folds are in opposite directions to each other, so the head comes to a peak in the middle rather than making two ears like the owls have. The rest of the instructions can be found by running your curser over or clicking on the photos below.
This is how you fold the ends in, but first, cover your roll with coloured paper.
If you are adding legs, secure them in before folding the bottom in, with tape or hot glue.
Attach the head feather to the inside of the top of the roll before folding it in.
Ms5 cutting out the paper circles using a 1″ punch.
Starting at the bottom, run some glue or double sided tape along and attach your first row of paper circles.
Work your way up in layers with the paper feathers then attach eyes and a beak. We made this beak from pipe cleaner, but paper looks good too.
Cut down some feathers to make little wings.
Attach the feather wings with hot glue or double sided tape
We also attached a tail to the back.
Cut a small sec on of pipe cleaner then twist it around let to make a foot shape.
Fill with eggs or just use as decorations.
Easter Chicks. Paper craft.
Check out these cute bugs the girls at All Tizzied Up put together on the weekend. Made from pipe cleaners, pom poms, wooden pegs, goggly eyes and tulle. So simple and so cute!
They have kindly taken step by step photos so you can be inspired too, to create your own colouring creepy crawlies.
Here’s a cute fine motor activity for the little ones using recycled objects from around the home. Made by All Tizzied Up over the school holidays.
Hover over or click on the images below for more details.
Bottle caps of your choice, craft glue, a round piece of card board or plastic, pipe cleaners and goggly eyes
Let the kids glue the caps all over the circle shape
Glueing bottle caps
Glue goggly eye into caps at the top.
attache pipe cleaner or paddle pop legs using PVA or hot glue
Attache ribbon to hang
Yep, it’s that time of year again kids. I can deny it all I like, but that doesn’t help at all. I am disgustingly unprepared this year, but don’t really have the time to care, I am sure I will pull it all together in time. I do however, have time to think about some Christmas projects, YAY! So this very simple Idea should have probably taken a single afternoon, but things have been so hectic around here lately it took several afternoons over a week. It didn’t really turn out as well as I had imagined, but they are still pretty cute, and we have plenty of left over cones to make something else out of when inspiration hits me.
The shaggy wool (I’m sure it has a real name) was $2 a ball. There was wayyyy more than we needed in each colour. I just used cheap spray paint, Mr 8 did the first few coats then I went back and got the bits he missed. I tried sticking on some plastic ‘diamonds’ for extra sparkle, but you can’t really see them. We all had a go at wrapping the wool into the cone, then I gave them a hair cut to tidy them up. Simple as that!
Mr8 Spray painting the pine cones
gluing on some bling with hot glue
Ms4 wrapping around the wool
Before the hair cut / tidy up
Finished pine cone trees.
Christmas Tree Craft
This week I am excited to feature a project from a local crafty mumma from All Tizzied Up . She and her gorgeous girls have brought nature and some textiles together to create a colourful fall themed wall hanging.
They have gathered up some bark and leaves and painted the leaves while still fresh using acrylic craft paint. The paint has slowed down the drying out process and kept them supple so they don’t crack through the next few steps. The rest if fairly self explanatory, or run your mouse over each picture for more details.
Some lovely leaves and bark
MissM paints the leaves
MissM starts gluing on the bark to the trunk
First layer of bark complete
Coat with a thick later of PVA glue
Dust over PVA layer with saw dust or dirt for texture
Start gluing on the leaves
Alternating colours for effect.
Coat with another thick layer of PVA as a sealant.
Allow to dry.
Once all the collage was together, mum then filled in the surrounds of the tree with blue paint and there you have it.