Origami Swans

I would love to take credit for these gorgeous Origami Swans, but it turns out that crafty Dad has a secret talent! I was amazed at how easy they are to make and so pretty too; perfect for our theme ‘Seven Swans-a-Swimming!’

Origami Swans – How To

Craft Ideas for Kids - Origami Swans

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Each origami swan can be created in 9 folds of a piece of paper – although it can get a little tricky towards the end!

To make it easier, we’ve created a free origami swan printable with all the fold lines highlighted to use alongside this post for your crafty kids to practice with.

Click on the image to the right to download the free printable!

1. Using a square piece of paper fold one corner to the opposite corner creating a large triangle. Then unfold this triangle back to the square piece of paper to create a centre line guide that goes from one corner to the opposite corner.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Origami Swans

2. Using the other corners fold inwards to the centre line to create a kite shape.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Origami Swans

3. Turn the paper over and fold the kite flaps in half the way to the centre line.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Origami Swans

4. Fold these over again up to the centre line to create an arrow looking paper plane.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Origami Swans

5. Create the body of the swan by folding the pointy end towards the back – do this just over half way so the pointy end sticks out past the body when folded.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Origami Swans

6. Fold the end of the point back on itself – creating the swans head and beak.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Origami Swans

7. Grip the body of the swan with your thumb and index finger just under the swans neck and then pull the neck forward to stand it up. This should cause the body and wings to be upright, rather than flat.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Origami Swans

8. Again using your thumb and index finger, grip the other end of the body of the swan and gently push the wings out from the body.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Origami Swans

And there you have it – Origami Swans!

The smaller the square of paper you use, the more delicate and lovely the origami swans will look.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Origami Swans

Craft Ideas for Kids - Origami Swans

 

 

 

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

 This post is part of a festive blog hop series for the ’12 Days of Christmas’ – a lovely collection of craft ideas hosted by Silly Sparkles!

Click on the image above to follow each of the 12 Days of Christmas craft ideas!

Taking part in this blog hop are:

Silly Sparkles – A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Because Babies Grow Up – 2 Turtle Doves

Building Blocks and Acorns – 3 French Hens

Messy Little Monster – 4 Calling Birds

Multicrafting Mummy – 5 Golden Rings

Swords and Snoodles – 6 Geese a Laying

Craft Ideas for Kids – 7 Swans a Swimming

Three Foot Cooks – 8 Maids a Milking

Making Memories in the Chaos – 9 Ladies Dancing

Adventures of Adam – 10 Lords a Leaping

Play Explore Learn – 11 Pipers Piping

Learning and Exploring Through Play – 12 Drummers Drumming

Craft Ideas for Kids - Christmas Potato Stamping

Christmas Potato Stamping

Ohhh who doesn’t remember potato stamping as a kid? It’s a classic craft; cheap and easy to set up too! Whilst baby cakes simply slid and bashed the stamp across the paper, Little Lovely enjoyed playing and experimenting in the attempt to make the ‘perfect’ tree; they both in their own way had a blast Christmas potato stamping.

Materials for Christmas Potato Stamping

1 Small Potato
Paper
Paint
Cue Tips

How-to for Christmas Potato Stamping

To get the kiddies going, I cut a potato in half and carefully carved a Christmas tree shape into the potato, aiming for about 1cm depth and an even ‘tree’ surface.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Christmas Potato Stamping

With prep complete within about 5 min, I presented the Christmas Potato stamp and paint to the Little Lovely.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Christmas Potato Stamping

Little Lovely worked her way through so much paper! Applying different amounts of paint and pressure to the stamp to achieve her ‘perfect’ trees. She tried fast stamping, slow stamping, dinosaur stamping with sound affects – needless to say, she had fun!

With her trees perfected, they needed decorating and we swapped the Christmas Potato Stamp for cue tips.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Christmas Potato Stamping

For now, Little Lovely is happy creating a simple Christmas themed painting, however this technique could be used to create cards or home-made wrapping paper!

Craft Ideas for Kids - Christmas Potato Stamping

Craft Ideas for Kids - Felt Christmas Tree

Felt Christmas Tree – 10 Days of Kid Made Ornaments

Felt Christmas Tree: Simple, easy to make and great for fine motor development. This is the perfect craft for independent crafty kids. My girlie loved making them; cutting up our scrap felt, creating her own pattern and then finishing off with a little sparkle.

Our Felt Christmas Tree was inspired by Shirley Hughes Alfie: Alfie’s Christmas. (affiliate link below)

A charming traditional little story that depicts an ordinary family getting ready for the Christmas. The illustrations are beautiful and this is a super book for young children during the build up to Christmas.

Felt Christmas Tree: Materials

Scrap Felt – This could easily be replaced with fabric or paper.
Cardboard – We used an old cereal box
Small piece of ribbon
Sequins
PVA glue
Scissors

Felt Christmas Tree: How-to

To get the Little Lovely started, I cut a triangle out of an old cereal box and displayed the craft materials ready for Little Lovely to get stuck in.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Felt Christmas Tree

Using PVA glue, Little Lovely cut off strips of felt and stuck them on horizontally onto the cardboard triangle, alternating the colours. Since Little Lovely has been learning about sequencing and patterns at school, she really enjoyed using the different colours to work out her own pattern.

The strips do not have to be cut to the exact size of the triangle as the tree can be trimmed at the end.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Felt Christmas Tree

To hang our Felt Christmas Tree ornament, we looped some ribbon and attached with glue. With this being a kid-made ornament, second time round I would probably help out and attach using a stapler instead, to make it more secure.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Felt Christmas Tree

Once the glue has set, trim the felt strips to the size of the cardboard triangle. Your crafty kid may need a little help with this bit.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Felt Christmas Tree

To finish off, Little lovely added some sequins and stars to make her Felt Christmas Tree Sparkle!

Craft Ideas for Kids - Felt Christmas Tree
Kid Made Ornaments

This post is part of a festive blog hop – check out these other great kid made ornament posts!

Sugar Aunts
My Little 3 and Me
In The Playroom
I Heart Crafty Things
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes
Preschool Powol Packets

Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments

I cannot believe how easy these Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments are to make!

When I stumbled across Happy Hooligans stunning White Clay Dough Ornaments, I had to try it out with the Little Lovely and I’m so pleased I did. I love the brilliant white clay against the vibrant colours of the melted crayon, they’re just gorgeous and capture the glisten of snowflakes beautifully.

With the festive season almost upon us; Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments are the perfect Christmas Tree Decoration and I can’t wait to see how they’ll look on our tree this year.

Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments: Materials

Made out of Cornflour (Cornstarch in the US) and Baking Soda, the clay couldn’t be easier to make. For more information about the ingredients and method, check out Happy Hooligans’ post.

Grated Wax Crayons
Glitter
String
Shape Cutter and a Straw (to create threading holes)
Baking Paper and Tray

 

Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments: How-to

Once the clay dough is prepared, grate a small amount of wax crayon onto a plate and lay the materials out ready for your crafty kids.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments

Roll the mixture out onto the chopping board, adding a little baking soda if the mixture becomes sticky. Once rolled, sprinkle the flakes of wax crayon onto the clay and very gently press them into the clay using a rolling pin.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments

Next, begin cutting the shapes out of the clay and place them onto a tray with baking paper. Using a straw, create a single threading hole within each ornament.

Transfer the snowflakes into the oven on the lowest posssible heat to melt the crayons and dry the clay until firm. This should take about an hour.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments

Allow the snowflakes to cool and apply a thin layer of PVA glue directly onto the snowflake . Then add some twinkle using silver glitter.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments

Tie a short piece of string through the hole and hang your gorgeous Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Clay Dough and Melted Crayon Snowflake Ornaments