Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Amidst The Rain A Woven Sun

The boy and I sat at home yesterday peering out at the rain, wondering what to do with our restless little selves... Surely something could bring smiles to our faces, brighten our dampened spirits, and keep us out of certain trouble... As it turns out, the answer came to us from our dear friend the recycling bin! Surprising, yes? Well, perhaps not...

Tutorial Woven Cereal Box Sun

You will need:

A cereal box
Several bits of variously coloured yarn
Plate or round thing to use as a template
Pair of scissors
Hole punch

1. Trace out your plate or chosen round thing onto the cereal box.

2. Cut out the circle.
3. Using a ruler and pencil, create a wagon wheel pattern on the cardboard circle. Draw a circle 1/2 inch (13 mm) from the edge of the cardboard circle. Also draw out a small circle in the center of the cardboard circle.
4. Using an exacto knife and ruler, cut slits along the spokes of your wagon wheel. When cutting your slits, do NOT pass the lines created by the drawn edge and inner circles.
5. Make a "yarn needle" by cutting out a little cereal box rectangle, rounding off one of the short ends and punching a hole into the other short end. Tie your first bit of yarn into your "yarn needle". The bits of yarn don't have to be very long; a couple of feet (~60 cm) will do nicely, but you can make them as long or as short as you like.

6. With the tail end of your yarn in back of your work (unlike we've shown here), begin weaving the yarn into your circle, in and out, in and out. The yarn needle helps make this go quite smoothly for little fingers. Go around as many times as you wish with your first colour. When you've gone around as many times as you like, secure the start and end of the yarn with a knot in back.
7. Continuing with the next colour, weave in and out as before, this time going over and under the opposite spokes as you would if you were weaving a basket. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you've filled your circle.
8. Create a perforated line at the edge of your circle using your hole punch.
9. Stitch a piece of yarn into the perforations to finish off the piece, using the ends as a hanger.


1. Additional steps we'd have taken to make this even better had we (um... I) been thinking clearly at the time:
Step 8 1/2. From your cereal box, cut out a second circle the same size as your original circle. With bad sides together, perforate the edge of that circle exactly to match the first. This would finish off the back quite neatly as opposed to the mess of knots we have back there as it stands. Complete step 9 as written but with the 2 pieces sandwiched bad sides together.
2. The boy really enjoyed this craft, and was very proud of his handiwork. However, he completed only half the weaving by himself before tiring. For children, I'd make the original circles significantly smaller, maybe half the size. Ours is 8" (20 cm) in diameter.

3. I used orange plarn (yarn made from a plastic bag) to finish off the final bit of weaving.

The boy has claimed our creation for his room, but I think our woven sun would make a lovely Christmas ornament too, don't you think? I'll just have to steal it back when the time comes... ho ho ho...

Have a fantastic day now, and I'll see you again very soon!


  1. This is ingenious!! I love it, I love it, I love it!! The whole composition reminds me of Native American art - the choice of colors is fantastic - so vibrant, radiant, inspiring!! Did I tell you how much I love it??

  2. This is amazing..i love the are a super smart artist my dear!
    I remember when i was doing my textile designing, we learn some ribbon embroidery techniques & we use the similar technique of weaving in an embroidery stitch, the weaving method was almost the same..
    well you are awesome as always!! keep sharing great recyclingzzzzzzzz!!
    Love ~

  3. I would love to meet this little man when he grows up! He will be as creative as his mom and more - Hugs Nat

  4. Plarn. You kill me. Husband and I were just talking about stuff for the kids to do if it rains the entire time we are on our island holiday and this would be perfect! Now...where are all those balls of scrap yarn?

  5. Really pretty! Is plarn a 'real' word or did you make that up? Either way, I love it!

  6. I really love this idea. I used to make stuff like that when I was a little girl. It was so much fun.

  7. Sometimes I think that you're a genius! Great job.

  8. This is quite startlingly lovely, Michele! I adore the yarn needle, and I am just so taken with your sun!!! Beautiful and strange and artful!

  9. Pam Harris said: Brilliant! Beautiful! From one "cardboard weaver" to another - well done you! I have immediately pinned into two boards, bookmarked and will be trying one out soon!

    I may be far away from childhood, but my heart is still 10!

    Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous way to make holiday ornaments and celebrate solstices."

  10. Είσαι φοβερή! Μου θύμισες τα παιδικά μου χρόνια που πλέκαμε κατά τον ίδιο τρόπο σε τετράγωνο χαρτί με χάρτινες χρωματιστές κορδέλες!

  11. Nice work - absolutely adorable - why not make more for Christmas? Feliz NAvidad!!

  12. Love it!! And you wouldn't believe it, but that's where I'm headed with my next set of ideas. I'm adding embroidery thread to some paper projects. Fun!!! ;)

  13. This looks so fun. My oldest might actually be able to do something like this. I think it's so cute that your son claimed this project for his room :)

  14. I love running across ideas for old cereal boxes. This one is probably the most creative (and colorful) I've seen. Love it!

  15. This is so beautiful! makes me want to make a giant one for my living room!

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  16. great project! I would use those lids from the oatmeal canister.or maybe a coffee can lid. Maybe ribbon or fabric strips would make it go faster, too.

  17. How gorgeous. I love that you used recycled material too. Thank you for sharing.

  18. fabulous idea! i think my 2 older granddaughters would have fun doing this...thank you!!

  19. that's again a really great project!
    thanks a lot for showing and sharing!
    i set a link at my blog. i hope you agree.

    best wishes to you, doro K.

  20. What a wonderful project! TFS! ♥


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