18 • 19 NOVEMBER 2006
Editorial: Card-making mania!
MAKE: easy paper bag owl puppets
MAKE: a serene bluebird
4. MAKE: cute paper roll penguins
5. MAKE: newly hatched chicks
6. More bird ideas
7. This issue's featured subscriber's blog
|1. Editorial: Card-making
Can you believe it's that
of year already? I've found that the kids get a bit crazy at around
this time as they seem to have such a long lead-in to the
excitement of Christmas and the new year.
Of course, crafting is great at helping them to channel some of their
enthusiasm into creative pursuits. We've been busily card-making for
the past few days and the kids have had terrific fun. You can see some
of our handiwork in this new kids craft
weekly resource called easy
Christmas card ideas.
You may have noticed some small changes around the the place lately.
I'll be doing some more site renovations over the next few months
and am going to trial fortnightly newsletters between now and
The next issue is going to be a beauty. The theme is 'mail'
(coincidental, yes?) and it's scheduled to be published on December 3.
Happy crafting and I'll see you then!
paper bag owl puppets
This is an appealing and simple project for the very young. It's quite
fast too so it's a good idea to provide supplies for a number of owls.
You will need
• brown paper bags
• patty pans
• glue stick
• permanent marker
1. Glue patty pans and buttons to the paper bag.
2. Draw on a beak and wings and twist the top corners of the bag. Then
put over your hand to make a puppet.
3. Ella and I seem to find it difficult to stop at one, so we
constructed some little owl babies by cutting and taping some small
paper bags and using foil chocolate trays for eyes.
a serene bluebird
pensive little bluebird is even simpler to make than it looks. Once
kids get the hang of using a skewer to make holes in the polystyrene
they will happily come up with their own exotic bird species!
You will need
• two small polystyrene balls
• wooden skewer
• kid's pvc glue
• acrylic paint and brush
• match sticks
• googly eyes
• four feathers
Paint the polystyrene balls. I have found that this is easiest if you
skewer the balls first.
2. Attach head and body using half a matchstick and a spot of glue.
Then stick matchstick legs into the body.
3. Use a skewer to make holes for two wings, a tail and a feather on
the top of the head. Then stick in the feathers.
4. Glue on googly eyes and use half a match stick as a beak.
cute paper roll penguins
This adult and baby penguin make an extremely cute pair. So cute, in
fact, that my partner actually attempted to secret them into his bag so
that they could go and live on his desk at work! Unfortunately for him,
Ella's attraction to these little guys is equally strong and she
wouldn't permit him to take them from the house. A time-share
arrangement is currently being negotiated.
You will need
• a cardboard roll from paper
towels or cling wring
• black and white acrylic
paint and brushes
• kid's pvc glue
• black, white and yellow foam
sheets (or black, white and yellow cardboard)
• hole punch
• black marker
• sticky tape
1. Paint the roll black. When it's dry, cut it into two (making sure
that one of the pieces is larger than the other).
Cut out four feet and four flippers from black foam. Then cut out
another four feet and four flippers from the white foam by cutting
around your black foam pieces – leaving a margin of about
This margin is necessary as you need to stick your black pieces on the
white ones with pvc glue. Cut beaks from the yellow foam and use a hole
punch to make four white circles for eyes.
Just to clarify, here are the pieces for the big penguin:
And the pieces for the little penguin:
3. Glue the flippers, beaks and eyes on to the rolls.
4. Squirt a small amount of white paint onto each penguin's belly, and
paint a white tummy on each.
5. Attach feet to the bottom of the roll using tape.
6. And try to resist the cuteness!
newly hatched chicks
brand new pom pom maker to create these cute little chicks. Pom Pom
makers are small plastic forks that make pom pom creation quick and
easy. They're very cheap (our one cost $2.00) so if you enjoy crafting
with yarn I strongly recommend that you purchase one.
If you can't locate one, make your pom poms by using circles of
cardboard with the centres cut out – detailed instructions
found here. You can also purchase
packets of pre-made pom poms at good craft shops.
You will need
• fluffy yellow wool
• a pom pom maker (or
cardboard, tape and scissors)
• small googly eyes
• scraps of felt for beak
• hard boiled egg
1. Cut egg in half and carefully scoop out it's contents using a small
spoon. Glue the eggshell halves onto squares of cardboard so that they
2. Make two pom poms.
3. Trim pom poms so that they fit into the shell.
4. Glue on eyes and beaks and pop the chickadees into the eggshells.
• Make a pretty polly
• Construct a bird feeder
• Go feather collecting
• Make a nest and eggs from playdough
• Go bird watching with a pair of binoculors and a notebook
more ideas read my article on how to get
great mileage from a weekly theme.
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