Lotta Fun With Puppets eBook

Lotta fun with puppets ebook for kids

Puppets are a great way to entertain the kids — get crafty making your puppets then get imaginative telling stories and putting on shows. My new eBook, Lotta Fun With Puppets includes 16 puppet projects, over 100 pages including detailed instructions with photos, templates and materials lists for each project. This eBook features the best puppet projects from Lotta Magazine with brand new puppet crafts. There’s finger puppets, hand puppets, shadow puppets, pop up puppets, marionettes, glove puppets and more. There’s even a no-sew doorway puppet theatre so you can put on a real show.

Lotta fun with Puppets gives you clear, step-by-step instructions, templates and material lists for each project. These crafts are doable (even for the least crafty parent) and mostly made from recycled items and stuff around the house. Some are designed to be made with your kids and some are so simple they can do it themselves.  Some of the projects would make brilliant handmade gifts for kids.

Lotta fun with puppets has over 40 different puppets to makeincluding crocodiles, dragons, giraffes, a fantastic fox, no drama llamas, a scarecrow, tinman, lion, dorothy and a witch, a bear, tiger, hippo, dog, a chicken, dinosaurs, unicorns, the three little pigs and a big bad wolf, monsters, rabbits, Santa, elves, nutcracker, leprechaun, werewolf, vampire, Frankenstein, robots, a dancing Christmas tree and a haunted house filled with ghosts.

There’s projects for Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Book Week and St Patrick’s Day.  A puppet for all seasons.

Lotta halloween and christmas puppets

Why an ebook?

  1. Everything you need is all in one place — one download from your inbox and you’re good to go.
  2. It’s perfectly formatted for you to print it at home. All the instructions are on one or two pages — not 22 like a blog post.  It’s more convenient and saves printer ink (just skip the big photo pages). I’ve even designed it so you can even print it as thumbnails (two pages one one) and it can still be read.
  3. Unlike the A5 sized magazine, there’s lots of room to give very detailed instructions with photos.  I can also include all the templates right there without need for extra visits to the website and further downloads.
  4. Sure… you could figure out how to make them from the pictures but I have already done all the trial and error and for the price of a coffee, you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle.

You can buy a copy right now for just AU$5 (that’s just US$3). Click here or the cover pic below to go to my store and purchase a copy.

This is a digital product. You will receive a PDF file that you can download straight from your email inbox.  It couldn’t be easier!

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Bleeding crepe paper unicorn

I know that unicorns are supposed to be white, but I thought a little process art would make this paper plate unicorn more fun and magical.  You may have heard of bleeding crepe paper art  — that’s what I’ve used to create some beautiful patterns on this project. This craft is very easy but turns out so good you might need to find a place for him on the wall.

THINGS YOU NEED

Paper plate, brightly coloured crepe paper, spray bottle with water, paper towel, scissors, glue, tape, glittery gold cardboard, thin gold cord, iridescent foil backdrop or shredded paper (from Kmart Australia), Lotta’s template

You don’t need the special bleeding crepe paper for this project.  I just used to cheapest dollar store variety, in nice bright colours, and it worked brilliantly.  There isn’t enough ink to leach out of pastel colours so don’t bother with those.

HOW TO MAKE

1.  Put some paper towel down on the table and place a paper plate, white side up, on top.

2.  Cut small pieces of crepe paper and place them all over the paper plate. Spray the crepe paper with water until it’s quite damp, but not soggy.  The crepe paper may move when you spray it. If you need to move it or press it down flat against the plate, use another piece of paper towel or wear gloves. If you touch it, you will dye your hands too.

3.  Remove the crepe paper to reveal the printed paper plate underneath.  You can create different effects by adding more or less crepe paper and the time they are in contact (i.e. removing when damp or waiting until it dries). Experiment a little until you get the perfect unicorn texture or make a whole blessing (that’s the collective noun) of paper plate unicorns.

Bleeding crepe paper on plate

4.  Print out our template and use it to cut the paper plate into a unicorn shape. From the unused half of the plate cut some more details like ears, nose and even eyelashes. (See the photo below).  Roughly cut out the eye and glue it onto a scrap of paper plate. Once dry, carefully cut it out.

5.   Cut a horn from some glittery gold cardboard. I wrapped some thin gold cord around to add some detail. Just glue one end on the back, wrap the cord around the notches then secure the other end on the back. (See the photo below.)

6.  I had an Iridescent Foil Backdrop from Kmart leftover from a party. It made a magnificent unicorn main. I held some together with masking tape and trimmed it off above the tape. You can repeat the process to create a thicker mane.

Of course, you can use some shredded paper or coloured wool to create a mane.

7.  Put everything together, using glue and/or tape, and you have a magnificent unicorn.

Looking for more art and craft projects for kids, check out my magazine.

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Flower pencils

A bunch of flowers that lasts forever — these flower pencils are a beautiful and useful gift for Mother’s Day.  They are blooming easy to make… here’s how.

THINGS YOU NEED

Lead pencils (we found some green ones at the dollar store), crepe paper (two colours — one for centre and one for petals), PVA or craft glue, scissors

HOW TO MAKE THEM

1. Add some craft glue to the end of your pencil and cover it with a square of crepe paper (fold it so it is three layers thick and won’t break).

2.  Cut a strip of crepe paper and fold in over so there are three layers and it is long enough to wrap twice around your pencil. Snip it about 3/4 of the way down, all the way along to create a fringed effect.

3.  Using this template — Lotta flower petals.pdf — cut the petals out of of crepe paper. Starting with the smaller petals, glue them onto the pencil, working your way around, overlapping the petals slightly.

4.  Continue adding the larger petals with a daub of glue until your flower is complete.

5.  Repeat steps 1-4 to make some more pencils in other colours.  Place them into your vase (ours was a milk bottle from the dollar store).

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A Lotta Easter Fun

Looking for easy easter fun for kids? For less than the price of a chocolate bunny, we’ve got you covered with this 35 page digital eBook. Inside are Easter gifts, puppets, games, toys, Easter bonnets and decorations — fun for kids of all ages (and their grown ups).

Lotta Easter Fun gives you clear, step-by-step instructions, templates and material lists for each project. These crafts are doable (even for the least crafty parent) and mostly made from recycled items and stuff around the house.

Why an ebook?

  1. Everything you need is all in one place — one download from your inbox and you’re good to go.
  2. It’s perfectly formatted for you to print it at home. All the instructions are on one or two pages — not 22 like a blog post.  It’s more convenient and saves printer ink (just skip the big photo pages).
  3. I can pack the pages choc full of cute, colourful Easter fun.
    Make & Play: Bunny popper games, Jumping Easter Bunnies and Easter Chick Puppets
    Make & Wear: Easy Easter Bonnets
    Make & Decorate: Egg Decorations, wreaths and garlands
    Make & Give: Recycled Bunny Pinatas and Bunny Baskets
  4. I can make it  look great — blog posts just don’t look that good when you print them but this little beauty is pretty and practical.

You can buy a copy right now for just AU$3.50 (that’s just US$2.50). Click here or the cover pic below to go to our store and purchase a copy.

This is a digital product. You will receive a PDF file that you can download straight from your email inbox.  It couldn’t be easier!

Leprechaun puppet

This amazing little leprechaun is made from a paper cup! He talks, he walks, he dances. Sure he doesn’t have arms… but he’s an Irish dancer so that doesn’t stop him having some mighty craic. Make your own leprechaun puppet for some St Patrick’s Day fun.

THINGS YOU NEED

Paper cup, A4 coloured paper (green, pink, orange, black), scrap of gold cardboard, scissors, glue stick, two plastic bottle tops, pair of googly eyes, cord (I used rainbow paracord from the dollar store), sticky tape, Lotta leprechaun template

HOW TO MAKE

1.  Cut your paper cup down evenly down the sides and fold the bottom in half.

2.  Now it’s time to turn this base into a leprechaun by decorating him with coloured paper.  Paper cups come in different sizes so we can’t give you a complete template.  Instead, use this template (Lotta leprechaun template) to help you get your paper to wrap nicely around the cup. Measure your cup and either add or subtract from the template so it fits your cup.  To start with, he needs a pink face, a green hat and clothes.

3.  Cut strips from the orange paper.  Glue one end onto the cup to create hair and a beard. Once the glue is dry, curl the ends with a pencil so they sit up nicely.

4.  Add the finishing touches — googly eyes with orange eyebrows, a golden buckled belt and a four leaf clover on his hat.

5.  Poke a hole in the middle of your bottle caps. Thread a piece of cord through the holes, tying a knot in each end to secure it.  Find the middle of your cord and tape it onto the back of your puppet.

Now your puppet is ready. To operate him, just place your hand on the ‘mouth’ at the back of the cup.

Love this guy and want to make more puppets? Check out my ebook Lotta Fun With Puppets for heaps of puppet projects (with complete templates and photo instructions).

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Yayoi inspired crafts

Get yourself a packet of dot stickers and get ready for some Yayoi Kusama inspired fun.  I created some Yayoi colouring pages for DIY Mag Issue One but after visiting the ‘Life is the heart of a rainbow’ exhibition at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art I was totally inspired to create more Yayoi inspired fun for kids.

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who has been called the ‘Princess of Polka Dots’. All her art, including paintings, installations, sculptures and fashion are absolutely covered with polka dots. Patterns, bold colours and fun interactive installations make Yayoi a great artist for kids to explore.

FLOWERS THAT BLOOM AT MIDNIGHT

Inspired by Yayoi’s sculptures ‘Flowers that bloom at midnight’, I have turned a plastic soft drink bottle into a fantastical, polka-dotted, science-fiction inspired midnight bloom that kids can make.

     

THINGS YOU NEED

Plastic bottle (I used a Coke bottle), spot stickers, craft foam, scissors, paint, paintbrush and tray, pipe cleaner, air drying clay, paper cup, colourful drinking straws (optional), craft glue.

HOW TO MAKE

  1. GROWN UPS ONLY: Cut the bottom off the Coke bottle. This will be come the flower.  Then cut off the sides of the bottle — these will become the leaves.
  2. Shape the bottle base into a flower shape with scissors.  Cut out two leaf shapes from the sides of the bottle.
  3. It’s time to paint your flower and leaves. Painting plastic can be tricky.  If an adult spray paints an undercoat of plastic primer it will be much easier. Otherwise it will take a couple of coats.
  4. Add dot stickers all over your midnight plant.
  5. Cut the eye shape from craft foam and glue it into the centre of the flower.
  6. Paint the paper cup which will be the pot for your plant.
  7. Roll a ball of air drying clay and put it inside your cup. The clay will create weight in your pot to make sure it doesn’t fall over.  Push the leaves into the clay. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and twist it around itself — this makes it stronger. Push the end of the pipe cleaner into the clay. Leave it to dry.
  8. If you want to cover the pipe cleaner and make it more colourful, you can slide some small cut lengths of drinking straws over the top. Leave the top of the pipe cleaner exposed.
  9. Glue the flower onto the top of the pipe cleaner.

  

COLOURING

I created a few Yayoi colouring pages for Issue One of the Colour DIY Mag. Here’s one I have resized to A4 that you can download as a free printable. Colour or paint the page, then use some small dot stickers to add Yayoi’s trademark dots.

MINI OBLITERATION ROOM

The Obliteration Room is an installation where visitors cover a white room with colourful dot stickers. It is heaps of fun, but unless you visit on the first day you don’t get the satisfaction of starting with a blank slate. So I thought it would be fun to create a mini obliteration room with a shoe box and some dollhouse furniture.

THINGS YOU NEED

Shoebox, white paint, dot stickers, dollhouse furniture

HOW TO MAKE

This one is easy. Paint your shoebox white (inside and out). Add some dollhouse furniture — if you a taking this seriously, you should paint it white too.  Now start ‘obliterating’ your room with dot stickers.

If you want to take this idea further, you could find a dollhouse at the Op Shop and paint it and the furniture white.

For more famous artist fun, featuring Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Klimt, Frida Kahlo and more, click here.

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