Braided Bracelets

I’ve exchanged friendship bracelet projects for this round braid, which could certainly still look great on any wrist. After set up, there’s just one repeating step. MATERIALS • Yarn • Chip board, or clean food box • Scissors • Circle template, approx. 3.5″ wide               DIRECTIONS 1. Trace any cup to make a circle about 3.5″ wide. A little larger or smaller will work too. I used the … Read More

Paper Weaving

I find that paper is a good way to introduce kids to weaving as the patterns are more visible than with yarn. MATERIALS • Construction paper, 9″ x 12″ • Paper cutter • Xacto knife, optional • Ruler • Scissors • Glue sticks DIRECTIONS PREP: One large 9″ x 12″ sheet needs to be prepared for the background “warp”, the term for the parallel lines in a weaving. Parallel lines need to be cut 3/4″ apart … Read More

Beginner Weaving Project

I found my new favorite beginner weaving project that takes very little prep work, is inexpensive, and still makes a very pretty little work of art. The best part? It kept two very talky 4th grade classes engaged for a full 45 minutes today. In fact, it was even a couple of boys who were begging for more time to finish. That’s a good day in my book. MATERIALS • Burlap rolls (found at … Read More

Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

Did you know that friendship bracelets are made with six colors because that’s how many letters are in the word F-R-I-E-N-D? My school’s 4th graders once started the year off with a friendship theme, so I used the topic to teach students how to make make these, hence this tutorial to help me instruct 35+ students at once. MATERIALS • 6″ x 12″ chipboard or cardboard • Yarn, six different colors • Scissors • … Read More

Weaving Loom Board

I tried this craft stick loom project out last year and really liked it as an intro to weaving. The rubber bands did not tear if you pulled on them too hard, and they kept the strips of paper from falling out. Here’s a tutorial for those that would like some printed instructions. • View and download Craft Stick Loom Tutorial MATERIALS • Craft sticks, 5″ long size • Craft glue • Rubber bands, … Read More

How to Make a Round Braid

I’ve exchanged friendship bracelet projects for this round braid, which could certainly still look great on any wrist. After set up, there’s just one repeating step that is easy to learn and remember. MATERIALS • Yarn • Chip board, or clean food box • Scissors • Circle template, approx. 3.5″ wide           DIRECTIONS 1. Trace any cup to make a circle about 3.5″ wide. A little larger or smaller will … Read More

Paper Weaving ATC Cards

Call this a weaving sampler, it’s one way to introduce just the very basic idea of “over and under” to little ones. 1. Cut lots of cardstock cards that measure 2.5″ x 3.5″. Students fold them in half to measure 2.5″ x 1.75″. Using a scissors, they cut four slits on the fold, and open the card up again. 2. Cut lots of skinny strips that are 2.5″ wide, and randomly varying heights. Students … Read More

Burlap Weaving

Weaving lessons can come in many forms, the simplest being with just plain paper. My preference though is using actual fabric, and burlap has the most open and visible weave for beginners to work with. 1. Give each student a rectangle of burlap, about 3″ wide by 9″ tall. They are to pull about 5 threads from all four sides, one a a time, to make a decorative fringe. 2. To make some room … Read More

Cardboard Weaving Necklace

I saw this project on Pinterest thanks to Artrageous Afternoon, and loved it immediately. It’s a great way to make a little weaving project have more life than just sitting on a shelf or wall somewhere.   MATERIALS Corrugated cardboard Hole punch, heavy duty Old paper cutter, recommended Yarn Beads DIRECTIONS Cut chipboard to 2.5″ x 4.5″ or so. Four notches are cut in the top and bottom. Use a hole punch to make … Read More

Layered Paper Weaving

I’ve found the “over and under” concept of weaving is easiest to learn when using strips paper. Yarn gets tangled too easily and takes time to show patterned results. 1. This sample was made from Strathmore “Smooth Bright Construction Paper” tablet as it has sturdy paper in great colors. To create the “warp” paper, have an adult cut an even number of vertical cuts on one of the sheets with an exacto knife. (An … Read More

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