Here at A Spacious Place we like group art projects of all kinds. This one is especially good for groups that benefit from the calming, repetitive, fine motor coordination of weaving.
We did these in the colors of the Irish flag to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and added some shamrocks for additional flair. 🙂 But you could do these in any colors for any holiday, or maybe in your school colors, or really in any color combo you’d like!
Here are Kaye’s notes to help you get set up:
- To prep the materials, use an Exacto knife to cut 2″ slits horizontally across 12 x 18″ green construction paper. Then, using a paper cutter, cut 2″ strips (vertically) from 9 x 12″ white and orange paper.
- With a heart-shaped hole punch, I cut hearts from green-patterned scrapbook paper. With the tips turned inward, 3 hearts make a shamrock and 4 a four-leaf clover.
Let’s get to making!
With you green paper on the table horizontally, take a strip of white or orange paper and begin weaving it through the green paper, alternating over-and-under:
Add the next strip weaving the opposite pattern, under-and-over:
Keep adding strips in white and orange until you’ve filled up the green paper:
To secure your paper strips in place, glue the ends down with a glue stick:
Now it’s time to decorate! Take three or four of the green hearts and fold them in half for a 3-D effect:
Place the hearts on the white and orange squares of your weaving. Glue them with the bottom of the hearts pointed inward to make a shamrock or four-leaf clover!
Then add the stems with a green marker:
Your weaving is ready to display for the holiday!
What crafts did you do to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day? We’d love to hear, leave a comment below!