I saw this idea for weaving a sunflower and bookmarked it for future use as it's a definite A+. This simple, summer craft is inexpensive and time consuming enough to keep little hands busy for hours of happiness.
Using a sturdy paper plate cut approximately 25 teeth around the edge. It’s better to have it be an odd number of teeth for the weaving process.
Tape the end of a piece of yarn on the backside of the plate and bring it up over the top, between two of the teeth, so that the yarn rests in one of the grooves. Cross over the middle of the plate to the other side and the opposite groove. Wrap the yarn around and around the plate, groove by groove until all the slots are filled with a string then tape the loose end on the back of the plate for security.
Using a tapestry needle, begin in the center and weave in and out, around and around the plate as wide and beautiful as you'd like until you have a pretty sunflower. Add new colors as you'd like, use fluffy yarn or sequined string for special effects, you just can't go wrong and it's a great way to encourage small motor skills with young children (just make sure that needle isn't sharp).
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