Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 Days of Crafting: Hip Paper Weaving

An easy way to recycle left over wrapping paper, ribbon, and other materials from Christmas, is to make art out of it.  I love paper weavings, it is a great way to introduce children to the principles and elements of pattern, repetition, and texture.

From my art education experience, a target age for this project is age 8 or 9. Third or fourth graders will love exploring their materials, and will better grasp the weaving concept.  Preschoolers and Kindergarteners will need plenty of assistance and pre-preparation.

The Weaving Concept

Take some time before beginning to explain to your child how fabric is woven.  Show them a diagram of a loom where there is a warp (vertical lines) and a weft  (horizontal lines).  

To begin, gather any paper that has a pattern, text, or cool texture. I found some shiny tape, fun wrapping paper, ribbons, yarn, etc...

Use 12x12" card stock to make a paper loom.

Cut the warp lines with an Exacto knife.  *Do not let any child use an Exacto knife*

Leave the warp blank, or embellish with fun tape.  I bought patterned masking tape at the local craft store.

When finished, add a dot of hot glue on the end of each weft.  This ensures loose end will stay secure.  Finally, frame the masterpiece and hang on the wall.

Do you recycle your Christmas trimmings?  If so, share your project ideas.

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