I have to confess, that there are not “many paper plate crafts” on Red Ted Art yet. I am not sure why, but paper plates are not something we have in our house. But it was it was time to change that……… especially as it is such a fun material to work with. The first thing we decided to have a go at, where those gorgeous Paper Plate Weaving crafts. Weaving is something we have wanted to do for a while and combining it with a paper plate is just perfect. (We are really “into” using wool for crafting at the moment. So wonderful.. and lots of Pom Poms made!!). So here we are with our Paper Plate Weaving How To…
Note: this Paper Plate Weaving project was first shared in April 2014 – we have since updated it and republished it for your convenience!
Paper Plate Weaving Materials:
- A paper plate
- Wool of different colours
- optional – plastic needle for guiding
Paper Plate Weaving How To:
I did all the paper plate weaving PREPPING for the children. If you are doing this with older kids, they should manage this themselves. I made one with LOTS of petals and one with 11.. I think the 11 is better for younger kids to manage.
1) Begin by marking out an UNEVEN set of “petals”. It has to be uneven in order for the weaving pattern to work and keep going round in a nice neat loop. I confess, this was the most “stressful part for me” – argh, how to get the uneven number of petals in? I turned my paper plate round and marked it with dots of where to cut. Then counted them, shuffled them up a little and tried again. But to be honest, it isn’t rocket science, if you end up with a fatter or thinner petal so be it. I does not have to be 100% accurate. I then cut into the side of the plate. Once I cut all round, I shaped the petals.
*note: some peoplemake a hole in the centre, and thread all the wool through in “pairs”. Which is fine, but does give you a “messy” back.
2) Take your wool and place it between your first two petals. String it across to the more or less opposite corresponding slot. Move it behind that petal and forward again and find the next corresponding slot. Again, it isn’t exact science, but try a couple and see which looks neatest.
3) For the final piece, I made a small hole at the centre, pushed the wool through and the tied it to beginning end.
4) Now you are ready to weave. The beginning of a weave is always hardest, as you find your way around the pattern. Again, for younger kids , you may well want to start them off on this. Once it looks easy to do, they can carry on.
5) The rest is “easy”… weave in an out and change colours by tying pieces of wool together until you have woven as much as you like! The kids did their in spurts. Their concentration didn’t last do do a whole plate in one go. But this is a new activity for them and they are still learning. I think an 11 petal plate is definitely best.
Once you have pastered paper plate weaving, you can experiment – maybe add colour to your plate itself? Or incorporate your plates in bigger pieces of art…
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Now you and the kids have mastered the basics of weaving, I also love the idea of these super simple sewing cards: