I have a folder on my computer that is overflowing with prints I want to purchase for my home. Sure, prints are more affordable than originals but when you have a whole house to fill with art, even prints can be a little too pricey. I would love to splatter my walls with a bunch of handmade drawings or paintings but since there is not an artistic bone in my body, that’s not a realistic option. I found this awesome paper weaving tutorial a few weeks back on The Red Thread and thought it looked like something I could handle. Turns out, I was right. This DIY is surprisingly easy and can be tweaked to create an infinite number of patterns. I chose to do a variation of the chevron print shown in the tutorial to match my bedspread and just love how it turned out!
Here is what you’ll need:
- Rotary cutter or paper trimer
- Assorted light card stock paper
- Rotary Mat
To start, you will need to measure the area you want to fill with your weaved art and draw a box in those dimensions. Make 1/2″ vertical marks at the top and bottom of the box and make cuts connecting the top and bottom inside the frame. I was working with an old rotary blade and had several mishaps so don’t worry if it isn’t perfect since you end up weaving paper over it anyway.
Cut 4-6 1/2″ strips from your colored paper. The strips should be as long as the width of your box because they will be weaved horizontally. My weaving box was 7.5″ x 5.5″ and I ended up using 4 orange strips, 4 dark gray, 2 light gray, and 3 white.
After you plan out your pattern, simply weave the strips over and under the vertical cuts. To see how to make a chevron pattern, check out The Red Thread’s full tutorial on Crafttuts+ . When all your paper is in place. Place tape on the back side at both ends to secure the piece.
I am currently in the process of refilling the frames we mounted above our bed in our (work-in-progress) master bedroom. I knew I wanted to make a few pieces of art to bring in some more orange so this project fit the bill perfectly. I have quite a few strips left over so I’ll probably play around with a couple other patterns since I had so much fun making this chevron one!
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