Paper Weaving Is A Fun Project
Weaving paper is always fun and really can make something plain into something really interesting. Most people understand the basic principle of paper weaving but here we will take it in a slightly different direction.
I always make tags whenever I give a present. A present without a tag just seems odd to me. Over the years I have developed loads of different ways to make tags and heart tags. So hear is another technique to make interesting tags for presents.
Once you can make a woven heart tag, you can adapt this to cards, name tags or placeholders etc.
The Things You Need to Make a Heart Tag
- Basic papercraft tools
- Red and pink heavyweight paper or card, 13 x 10cms or 5 and a quarter x 4 inches
Basic Paper Weaving Tutorial
This is really quite a simple and quick make. Just draw some arches on the coloured card, like in the pictures above.
Find something round to draw around. Then draw straight lines from either side of the circle, approximately twice the width of the circle.
And finally one line from the circle centre to the edge of the card again.
I think you can see how we are going to make a heart from these two shapes. Cut around the arch shape using a pair of scissors. Cut the line down the centre.
How To Paper Weaving
Now we need to simply weave them together. So take the red piece of card and lift up one red section and put the pink card between the red legs. Slide the red section going underneath out over the top of the other pink section.
It can be a little trick, but keep wiggling until the two arches are woven together as pictured above.
Securing The Woven Paper Pieces
Once you are confident you have the two pieces woven together correctly, you can use a cocktail stick and carefully apply some glue. Glue the loose flaps together.
Now we can simple poke or punch a hole and thread a piece of ribbon.
Write a charming message and you have yourself a fun, loving gift heart tag.
Woven Heart Shape Tag Conclusion
Once you have this basic idea. Try using contrasting patterns papers or different colours. Or even using the same textured paper for a more subtle effect.
Also you can try and cut more slits up the centre of the arches and do more complex weaving.
If you cut three slits on each half instead of one, you will have four legs or sections. Weaving these will be much more complicated but very rewarding.