Paper Art Crafts


Let the sunshine work its magic with this solar print craft.
Let the sunshine work its magic with this solar print craft.
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Crafts are an excellent way to keep yourself busy and keep your mind active as well. These paper art crafts for kids are easy to do and can be finished in no time. Children of all ages, family and friends can work together and help each other create something new and exciting.

In this article you will find detailed descriptions of how to make paper art crafts and there are pictures to help give you an idea of what each finished paper craft should look like.

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Try to not to completely duplicate what you see in the pictures. If your imagination takes you in another direction, don't hesitate to follow it.

Confetti Picture Craft

Does your drawing need a little something extra? Jazz it up with this confetti picture craft.

Tissue Paper Craft

This tissue paper craft is perfect for kids. Take various colored tissue paper and make something memorable.

Solar Print Craft

Add a little sunshine to your picture and see what happens. This solar print craft truly sparkles.

Positive and Negative Cutout Craft

See both sides of the picture with this positive and negative cutout craft.

Pyramid Pictures Craft

This pyramid pictures craft will teach you how to add layer upon layer of detail. Once you start it'll be hard to stop!

Art in Pieces Craft

Break your art into sections with this stimulating craft.

Seasonal Silhouette Collage

Whatever your favorite season is, celebrate it with this fun seasonal silhouette collage!

Cartoon Evolution Craft

Try this cartoon evolution craft and alter your favorite cartoon characters into something futuristic.

Self Portrait Craft

This self portrait craft is an excellent way to make a picture of yourself that someone special to you can treasure for a long time to come.

Patriotic Collage

Get out the red, white and blue and make a patriotic collage you'll never forget.

Paper Weaving Craft

Is your wall looking a little too bare? If it is, why not dress it up with this fun paper weaving craft? You'll be glad you did.

Weave a Paper Plate Craft

Take a plain paper plate and turn it into something special with this fun weave a paper plate craft.

Why not jump right in and start with the confetti picture craft on the next page?

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Confetti Picture Craft

Sprinkle confetti dots on your picture.
Sprinkle confetti dots on your picture.

This confetti picture craft is similar to pointillism except instead of painting the dots, you're using colored paper dots to create your picture.

What You'll Need:

  • Hole punch
  • Assorted colors of construction paper
  • Small dishes or containers (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Craft glue
  • Heavyweight paper

How to Make a Confetti Picture:

Step 1: Punch out dots from different colors of construction paper to make confetti dots. If you want, keep the colors separate in small dishes or containers.

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Step 2: Draw a picture, such as a bouquet of flowers, on a piece of paper. Fill in a section of the picture with glue, and sprinkle one color of confetti dots over the glue.

Step 3: Let the glue dry, then shake the paper to remove the excess dots.

Continue coloring your picture with more dots. If you want to be more precise, glue single dots in place, one by one, to "paint" your picture.

Continue reading to the next page and find out more about a fun tissue paper project.

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Tissue Paper Craft

This tissue paper craft takes something simple and turns it into something special. Don't be too careful when you're tearing tissue paper. Your goal is to make soft, fuzzy shapes that blend.

What You'll Need:

  • Colored tissue paper
  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Craft glue
  • Old paintbrush
  • Blunt scissors

How to Make the Tissue Paper Craft:

Step 1: Tear colored tissue paper into many pieces. Set the torn paper aside.

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Step 2: Draw several egg shapes on a piece of drawing paper. Mix equal parts of water and craft glue together.

Step 3: "Paint" the mixture on each shape. Now place torn tissue paper pieces on each shape over the glue.

Step 4: Coat the tissue paper with the diluted glue. Let it dry. The tissue paper creates a bright and fuzzy "paint" for your eggs.

Step 5: Cut the eggs from the paper, and hang them up for Easter decorations.

Continue to the next page and learn more about a solar print craft. You'll be glad you did!

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Solar Print Craft

With the sun's help you'll make some amazing pictures.
With the sun's help you'll make some amazing pictures.
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The prints you will make from this solar print craft are fun to make and pretty enough to hang in your living room! All it takes is a quick trip to a craft store

for the special paper and some pretty flowers or leaves.

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Solar prints are a special kind of photography that use sunlight to create images on paper. The pictures you will make will be an outline of the items you choose, so pick leaves and flowers with interesting shapes.

The flowers and leaves will block the sunlight, so the paper under them will be white while the exposed paper will be a pretty dark purple.

What You'll Need:

  • Light-sensitive paper (also called sun-printing paper)
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Ferns
  • Water
  • Dishpan or square cake pans
  • Clothespins or newspaper

How to Make a Solar Print:

Step 1: After choosing the leaves and flowers, fill the dishpan with water and set it aside. Arrange your leaves and flowers on the light-sensitive paper in an interesting design.

Step 2: Take the paper outside on a sunny day (with the leaves and flowers on it), and expose it to bright sunlight. It should take about five minutes.

Let the sunshine work its magic.
Let the sunshine work its magic.
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Step 3: Remove the flowers and leaves, and put the paper in the dishpan of water for another 5 minutes. The water "fixes" the prints.

Step 4: Once the prints are done, you can hang them to dry on a clothesline using clothespins or lay them on newspaper, face up.

All sorts of possibilities exist with this solar print craft. Challenge your friends and family to be visually creative!

Continue to the next page to find out more about our positive and negative cutout craft and see both sides of the picture.

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Positive and Negative Cutout Craft

A finished positive and negative cutout.
A finished positive and negative cutout.
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See both sides of the picture with this fun positive and negative cutout craft. You'll never run out of ideas and you'll want to do this project again and again.

What You'll Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

How to Make the Positive and Negative Cutout:

Step 1: Cut a 4x4-inch square from construction paper. Cut a shape into each side, saving the cut-out pieces.

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Step 2: Place the cut square and the cutouts on another piece of brightly colored construction paper. Arrange the cutouts in a mirror image of the square's side shapes.

Step 3: After you've positioned the pieces, glue your design to the construction paper background.

Experiment with all kinds of shapes. You can even glue small cutouts in the center of bigger ones. Or you can tear out the pieces instead of using scissors to cut them. After you've created several cutouts, make them into a collage or frame the finished pieces.

Find out more about about a pyramid pictures craft on the next page. Once you start building a picture, it'll be hard to stop.

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Pyramid Pictures Craft

Have fun making a pyramid picture.
Have fun making a pyramid picture.

Try something a little different with this pyramid pictures craft. By overlapping several pieces of colored construction paper, you're building a picture to create depth.

What You'll Need:

  • Assorted colors of construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Craft glue

How to Make a Pyramid Picture:

Step 1: Cut a small rectangle from a piece of construction paper. Draw an object or design on it.

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Step 2: Cut a slightly larger rectangle from a different color of construction paper. Glue the small rectangle on top of the larger one. Add more detail to your picture.

Step 3: Then cut an even larger rectangle from another color of construction paper.

Step 4: Glue the previous rectangles on top of the bigger rectangle.

Draw more designs around your picture. Repeat the process as often as you like to make a pyramid of pictures. The possibilities are endless!

Learn how to take a picture apart and then bring it back together with this fun art in pieces craft on the next page.

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Art in Pieces Craft

This picture is beginning to take shape.
This picture is beginning to take shape.
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One picture is worth 1,000 giggles when you try this art in pieces craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Old magazines
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Drawing paper
  • Craft glue
  • Colored pencils

How to Make the Art in Pieces Craft:

Step 1: Find a picture you like in a magazine. Draw a large square around it, then divide it into nine equal squares. Cut out the small squares.

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Step 2: On a piece of drawing paper, draw the picture from one of the cut squares; you can even turn the square upside down to concentrate on the lines. As you draw, concentrate on the spacing of the lines rather than the outline.

Step 3: Repeat this drawing technique for each square.

Step 4: After you're done drawing, cut out the squares, reassemble your picture on a piece of paper, and glue the squares in place. Color in your picture.

Here is a finished art in pieces craft.
Here is a finished art in pieces craft.
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Learn how to celebrate your favorite season with a fun seasonal silhouette collage on the next page.

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Seasonal Silhouettes Collage

A wintertime seasonal collage.
A wintertime seasonal collage.
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Think about each season's different colors and various holidays, then use the shades of each season to make a seasonal silhouettes collage.

What You'll Need:

  • Colored tissue paper
  • Craft glue
  • Brown and black construction paper
  • White colored pencil
  • Scissors

How to Make a Seasonal Silhouettes Collage

Step 1: Glue pieces of colored tissue paper -- reds, oranges, and yellows for fall -- all over a sheet of brown construction paper.

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Step 2: Using a white colored pencil, draw a fall shape on a piece of black construction paper. You might draw a tree, a pumpkin, a cornucopia, or a ghost. Cut the shape out.

Step 3: Glue the silhouette over the tissue paper. Make a frame out of black construction paper, and glue it over the picture.

Make other sheets with winter, spring,

and sum­mer colors, and use black silhouettes to make seasonal scenes on tissue paper.

Do you like cartoons? Continue reading to the next page and learn more about the cartoon evolution craft?

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Cartoon Evolution Craft

Try the cartoon evolution craft and make something new.
Try the cartoon evolution craft and make something new.
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The cartoon evolution craft lets you imagine what your favorite cartoons could be with some tweaking. Find your favorite characters and turn them into something completely new.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspapers
  • Comic strips
  • Magazines
  • Old picture books
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • White paper
  • Pencil

Step 1: Go through newspapers, comics, magazines, and picture books, and cut out every picture of a cartoon character you find. Set them all out on a table, just to see exactly what you've found.

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Step 2: Glue your favorite to a sheet of paper. Then see what kind of updates you can make. Is Mickey Mouse on the page? Why not give him Spider-Man's pants?

Step 3: Add a little feline fluff by tacking on Garfield's tail. Is Mickey hungry? Maybe he'd like a taste of Popeye's spinach. Get creative. Then write a story about your new friend.

Continue reading to the next page and learn more about a self portrait craft.

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Patriotic Collage

Gather up symbolic objects and create your own picture with this patriotic collage.

What You'll Need:

  • Old magazines
  • Blunt scissors
  • Red, white, and blue fabric scraps
  • Craft glue
  • Construction paper

How to Make the Patriotic Collage:

Step 1: Look through old magazines for pictures of patriotic symbols such as the American flag, stars, bells, eagles, and historical monuments. You can also look for pictures of people saluting, soldiers marching, or lawmakers speaking.

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Step 2: Cut out the pictures.

Step 3: Cut scraps of red, white, and blue fabric into stars and stripes. Glue the pictures and the fabric to a piece of construction paper in a random arrangement.

Step 4: Cover the sheet of paper with the pictures and fabric pieces overlapping. Let the glue dry.

Continue reading to the next page to learn more about a fun paper weaving craft that you can hang from any wall.

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Paper Weaving Craft

Woven paper has color and texture.
Woven paper has color and texture.
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Try the paper weaving craft to create beautiful, colorful wall-hangings or decorations. Choose colorful patters and add a bit of patience, and soon you'll weave a craft worthy of a frame.

What You'll Need:

  • Assorted colors of construction paper
  • Blunt scissors
  • Ruler
  • Craft glue (optional)

How to Make a Paper Weaving Craft:Step 1: Cut out several 1-inch strips from different-colored sheets of construction paper, lengthwise. Fold another piece of construction paper in half.

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Step 2: Starting at the fold, cut straight, zigzag, or curvy lines about 1 inch apart to 1 inch from the edge of the paper.

Step 3: Open the paper, and weave each paper strip over and under each cut. Alternate colors of strips as you weave.

Step 4: Continue weaving until the paper is full. Trim the strips.

If you want, glue your paper weaving on a larger piece of paper and hang it on the wall.

Learn how to liven up a wall with the weave a paper plate project on the next page.

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Weave a Paper Plate Craft

Mark three-inch increments around the edges of the plate.
Mark three-inch increments around the edges of the plate.
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Jazz up a wall hanging with this weave a paper plate craft and use all sorts of trim -- some rough, some smooth, some shiny, and even some unexpected, such as wire.

Step 3: Starting about 1/2 inch from the outer edge of the plate at each of the

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What You'll Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Trims such as pony beads or feathers (optional)

How to Weave a Paper Plate Craft:

Step 1: Draw a small design in the center of the paper plate with markers.

Step 2: Use a pencil to lightly mark 3-inch increments around the edge of the plate to indicate spacing.

Step 3: Starting about 1/2 inch from the outer edge of the plate at each of the pencil marks, cut a 2-1/2-inch slit toward the center of the plate. Make sure you don't cut into your center design.Step 4: Weave pieces of colorful yarn through the slits. Change colors by tying one color to another. As you weave the yarn, thread on beads or tie in feathers.

Step 5: When you're done weaving the yarn, knot it in back and cut off excess yarn.

Now you have a finished plate that would liven up any wall!

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