Paper crafts, especially woven paper, are as popular as ever, reaching back as far as the pasted paper chains sometimes seen on old Christmas tree photos. The childhood paper crafts enjoyed by generations of children have evolved into an enormous number of products made of paper. In fact, a British designer, Paul Smith, sells a men's woven paper hat as part of an upscale designer line of men's accessories.
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Woven Paper Crafts
Detailed instructions exist for making nearly any flat project from woven paper. Some of these ideas are so simple that they are recommended for preschool children, but instructions for making a woven paper hat as a craft project are either non-existent or non-accessible. However, instructions for making some three-dimensional projects from woven paper do exist and may be adapted to create hats.
Looking Beyond the Flat
Woven paper projects for children always include the use of construction paper of at least two colours. The first paper is cut in strips vertically, or horizontally, almost all the way through both ends. Contrasting paper strips are woven in and out of the base strips in order to create a simple, two-color woven pattern that can be used as a desk blotter, placemat or other flat decorative accent. Some instructions include the idea of wrapping the woven paper around another object such as a juice can in order to create a woven paper pencil container.
Adapting the Size
If a piece of woven paper the size of construction paper will cover a small can, a larger piece of woven paper will easily wrap around a cylindrical lamp base or wastebasket. Fastening the woven paper will require the use of glue or tape, the unfinished edges of the paper might be bound with a contrast colour strip of paper or tape, and the whole project called a woven paper wastebasket or lamp.
From Cylinder to Cone
After grasping the concept that a flat project might become a cylinder by taping or gluing the ends of the woven piece, it is not difficult to imagine adapting the cylinder to make it a cone, especially if the cylinder is large enough to fit on a child's or adult's head. The cylinder itself may resemble at hat, but some adaptation will transform the cylinder to a cone. Overlap the ends of half the cylinder to form a point, secure the new overlap with tape or glue and behold, a clown. Attach a scarf at the apex to crown a princess, or make matching woven paper hats for all the guests at a birthday party.
Try a Basket Pattern
Among many basket patterns, most are square or rectangular, but one adaptation suggests beginning a basket with a large circular piece of posterboard, large enough to draw another smaller circle in the centre. The whole piece needs to be about 24 inches in diameter; the smaller circle at least 10 inches in diameter. Cut 1 inch slits extending from the outside edge to the inner circle and fold these strips upward. Weave paper strips in and out to form the sides of the smaller circle, thus forming a basket. Without the handle suggested, this circular shape is a hat. Add a brim or a bunch of flowers made of poster paper or construction paper to make the transformation complete.
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