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X For Xmas Popping Santa – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

For us, X always stand for Xmas. We have made some really lovely Christmas crafts but wanted to try something new this time.

This lovely Santa is always welcoming with open arms. Makes a wonderful craft for your child and also sits on your table to cheer you up. It’s fun to push him down and watch him pop right back at you.

Red, black and white craft paper
Marker pen
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started
1. Use strips of red paper and make an accordion fold which will help the Santa pop-up.
2. Make the body of the Santa, mittens and cuffs, pants as shown in the picture.

3. Also make a round face, beard, hat and eyes for Santa.

4. Glue the mittens and pants to the body as shown.

5. Glue the accordion fold into the lower half of the body.

6. Now fold the top half of the body onto the accordion fold. Your pop up body is ready.

7. Glue up the Santa face together and make a smiley with a marker pen.

8. Glue the face onto the body as shown in the picture.

Xmas Popping Santa.
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Your Xmas Pop-up Santa is ready.
Isn’t it fun to watch it pop!

Hope you enjoy it!

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G For Glue Drawing with Pastel Chalk – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

This craft is super interesting. Kids usually first draw with a pencil and color the picture but with this piece of art, kids either draw and then outline with glue or even skip using pencil and directly draw with glue. It definitely becomes more interesting to see how it all works out.

Colored chalk or soft pastels are used in this project. They are messy yet blend in so beautifully that I highly recommend having them in your kid’s art supplies.

Black chart paper
Bottle of fevicol
Pencil and eraser
Colored chalk/soft pastels

Let’s get started

1. Go alongwith your child’s ideas of drawing. We have chosen underwater theme here.

2. Let them draw with a pencil and then squeeze glue to outline the whole drawing.

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3. Let the glue dry up. It will take around 45 minutes to an hour depending on the size of your drawing and where you place it. We keep it under the sun and that sped up the drying process. To our surprise, the glue started turning transparent as it dried. Many of us I’m sure didn’t know of this.

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4. You have your canvas ready to be filled with colors.
5. Chalk colors create a lot of dust and also need blending with fingertips to even it out. 6. Make sure to cover all.the nooks and crannies inside each section made by the glue to cover the black paper.

Your Glue drawing is ready.

We have created a quick video when Eira created her underwater glue drawing.

Hope you enjoy it!

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F for Flipbook – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

A flipbook is an early form of animation that paved the way for many improvements in animation that we see on-screen today. It is a small book of drawings showing a series of pictures in progression form of movement so when the pages are flipped, they animate a scene and create an illusion of movement.

Flipbooks are hand-drawn and also digitally printed. They create the same effect and show a story or a scene. Flipbook animation has been around for over 150 years. Pierre-Hubert Desvignes created a version of the flipbook around 1860, though John Barnes Linnett, a British lithograph printer, was the first to patent the design. Linnett’s flipbook debuted in 1868 and was called the kineograph, which is Latin for “moving picture.”

Usually index cards are used as they provide the stiffness needed for easy flipping but sticky notes can be used as well. If trying to make our of paper, we have tried and tested it and they do not flip that well.

Sticky notes 20-25
Pencil and eraser
Black pen
Light source

Let’s get started
1. Light source is a device used by professionals to place their cards and draw as the image progresses. The light reflecting through the paper makes it easy to be seen on the next paper placed over it and draw the next proceeding image. We did not have a light source and neither did I plan to buy it. So we tried a DIY for it too. Under a glass table, we placed a mobile phone with the flashlight turned on which reflects ample of light. Eira was able to see through well as you can see in the video. You can even use your windows and place the sticky notes on them and keep drawing.

DIY light source for FlipBook
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2. Using the sticky notes, it becomes easier to start flipping from the bottom so your first image will be on the bottom most sticky note.
3. Rest of the sticky notes will be bent backwards. Now place the next sticky note on top the earlier one. Due to the light source, you can see how the drawing on the earlier note looks like and now draw a little further in your story.
4. Keep repeating this until you finish your story. I have mentioned only 20-25 notes considering kids. Once they master it, they can use the whole sticky notepad.
5. You can add some colors to make it more interesting.
6. Tape around the sticky base of the notes to secure them well.

Your FlipBook is ready. Your child will be super excited to see the story flipping in bits and parts.

Eira tried and tested many flipbooks with pieces of paper, sticky notes and different stories. The flipbook shared above is named “Blooming Life”.

The second FlipBook is called “Love makes us happy”.

“Love makes us happy” FlipBook
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Hope you enjoy it!

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