Paper Weaving Jack-O'-Lantern

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Easy fall or Halloween craft for kids. Paper weaving pumpkin or jack-o'-lantern. Great fine motor work for preschool or elementary!

This simple Woven Paper Jack-O'-Lantern paper craft is a great project for an afternoon at home with the kids!  You don't need anything other than construction or scrapbook paper, scissors, and glue.  You'll also be working on developing fine motor skills and will have a cute little Halloween pumpkin when you're done.  Or, you can leave off the jack-o'-lantern face and use it as a fall craft.

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Halloween craft for kids, fine motor paper weaving jack-o-lantern

Cut some orange scrapbook paper of various patterns into strips, the same length as your construction paper.

Halloween craft for kids, fine motor paper weaving jack-o-lantern

Fold your construction paper lengthwise.  Cut the paper, beginning at the fold, about every 1/2 to 1 inch (depending on the age of your child).  Cut towards the edge, but stop about 1 inch before you reach it.  Unfold the construction paper.

Halloween craft for kids, fine motor paper weaving jack-o-lantern

Begin a basic weaving pattern.  Over, under, over under.  Push each strip up to the top as you finish it.

Halloween craft for kids, fine motor paper weaving jack-o-lantern

This project is so great for fine motor skills.  It also works on improving focus and concentration.  Lena kept saying the pattern aloud, "Over, under, over, under."

Halloween craft for kids, fine motor paper weaving jack-o-lantern

Continue weaving until you've completed the whole paper!

Halloween craft for kids, fine motor paper weaving jack-o-lantern

Maggie actually participated in a craft with us!  She's been on a bit of a craft strike lately!  I cut her strips wider than Lena's, and she was able to do a few rows, but did need quite a bit of help.

Halloween craft for kids, fine motor paper weaving jack-o-lantern

The last row is tricky.  You may need to help, since there's not much room to maneuver the strip.

Halloween craft for kids, fine motor paper weaving jack-o-lantern

Once you've finished the weaving, glue the whole thing to a piece of cardstock.

Halloween craft for kids, fine motor paper weaving jack-o-lantern

Set it aside to dry.

Halloween craft for kids, fine motor paper weaving jack-o-lantern

When the glue has dried, trace a pumpkin shape on the back of the cardstock.  I printed and then cut out the "Large Pumpkin" on this page from First Palette.

Halloween craft for kids, fine motor paper weaving jack-o-lantern

Cut out the pumpkin shape and glue it to a piece of paper.  Lena wanted to add a small brown construction paper stem.  Leave your pumpkin plain if you'd like, or you can add black construction paper pieces to make a jack-o'-lantern face.

Halloween Craft Paper Weaving Jack-O-Lantern

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