Paper Weaving Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students will become familiar with the basic principles of weaving and artistic design. They will then create several paper weaving compositions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify the basic components of a woven object
  • Understand and apply various weaving patterns
  • Apply the principles of color and design to weaving


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.


Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.


  • Slideshow of woven textiles
  • Several colors of construction paper
  • Printed examples of various weaving patterns


  • Begin with a slideshow of woven textiles. Explain to students that weaving is one of the oldest art forms of the world, and while it is generally done with yarn it can be done with other materials as well.
  • Draw a simple sketch of a weave pattern on the board. Explain that the threads run in two directions, vertical and horizontal, as set onto a loom. Label the vertical threads as the warp. Label the horizontal threads as the weft.
  • Tell students that they are going to create a weaving utilizing paper. It may be helpful to prepare one ahead of time to use as an example.

Paper Weaving Activity

  • Provide multiple stacks of colored construction paper. Ask students to select two colors.
  • Tell students to take one sheet of paper and fold it in half horizontally. Instruct them to draw a horizontal line one inch from the edge of the paper. They will then cut vertical lines from the crease to this line. Unfold the paper. The edges of this paper will represent the loom, while the strips in between the vertical cuts are the warp.
  • Students will then cut inch thick strips of paper in a second color. These should be about nine inches long. If you wish to save time, you may prepare these strips ahead of time. Tell students that these strips represent the weft.
  • Students will take the first weft thread, and start by weaving it over and under alternating warp strands. The next weft thread will be woven under then over. Have students continue this alternating pattern until they have created a complete checkerboard-pattern weaving.

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