When people think about paper weaving, they think about children making plate mats for Thanksgiving. I think that paper weaving is a great fine motor craft activity for children to do all year long. These fall art projects feature themes that could be associated with Thanksgiving. They could also be done right now.
Both of the fall art projects start the same way. A piece of black paper has horizontal lines cut into. The pumpkin project has lines that have been cut almost to the edges. The corn stalk stack has only a couple of lines cut in the center of the paper.
A traditional place mat has long strips of paper woven through it. These fall art projects start as full complete silhouettes of a corn stalk and a pumpkin. The corn stalk and pumpkin shapes were folded in half. The shapes were then cut into vertical sections. By having the paper folded you end up with pieces that will match symmetrically when you weave. The outside edges on both sides of the black paper will be just alike.The inside pieces on both sides will match too.
Once the sections are cut out you can start weaving. We started weaving the strips on the inside of each shape and worked our way out.
When we were sure that each section or picture strip was just where we wanted it, we glued it in place. I think these fall art projects would be great to make for a fall harvest event or a non-scary Halloween.
Here are some other wonderful fall art projects for this blog and others:
Leaf Suncatchers from Fun at Home with Kids
Leaf Hedgehogs from Crafty Morning