Weekend Fun: Heart Weaving
Have a heart this week! Do you have a favorite book series or character? Perhaps you’ve fallen in love with Wilbur the Pig in E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web or a favorite cat character in Erin Hunt’s Warriors series, or maybe you like Elephant and Piggie in Mo Willem’s books.
Take a break from whatever you love – reading, playing, or creating art – to make a heart weaving to hang near your favorite things or give to someone you love!
How to Weave a Heart
What you need:
- Large sturdy paper, such as 12-inch scrapbooking cardstock
- Assorted strips of paper in various colors and weights
- 13 Assorted fibers such as yarn, lace, ribbon, or fabric strips no wider than half an inch
What you do:
- Fold the 12-inch paper in half and draw a large letter “C” on one side (see photo below).
- TIP: If you don’t have 12-inch paper, any large paper will work.
- Cut along the line and open it to see that you’ve created a large heart!
- Fold it again and cut slits from the fold almost to the edge (see photo below).
- Open it and lay it flat. The slits have created strips of paper across the heart.
- Take a strip of paper or fabric and start at the top of the center of the heart. Go under the first strip and over the second.
- Continue going under and over until you reach the bottom of the heart.
- Repeat on each side of that strip with a new fabric or paper strip until you’ve reached the outer edge of the heart. TIP: When using yarn, tie 3 lengths together at the top and weave them as one piece. TIP: Tie knots in the yarn, ribbon, or fabric strips to add texture.
- Fold the top strips that stick out over the top of the heart and tape them on the back of the heart.
- Let the bottom strips hang freely.
- Optional: Tie a charm, a bead, or a bow on the bottom of the center strip.
- To hang it, make a loop with a piece of yarn, ribbon, or fabric and tape it to the back.