Origami Weaved Mats Tutorial - Paper Placemats via @paper_kawaiiOrigami Weaved Mats Tutorial - Paper Placemats via @paper_kawaii

Learn how to make beautiful origami weaved paper mats, use them for display or as real placemats or coasters. You can re-inforce them with varnish. The mats can be made as large as you like. Made with strips of paper, weaved together using a traditional technique.

This video will teach you how to make weaved mats from square paper.  I also included instructions for using any size rectangular paper, which is useful if you want to make a lot of strips from A4 or letter paper.

I am using mine as decorative mats just for display, until I can buy some waterproof varnish!

This weaving technique can be used to make massive mats.. you could frame them as wall art.

Design: Traditional Method
Level: ★★★☆☆

You will need:

▸ Square paper x 4 (for a small mat)
(12 strips needed for a small mat) (24 for larger mat)
▸ Scissors (for cutting the strips)
The strips will be 1:4 ratio.

Square paper:
Paper size used: 15 x 15 cm
Final model size: about 10 x 10 cm

Rectangular paper: You can use any size paper, you just need the ratio of 4:1
Example, using A4 paper – cut the A4 paper in half so that you have two long strips. You can then make the pre-creases. After that you can cut the strips. The height of the strips will be the width of the paper divided by 4.

Using very thick paper or card: The strips will need to be 1:8 ratio. You will not fold the strips in half. Just weave them as they are.

Optional: Glue or varnish to protect the paper.
I used water based varnish from an art shop, it’s not waterproof, just protective… probably water resistant. You could use many different kinds of varnish. Please test first on a scrap piece of paper.

Origami Weaved Mats Tutorial - Paper Placemats via @paper_kawaii

My favourite result, made with old music paper, it’s not that thick, but it seems a lot higher quality than the origami paper.  It also did not discolour with the varnish. I applied several coats to each side, and it has become very tough.

Origami Weaved Mats Tutorial - Paper Placemats via @paper_kawaii  Origami Weaved Mats Tutorial - Paper Placemats via @paper_kawaii

When varnishing, don’t forget the raw edges on the outer edge. I would think that’s the first place that would get damaged, if you were to use them for anything other than display.

Origami Weaved Mats Tutorial - Paper Placemats via @paper_kawaii

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