Paper Crafts

Paper Crafts
Jul25

Kids Crafts | Paper Chain Garland

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Paper Chain Garland


You will need:
- scissors
- glue or double stick tape or stapler
- red, white and green construction paper

Jun29

Independence Day Pinwheel

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Independence Day Pinwheel

This fun little pinwheel is a great way to get creative and show off your Fourth of July spirit. Small children will like this craft project as well, but since it requires the use of a push pin and scissors, adult supervision is recommended.

Requires:
Thick Construction/craft paper
Crayons
Glue
Scissors
Hole Punch (optional)
Push Pin
Colored Straw

Start by making two square pieces of construction paper. If you have especially thick card-stock like paper, you will only need one piece of paper. To make a square out of your paper, fold one corner up toward the top of the paper. The bottom edge should line up with the opposite side from the corner you folded. Now your paper should look like a triangle with a rectangle on top. You will want to cut off the extra rectangle, so you have a triangle.

Now, fold the triangle in half, creating a smaller triangle. Crease your paper well and unfold the paper. The next step requires your creativity. You get to decorate your paper. You may want to decorate your squares like the American Flag or any other way you think will look good. You can choose colored paper or color your paper. If you are using two sheets of paper, you only need to decorate one side of each sheet. If you are using one piece of paper you should decorate both sides.

After your paper is decorated, glue the two pieces of paper together. The undecorated sides should be glued together, so the decorated sides are on opposite sides of the paper. Next you need to makes cuts on the creases from folding the paper earlier. Cut about halfway up the creases from the corners toward the center of the paper. Don't cut to far toward the center.

This next step is optional: use the hole punch to punch four holes, one on each corner. After you made the cuts, your square will look like it is made up of four triangles with their tops pointed together in the center. On the right corner of each of these triangles you will want to punch a hole right inside of the cut. If you don't want to use the hole punch, you can just punch the pin through each corner.

Now, gather all four corners with a hole together and line up the holes over the center of the square. One at a time, pull the corners to the center and glue them down to the center. Layer them one over the other, until the four corners are gathered in the center and have created a pinwheel. You may need to hold the corners down until the glue dries. As you bring the corners to the center make sure you don't crease your paper.

The last step is to push the push pin through the center of the pinwheel and into the straw. Now you can hold your pinwheel by its stem into the wind, so it will spin around and around.
Feb02

How to Make a Chinese Lantern

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Chinese Lantern


For this craft project you will need:
1 piece heavy red paper, such as construction paper
Ruler
Scissors
Pencil
Stapler

1. Use a pencil and ruler to draw a straight line across the short edge of the paper, about 3/4" to 1" from the edge. Cut the strip off this line; this piece of paper will be the handle for your lantern.

2. Fold the paper in half lengthwise, a hot dog fold. Make sure all the edges line up straight. The side that will be on the inside of your lantern will be on the outside of the fold right now.

3. Use your ruler and pencil again to mark a line about 3/4 to 1 inch in from the open edge of the paper, just like the line for the handle, except on the long side this time.

4. Use your scissors to start cutting strips from the folded edge to the line you just drew. Each strip should be about 3/4 to 1 inch. These strips will not fall apart; the paper should still be attached along the far edge.  

5. Unfold the paper and refold it lengthwise, but inside out, so the line you drew on the paper will not show on the outside of the lantern.

6. Unfold your paper again, and roll it into a tube, so the edges just overlap. Staple the edges together. When it is assembled and you stand the lantern up, the strips you cut should be vertical.

7. Now, using the first strip you cut, staple one edge of the strip to the top edge of the lantern and staple the other end of the strip to the opposite side of the lantern. Your lantern now has a handle.

8. To finish you lantern press down on the top of the lantern so the cut strips balloon out at the fold.

You can hang up your finished lantern or even make a few and turn them into a garland for your New Year celebrations.
Jun30

Decorated Napkin Rings

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Decorated Napkin Rings


This is a great holiday activity!

Supplies:

White paper
Crayons
Tape
Scissors

Directions:

Cut each piece of paper into four long strips.  Color each strip on one side.  Roll each strip into a ring and tape it.  To use it, roll up your napkin and slide it inside the ring.  
Jun30

July 4th Campground Invitations

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July 4th Campground Invitations

Whether you're having everyone over or are taking part in your campground's July 4th celebration, you can have a great time making Independence Day invitations.

Supplies:

Paper
Pens or crayons
Other decorations
Tape

Cut each piece of paper in half.  Using one sheet, fold it in half to make a book.  Decorate your invitations with stars and stripes, and tape them on the RV doors of people you want to invite.
Jun30

How to Make a Stars and Stripes Pinwheel

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Stars and Stripes Pinwheel


Best for older children.

Supplies:
2 pieces of white construction paper (the thicker the better)
Scissors
A pushpin
A pencil with an eraser
Crayons

To start, make two square pieces of paper by folding a triangle out of one end of each sheet and trimming off the upper edge.  Unfold your paper and decorate one side of each sheet. Place the undecorated sides of the paper together.

Fold your paper into a triangle, then fold that triangle in half.  Unfold the papers and find the center point.  Make cuts running from each corner toward the center, stopping at about the halfway point.  

Gently gather each corner, taking care to be consistent in taking either the left or right corner from each triangle.  Let the paper bend and billow up as you bring the corners together. Push a pushpin through the four overlapped corners and through the center of the pinwheel.  Then push the pin into a pencil's eraser.
Jun02

How to Make Hand Print Animals

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How to Make Hand Print Animals

Appropriate for kids of all ages with adult supervision.

Supplies
construction paper
scissors
tape or glue
markers
pencils

Select some pieces of paper in colors you like, then use a pencil to trace your hand on each sheet.  With the scissors, cut out your hand prints.  When you have a number of cut-outs, sit down with your paper and see what animals you can make.  Can you make a turkey out of one of the cut-outs?  Can you use them to make a butterfly, with the hands as wings and an oval body cut out from paper?  How about bird's wings?  Try overlapping a number of hand prints and see what you can design.
Jul13

Kids Cooking | Sugaring Flowers

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Learn How to Make Sugared Flowers - Yes you can eat them!

Summertime is a great opportunity to practice some new flower crafts. It's amazing how many different crafts use fresh flowers. You can press flowers, but if you have access to edible flowers, you can enjoy a much sweeter flower craft. Sugaring flowers is a simple, delicious, and fun way to preserve and enjoy edible flowers. Once you have perfected your skills, you can use them to decorate delicious cakes and other food items.

Apr27

Papel Cortado

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Papel Cortado

One common decoration you will see at Cinco de Mayo celebrations are strings of cut paper. These are called Papel Cortado, and those examples made by professional artists can have amazing designs with animals and traditional designs. Your Papel Cortado does not have to be this complex -- in fact you can make your designs as simple as you want or as complicated. This is a great project for people of all ages.  The only requirement is that you be old enough to use scissors.

Supplies:
One pair of scissors per person
String
Tape
Solid colored tissue paper

Start by cutting your tissue paper into rectangles, slightly larger than you want your flags to be. You will need some extra space at the top of your rectangle so you can fold the top edge over the string.

Once you have as many rectangles as you want, it is time to start cutting the shapes out of your paper. Cutting the tissue paper is similar to making a paper snowflake. You fold the paper in half, then fold it in half a few more times. Once your paper is folded, cut random shapes out and when it is unfolded you have a beautiful design. One important feature of the Papel Cortado is that they have a solid paper border, so make sure not to cut the corners or all the way to the edge.

If you want a more intricate design, you can draw your pattern on the tissue paper and cut it out from your design. You can also find a variety of templates to use to draw a pre-designed pattern. However you decide to make your cut outs, your design will be unique and beautiful.

After all of your rectangles are cut out, you need to cut a piece of string that is long enough to hold all of your rectangles and long enough to hang on your wall. After your string has been cut, lay out your rectangles and get out your tape. To attach your rectangles to the string, lay the string on the back side of the rectangle about half an inch below the top. Fold the top edge over the string and tape the top edge to the rectangle.

While you are working on your Papel Cortado, be very careful not to rip your tissue paper. Tissue paper is very fragile and thin, so you need to be extra careful when handling it. Once you have all of your rectangles attached to your string, it is time to hang up your decorations. These homemade decorations will set the stage for a wonderful party - the next step is to get together some food for your Cinco de Mayo party. Check out some of the delicious recipes on http://www.campingcafe.com/.
Feb02

Homemade New Year Noise Makers

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Homemade New Year Noise Makers


You will need:
Heavy decorative craft paper, should resemble cardboard
5 colorful buttons per noisemaker
Tongue depressor/popsicle stick
String
Glue
Hole punch
Scissors

1. Start by cutting out two circles from the craft paper. These circles should be the same size. If you don't have craft paper, use cardboard and decorate the circles in whatever style you like.

2. Take the tongue depressor/popsicle stick and smear both sides of the top  half with craft glue. Put glue on one of the circles as well. Place the stick in the center of one circle and place the other circle on top of the stick. The stick will be glued between the two circles of paper.

3. Now cut 5 lengths of string, about 4 inches long.

4. Tie each button onto a piece of string.

5. With the hole punch, punch five holes around the edges of the cardboard circles.

6. Tie the pieces of string to the holes you just punched. You will now have a circle with five pieces of string sticking out around the edges, each string has a button on the end.

To enjoy your new noisemaker, hold the stick end of the toy in your hand and twist back and forth. This will make the buttons spin on the end of the string and whack the cardboard making celebratory new year noise.
Jun30

Paper Fans

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Paper Fans


Supplies:
paper
crayons, pens, or colored pencils

Color both sides of your paper.  Then, starting at one end, fold the paper over by about an inch.  Flip it over and fold that same amount again.  Work back and forth until your whole paper is folded like an accordion.  Let it spring open and grasp it by one end.  This fan is perfect for waving at the Fourth of July parade - or for shooing away bugs around the campfire.
Jun30

Star String

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Star String


Decorate your campsite for the Grand Old 4th by making a colorful star string.  

Supplies:
red, white, and blue construction paper
scissors
string or yarn (red, white or blue)
stapler, tape, or glue
crayons or pens
sequins, glitter, extra yarn, and other decorations (optional)

Directions:
Draw a large star on a piece of construction paper.  Cut it out and use it as a template for cutting out the rest of the stars for your string.  Decorate all the stars, then either cut a hole out of the top point of each star or use the stapler, tape, or glue to attach your stars to the string.  (Hint, to make a hole, fold over one point of the star.  Use your scissors to cut a pie-shaped wedge into the fold.)
Jun09

How to Make Luminarias

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How to Make Luminarias


Luminarias are candle lanterns that are used to line walkways for nighttime parties and get-togethers.  Your luminarias can be very simple or complicated.  It's up to you!

Supplies
votive candles
paper bags
scissors
sand

With your scissors, cut designs in the sides of the paper bag that will allow light to shine through.  Smaller shapes work best, and many small holes will let light scatter all around your lantern.

When you're satisfied with the look of your luminaria, pour a few cups of sand into the bag.  This weighs it down and keeps the bag and candle from blowing away.  Nestle your votive candle in the sand and set the luminaria in place along a walkway.  When night falls, light the candle.
Jun02

How to Make a Paper Bag Puppet

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How to Make a Paper Bag Puppet


Appropriate for preschool and kindergarten aged kids with adult supervision.

Supplies
some brown paper bags
glue and/or tape
construction paper
scissors
markers
googly eyes, pipe cleaners, streamers, ribbon, and any other crafting material you have handy.

Open the paper bag and turn it upside down.  Put your hand inside and use the bottom flap as the folding "mouth" of your puppet.  The bag's bottom will be the puppet's face. 

Use your materials to decorate the bag, turning it into a puppy, a kitten, a person, a curious creature, or any other character you can dream up.  Cut circles of paper for eyes, ears, and clothing, and use your markers to draw on a mouth.
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