Try our natural material wall hangings craft for kids and create one-of-a-kind decorations for your home.
What You'll Need:
- Sturdy cardboard
- Wild plant material for weaving (dried grass, strips of peeled bark, etc.)
- Craft glue
How to Make a Natural Material Wall Hanging:
Step 1: First you'll need to create your loom. Take a piece of cardboard just a little larger than the size of the weaving you want to make. Cut a row of slits in the top and bottom ends, making each slit one-fourth to one-half inch apart.
Step 2: Tie a knot in your string, slip the knot into one of the slits to anchor it, then run the string to the slit on the opposite side.
Step 3: Slip the string behind the cardboard to the next slit on the same side, bring it through, then run it across the board again. Keep going until the whole piece of cardboard is strung, like strings on a guitar.
Step 4: Now collect any kind of natural materials that are long and narrow, such as tall dried grass, strips of dried corn husk or cattail leaves, bark peeled from fallen twigs or long pine needles.
Step 5: Weave these materials in and out of the strings in any way that pleases you. When your weaving is done, slip the ends of the string off the cardboard. Turn your weaving over and glue the edges to keep the weaving together.
And now you have a natural material wall hanging that would be fit to grace any wall in your house!
Continue reading to learn more about our corn husk mats craft on the next page of nature weaving crafts for kids -- you'll find out how early pioneers made these sturdy mats by hand.