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How-To: Geometric Weavings

Got some yarn or string in the apartment? Turn it into a cool geometric work of art with this easy How-To workshop. Create your own colorful abstract wall piece by deconstructing and transforming a cardboard box and weaving it with yarn!

What you’ll need:

blade
cereal box or cardboard box
bright colored yarn
hole punch
masking tape
needle
permanent marker
paint
scissors

Steps:

1. Start with an empty cereal box. Cut off the lid at the top or tape the lid closed. Use a permanent marker and draw a geometric shape, like a triangle or rectangle, on both the front and backside of your box.

2. Use a blade to cut out the two shapes. If you’d like to, paint your box one color, and let it dry.

3. Use a hole punch to make holes above and below the shapes you cut out. Make sure your holes are at least ½” from the bottom and the top of the box, and at least a ¼” from the edges of your shape.

4. Fold the box back together and tape along the bottom.

5. Time to weave! Pick a hole at one corner of the box and begin to weave the yarn with a tapestry needle by pushing the needle through the holes, up and down.

6. Once you reach the other end of your shape, change the color of your yarn by tying a new piece of yarn to the old yarn end in a knot.

7. Begin weaving back across your “loom” using your different colored thread or even varying your direction by how you connect the holes with your thread. You can do this with 3 colors or more! Once you finish, repeat these steps on the shape on the other side of the box.

Share your geometric weaving with us using #sharewithCMA! How-To Tuesdays are published on our blog every other week, so check back soon for a new project!

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