I've been making woven paper fish to prepare for an activity I will be hosting next week. We're going to be making fishing line bookmarks. The bookmarks will be a reminder about our communities and this quote:
"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, feed him for life."
Part of this project is also cultural. In Pacific Asian countries it is very common to find weaving and crafts with palm or coconut fronds. Here are the two tutorial videos that I used as my references.
I didn't have a paper trimmer so i used an Exact-o knife and scissors to cut the strips from DCWV Border Stack Textured Yardstick Brights This was really good training for cutting straight lines, but after all the paper i cut, for efficiency I will be investing in to a scrapbook paper trimmer from Fiskar.
For the large fish I used 12 in. x 3/8 in. strips. For the small fish, I cut the existing strips into quarters. They come out to be about 6 in. x 1/4 in. Approximately the length and size of a twist tie that you find in the produce section of the grocery store. This project can also be done with twist ties for more volume and structured look. I had an extremely hard time finding bright colored twist ties. So I went the paper route which I am very pleased with.
I hope to incorporate these woven fish into another project sometime soon. Maybe centerpieces????We will see. For now, enjoy making little woven fish and sharing them with your friends!