Rainbow Weaving – Day 6 of National Craft Month March 2012

I can’t believe St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us. We don’t usually decorate for this holiday as much as for some others (Halloween, I’m looking at you!) But rainbows are always cheerful, especially near the end of winter.

For this craft, you will need a paper plate (I used one of the smaller ones), different colored yarn, a ruler, scissors, writing utensils, and a sharp cutting instrument.

We’re going to turn the plate into a pot for gold with a rainbow handle. Since we don’t want to completely separate the handle, we’re just going to cut out half of the inner circle.

Since we are not cutting through the outer edge, I used a utility blade to remove the piece. If you are working with a child, you can start the cut and have them finish with scissors.

To make it possible to weave the yarn, we have to cut slits in the handle. I drew lines and then cut with the utility blade.

Color the bottom of the plate black for the black pot.

Measure a length of yarn to see how much you will need for the weaving. I added a little on the end to make sure I had enough.

Cut the same lengths for all the colors you will be including.

Using the traditional over/under method, weave the yarn through the slots you cut in the handle.

Add a piece of yarn at the top for your hanger and voila! You’re ready to go. Kids can hang these from their door handles or in the window. You can also staple half a plate to the back creating a pocket for the leprechaun to leave gold, if you do that sort of thing in your family.

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