How stunning do these sunflowers made by paper plate weaving look? We are big fans of yarn crafts and weaving here. I have tried and failed at knitting and crochet in the past, so love crafts that are achievable for everyone and this paper plate weaving is a super craft.
How to make Paper Plate Weaving Flowers
Wool – UK Link/US Link
Paper plates – UK Link/US Link
Plastic needle – UK Link/US Link
Scissors – UK Link/US Link
Washi Tape – UK Link/US Link
360 degree protractor (UK Link/US Link)
How to make a paper plate flower weave
You can make your flowers have lots or few petals. You just need to make sure that you have an UNEVEN number of petals.
Maxi loved working out the size of the petals. It is a simple maths project. We decided on 11 petals. So divided 360 (the number of degrees in a circle) by 11 and then marked them out on the rear of the circle. It helps to find the center of the plate to do this. We then extended our marks to the edge. We love our 360 degree protractor (UK Link/US Link).
Using those marks, we then cut the petals. If you have younger children then you might want to do this for them. We shaped our petals.
Now is the time to add the warp threads to your paper plate. We made a small hole in the center for the wool and then wrapped it around each of the petals across the plate before tying it off at the back. We used colour that blended with the plate for this.
Then we started with the weaving. To make it simpler for children we used a plastic needle with a large eye for the wool. You could use a bobbin for older children (you make one by anchoring the end of a 5- or 6-yard length of brown yarn by winding it around your forefinger a couple of times. Then wrap the rest of the yarn around your whole hand. When you have about a foot left, carefully pull the wound yarn from your hand. Wrap the loose end around the center of this yarn a few times and tie it to secure). Tie the end of the wool to one of the yellow threads to secure it.
The weaving process is simple. You go under and over the warp (yellow) thread. We used a variegated brown for the center of our flower as we were making sunflowers.
How beautiful would a wall of paper plate sunflowers look in a classroom!
We added ours to sticks that we had wrapped with washi tape and taped them to the back of our paper plate sunflowers.
Other paper plate crafts
- Paper plate clock with moving hands
- Paper plate nests
- Paper plate food plates
- Paper plate chick
- Paper plate rainbow garden
- Paper plate plain in the clouds
- Paper plate fox
- Paper plate badger
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This is such a great idea! These would really brighten up our conservatory. I am going to create our own.
Oh these look awesome, I saw some like this on Pinterest the other week. Very clever.
Very interesting craft idea – well done
they are so beautiful. I might just make these with the kids
What a fantastic idea – they look so affective as well. x
Love this! So easy yet so effective
aw I wish my two still enjoyed crafting – these are fab x
these look fab – love sunflowers! Such a clever craft to do – I wonder if I can get my two to try it? xxx
love this clever craft idea – we have lots of wool – and I simply adore sunflowers x
These are brilliant, especially as the Sunflower is my favourite flower x
These look really great! I adore the pot that they are in too 🙂
These are fabulous, thanks Jen. You really are a font of knowledge. Mich x
Oh these are brilliant – they look so effective. I love the matching jar too! Kaz x
These look great – I think Isaac would love to do this
we grew sunflowers in the garden this summer, which are now slowly leaving us again my little one isnt best pleased about it. Might give this ago so she can keep them going until next year. thanks for making it easy to follow!
Such a great idea! We love simple crafts at home and this looks like a perfect afternoon craft.
What a wonderful idea Jen. It sounds like it’s a great activity for keeping little ones busy too. I can imagine it keeping POD occupied for a little while at least!
oh me and my kids love crafting and i know they would love to try this
what a superb idea a perfect craft anytime
what a superb idea a perfect craft anytime
Oh my! This looks such fun! My 4yo has been looking for a yarn craft and I reckon she could do this! Going to pin it!
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