• The Gardening Team

F O C U S + R E L A X with a Craft !

Updated: May 28

Hello Gardeners!


On the blog today, we've got an amazing focus activity to help redirect those restless gardeners! We love this activity because the repetitive motions of weaving mixed with the soft sensation of the yarn makes for the perfect relaxing activity! It's our Woven Bowl Craft - and all you'll need are 3 simple things:


A paper plate

Scissors

Yarn



First things first, cut up your plate! I wanted a medium sized bowl, so my cuts were a couple inches long, but if you'd prefer a taller, thinner bowl, make your cuts longer, and for a shallower bowl, make them shorter! I found that drawing a circle in the center of your plate helps make all of your cuts consistent!



Next, wrap your yarn around the base of one of your strips and secure it with a knot. Then start weaving through the strips of the plate using the 'over-under-over-under' pattern.



If you want to switch colors, tie (with a double knot) your new string to the old string and just continue weaving! You can kind of tuck the knotted part under the weave to conceal it. You may find that you need to trim down the thickness of your strips as they are starting to overlap - just go through and carefully trim with your scissors!



Once you reach the top of your plate, it's time to tie the end of the string so that the bowl doesn't unravel. Just loop the loose end of the string through one of the previous weaves and secure with a knot. If you need to trim down the top of your plate, do so carefully so you don't accidentally cut any of the woven string!




There there you have it! A beautiful woven bowl, perfect for storing small toys, school supplies, putting under a plant, or for any other use you can find!




This craft is #PullYourWeedsApproved because it:

  • requires focus! Set up your gardener with these materials, walk them through the process, and in no time they will be completely consumed by this craft!!

  • helps practice pattern. Whether it's the 'over-under' pattern or following a color pattern of there choice, there are lots of ways to challenge your gardener's pattern following skills!

  • relieves stress. The repetitive motions of weaving mixed with the soft sensation of the yarn make for the perfect relaxing activity!

  • can be done anywhere. Take this in the car, bring it outside, pull it out at holidays - the materials are so easy to travel with, this craft can really help out in those moments where the kids need something to occupy their time!


We recently came across this quote by Mary Davis and wanted to share it with you!



Show yourself love and compassion and you'll find you have more love and compassion to share with others! If you find you've been a little tough with yourself recently, do this letter writing exercise!


Thanks for reading along today, gardeners! We hope you enjoyed this craft and would love to see your woven bowls! Tag us @youaragardener or email flowers@youareagardener.com to show us your creations, send us your weeds, or to just say hi!


Continue to #PullYourWeeds and remember #TheFutureIsBright!

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