Crafting with Kids: Paper Weaving

February 20, 2016

Today's craft comes from our annual Black History Celebration which was held Saturday, February 6th. In the Children's Department, we offered crafts and coloring pages for the duration of the event. The kids had a great time weaving paper strips to make a beautiful and colorful "paper" kente cloth

You can do it, too! Here's how:

  • You'll need the pieces of large black construction paper (our paper measured 12 inches by 18 inches).

  • Fold the paper in half like a book, mark a line 1 1/2 inches from the open end, and mark lines every 1 1/2 inches along the fold line.

  • Using scissors, cut from the folded end to the line just before the open end, so that the slits are inside the paper, and not cut all the way through.

  • For the weaving strips, use an assortment of brightly colored construction paper (either the smaller 9 inches by 12 inches or the larger 12 inches by 18 inches will work) and cut strips 1 1/2 inches wide by 12 inches long.

  • After weaving the bright paper strips over and under the black paper (alternating starting over and under), you can use a glue stick to attach each end of the colored paper to the black paper.

That's it! You can leave it plain or adorn it by drawing with markers or crayons, or you could glue sequins or ribbons to it. You can look at what the different colors mean and read a story about weaving after you are done. Kente Colors by Debbi Chocolate and The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth by Margaret Musgrove are both excellent choices.


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