Monday, June 6, 2016

Rainbow Paper Plate Weaving Project

I've been a bit down in the dumps lately.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe it's because of all of the transitions happening in my life... or lack of sleep... or both.  Hopefully I'll feel better once summer starts.  In the meantime, I've been doing quite a bit of crafting to cheer myself up.  Recently I took my love of rainbow crafts and combined it with my love for paper plate crafts to make... tada!  This lovely rainbow paper plate weaving craft!

Let's Weave a Rainbow!


Weave a rainbow! Fun Rainbow Paper Plate Weaving Art and Craft Project for kids
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A Little Background and some Tangents...


This craft was inspired by Cassie Stephens' awesome woven tree art projects that she did with her 3rd graders.  (If you haven't seen this art project, you need to check it out.  Seriously.  These kids did some gorgeous work!)

Instead of doing trees, I made myself a rainbow.

Oh! It's time for 2 random tangents:

1)  At my son's preschool they have this lovely poem that they say every day with the kids:

Chase a few rainbows
Swing on a star
Keep your face to the sun
And be the best that you are. 

(Lovely, isn't it?  Good advice for kids and adults too.)

2) And... if you are like me and always on the lookout for good books... here are our 15+ favorite books on rainbows:



Ok! Let's Weave a rainbow!


First, I cut a paper plate in half and painted it with tempera paint to look like the sky.

Notes:

  • Usually I encourage using cheap paper plates for crafts, but this time you need to use nice thick sturdy ones.
  • I added clouds later on.  It made the sky look nicer that way, I think.

Weave a rainbow! Fun Rainbow Paper Plate Weaving Art and Craft Project for kids


Then, I cut out 7 slits on top of the plate and 1 slit on the bottom.

Then, I created my loom with some yarn.  (I tied the two ends in the back.)

Weave a rainbow! Fun Rainbow Paper Plate Weaving Art and Craft Project for kids

Then, I started weaving the rainbow, starting from purple first.  I tied on the purple strand to a grey one.  Then, I wrapped masking tape around the other end of my purple yarn to help me weave faster.  To weave, I simply went over, under, over, under, etc...  To change colors, I tied on the next color yarn.

Weave a rainbow! Fun Rainbow Paper Plate Weaving Art and Craft Project for kids

Once I finished, I tied on the red strand to a grey one.

Weave a rainbow! Fun Rainbow Paper Plate Weaving Art and Craft Project for kids

And that's it!

I really hope you enjoy making this craft with your kiddos too!

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