1. This craft is best suited for children in upper elementary and middle school.
2. If you do not have string, you can use yarn instead.
3. If you do not have paper plates, you can cut out a half circle from cardboard.
- Blue and white paint (tempera or acrylic)
- Paper plate
- Yarn in the colors of the rainbow
- Cut your paper plate in half. You will use one half for the craft and the other half to put your paint on.Cut 7 notches, equally spaced, along the curved edge of your plate. Cut them about 1 cm deep. Also cut one 1” notch at the bottom of the plate.
- Paint the notched plate blue. This will be your sky!Once your plate is dry, paint some clouds on it by dabbing white paint with your paintbrush.
- Make a knot in the end of a long piece of string. Slide the string into the notch on the bottom of the plate, so that the knot holds in in place on the back of the plate. Now take the string that is hanging loose and thread it through the first notch on the left.
- Bring the loose end of the string around the back of the plate and thread it through the notch on the BOTTOM of the plate again. Thread the loose end of the string through the next notch on the left. Repeat until you have threaded the string through all of the notches.
- Flip the plate over. Tie both ends of the string in a double know to secure it. Time to start weaving! Flip your plate back over so you are looking at the front. Take your purple yarn and start weaving it through the string: under, over, under, over, under, over.
- When you get to the end of the string, make sure you loop your yarn around it and weave it back through the other direction. Weave your purple yarn back and forth 4-5 times. If you yarn is loose, push it together so there are no gaps.
- Cut your yarn so it has a 2 inch tail. Tie this tail together with your next yarn color: blue. Continue the process the same way you did with the purple. Don’t worry about loose tails of yarn—we will take care of them later.
- Continue with all the other colors: green, yellow, orange, and red. One you are done, tuck all the loose tails of yarn underneath