These woven heart bags are traditionally made much smaller, filled with candy and hung on Christmas trees in Scandinavian homes. Making larger versions to collect cards and notes from friends and admirers is a great way to decorate for Valentine's Day. (And a perfect classroom craft!)
2 Pieces 22-inch x 28-inch poster board in two different colors Scissors Ruler Pencil Tape
Cut the Poster board to Size
Mark and cut an 8" by 28" rectangle of poster board, and then fold it in half to produce an 8" by 14" piece. Repeat with poster board in a second color.
Shape the Heart
Draw a half circle at the top of the rectangle, opposite of the folded end. Use a plate, bowl, or other round object to help you make a perfect circle if you are not happy with your freehand drawing results. Repeat on the second poster board.
Mark the Slits
Working on the folded end, use your ruler to make marks at 2 inches, 4 inches and 6 inches. Make these marks all the way up the length of the rectangle, stopping at the base of the curve. Then use the ruler to connect all of the dots along the 2-inch marks, the 4-inch marks, and the 6-inch marks. You should end up with three parallel lines. Repeat on the second piece of poster board.
Shape the Heart
Use your scissors to carefully cut along the curved edge you drew. The curve will end up being one of the humps on your heart. Repeat with second poster board.
Cut the Strips
Use your scissors again to cut along your three parallel lines. Repeat with second poster board.
When you reach the base of the curve that is opposite the fold in the paper, stop cutting!
Start to Weave
When both colors of poster board are cut and ready, lay them on a flat surface, with the folded ends facing each other. Labeled these "arms" if necessary.
Weave the First Arm
Open the arm labeled "4" and insert the entire arm labeled "A" into it. Slip arm "3" into arm "A, " and then open arm "2" and insert arm, "A" through that. Lastly, slide arm "1" into the open arm "A" to complete the first of four rows. It might sound complicated, but take your time and you will get it.
A Closer Look
This is a detail view of how to weave the arms into each other. Note how arm "A" is open, and arm "3" is inside of it. The next step would be to open arm "2" so that arm "A" can be inserted into it, as described in Step 9.
Once the first arm ("A") is woven through arms 1, 2, 3 and 4, grab arm ("B.") Note the color that is showing at "A4;" in the example, that color is purple. To correctly weave these checkerboard-style bags, start your second row with the alternate color, in this case, pink. Open arm "B" and slide arm "4" into it. Pinch arm "B" closed and insert it into the open arm "3." Open arm "B" and insert arm "2" through that. Finally, insert arm "B" into the open arm "1."
Don't Stop (be)Weaving
You are probably getting the hang of this now that rows "A" and "B" are woven into arms 1, 2, 3 and 4. As we did in the last step, note the color of the square showing in row "B" of arm "4" is pink. To start row "C" with a purple square, pull arm "C" through the open arm "4." Then, open arm "C" and insert arm "3" into it. Pull arm "C" through arm "2" and then open up arm "C" and weave in arm "1."
Weaving the Final Row
Slip arm "4" through the open arm "D" and then weave arm "D" into arm "3." Open arm "D" so that arm "2" can slide through it, then insert arm "1" into an open arm "D."
A Closer Look at Your Last Weaving Step
It often feels like there should be more to do at the final step in weaving, but once you tuck the last arms into each other, you are essentially done!
Adjust the Rows
With your fingers, arrange the rows so that they are neat, and don't show many gaps between the color changes.
Admire Your Work For a Minute
You just wove a heart. The only thing left to do is look inside to make sure it's woven correctly, and if so, add some handles!
Open the Bag
When you open your heart bag to look inside, it SHOULD open. If your bag doesn't open, one or more of the rows wasn't woven correctly, and you'll need to close the bag and retrace your steps until you find your mistake. If you open the bag and it opens, pat yourself of the back, you're a heart-weaver now!
Cut one 2-inch-wide strip of each color of poster board.
Attach the Handles
Tape handles to the inside of the bag.
Once you've completed your first heart, the next ones get easier and easier! Happy weaving!
- Megan Andersen