World Day of Prayer
Prepared by the WDP Committee of Vanuatu 2021
“Build on a Strong Foundation”
Arts & crafts ideas: Woven paper basket, table placemat or ball.
Let the children decorate their home tables for World Day of Prayer with colorful woven placemats in the colors of the Vanuatu flag. The Vanuatu flag is red, green, black and yellow. You may use any combination of card paper, fabric, straw or recycled material like a newspaper for this activity.
Vanuatu children are very resourceful in filling their days with adventure and games. Their favorite game is to make their own balls to kick and throw to each other. Traditionally the balls are made from the leaves of the Pandanus Palm. They like to play soccer with this ball, even though it is smaller than the official soccer ball.
You can find instructions for the woven paper basket, table placemat or balls in an arts & crafts magazine in your country or search for instructions or video clips on the internet. Be aware of copyright permission before reproducing instructions on the materials.
For a sample of a website with instructions, visit:
- for the paper ball, visit https://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/christmas-ornaments-to-make.html (Copyright permission required to reproduce instructions).
- for the paper basket, visit https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Paper-Basket. “How to make a paper basket.” User Content text on wikiHow under a Creative Commons license. Instruction by 19 co-authors, updated on March 29, 2019. (Include copyright information, if reproducing the instructions below).
Simple Construction Paper Basket: This simple project teaches the foundational skills for weaving.
- Prepare strips of paper to weave your basket. Use three sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ construction paper. On the sheet of paper to become the base of your basket, draw a horizontal line 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) from the top and another one 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) from the bottom. These lines will help when laying out the base. Then cut the paper lengthwise into strips .5″ wide.
Choose one sheet of a neutral color of construction paper like brown, black, or white. This will be the base of your basket. The other two sheets can be any color of your choice. This will form the decorative sides of your basket.
- Weave the base of your basket. Layout 8 strips of paper (the color you’ve chosen as the base) next to each other so that the lines on each strip are face up and form one continuous line. Starting at the top line, weave another strip of the same color through the strips you’ve laid out, over one strip and under the next.
Centre the strip horizontally with respect to the strips you laid out. Using another strip of the same color, weave it through the strips in the opposite way from the first one, so that this one will go underneath the strips that the first one you weaved went on top of. Then slide the strips together, making sure the edges line up.
- Repeat with a total of eight strips.
- The finished base should have a 4″ x 4″ woven square that fits just inside the lines you drew on each strip. In other words, you should have a square that has eight strips sticking evenly out 3.5″ on each side.
- Fold up the strips sticking out the sides of the basket. Each side should come up to the same height. It can be helpful to put a 4″ x 4″ box or block of wood in the center of your basket and fold the strips up against this block. This will make the next steps easier.
- Weave a strip of colored paper between the now vertical strips of the base, folding it to fit around the corner of the basket.
You will need to use approximately one and a half strips to make it all the way around the basket. You can simply tape or glue the two pieces together. Try to place the connection so that it comes on the inside of the basket and is hidden by a strip from the base. This will give your basket a clean, seamless look.
Weave the strip all the way around the basket. When the two ends meet, tape or glue them together, hiding the tape in the same way.
- Repeat the above step with another strip of the same color. Make sure to alternate between going under and on top of strips, so that you create a checkerboard pattern with the strips from the base.
Keep repeating until you reach the top.
Then tape or glue a slightly wider strip of the base color to the top of the basket on the inside, laying it on top of the vertical strips. Add a similar panel on the outside of the basket, securing it to the inside one as well as the outside of the basket.
If you want to add a handle, simply tape or glue each end of a long strip of paper to opposite sides of the basket before you add the top panel.
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