Paper Weaving Craft for Kids

Weaving paper was one of my favorite crafts to do as a kid. It was really fun to see ordinary paper transformed into a paper weaving masterpiece! Introduce this simple craft to your kids and enjoy the results.

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Paper weaving is a fun no-mess craft for kids. It is a great fine motor skills activity as well. The results of paper weaving are so pretty to look at and lots of fun can be had trying to come up with new weaving patterns to create new and interesting designs.

SUPPLIES FOR PAPER WEAVING

You will need:

paper weaving tutorial

PAPER WEAVING TUTORIAL

1. Take your first piece of paper and fold it in half. Cut the folder paper in half but don’t cut all the way through. Leave the last inch or so uncut.

2. Next, cut the two halves in half again so you now have four equal cut sections.

3. Cut of of the sections in half again, so now there are eight equal sections.

how to weave paper

5. Unfold the first piece of paper and you now have a page that has evenly spaced slots for weaving.

6. Take a second piece of paper and cut it in the same way as the first, but this time cut it all the way through so that you are left with eight strips of paper.

7. Weave the strips of paper through the slots in the first piece of paper. To achieve a checkerboard formation, start by weaving the first strip of paper under then over the slots. For the next strip of paper, alternate the pattern ie start the second strip by weaving under then over.

8. When you have finished weaving, fold the ends of the strips to the back and tape them down with adhesive tape.

Hang your paper weaving masterpiece on the wall, use it to cover a recycled jar for storing pencils or turn it into a pretty birthday card.  

Experiment with different colors. To achieve the ombre look you see in our photos, we use paper strips in three different shades of blue. You can also try different paper weaving sequences to achieve chevron and other patterns!!

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9 Comments

  1. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing it with Afterschool!

  2. Thanks for the great step by step instructions with photos! I had the basic idea down, but lost a few of the important details to make this easier!

  3. I really like the tutorial — this is a simple craft, but if you’re forgetting a few details it can be very tricky. Pinned – and thanks for sharing with After School!

  4. When I was doing my teaching rounds I worked as an Art teacher for 6 months and we did a whole school weaving unit, set at different levels of difficulty, etc, for the different ages of the children. All the pieces then came together at the end and make the most incredible collage of woven pictures. I’ll never forget it! We’ve not done any paper weaving yet so thanks for the reminder and the tricks to make it all work easily. I’m featuring this post on learnwithplayathome.com today. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Tots 🙂

  5. I love weaving – as a child I remember paper weaving and as an adult I have taken up weaving with yarn. Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week and to let you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

  6. This fun project is featured at CAL link party this week. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  7. Love how easy it is and how pretty it turns out. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library. I am featuring it on iGameMom.

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