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Origami Weaved Mats Tutorial – Coasters / Placemats – Paper Kawaii

Learn how to make weaved paper mats! This traditional origami technique for weaving strips of paper together can be used to make small or large mats, use them as coasters, placemats or frame them as artwork.

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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
LEVEL: ★★★☆☆

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▸ 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.

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.

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.

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