You know when your children make something and there is a buzz in the air because they’re so pleased with what they’ve made? This sun weaving which we made as a solstice crafts was one of those moments. The children loved the whole process and the end result. Here’s how we made them.
Sun weaving :: solstice crafts
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The whole project was made with recycled materials and craft scraps, starting with some cardboard pizza bases. I snipped around the outside to make some grooves to hold the frame for our weaving…
then handed then over to the children along with some ribbon and yarn in yellow, gold and orange colours.
A great place to look for ribbon is in the ‘left over’ bin at the craft store. We got all these for just over a £1.
The basic idea of the sun weaving is to use the yarn to make a framework around the cardboard base, and then add in a collage of ribbon to create your sunshine. Tie a knot at the back to get you started and then you can wind away.
The children found it easy to weave with the yarn all the way round, criss-crossing over however they chose.
You could step round the circle from one groove to the next to make a star pattern…
or free-style your way round, perhaps with an edge frame to finish.
Once you’ve made your web you can weave in more yarn or ribbon – as much or as little as you like.
I think this could be one of our all time favourites, the children loved it so much. They were so quiet doing the weaving, as they concentrated on creating their designs…
and then went running round the house with their finished sunshines, ribbons streaming!
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