Lesson Objectives: Students will learn about weaving with paper.

Time Required: 1 hour

Artist:  Daisy Taugelchee, Navajo Rug Weaver

Source: Deep Space Sparkle



Colored construction paper cut into 1 inch strips

White 12×18 construction paper (see Notes below)


Crayons, markers, or oil pastels



White copy paper

Scraps of colored construction paper


Discuss the history of weaving, specifically rug weaving. 


  1. Pass out the white 12 x 18 white construction paper and lay it vertically. Fold one ½ over the top of the other, like a book, and arrange the folded piece of paper so that the fold is at the bottom (towards you).
  2. Using a ruler, draw a line about an inch to an inch and a half horizontally across the top of the paper.
  3. Using a ruler, divide the paper into 1 inch strips vertically from the bottom of the paper to the line: not all the way to the top! (See diagram in binder.)
  1. Cut along the vertical lines to create strips, stopping at the top line!
  2. Open the paper and turn it horizontally. You should have 1 inch strips cut across horizontally with a solid 1 inch border on each side that is not cut through.
  3. Color each strip with crayons, markers, or oil pastels. Each strip can be a different color/pattern, or they can be variations on a similar theme. The student’s imagination is the limit!
  4. Select 2 different colors of the 1 inch paper strips. Using one, show the students how to weave using the over/under technique and sliding the paper to one edge of the paper. Using the second colored strip, reverse the over/under pattern to create the weave.
  5. Alternate the colored strips until the decorated paper is completely woven with paper strips.
  6. Turn the woven paper over and glue on a piece of white copy paper to the back to help anchor the strips in place.
  7. Draw an outline of a fish, using as much of the paper as you can for a good sized fish.
  8. Cut out the fish and turn it over so you can see the woven side. Using scraps of colored construction paper, cut out details to add to the fish: a tail, teeth, fins, an eye, etc. Glue on. 

NOTE: An alternative to decorating the 12×18 white construction paper with crayons is to paint it with tempera paint, adding designs with texture tools (check the Texture bin in the EA room). This is a quick step, but it must dry, so perhaps sneak it in at the end of an art lesson prior to beginning this lesson.