Monday, February 18, 2013

Woven Wall Hangings with Reusable Materials

Timeframe: Up to 3- 45 minute sessions
Grade Level: 5th
Materials: wire pantry shelving, strips of fabric, yarn, scraps of ribbon and paper, white school glue

I recently replaced the shelving in my pantry, and just couldn't stand to throw the old wire shelves out. It felt wasteful. The only reason we replaced them in the first place was because some of them were broken in places and usable as shelving when we bought the house. BUT for the most part they were in good condition!

After driving around with these partly broken, wire shelves in the back seat of my car for a couple of weeks, I had an epiphany! Why not use them as looms for a weaving project?

A loom is a frame for interlacing at right angles. These were perfect!

Here's what we did:

I asked my Facebook friends for donations of fabric scraps that could be cut into strips about 2 feet long and 1 inch wide. My Facebook friends always come through for my art students! I received lots of great fabric scraps.

I added these scraps to the ribbon scraps and yarn that I already had in the art room. I let students work in groups to devise color themes and combine the fabric, ribbon, yarn, and even some paper to create their own design. They used glue to combine ribbon and fabric into one. They took turns in their group weaving the strips into the wire shelving. They took turns holding the shelving while their peers weavesdas well. They also used glue to attach smaller details after they were finished weaving.

In the photographs, you can see the different parts that make up the whole of this project. Below, the blue and dark pink areas are strips of the donated fabric. The smaller pink squares are scraps of poster paper. The black parts underneath this are cut up scraps of ribbon. The green is yarn leftover from another project.

This was another great collaborative project. In fact, we loved it so much, we are attempting another "Woven Wall Hanging" project this month. Details will be coming soon!

Please post comments and send photos if you decide to try this for yourself! Constructive feedback is always welcome.

Copyright 2013- There's a Party in the Art Room by Amanda E. Koonlaba


  1. How did you take them off the wire racks? Great idea and they look awesome.

  2. How did you take them off the wire racks? Great idea and they look awesome.

  3. The actual wire part of the shelf in my pantry just lifts out of the brackets that are attached to the wall. We replaced the ones we had and I took the old ones to school. They hang on the wall pretty cool because they have that ledge on them. You can see that ledge in the first individual pic of the turquoise and pink. This is a link to what the shelf looks like at Lowe's. Lowe's will cut them for you. I wonder if someone building a house would have left over that had been cut. You know you have to buy the whole piece and then have it cut to size. So, you end up with some left over. I have so many times just posted on Facebook asking if anyone had any left over building materials. They would tell me what they had and I would just try to figure out how to use it! I know I just told you a bunch of stuff that you didn't ask! I'm not sure if I answered the question. Let me know!