DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Woven Mexican Place Mats
Thanks to Darren for sharing this craft idea with us!
This craft offers children an opportunity to learn the basic of weaving -- it's a great project for themes other than Mexico as well (just use the colours that go with the season or theme you are doing).
You can make a larger version to use as a Mexican blanket or Poncho.
- one 18" x 12" piece of construction paper.
- this larger piece will become the background color for the placemat
- 16 strips of construction paper in a single color or multiple colors
- these strips should be 1 inch wide by 12 inches long
- Optional: clear contact paper.
- Take the large piece of construction paper and fold it in half across the width.
- Use your ruler to mark inch wide spaces all along the folded edge.
- Do the same along the open edge but the marks should be 1 inch from the edge of the paper.
- Draw a line connecting the marks.
- With the paper still folded and starting at the fold cut along the lines being careful to stop one inch from the open edge.
- Unfold the paper to reveal the loom that you have created.
- Weave the one inch strips through the loom. If you are using multiple colors be sure to alternate them for the most colorful effect.
- Glue the ends of the strips to the edges of the loom to hold them in place.
- Use clear contact paper to 'laminate' the placemat and extend its life.