Paper Plate Butterfly Craft

Paper Plate Butterfly Craft

Welcome in Spring or encourage some imaginative play with this butterfly craft made from paper plates. This kids craft activity would be perfect to couple with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Welcome in Spring or encourage some imaginative play with this butterfly craft made from paper plates.
They would be perfect to couple with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Or perhaps you could make a gazillion of them and string them up as a garland or as a mobile?

You will need:

Paper plates (We had some fancy paper plates left over from a party- but plain paper plates will do just fine!)
Tissue paper
Glue
Stapler
Chenille sticks
Optional-
Paint / Crayons/ Markers
Washi tape

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How to:

Welcome in Spring or encourage some imaginative play with this butterfly craft made from paper plates. This kids craft activity would be perfect to couple with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Paint the rim of your plate in your favourite colour. (If you have plain white plates, you might also like to paint the other side of the rim in a second colour.)
Of course if the idea of painting gives you the heebie-jeebies, you could choose to colour the rim with coloured markers or crayons instead. Paint or colour the middle section of your paint black.

Welcome in Spring or encourage some imaginative play with this butterfly craft made from paper plates. This kids craft activity would be perfect to couple with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Once the paint has dried, you need to cut out the inner part of the plate whilst leaving the rim intact. The rim will become the butterfly’s wings. Use the black painted section to create a thorax. If you like, you could decorate the thorax with washi tape or sequins.

Welcome in Spring or encourage some imaginative play with this butterfly craft made from paper plates. This kids craft activity would be perfect to couple with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Fold the rim in half. Then fold it in half again. Pinch down on the bottom fold and push the outer half towards the middle to create an upper and lower wing. Repeat on the other side and staple these parts together in the middle.

I painted craft glue onto the edge of the wings. Place tissue paper over the edges and allow the glue to dry. Once dried, trim the excess tissue paper away.

Welcome in Spring or encourage some imaginative play with this butterfly craft made from paper plates. This kids craft activity would be perfect to couple with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

If you wish to turn your paper plate butterflies into puppets or a mobile, wrap a chenille stick around the middle of the wings. You could also use jewellery wire. I tape the thorax to the middle of the wings.

Your butterfly craft is now ready to flutter through the skies.

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Welcome in Spring or encourage some imaginative play with this butterfly craft made from paper plates. This kids craft activity would be perfect to couple with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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Eric Carle Art for Kids

Eric Carle Art for Kids

Kids art project with love hearts

If I asked you to name some of the world’s greatest picture book creators, who would you name?
This simple Eric Carle art project for kids introduces mini makers to the glorious collage technique of one of the world’s greatest picture book creators.
It involves painting tissue paper to create some seriously eye-popping results.
One of my most popular posts in the history of this blog, involved making a wall hanging using this Eric Carle-inspired process.
It felt about time to whip this project out again to create something new.
Gotta love a fun process that leads to glorious products, right?
You can then turn your painted tissue paper into cards, garlands, wall hangings, illustrations…. if you can imagine it, you can create it.

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You will need:

Tissue paper
Acrylic paints
A variety of paintbrushes
Offcuts from cardboard boxes
Cardboard
PVA glue
Straws
Yarn

Kids can create homemade cards and garlands and whatever their imagination fancies with this simple Eric Carle art project that introduces mini makers to the glorious collage technique of one of the world's greatest picture book creators. #kidsart #ericcarle #kidsactivities #homemadecards #kidscraft

How to:

You can read about painting tissue paper from Eric Carle himself here.

Or check it out in our video!

Here are some tips from what we learned from the experience.
You will need some thick cardboard to lay under your tissue paper to prevent the paint bleeding through to your work surface.
I pulled apart an old nappy box.

As you apply paint to the tissue paper, lift up your sheet of tissue paper frequently.
This will stop the paper from sticking to the cardboard.

Eric Carle Tissue Paper Stars

Eric Carle applies his paint in layers.
For example, he works on a red layer and then lets that sheet dry.
Then once dried, he applies another layer of paint.

We went for a process that explored different paintbrushes and strokes.
So we applied all our layers at once, doing different lines and dots.
(You might want to make sure the colours on offer are complementary, in this case.)
We then finished by using IKEA Mala paints, in their excellent squeezy bottles, and squeezed haphazard lines onto the paper.

Once your tissue paper has dried, tear it up into little pieces.
You now have an instant collage box of goodness!

We traced hearts onto cardboard offcuts and cut these out.
Using craft glue, we then covered our cardboard hearts with painted tissue paper.
Trim away any excess overhanging the edges.

Once dried, you can glue your hearts to some thin cardboard to create a homemade card.
Or you could create a garland.
Here’s an excellent garland-making tip that I learned from my friend Shelly at Creating Creatives.
Cut up a straw into small intervals.
Use a hot glue gun to secure these bits of straw to the back of your hearts.
Once the glue has dried, you have an easy way to string yarn through and a super simple way to make a garland!

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Firefly Craft

Firefly Craft

This paper plate firefly craft is the perfect accompaniment to a reading of Eric Carle's The Very Lonely Firefly. #kidscrafts #ericcarle #fireflycraft

Truth be told, this firefly craft was inspired by an episode of Sesame Street involving fireflies.
My little guy then ran around obsessed with finding fireflies.
I can see this paper plate project nicely complementing Eric Carle’s The Very Lonely Firefly.
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What you will need:

Paper plates
Paint (optional)
Washi tape
Pipe cleaner
Jewellery wire
Scissors

How to make your own fireflies:

This paper plate firefly craft is the perfect accompaniment to a reading of Eric Carle's The Very Lonely Firefly. #kidscrafts #ericcarle #fireflycraft

Paint the rim of a paper plate. You will need to paint both sides. You could use 2 different colours.
We used acrylic paint.
If the idea of painting makes you feel ill, then you can decorate the rim with crayons or markers instead.
Whatever works for you and lessens the mess (and stress) for you.

The rim will form the firefly’s wings and the centre will be used to create the body. So paint the centre of the plate in the colours of your choice.

Make a small incision and cut the centre of the plate out, leaving the rim intact.

This paper plate firefly craft is the perfect accompaniment to a reading of Eric Carle's The Very Lonely Firefly. #kidscrafts #ericcarle #fireflycraft

Fold the rim in half and then half again then pinch together on the bottom fold.
Push the outer half towards the middle to create an upper and lower wing. Repeat on the other side. Staple these parts together.

This paper plate firefly craft is the perfect accompaniment to a reading of Eric Carle's The Very Lonely Firefly. #kidscrafts #ericcarle #fireflycraft

Cut down the middle of the firefly’s body, leaving about one-third attached.
Slide the wings down the cut and tape the body back together. I used washi tape to then cover up the incision.

Punch a single hole in the middle of the wings and thread through some jewellery wire or a pipe cleaner.The above shot is here mainly to keep things real.
This is the back view of the firefly. It shows that I have just used tape to keep things in place.
I taped some jewellery wire to the firefly’s body. I taped the pipe cleaner antennae to the head of the firefly.
I taped the body back together after making a slit for the wing’s to slide in.

Your firefly is ready to flit around. I think a mobile of these would be pretty magical.

Turns out I have a thing for paper plates. You can check out my dancers, donut bunting and emoji desk caddies- all made from paper plates- here.
Here are some paper plate fairies. Or a fun way to explore emotions.

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This paper plate firefly craft is the perfect accompaniment to a reading of Eric Carle's The Very Lonely Firefly. #kidscrafts #ericcarle #fireflycraft

 

Little Peter Rabbit (or Barry Bilby) Puppet

Little Peter Rabbit (or Barry Bilby) Puppet

A kids craft project about Peter Rabbit

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This Little Peter Rabbit craft, with it’s moving fly, was inspired by my inability to stop humming the song about him and the fly on his nose.
You know the one, right?
I think this earworm was firmly embedded as a result of the combination of Easter and the new Peter Rabbit movie.

Here in Australia at Easter, we replace “Peter Rabbit” with “Barry Bilby” when singing this ditty.
Feral rabbits are a pest here in Australia that destroy the habitats of our native fauna.
To raise awareness about the environmental damage that rabbit cause, whilst drawing attention to the plight of endangered species, conservation groups have made the bilby an Australian Easter icon.

What you will need:

Bunny or Bilby template DOWNLOAD BELOW
Cardboard
Paper
Glue
Dowel / craft stick
Craft stick
Art supplies for colouring

How to:

Print off your Bunny or Bilby template.


Trace your bunny or bilby onto cardboard. As per usual, we just reused old boxes.
Glue your paper onto the cardboard. We used old White Pages.

This Peter Rabbit craft also coincided with a clean-out of the craft cupboard.
We rediscovered the chalk pastels and oil pastels.
I presented those materials and let the children create.
Mr almost-2 went rogue and found some stickers I had doodled on. I adore what he did.

Draw a fly and glue it onto a craft stick.

Cut two slots into the body of your puppet and thread the craft stick through. You may need to widen these slots to allow for “wiggle” room. Depends on how exuberant you want your fly to be.

Tape dowel to the back of the cardboard.
Prepare to sing “Little Peter Rabbit Had a Fly Upon His Nose” a gazillion times!

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Text Overlay reads Little Peter Rabbit / Barry Bilby Puppet (with a moving fly upon his nose.) And 2 images of kids crafts.

Collage Bunny Easter Mask

Collage Bunny Easter Mask

A child made bunny mask with feathers

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I had no intention of sharing this bunny mask craft.
None. Whatsoever.

We hosted our littlest’s first birthday party on the weekend and celebrated with a Miffy theme.
It’s our last first birthday. All them feels.
Our kiddy parties always have a craft station for the little party-goers. I like to think of the craft station as a “Buying-Time-for-Parents-to-Eat-Cheese-and-Crackers-and-Have-a-Conversation” situation.
But of course it’s mainly for the little ones to get creative and indulge their craftiness.

The craft station is always popular but I was pleasantly surprised at how popular this simple crafty invitation was.
So I thought I’d share it with you, as well as the free printable template, in time for Easter.
And so that you too, can indulge in some cheese and crackers whilst the kids are entertained.
(We all deserve cheese and cracker time.)

What You Will Need:

Bunny Easter masks template DOWNLOAD BELOW
Cardboard
Craft knife or sharp scissors
Wooden dowel
Duct tape and washi tape
Collage materials – coloured paper, tissue paper, crepe paper
Glue (We used a good old glue stick)
Markers, paint pens, paint sticks, chalk pastels – whatever you have on hand!

A collection of child made bunny masks with collage

Tips and Tricks

Print and cut out the Bunny Easter mask template. Trace the bunny onto pieces of cardboard. I used all the old cardboard boxes from online shopping that have been piling up.

A child made bunny mask with collage

Due to the thickness of the cardboard I used, I used a craft knife to cut the masks out. I realised towards the end of the process that my craft knife was very, very blunt. Face palm. So my edges were pretty rough. Let’s call it rustic charm, yeah?
If you go the craft knife route, please use a cutting mat! Safety first, people!
If you use thinner cardboard, sharp scissors should do the job.

I then just taped the dowel to the back of the cardboard with decorative duct tape.

A child made bunny mask with collage

We actually made more masks a few days after the party, because I was interested to see if this project was still as popular.
It was a resounding yes.
I pulled the collage box out of the craft cupboard. I store all paper scraps in a fishing tackle box.
You can find some tips and tricks for collage with kids here.

I also offered paint sticks, Posca pens and chalk pastels.
Feel free to make use of whatever you have at hand.

In all honesty, it wasn’t a very organised set up.
There were materials flying everywhere. But I kinda love those kinds of sessions.
However, sometimes it is a good idea to limit the materials on offer as young artists can get overwhelmed by choice.

For me this experience highlighted how valuable it is to create alongside your littles.
Miss 4 has an intense love affair with colouring-in at the moment. She made about 4 masks in 10 minutes flat, using the markers and chalk pastels.

She then noticed my mask and proclaimed “That’s a masterpiece! I want to make one like that!”
So I sat with her and explained the process I undertook.
If I had attempted to guide her process like this from the start, she would not have had a bar of it. She is definitely a child who likes to go her own way.

Happy mask-making! And happy cheese-eating!

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Text Overlay reads Collage Bunny Easter Mask with Free Printable with 2 images of childrens made bunny masks

3 Paddington Craft Projects

3 Paddington Craft Projects

Did your family catch everybody's favourite bear when Paddington 2 hit cinema screens late last year? To celebrate the release of the film on DVD and Blu-Ray, the Mumtastic team asked my to come up with 3 Paddington craft projects.

Did your family catch everybody’s favourite bear when Paddington 2 hit cinema screens late last year?
To celebrate the release of the film on DVD and Blu-Ray, the Mumtastic team asked me to come up with 3 Paddington craft projects.

Head to the original Mumtastic post for all the free printables.

Make your own Paddington-inspired suitcase

 

 

Any mention of Paddington craft of course had to refer to his suitcase!
I’ll show you how to make this suitcase out of shoe box or cereal box.

Download and print off a copy of luggage stickers on the Mumtastic site.

Make your own Paddington-inspired puppet theatre

You could store marmalade sandwiches in your suitcase (Paddington would approve!) or you can turn your suitcase into a puppet theatre.
Print out these fun fair templates¬† and create a scene inspired by one of my favourite parts of the movie (the bit where we meet High Grant’s character.

 

Make your own Paddington Bear puppet

You have a suitcase puppet theatre and now you need a Paddington puppet. You can download the template and create a wardrobe of anoraks and hats for your puppet.

 

 

 

 

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