Fun Family Activities | 16 September 2016The Paper Peacock Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Paper weaving has a long history but remains to this day a fascinating art for people of all ages. The Art of Paper Weaving shows us to create many different paper weavings, including the paper peacock below. When planning the Peacock, you have the option of using small remains of beautiful paper you didn’t have the heart to throw away. Plan the colors so that you do not use the same color for pieces that will be adjacent to each other in the finished bird. A dark body makes this peacock look like a real peacock; one piece of the woven basket is lovely when made from shiny metallic paper. The Peacock is made in two parts. One part is a basket consisting of the peacock’s head, body, and a handle. The other part is the peacock’s tail that is dropped into the basket. The tail of the Peacock is made from fans slid together in the same way as you prepare the third Basic Triangle Bunting (see page 17), though in this case the stripes radiate from a center. Materials ?? Paper in eleven colors or patterns (colors U1, U2, V1, V2, W1, W2, X1, X2, Y, Z1, and Z2), 80–110 g/m2 in weight ?? Glue stick Templates & Pieces ?? For the project templates, see pages 143 and 144. Copy the templates using your preferred method as described on page 135. ?? Using the templates, cut the following pieces: – D1 (tail fan): 2 in color U1 (shown in dark purple) – D2 (tail fan): 1 in color U2 (shown in light purple) – D3 (tail fan): 2 in color V1 (shown in green) – D4 (tail fan): 1 in color V2 (shown in metallic blue) – D5 (tail fan): 2 in color W1 (shown in light green) – D6 (tail fan): 1 in color W2 (shown in dark turquoise) – D7 (tail fan): 2 in color X1 (shown in purple) – D8 (tail fan): 1 in color X2 (shown in turquoise) – D9 (tail fan): 1 in color Y (shown in light purple) – D10 (body basket): 1 in color Z1 (shown in dark blue) and 1 in color Z2 (shown in metallic blue). – D11 (head): 2 in color Z1 – D11 (mirror or reverse image of template): 2 in color Z1 – D12 (handle): 1 in color Z1 – (Note: Many pieces (D2, D4, D6, D8, and D9) can be cut by placing the dashed line on the fold of doubled paper. Making them from one piece is not a requirement, however; if your pieces of paper are not large enough, cut two mirrored pieces instead.) BASKET 1. Weave the basket from the two D10 pieces following the instructions for the Basic Woven Heart (see page 18). 2. Fix the handle with glue near the top ends so that the edges of the basket and the handle are aligned. 3. For both sides of the basket, fix a D11 head to the handle where it meets the basket. (Note: When you vary the angle of the head, you change the expression of the bird.) 4. Fix a mirrored head to the back side of the head and handle; if you prefer a colored eye (instead of the plain eyehole), glue a small piece of paper in the desired color between the two layers of the head to show inside the eye. TAIL FAN 1. Slide the following pieces together: both D1s and D2, both D3s and D4, both D5s and D6, and both D7s and D8. 2. Crease all the double fans created in step 1 along the dashed line of symmetry. 3. Pack the fans according to size: the largest D1/D2 fan should be at the innermost position and the smallest D9 should go outside. 4. Align the center of the fans to show the desired pattern (see photo above) and fix the pieces with a little glue on an area somewhat below the center of the fans so that they remain in place. This location will later be covered by the basket, so if the glue makes the paper buckle, it will not be visible. 5. Drop the peacock’s tail in the basket and align it. You may want to secure the tail inside the basket with a little glue. Buy from an Online Retailer US: Perfect for Paper Lovers: A Traditional Technique with a Modern Twist! Originating in Germany and refined in nineteenth-century Denmark and Norway, the charming, time-honored craft of paper weaving has been transformed by virtuoso paper crafters Anna and Lene Schepper into a modern art form with an amazing array of creative possibilities. In The Art of Paper Weaving, Anna and Lene, creators of the blog PaperMatrix.dk, show how to get started with essential tools and techniques, then present instructions for 46 beautiful, colorful two- and three-dimensional projects from cones to stars to spheres, boxes, and beyond, in six gorgeous, inspiring themes: Love and Friendship, Celebrations, Magic Circus, Tivoli Gardens, Exotic Palace, and Advanced Designs. In addition to full-size templates for each project, which are also available for download online, you’ll find practice paper to make a rocket ship! The Art of Paper Weaving gives paper crafters of all skill levels the techniques they need to master the craft, incredible projects, and the inspiration they need to create something truly unique. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.