I have been wanting to try to make the beautiful woven paper hot air balloons from PaperMatrix for a long time now, and finishing up the nursery gave me the motivation to give it a shot. PaperMatrix generously provides free pdf templates that you can print off, cut out, and weave into amazing 3D works of art.
If you have a Silhouette or some other kind of cutting machine, this project will be a lot quicker for you. However, it is definitely possible to cut this project by hand, and, honestly, it’s kind of a relaxing thing to do.
Copy paper is a bit flimsy for this project. A slightly thicker paper works better, but cardstock might be too thick. PaperMatrix has videos on their site to demonstrate the weaving technique, which are very helpful but may be a bit overwhelming if (like me) you have never tried paper weaving before. I would recommend just getting your hands on some paper if you are feeling confused. For me, it all made a lot more sense when I could play around with the paper a bit.
You will need some paper clips to hold your project in place while you weave.
At the end you simply secure your project with a little bit of glue. It’s really kind of amazing.
What do you guys think? Have you tried paper weaving? Is this a project you would tackle? There are some seriously fantastic projects over at PaperMatrix that I’d like to give a shot in the future. I may have to get a paper cutting machine first though.