Weaving

Here's a collection of weaving crafts for kids of all ages, providing fine motor skill practice for little ones (cutting, weaving, sticking) and opportunities for more intricate designs for older children. The simpler paper weaving place mat projects can be adapted for older children and for all sorts of occasions - try weaving in natural materials, ribbons, braid or other bits and pieces from the craft cupboard.

Australia Day Placemat

Australia Day Placemat

Let the children decorate the table for Australia Day with these colourful woven placemats in green and gold!

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Autumn Placemat

Autumn Placemat

This placemat in Autumn colours makes a fun seasonal table decoration which the kids will enjoy weaving.

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Canada Day Placemat

Canada Day Placemat

Your table will look great for Canada Day with these patriotic placemats, and the kids will enjoy helping you to make them! You could ask the children to sign and date them and then laminate them to keep them for next year, if you like.

Chinese New Year Placemat

Chinese New Year Placemat

Get the kids to decorate the house with this cheerful Chinese New Year placemat, and have some fun weaving.

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Easter Placemat

Easter Placemat

The kids can have fun weaving this Easter placemat to decorate the Easter table with cheerful spring colours. We've use bright colours but the mat also looks pretty in pastels (or perhaps even some scrapbook paper).

Fourth of July Placemat

Fourth of July Placemat

Decorate your table for Fourth of July with these patriotic placemats, and the kids will enjoy helping you to make them! You could ask the children to sign and date them and then laminate them to keep them for next year, if you like.

Make A Woven Mat

Make A Woven Mat

People in western Africa wear clothes from a cloth made of thin strips of fabric woven together. Why not weave yourself a paper placemat in the colours of Kwanzaa?

MLK Day Placemat Craft

MLK Day Placemat Craft

This MLK Day placemat craft is symbolic of Martin Luther King's message - that all colours of people are equal.

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Paper Plate Mandala

Paper Plate Mandala

Who would have believed that a simple white paper plate could look so beautiful, and provide such a fun (and inexpensive) weaving craft for the kids? I would love to see a whole wall of these on display...

Paper Plate Spider Web

Paper Plate Spider Web

This paper plate spider web is just the thing when you have a pompom spider which needs a spooky perch! Younger kids in particular will enjoy the lacing activity.

St Andrew's Day Woven Placemat

St Andrew's Day Woven Placemat

Here's a simple paper weaving craft idea that makes a fun patriotic place mat for the St Andrew's Day table!

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St David's Day Placemat

St David's Day Placemat

The kids can decorate the table for St David's Day with this pretty St David's Day placemat in Welsh colours. This paper weaving is fun to do and very effective.

St George's Day Placemat

St George's Day Placemat

Here's a fun paper weaving activity that the kids can try, to dress the table in patriotic fashion for St George's Day!

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St Patrick's Day Placemat

St Patrick's Day Placemat

Get the kids to decorate the table for St Patrick's Day with this pretty St Patrick's Day placemat in Irish colours. This paper weaving is fun to do and very effective.

Valentine's Day Placemat

Valentine's Day Placemat

Your children can weave this Valentine's Day placemat in pretty colours to decorate the table on Valentine's Day.

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Weave an autumn loom

Weave An Autumn Loom

Why not weave an autumn loom to show off the treasures you collect on your walks during the season? We've also seen them referred to as "fairy looms" and they look fantastic on display in the garden.

Winter Placemat

Winter Placemat

This winter placemat in chilly winter colours is a paper weaving craft activity which kids of all ages will enjoy. It is fun to do and very effective, and of course you can add decorations and embellishments if you wish.

Woven CD Mandala

Woven CD Mandala

Here's a fun way to practise your weaving skills, and design a beautiful "mandala" for display. Younger children may need some help getting started with this craft.

Woven Heart Craft

Woven Heart Craft

This pretty woven heart craft is a little tricky to master but very effective - and once you've made one, you'll want to try more!

Woven Rainbow Craft

Woven Rainbow Craft

You'll need very simple supplies for this stunning woven rainbow craft, but all the kids we've tested it on really loved having a go at this and we think it looks fabulous on display. We also have a printable version of the craft instructions below.

Woven Snowflake

Woven Snowflake

This woven snowflake makes a pretty Christmas tree decoration and is fun for kids of all ages to make.  We've got some suggestions for variations below, too...

Woven Thistle Craft

Woven Thistle Craft

This interesting craft combines a number of techniques to produce a "woven" thistle with lots of texture.

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