Cut + colour spiral paper snake

Hello, do you remember the paper octopus I posted recently? Well here is another ‘scissor skills’ project aimed at younger children (my sons, now 7 & 8 enjoyed making them too).

Cut + colour spiral paper snake

This is a great project if you are working with larger groups of children because you can photocopy the sheet. For best results I would recommend printing the template onto thin card.

Cut + colour spiral paper snake



To make the snake simply print the template, colour-in and then cut along the dotted lines.

Happy crafting!

DIY Hexbug Draw-Bot

Hello! I saw this lovely post by hello wonderful and really wanted to make a draw-bot but the vibration motor and coin battery holder were expensive and not available in the UK. My sons and I had a big think and came up with the idea of using a hexbug instead.

DIY Hexbug Draw-Bot

Most of the materials you need for this project may already be laying around at home – a small drinky yoghurt pot, small felt-tips, tape & elastic bands (loom bands work well). We had some hexbugs already but you can pick up non-branded versions from pound shops making this a really affordable experiment.

DIY Hexbug Draw-Bot

The yoghurt pot version goes slower and is more stable, you can also attach your pens straight onto your hexbugs and let them roam.

DIY Hexbug Draw-Bot

DIY Hexbug Draw-Bot



DIY Hexbug Draw-Bot

When you have finished drawing don’t forget to set your hexbug free! You can also use your designs for wrapping paper.

DIY Hexbug Draw-Bot

Origami fortune teller (aka chatterbox!)

Remember these? I used to spend loads of time as a kid making paper fortune tellers. I’ve been making them with my little ones lately and they like them as much as I do.

Remember these? Origami fortune teller (or chatterbox)

I’ve designed this fruity version if you want to have a go! I’ve left the message area blank – it’s more fun to write your own I think!

If you are not sure how to use a paper fortune teller then check out this video by Liam. (By the way my colours are pink, purple, red and orange – represented by the fruit!).



Remember these? Origami fortune teller (or chatterbox)

It seems that fruity designs are everywhere at the moment – look out for more fruity DIY’s and a fruit related crafty envy post next week.

Remember these? Origami fortune teller (or chatterbox)

Remember these? Origami fortune teller (or chatterbox)

Remember these? Origami fortune teller (or chatterbox)

Remember these? Origami fortune teller (or chatterbox)

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Good quality A4 white paper

HOW TO
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1. Print out the template (see below). Set your printing preferences to ‘text and image’ or ‘photo’. Cut carefully around the outside of the templates.

2. Fold in half along both diagonals.

3. Fold the first corners into the centre (be as accurate as you can).

4. Continue with the other three corners.

5. Flip the paper over. Fold the first corners into the centre.

6. Continue with the other three corners.

7. Fold the fortune teller in half along the vertical line, as shown.

8. Fold the fortune teller in half along the horizontal line, as shown.

9 & 10. The four corners should naturally start to pop out – this is where you put your thumbs and index fingers.

11. Write your secret messages….and play with your friends!

TEMPLATES
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Origami fortune teller (aka chatterbox!) [pdf]
Happy crafting

Kate ^_^