MAKE PAPER WEAVE PLACEMENT in 10 minutes
How to Make Placemats by Weaving Paper Strips
This is an easy craft project that can be done with younger children. It's also a fun way to prepare for any holiday meal because you can choose the colors based on the occasion.
Get inspired and choose materials.To get yourself started, you may want to visit a craft store. You can weave placemats out of ribbons, construction paper, heavier types of paper, and incorporate decorative materials like glitter, sequins, the sky is the limit. When you are done collecting supplies, be sure you have at least the basics - scissors, construction paper, glue, ruler, and laminating sheets if you want to preserve your placemats.
Cut one inch (2.5 cm) wide stripsof construction paper (your choice of colors).Start by cutting long strips in your chosen colors. For this tutorial, it is recommended that you cut 9 strips that are 12 inches in length. (Use the ruler.)
Cut the next batch of strips shorter than the first batch.Because you have 9 strips that are 1 inch wide, each strip in this next batch needs to be 9 inches long to create rectangle.
Place the long stripshorizontally and weave the short strips vertically.
- Glue or tape the ends of horizontal strips to one of the vertical strips, alternating top and bottom attachments.
- Weave the remaining vertical strips, securing their ends to the top and bottom horizontal strips.
Trim the edges.Alternately, you can cut the strips a bit long to start with, and leave the ends sticking out a bit, on purpose.
Laminate if desired.You can cover this project with clear contact paper to protect it for longer use, whether or not you mat it.
Review the steps presented in Method One to be sure you are familiar with how to weave a placemat.
Weave your placemat following the instructions in Method One.
Decorate your placemat with craft supplies.Add glitter, stickers, drawings, or cut outs from magazines to create a collage.
Laminate your placemat.
Create Your Own Chessboard
To create a chess board, choose two colors (light and dark choices are suggested for contrast) of construction paper or heavier material like felt or cardboard.
Cut 8 strips of the light colored material where all the strips are 2 1/2 inches by 18 1/2 inches long.
Repeat the cutting process for the dark colored material, creating the same number of strips with the same dimensions.
Place the dark colored strips in a row, lining up the edges.
Weave the strips as described in Method One.
QuestionCan there be a space between each paper strip?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIdeally, there shouldn't be, because when you remove it from the string, it might just fall apart. Try to weave the strips as closely together as possible.Thanks!
QuestionWhen I weave a shape, the strips come out. What do I do?Top AnswererTry using paper clips on the ends to temporarily stabilize the strips, or a small dot of glue.Thanks!
QuestionWhat other patterns can I weave?Top AnswererYou can make diamond shapes and triangles. A pattern featuring curved shapes can be difficult, because you are essentially working with pixel-like squares. You can also try using strips that are zig-zags.Thanks!
QuestionWhat else can I weave paper strips into?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can make carpet for a dollhouse.Thanks!
How do I make a placemat for kids out of cardboard?
- A good thing to do to make this placemat last longer (as an alternative to contact paper) is to laminate it. This will protect it for a very long time and keep if from water damage, etc. A downside of this may be that the placemat would become slightly slippery.
- Tape the strips temporarily while the glue dries.
- This placemat can also double as a checkerboard!
- These are quite pretty made from colored ribbon. You might want to stitch the perimeter instead of using glue on the ribbon.
- Tape the strips onto a flat surface before you start weaving then it will make it much easier to weave.
- Scissors are edged tools. They should not be handled like a toy, but are completely safe for people who are not abusing them.
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