Weaving Mat Wall Hang

wall hang weaving mat

Weave a beautiful mat to exercise fine motor skills. But don’t stop there! Turn the weaving mat into a gorgeous wall hang with a few simple modifications. 

Age: 4+

Duration: 15 minutes

Learning Objectives: Encourage fine motor development with weaving. Learn about the multicultural significance of weaving mats. Use multiple media to create a step-by-step project. Sort through weaving mat strips to find the appropriate colors and matching patterns.

wall hang weaving mat

You’ll Need:

R16019 Placemat Weaving Mats

R2170 Brilliant Beads

• Yarn

• Hole punch

• Scissors


wall hang weaving mat

Pop out all the strips from the paper backing and separate the scored lines in the weaving mat. Weave the first strip to the farthest edge. Start by weaving the strip over then under each of the weaving mat flaps.

wall hang weaving mat

Alternate the start of the next weaving strip by going under then over.

wall hang weaving mat

Fill the entire length of the weaving mats with paper weaving strips.

wall hang weaving mat

Turn the weaving mat vertically and punch two holes at the top, and four holes at the bottom.

wall hang weaving mat

Cut lengths of string and tie them to the holes punched into the bottom of the weaving mat.

wall hang weaving mat

Thread one of the Brilliant Buttons onto the lengths of string. Push the button halfway up the length of string.

wall hang weaving mat

Re-loop the length of string through the bead hole and pull.

wall hang weaving mat

Restring and reloop the beads all the way down the string. Secure the beads in place with a knot.

wall hang weaving mat

Continue down the rest of the weaving mat. You can alternate the beading or do patterns, depending on how long you make your string lengths.

wall hang weaving mat

Here’s a look at the different designs you can create with the Placemat Weaving Mats!


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Craft Spotlight: Brilliant Beads


Following our series of posts about our beading wonders, including the Fancy Stringing Rings last week, today I’m going to showcase a bit about our Brilliant Beads! 

R2170 Brilliant Beads come in a bright assortment of colors and shapes. Besides basic small round beads, there are some that resemble flowers while others look like geometric shapes. You can talk about each of the shapes to your students as they sift through them.


You can also sort by color. Pick out similar colors and observe the different shapes that make up that color group. Get students to describe the beads with practice vocabulary.


At the Art Camp last year, our campers designed their own super-long necklaces and brilliant bracelets. To prevent groups of beads sticking together, we got the campers to use pipe cleaner as the thread for all the beads.


Here’s another shot of some lovely jewelry!


Use Brilliant Beads in a variety of projects, not just for jewelry! Check out the video below that shows you how to make your very own bead-paintbrush. This “paintbrush” will add a provide your students with a new technique for painting!


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