Weaves of Gold

Why

Weave golden sticks through paper printed with gold leaves. This wall hanging is a natural to make an impression!


Steps

1. Research weaving. Learn about its importance in cultures throughout history. Find out how weaving continues to be an important industry.


2. With an adult supervisor, collect fallen leaves from plants or trees. Gather several fallen sticks that are slightly longer than construction paper. Choose only those items that are safe to handle. Wash hands.


3. Use Crayola® Markers to divide construction paper into four sections. Color each section.


4. Cover your art area with newspaper. Brush the underside of a leaf using Crayola Premier™ Gold Tempera Paint and a Crayola Brush. Press the painted side down on one section of the paper. Lift the leaf. Repeat with leaf prints in all four sections. Paint several sticks with gold paint. Dry.


5. With Crayola Scissors, cut several strips in the printed construction paper. Cut to within a thumb's width of one edge of the paper. Do not cut strips all the way through.


6. Weave the golden sticks into the paper. Insert the first stick under the first strip, over the second and under the third. Continue across the row. The second stick will be inserted over the first strip, under the second, and over the third. Continue across the row. Repeat until the paper is filled.


7. Turn over the weaving. Run masking tape across the open end of the strips to secure them. Turn weaving to its front. Glue another gold stick to each end with Crayola School Glue. Dry.


8. Attach a hanger of raffia, ribbon, or yarn to the top of your weaving.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points

Adaptations

  • Students with special needs may appreciate some initial help as they become independent with weaving.
  • Use Crayola Multicultural Markers to color the paper for an earthy look. Add raffia or dried weeds to enhance the natural feel of the hanging.
  • Make wall hangings with cloth. Design the background with Crayola Fabric Crayons. Cut into strips. Weave sticks into a pattern.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Markers
  • Premier™ Tempera Paint
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • leaves
  • paper towels
  • masking tape
  • container(s) of water
  • twigs
  • raffia

Overview

grades

  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Visual Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students gather information about the history of weaving.

  • Students discover how important weaving has been to people through time and realize that it is still a viable craft and industry in modern society.

  • Students demonstrate their knowledge of weaving by producing a paper wall hanging woven with gold painted sticks and decorated with prints of golden leaves.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards