We love paper craft here in the Mad House. Children enjoy being creative, and they are happy to spend time painting, sticking and cutting coloured paper making fun craft items at home. Paper crafting can be done with just a few stationery pieces that are inexpensive to buy. Try some of these simple ideas next time the weather keeps you and the kids indoors:
Paper Craft Ideas
If you are looking for some easy peasy paper DIYs then you have come to the right place These easy Paper crafts are so much fun and will be real sanity savers and fabulous ways to use up scrap paper.
1. Paper weaving crafts
Weaving can be used in many ways and is usually done with fabric or wool, but it can be done with paper too. Each child just needs two pieces of paper in different colours. Take the first sheet and fold it in half lengthways. Cut paper strips in the paper two centimetres apart, making sure to leave a frame around the edge of two centimetres that isn’t cut. Next cut the other sheet of paper into individual strips measuring two centimetres each. Now weave the individual strips in and out of the ‘frame’. Continue until the whole frame is filled up. Computer paper, painted paper, patterned paper and textured paper could all be used to make different looks. It is such a cute papercraft.
2. Paper mosaic pictures
Children can have fun tearing different sheets of paper into little pieces. Perfect for different types of paper including plain or patterned paper, old magazines, wrapping paper, construction paper, scrapbooking paper and used Christmas cards can be used to encourage recycling. Next, draw a simple design onto a plain piece of paper, such as a fish or bird or beach scene. Glue the ripped pieces onto the design to colour in the template and create an interesting picture. Experiment with varying sizes of torn pieces to see what effects can be created. You can also use cut up pieces of paper which is great for working on scissor skills. This is a great craft to work on creativity and you can use the finished mosaic as part of their bedroom decor. This is a fab craft for preschoolers as it helps with their fine motor skills and they always have a blast with glue.
3. Stained glass window designs
CCreate some colourful window panes and stick them to the patio doors for a bit of fun with the kids. Help them cut out frames using thin card that is easy to buy from cheap stationery suppliers it is great for their scissor skills. With paper glue, make the glass for the frames from coloured tissue paper or cellophane. Overlap different shades to see how the colours change on the leaves. Draw on some sections of tissue paper with a black pen to make interesting details. Why not Lookup stately homes online to give you some inspiration. We also have some amazing ones to inspire you.
4. Build a mobile using paper
Mobiles can be a team effort, and then end result can look really artistic. You will need a structure to hang the mobile from – an embroidery circle or a couple of coat hangers taped together are often used. Next think of a theme, such as birds, flowers or insects, you can get really creative or leave it abstract if you like. With the children, cut out multiple sizes and colours of the chosen theme from cardstock using scissors.
Mobiles look great if there are lots of items grouped together, so spend time making a selection of pieces, I love paper flower mobiles. Paint, decorate and enhance the pieces to make the mobile exciting to look at. Thread all the pieces together using black cotton, yarn, ribbon or even floss and fix them in place using clear tape. If this is done carefully, it could take a whole peaceful afternoon to make a beautiful work of art you could hang in the hallway or the kid’s room. We really adore this heart mobile from Buggy and Buddy, such an effective paper craft project.
5. Paper Masks
These can be made using paper plates or by cutting thin card into ovals with holes cut out for the eyes. Masquerade masks that just cover the eyes can also be made for a different style. Decorate the masks with pen, glitter, feathers, wool or scraps of fabric – whatever is available. The finished masks could be used to create a theatrical play at home, or they could be to hung to decorate a wall. You could have a Mardi Gras pa
Masks are not just for Halloween. These can be made using paper plates or by cutting thin card into ovals with holes cut out for the eyes. Masquerade masks that just cover the eyes can also be made for a different style. Decorate the masks with pen, glitter, feathers, wool or scraps of fabric – whatever is available. The finished masks could be used to create a theatrical play at home, or they could be to hung to decorate a wall. You could have a Mardi Gras parade with glittering masks or a robot theme that incorporates tin foil embellishments. The possibilities are endless!
Other Easy Paper Crafts Include:
Easy Paper Craft Kits
Perhaps you just are not a crafter but want to have some simple craft kits in to do on a rainy day. I have rounded up some of the best below:
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We also have some other fabulous ideas then take a look at our 100 indoor activities for rainy days.