First Time Visitor?

Be sure to visit Pop Up Lessons/How To Books

to review the basic techniques of pop up making.

Fun and Fresh Books & Crafty Things

Jan 17, 2011

Woven Paper Discs

These little circles are quick and easy to make.

woven paper circle

There was a garland of woven discs by Papermode all over the Web just before Christmas.

woven paper garland

I kept thinking the weave looked vaguely familiar and finally made the connection back to plastic lace lanyard weaving. (Depending on when and where you grew up, you may remember it as Rexlace, gimp, or Boondoggle.)

While I have no great burning desire to make enough for a 16' garland, I did make enough to lace together for a bracelet.

woven paper bracelet

How to weave a paper disc

Cut 4 strips of paper. Length needs to be somewhere between 14 and 15 times as long as the width. (3/4" wide by 11" long would be good for the garland discs. I used 3/8" by 6" for bracelet size discs).

Fold each strip in half.

woven disc

Weave together to form center square. If you don't know how to do this, detailed instructions are here.

woven disc

woven disc

Turn woven square on the diamond.

Start diagonal weaving first side. Pull top strip straight down (blue). The edge of the strip will be on the center line of the diamond.

woven disc

Pull second strip (olive green) straight across from right to left.

woven disc

Pull third strip up (lighter blue).

Pull last strip (bright green) across from left to right and slide under the first strip. Pull strip through and tighten.

woven disc

woven disc

Flip weaving over and weave the back side the same as the front. Weave the longer strips, the one you did not use on the front. When you finish, the two strips of the same color will be stacked, one on top of the other.

woven disc

Now, before weaving a second time, you will mark where the strips will be trimmed off.

Pull the upper and lower strips across in the position they will be woven.

woven disc

Pull the side strips across, also in the position they will be woven.

woven disc

Mark the first set of strips where the second set crosses.

woven disc

Unfold the strips.

Now fold the side strips across first, and then the top and bottom strips. Mark where the strips cross.

woven disc

Unfold all the strips and cut on the lines you marked.

woven disc

Weave the strips.

woven disc

Flip the piece over. Fold and mark the cut lines on the strips.

woven disc

woven disc

woven disc

Trim the strips and weave.

woven disc

woven paper circle

handmade projects

Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.