I am SOOO excited to share this little starfish weaving project with you today!
These woven starfish are super easy to make! You can even sponge-paint the starfish to add color. And look how gorgeous they are!
No starfish were injured for this project!! I went the environmentally-conscious route and used artificial starfish from Oriental Trading Company. Don’t they look real?
I’m a big fan of ocean life since I’m lucky enough to live near the beach. The idea for this project came from my love of the seashore and the basic God’s Eye or, Ojo de Dios, popsicle-stick craft. You’ve probably all made one of these before, right?
These things are a go-to project for summer camps!
Well it occurred to me during one of my recent nature units, that a sea star would work really well as a loom of sorts–just like the popsicle sticks!
The biggest difference is the sea stars have five legs, instead of the four on the traditional popsicle-stick version.
All you need for this project is some pretty-colored yarn, a pair of scissors, and these sea stars.
OTC sells these starfish by the dozen, but they are fairly inexpensive, and trust me, this project is so much fun your kids are going to want to make extras!
To make it even better for you, I have a FREE PRINTABLE for you!!!
Over here at Project Artwork at Home, we are ALL ABOUT using art to help us discover the world around us. Turns out, starfish–the real ones!– have some pretty amazing skills that have led us to believe they are like the SUPERSTARS of the ocean!
Use the FREE PRINTABLE to create a “Superhero Starfish” and keep reading for all the directions on how to make your Starfish Weaving!
Here’s how you can make this Project Artwork at home:
Preschool & Kindergarten–will need help with tying and can wind the yarn whatever way they want.
1st grade & up–some may need help tying, all should be able to do the weaving pattern. Older kids can research Ojo de Dios and get inspired to make more complicated weaving patterns.
Project Timeframe: 30 minutes
- assorted yarns
- nimble fingers 🙂
Optional: acrylic paint, paper plate, and sponge
OR oil pastel to color the starfish
Gather all supplies and cover your work surface if you plan on sponge painting the starfish.
Cut a length of yarn and flip your starfish so you are looking at the back of it. Tie the end of your yarn onto one of the legs of your starfish.
Make the knot close to the center of the starfish, as you will be weaving from the center outward.
You will begin winding your yarn around each leg alternating UNDER and OVER. (Your first tied-on piece counts as OVER).
Once you make your first complete trip around the starfish you will keep going, laying the yarn next to the first row.
Try to lay your rows neatly NEXT to each other, instead of on top of each other.
IMPORTANT TIP: ALWAYS weave in the same direction–DO NOT change directions or you will un-do all your hard work!
When you are ready to switch to a new color of yarn, tie the new color to the first piece.
Our cat loved all the yarn and thought we were making him a new kitty toy!
Keep weaving, repeating “over and under” to yourself as you go!
It’s okay if you mess up the pattern, or even if you want to weave it in a more random way. You are the artist, so you decide what you like best!
You may criss-cross over the center of your starfish with your yarn if you like, or keep the center open so you can paint it later.
Once you are satisfied with the amount of yarn on your starfish, tie the end-piece to some of the string on the back, or simply tuck it in really good.
Now you are ready to add paint to your starfish.
A sponge works really well for dabbing the color on and keeps the texture of the starfish looking realistic. You may also skip the paints and just color your starfish with some oil pastels.
Have a look at these beauties:
This is a great summertime project, or easy party craft.
If you are home-schooling, this project ties in great with a unit on the ocean or marine biology!
And if you love ocean-inspired projects, check out THESE great projects!
Leave me some comments if you try this project with your kids and they like it!!