Woven Greeting Card

This project is adaptable for all ages... the youngest children can use one piece of paper and cut slits into it, and older children can weave with more varied sizes and shapes. Either way, it's sure to be beautiful and appreciated!

  1. Ages: 5 - 8

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. Messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Another project for Maddie's treasured new stack of paper! She chose one for the card, and four others to make the weave. We cut out lots of paper strips to get started.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    For a simpler project, make parallel horizontal cuts across a piece of paper, stopping 1" from the edges. For our more advanced version, we lined up paper strips on a table and taped them to the table along the top edge. This made our paper "loom". Okay! Ready to start!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    She wove strips over and under until the "loom" was full. After she remembered how it was done (it had been a while since our last weave), it went very quickly!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    When she was done, we carefully flipped up the finished paper (it was still attached to the table),

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    got the tape,

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    and Madeleine started taping the back to keep the weave from falling apart.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    When the weave was secure, she drew a flower shape on scratch paper. Maddie cut it out,

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Step 8

    and I traced around the template onto her woven paper. (It was kind of tricky for her to trace with all of those bumps.)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Step 9

    It's ready to cut out!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 9

  • Step 10

    When it was cut into the desired shape, we looked for any pieces of the weave that were loose, and used a glue stick to glue them down.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 10

  • Step 11

    Maddie folded a piece of paper in half to make a card. Then she arranged her weaving on the card...glued it down...and trimmed it with a bit of glitter glue and ribbon.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 11

  • Done!

    It's all done. Now who gets the first one?

    Photo reference of how to complete step 12

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