Today’s post written by Cassi from The Crafty Crow

Crafts don’t have to be complicated, just check out these simple yet fun activities that you can make with paper and scissors and some sort of adhesive – tape, glue, or staples.

For extra excitement and surprise, add some of these papers to your usual offerings: newspaper, wrapping paper, colored copy paper, junk mail, paper cups, paper plates, cereal boxes, magazines, butcher paper, wax paper, paper bags, tissue paper, origami paper, children’s menus from restaurants, used coloring pages, old greeting cards, used office paper, receipts, and old sheet music.

Have fun!

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1) Weave it!  Daisy Yellow has a nice post on weaving with paper and shares some amazing results. The finished piece can be used for placemats, coasters, cards, journal covers and more.

2) Fold it! This paper fan is a great way to practice the useful accordion fold. Get the details at Activity Village.

3) Tear it! Even the youngest children can tear paper :)   Cut out any simple shape, apply some glue, then have fun tearing paper and covering your shape. This torn paper heart is from Mama Bears Cub House.

4) Shape it! Cut paper into a variety of shapes then turn the kids loose to see what kind of pictures they can create. More ideas at Let’s Explore.

5) Curl it! This beard at No Time For Flashcards is adorable, what else can you make?

6) Loop it! The paper chain is a classic because it never grows old. Experiment with the size of the strips – little tiny strips to big fat wide ones – and with different kinds of paper. Coordinate it with a party theme and it’s the perfect decoration! This beautiful chain is from Fun With Mama.

7) Chain it! Did you practice your accordion fold? Now, you can put it to use and start making paper dolls. You can find this template at Stampington.

8) Experiment with it! Have fun making a 3 dimensional collage like this one from Color, Color, Color using lots of different techniques.

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You’ll find many more ideas like these at The Crafty Crow, I hope you’ll come by and say hello! If you have a project that you would like to submit then send it my way – details are in the right column on The Crafty Crow.

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