These adorable paper dragonflies are simple and easy to make, perfect for a sunny summers day with the kids!
What you’ll need
Double sided tape / glue
How to make our paper dragonflies
Cut out multiple strips of paper making sure each one is thinner and shorter than the last until you have a selection of strips similar to the ones in the picture above.
Take your largest strip and add glue or tape to one and the roll it around and attach it to the other end to form a circular tube. Repeat this step with all of your other strips. With the smallest strip you can flatten it slightly to create a long tail.
Stick all of the tubes together in descending order of size to create the body of the dragonfly.
Next you’ll need to cut out the shapes of your wings. To do this we folded a piece of paper in half then drew a wing from the fold and then opened it out to reveal our double wing shape.
Once you have your two wing shapes stick them together in a cross and then onto the body of the dragonfly
Finish off your adorable paper dragonflies by adding two Googly eyes and any optional facial features!
We just love paper crafts, they’re often simple and inexpensive and this cute paper snail craft didn’t disappoint! my snail obsessed son had so much fun making and playing with his own paper snails – they also look fab in his room too!
Here’s what we used
How to make this cute paper snail craft
Take the coloured card that you be using to make the snails shell and cut out a strip from each. The strips should be equal width but varying lengths, each of ours were 2cm apart in length to give us strips of 12cm, 14cm, 16cm and 18cm.
Take the strips and glue them together at one end…
Then glue the other ends of the strips together to make a rainbow like shape.
Take the two ends and glue them together to create the circular shell.
Next take the card that you will be using to make the body of the snail. Cut out a strip the same width as the shell strips. Round off one end with Scissors to make the snails tail and then cut two little stalks on the other end, before attaching an eye to each stalk.
Fold a small section near the eyes to make the head. Finish off your cute paper snail by gluing the snails shell onto the body, aren’t these just the cutest!
My 1yo loves to join in with our crafting but ofcourse some of the things we make are a bit above her ability level. So today whilst my other monkey was off playing I decided to set up something for us to make together. This easy paper plate snail was perfect, I cut out the shapes, she did all the fun sticking bits and doesn’t he look great!
You will need
Snail coloured paper
To start you will need to cut out the shape of your snails shell. Cut out a small slope shape starting from the centre as you can see above. This gives you a slot to place your snail’s body.
Once you’ve cut out your paper plate cover it in pva glue and then layer on your ripped up pieces of tissue paper. Once you’ve finished decorating your snail brush a light layer of pva glue over your tissue paper to secure it down. Its also makes the shell look shiny too!
From your paper cut out the L shape and antennae of your snails body.
Glue a googly eye on the end of each antennae and then use your black marker to draw your snail a big smiley mouth.
Use a generous dab of glue to secure the shell to the front of your snail. Once dry your paper plate snail is finished!