Weave a Placemat
What you will make:
Turn a sheet of construction paper into a placemat with paper weaving.
These simple to make colorful placemats will brighten your table. Turn
any meal into a special occasion, whether it's a family dinner, a birthday
or a party, by weaving up a set of placemats. Figure out the number of
placemats you want to make and a color theme. Now it's time to get
This project uses basic materials and is great for family,
classroom or group craft time. This is an especially fun and fast craft
for kids and parents to do together!
Related crafts: For weaving with yarn, see the
Weave a Pincushion
and Handwoven Bookmarks craft projects.
To make a greeting card with a woven design, see the
Paper Weaving Cards
Woven Heart Valentines craft projects.
Here's what you need:
- Colored construction paper, 9" by 12", in two coordinating colors
- Optional: Paper trimmer, empty ball point or bone folder
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This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Weave a Paper Placemat
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project, then gather the materials needed for making the
placemat. To make the craft go faster, pre-cut the paper
- Step 2: Select and Cut Paper
Select two colors of construction paper that go well together and
contrast with each other. One color of construction paper is for the
mat and the other for the weaving strips. Cut three 9" by ¾"
strips from the weaving strip construction paper.
Tip: White and just about any color with work,
as do complementary colors like blue and orange, red and green, or
yellow and violet. Analogous color combinations are also very
Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. They
are naturally in
high contrast with each other and exude high energy.
colors are near each other on the color wheel, have a cheerful
effect, reflect color schemes found in nature, and create color
harmonies that are pleasing to the eye.
- Step 3: Fold, Mark Lines and Cut
Slits for weaving in paper strips need to be cut in the placemat
- Fold: Score a fold line 2½" from one of
the short ends of the construction paper. Use the tip of your
scissors to score the line or an empty ball point pen. Fold the
paper on the score line.
- Mark lines: On the paper that is folded
over, mark a line 1" from the the paper's long edge. Next, mark
a series of lines that are ¾" apart that go from the fold
to the marked line. Mark the first line 1" from the bottom.
There will be 10 lines total.
- Cut: Cut on the marked lines from the fold
to the vertical line. Unfold the paper and smooth the fold.
- Step 4: Weave Paper Strips
Weave the paper strips into the slits cut in the placemat.
Starting from the back, bring the first strip up through the first
slit and down through the second slit. Continue weaving the strips
up and down through the slits. At the end, adjust the strip so it is
even with the placemat edges at the top and bottom, and pushed to
the left side of the slits. Do the same for the second strip but
start from the back at the second slit and finish with the ninth
slit. Weave the third strip like the first one.
Tip: It is much easier to weave the third strip
if the first two strips are pushed to the left in the slits.
- Step 5:
Arrange the strips so they are evenly spaced in the slits. Center
the middle strip in the fold. Be sure the strips do not extend
beyond the edges of the placemat.
Turn the placemat over and glue the ends of the strips, top and
bottom, to the placemat. Trim strips, if needed.
That's it! Your placemat is ready
for the table!
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