Paper Crafts

Inspiration and tutorials for crafts done using paper.

Free May Day Window Transparency Template | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsI made a free May Day Window Transparency template to share with you all. I’ve been trying to make one transparency a month. Next month, I am hoping to get away from relying so heavily on a silhouette, but I really wanted to illustrate the May Pole in this template. Sola has no idea what a May Pole looks like in real life and probably never will. While it used to be that some of the local cities hosted May Day events in the past, it seems like May Day in the Seattle area has just come to be associated with protests, riots, road closures, traffic jams, looting, and/or violence. Still, I wanted her to see what one looked like, so I made this transparency.

If you are unsure how to make these types of transparencies, I previously posted general directions for making window transparencies with kite paper.

As always, these files are free for you to use for your personal use. I hope you enjoy them!

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How to Make a Shadow Puppet Theater with Printable Puppets | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Shadow Puppet Plays Putting on shadow puppet plays is a great way to encourage children’s storytelling skills. It’s also a great indoor activity for rainy afternoons when your child is going stir crazy to play outside. When Sola was younger, we used her play stands to put on shadow puppet shows. Unfortunately, when we moved, […]

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How to Make Paper Star Lanterns | Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Festivals of Light No matter what culture you are from or what religion you belong to, most holidays at this time of year have one thing in common and that is light. Whether it is a menorah for Hanukah, Christmas lights for Christmas, lights for Diwali, a crown of candles for Santa Lucia Day, or […]

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How to Make Botanical Handmade Paper | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making handmade paper for some time now. I like the idea of being able to recycle my own paper. Plus, this year I am trying a new approach to nature journaling. Instead of buying fancy journals, Sola and I will making our own journals and I thought […]

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Summer Crafts for Kids - Pinwheels | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

We’ve made DIY pinwheels for a few summers in a row now. They are an easy summer craft to make with children. Big pinwheels, like one Sola is holding above, make cute summer decorations, while smaller pinwheels are fun for kids to run around with. To make a pinwheel, you will need: Dowel 3/8″ thick, […]

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