Category: Paper Crafts

Aug 02

Learn How To Make A Papier-Mache Mask

How To Make A Papier-Mache Mask (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Make a papier-mache mask for Halloween, a masquerade party, Carnival time or anytime! You will need:

An old tablecloth
A work smock
A clean, empty plastic gallon jug – labels removed
Strong scissors
Craft knife
An elastic band
Newspaper
White computer paper
Unbleached flour or glue
Acrylic paint
Decorations

Step 1 – Cover your workspace with an old tablecloth or sheets of newspaper, and wear something to protect your clothes, like a smock.

Step 2 – With strong scissors, cut the plastic jug in half, lengthwise. Turn the jug upside down. The handle will serve as the mask’s nose. Cut holes for your eyes and mouth with a craft knife. Cut a small hole on each side of the mask, at ear level, for an elastic band.

Step 3 – Tear newspaper and white computer paper into strips, about 1 inch x 6 inches. Shredding the paper by hand works better than cutting it. You’ll need enough pieces to cover your mask with 3 layers of newspaper and 1 layer of computer paper, plus some extra paper for molding facial features.

Step 4 – Whisk 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of water into a paste, adding a bit more of either, if needed, to reach a gluey consistency. You can also use glue, thinned out with water.

Step 5 – One by one, dip a newspaper strip into the paste, shake off the access and lay it flat against the mask horizontally, taking care not to cover the holes. Overlap each strip with w new one. When you finish the first layer, let it dry completely before putting on the next one. This time, apply the strips vertically. If you’re putting away your project for the night, store the unused paste in the refrigerator. The next day, microwave it for one minute before using.

Step 6 – Apply the strips for the 3rd layer horizontally. After you’ve applied 3 layers, mold some of the newspaper strips into features, like cheekbones and eyebrows.

Step 7 – Make the last layer out of the torn computer paper, applying the strips vertically. The white paper will give you a blank canvas for creating your character. If you live in a damp climate, you can dry the mask on a lightly-oiled cookie sheet in an oven set to Warm. Check on the mask after about 30 minutes.

Step 8 – When the mask is completely dry, decorate it with paint, feathers, glitter, sequins, beads, fabric, rhinestones, or whatever will make it your own!

Did you know? At 12 to 16 feet tall and several feet wide, the Igbo ijele mask is one of the largest ceremonial masks made in Africa!

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Jul 19

Learn How To Make A Kite

How To Make A Kite (courtesy of Vickie GrassStainGuru.com)

Hi! My name is Vickie Bodwell, and today I have my son, Henry Bodwell, helping me show you how to make a kite. This is one of my all-time favorite childhood memories – I remember making a kite with my dad – when I was about your age – with newspapers and sticks. However, today we’re going to use a bit more sophisticated material. We’re going to use:

Heavy craft paper

Wooden dowels

Exacto knife

String

Scissors

Either glue or masking tape

We’ve selected some of Henry’s favorite art supplies to decorate, and the first two steps can be a little bit complicated, so if you’re working with small children, you may want to do those in advance and let them decorate the kite at the end. However, if you want to make our life really easy, you can go to our website and buy our Kitemaking Kit, and you can put it together and the kids can just go ahead and paint it. So, are you ready to go to Step 1? Great!

Step 1 – So, now on Step 1, we’re gonna go ahead and start making the frame of your kite. And, since Henry’s a little bit younger, we’re gonna go ahead I’m just gonna make this piece. What you’re gonna do is your gonna take your 2 sticks – one is gonna be a little bit shorter – and you’re gonna make a cross. You take your thumb to secure it, and you’re gonna want to make sure that the cross on either side is even. And you’ll take a piece of masking tape or glue and you’re gonna put a dab on the lower piece of the cross. Then you take your string and just wrap it tightly to secure the crossbow. And, at some point, you can check to make sure that it’s about even…at this point, balance is gonna be about your best success story for flying your kite.

Once you finish wrapping – you’ll leave a little tail to cut off – you’ll take your glue and just glop it on. So, while that’s drying – it’ll take about 30 minutes – we’ll put that aside and we’ll be ready to move on to Step 2.

Step 2 – So, in Step 2, you’re gonna be working with an Exacto knife, because you’re gonna make a groove into our wooden dowel. And, you’re gonna go along all four corners. So, at this point, you’re gonna start by making a loop at the top of the kite frame and going around each of the 4 sides. At the end, you’re gonna take your string and make another loop, by making a knot, pulling the string through and going back to your knotch. Then, just wrap around the end, let your next end go in the knotch and around, and you’re gonna end up back at the top. And, you’re gonna have a beautiful diamond shape! And you can make any adjustment you need to on your kite.

Step 3 – So, now in Step 3, it’s a good time to bring the kids back in, and we’re gonna take our craft paper, Henry, and we’re gonna carefully draw a line, about a half to one inch around the frame. And then Henry is going to cut along that edge. So, once your kite is completely cut out, you’re going to go back to your frame and you’re gonna place it in the middle. And we’re going to wrap the paper around your kite frame. So, you have the diamond shape – take your kite and put it back in the center. Take your glue or masking tape – I’ll show you how to do both. Henry, we’re going to wrap it like a present. I’m gonna move this craft paper so we can see what we’re doing. If you’re using glue, you just take it and go on one side of the twine, and you just fold it like an envelope. If you’re using masking tape, you just take your masking tape the length of one of the sides. And, you can cut out whatever excess paper you have. So, in this case we’ll just cut off the ends. And, make sure to make a nice point on your diamond kite. Alright! Now, you have the shape of your kite, right?

Step 4 – So, this is the final step in making the kite, and you’re gonna take a string and you’re gonna basically tie it from one end to the other. You make a loop. This will be, when you tie your string to fly your kite, that’s what it will go through. You tie one end to the top – just tie a little knot – tie this securely, because the story goes with my dad that he didn’t tie it securely enough, and the kit flew off! So, tie a really secure knot. Henry, you wanna put it through the loop? Alright – Tah Dah! OK, now, for the final Decorating! You can take any of your art supplies – Henry can do whatever he wants. He can paint, he can use markers, he can use crayons. And, you may even want to do a little tail at the end – weaving some of our fabric remnants and you can tie little bows on it for that extra, special flair.

Now, you have an old-fashioned, paper kite that you can go fly with your kids! So, have a great time flying your kite and we’ll see you next time!

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Jul 01

Learn How To Make A Puzzle

How To Make A Jigsaw Puzzle (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Do you love to do jigsaw puzzles, but hate the corny pictures? Here’s how to make a puzzle with any picture – your pet turtle, your favorite cartoon character, your little brother…ok, maybe not your little brother! You will need:

A grown-up to help with cutting

A photo, poster, picture from a magazine or a drawing

A thick piece of cardboard or foam board

Glue

Scissors

A pencil

Step 1 – Choose a picture that you want to make into a puzzle, then choose a piece of cardboard or foam board that slightly bigger than your picture. The lid of a pizza box can make a perfect puzzle board, as long as it’s not all cheesy and oily!

Step 2 – Glue your image to the board you’ve chosen, and let it dry overnight. Place a flat, heavy object on top, like a book, to make sure it dries nice and evenly.

Step 3 – Ask a grown-up to help you trim up any of the extra cardboard or foam board that surrounds your picture, with the scissors.

Step 4 – Turn your picture over, and draw jigsaw shapes on the back of the board. Shapes with at least 2 semi-circular parts, facing either in or out, work best. Small, complicated shapes will be hard to put back together.

Step 5 – Again, with a grown-up helping you, cut the picture along the lines you’ve just drawn.

Step 6 – Now, jumble up the pieces, and see how long it takes you to do your hand-made puzzle! Or, challenge your friends to try it!

Did you know? The first jigsaw puzzle was made in England in the mid-1700s. It was a map to help kids learn geography!

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Jan 12

Learn How To Make A Great Paper Airplane

Learn How To Make A Great Paper Airplane (courtesy of Jogo)

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Apr 01

How to Make a Paper Lampshade

How To Make A Paper Lampshade (courtesy of Threadbangers.com)

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Sep 18

Origami How-to Double Heart Tutorial

In this origami tutorial,Tadashi Mori, will demonstrate how to fold two hearts with one piece of paper.

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Feb 06

Valentines Day How-to – Eco-Friendly DIY Card

Learn how to make an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day card for that special someone in this video tutorial from ShihoMasuda.com

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May 30

How to Origami – Pink Flower Origami

Learn how to fold an origami flower in this video from JoostLangevelOrigami.nl

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Mar 28

Origami Flower Instructions

Follow these origami flower instructions from www.joostlangeveldorigami.nl to create your own origami flower bouquet.

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Mar 19

Easter Hat Ideas

Watch this video from sjorsca for ingenious Easter hat ideas.

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Feb 28

Origami Box Instructions

Follow this video from ExtremeOrigami tutorial and learn how to fold origami box.

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Feb 15

How to Make a Pinata

Learn how to make a traditional pinata for party activities and games with this video from About.com

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Feb 11

Origami Instructions – Valentine Heart with Pocket

These easy to follow Origami instructions from danbergam will show you how-to fold your Valentine a heart with a pocket. Use the pocket to hide a sweet little message or a gift!

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Dec 14

How to Make Paper Flowers

Learn how-to make paper flowers. In these easy to follow directions from silveryouko300, learn how to make beautiful tissue flowers.

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Dec 03

How to Wrap a Gift

Give your friends and family perfectly wrapped gifts this Christmas. Learn how to neatly wrap a gift with this video from VideoJug.com


VideoJug: How To Wrap A Box With A Rectangular End

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Oct 24

How to Make an Image Transfer

Learn how to create an image transfer with a laser printer image with this video from ScrapTheWorld.tv

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Oct 07

How to Make Papier Mache – Halloween Skull Part 2

How To Make A Papier Mache Skull Part II (courtesy of HayCrossHollow)

Hello, this is Jeremy Edsall, and this is the 2nd part of my making a papier mache skull. In this segment, we’ll be working on building the skull. We’ve already worked on the jawbone, as you see here. And, what we’re doing is working on the top of the jaw – the top of the teeth and the top portion of the skull. We do that by taking a piece of cardboard, wrapping it up in aluminum foil and folding it over several times, and you’ll see how that gets folded and molded, and then that becomes part of the face of the skull.

And you test-fit it into the jawbone. And then, what you want to do is depress this center to make a little bit of a cavity for where the nose is, and that will become apparent here in a minute. You will see that there is a little bit of a sculpture there. And with that indentation, you can start filling in with the papier mache, and start building that nose portion of the skull. There it is, covered with mache. It takes on a rounded appearance. And then, you can add some teeth as well, by doing the tips of the popsicle sticks. And, again, you want to test fit it to make sure it fits that jawbone.

Then, you want to get a couple of tops from plastic soda bottles. And, what you do with these, is you cover them with aluminum foil as well, as you see here. And then, press these into the sides of that front of the skull, and fill these in with papier mache. Start building around them, as you see here. Continue to build and cover. There will be a hole there in the middle, and we’ll deal with that here in a minute. What you want to do is make a ball of newspaper – kind of like a brain size – and, that kind of looks like a brain stem, cause we’re gonna leave a little piece coming down.

Insert that in that hole, put that down, turn it over, and attach it to the back of that top tooth portion and cover it up with papier mache. And start filling around that whole part of that, what I call the brain portion.

Then continue to cover, and then what you want to do is take another piece of aluminum foil. Take a long piece and wrap that around and kind of contour that in around those eye sockets, and then you can start covering that with papier mache as well. Then you just want to work around the entire skull portion, covering all those places and covering up all that aluminum foil. And just build in the top of that skull.

Most of these in these first 2 videos are all done in one time period, so you should be almost able to complete the whole project within one time period. Then, our next segment will be after I take a break and come back and finish with some details.

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Oct 07

How to Make Papier Mache – Halloween Skull Part I

How To Make A Papier Mache Skull (courtesy of HayCrossHollow)

Hello, and welcome to my video, How To Make A Papier Mache Skull. My name is Jeremy Edsall, and I am a papier mache artist. What you’re gonna need for this project is to get your hands on some Celluclay or Celluclay 2. It’s made by Activa products and you can find it at most hobby stores. It comes in various shapes and sizes, but it looks something like this in the package. What it is, is a block of ground up newspaper and some sizing, which you’ll be adding water to.

So, get the package, unwrap it, ad start to break down some of the papier mache in the bag, there. Open it up slowly, and then pour it into 2 double plastic bags. And, newspaper bags, the ones they use when it’s raining, work great. So, get a couple of those, double bag it, and then add to that 2 cups of warm water. Warm water seems to work best, and it is suggested for mixing. So, pour your warm water directly into the papier mache, until it looks like this. Then, close up one end and start the kneading process.

Now, if you did this in a bowl, it would get all between your fingers and under your rings and it would really be a mess, because, once it sticks to your skin it starts to dry, get crusty and is very hard to get off. So, you want to do this in a bag and minimize some of the mess and dust, because it can kick up a lot of dust. So, this is really the best way to do it! Works for me. Mix it thoroughly – knead it until all the dry is gone and you just have a mass of gray! Put this in the refrigerator, because it is perishable, and try to use it as soon as possible.

Now, for the skull, get some cardboard, cut it out in this shape, some wire, some masking tape and a hole punch. Take your hole punch and punch a hole in each side of the jawbone. Then, take your wire, bend it like so, place it on the cardboard, and securely fasten it in with masking tape so it looks like this. Then, take the whole thing, put it on some aluminum foil, and start to fold, from bottom to top, like so. Fold it over, fold the top over, til it looks like this from the back, and it looks like this from the front.

Now, you’re gonna have to cut a few, little slits in there with your scissors so you can continue folding the rest over, and then you can fold it over real neat until it looks like this. And then, go ahead and re-punch the holes in there. You should be able to see them through the aluminum foil. And bend the whole thing so it looks like a jawbone. And that’s what it looks like from the top and from the bottom. Now, the aluminum fol will help your papier mache stick.

Then you can start coating it. Coat the inside, all the surfaces. Make sure you don’t plug up those holes. Then, get yourself some popsicle sticks. Cut the ends off with some snips. You can saw them, but this is the fastest way to do it. And you can take those, once you’ve gotten most of it covered, especially in that front area,and place them in there for the teeth. And then, continue to cover that jawbone. All the different sides. Remember again, don’t plug up those holes! Cover all the sides, and what you’ll have is your skull jawbone! And then you can start working on the top of the skull. (Go to Part II Video)

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Oct 01

How to Scrapbooking – Making your Own Embellishments

Learn how to make your own embellishments with a few simple techniques from TheScrapSpot.

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Sep 29

How to Make Stationary – Stitched Cards

Learn how to make your own stitched stationary just in time for the holidays with this video from ReadyMade Magazine.

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Sep 23

How to Make Paper

Learn how to make paper from recycled fibers with this video from ChristinasMagic.etsy.com

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Sep 23

How to Make Origami Elephant

Learn how to make an origami elephant with this video from OrigamiInstructions.

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Jun 13

How to Make a Father’s Day Card

Learn how to make an origami necktie for a Father’s Day card with this video from BareFootStamper.com

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Jun 07

How to Create Your Own Wedding Stationary

How To Create Your Own Wedding Stationary (courtesy of WeddingFanatic.com)

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Jun 07

How to Make Origami Pig

Learn how to make an origami pig with this video from Chinitamarlene

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Apr 27

How to Make Orgami Frog

Learn how to make an origami frog with this video from intempestanox.

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Apr 11

How to Make Origami Elephant

Learn how to fold an origami elephant with this video from Chinitamarlene.

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Apr 07

How to Make Orgami Shark

Learn how to make a origami shark with this video from Chinitamarlene.

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Feb 17

How to Make Homemade Stamps

Learn how to make a stamp with basic items from around the house with this video from AcademicAesthetic.com

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Feb 14

How to Make Paper

Recycle old papers to make new paper with this video on how to make paper from the Children’sWebNetwork.

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Feb 14

How to Make a Paper Snowflake

Learn how to make a paper snowflake with this video from theAmatour.

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Nov 28

How to Make an Origami Jumping Frog

You can learn how to make an origami frog that really jumps with this video from Merrill Sech, which shows you how to make a jumping origami frog! Ribbit!

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