Here is a great little broach that you can make and wear with almost anything. I wear mine with my vintage black dress for a dinner party or a night out on the town with friends. This little dove can be also be used to decorate - gift packages instead of a bow, place one on your fancy hat with a feather, hang with string from the ceiling in front of a window or make a few and add to your favorite house plant.
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Step 1: Cut 2 Stips
Use a white 8.5x11 piece of paper - you can really use just about any paper or color. But for my dove I use white. Cut 2 strips that measure 1.5 x 11
Step 2: Cut 3 Cuts in Each Strip
Next cut a line down the middle making 2 pieces and stop about 1 inch from the edge - follow with 2 more cuts down the middle of the 2 pieces you have made for a total of 4 strips. *remember leave about an inch from the edge of the paper.
Step 3: Starting to Weave the Paper to Make the Wings.
On each of the pieces of paper - start to weave the strips as shown in photo. You are now making the wings.
Step 4: Making the Wings
Place the 2 woven pieces of paper one on top of the other. Make sure you have all 4 strips each pointing in north, south east and west. Here we are going to weave each strip together to form the wings and body. * over 1 under 1 etc.
Step 5: Making the Body
Next pull down the top 2 strips to the south position - tape to table ( easier to work with if taped to table - don't use to much tape - this is just to hold down while we weave ). Then pull the south 2 strips to the north positions. Now you have formed 4 loops to start the weaving process. With the east 2 strips weave them through the 4 loops * over 1 under 1*, then follow with the west 2 strips. Once finished you should have the body formed. Your bird is on it's back - we will flip it over in the next step.
Step 6: Forming the Head and Tail
OK here is the tricky part. We are now going to weave the strips around to form the head and tail. Continue to use the over 1 under 1 method and weave the strips around each other. See photos.
On the second photo i have turned the dove now right side up so you can see how to weave the pieces. Once finished your should have 4 strips at the front to form the head and 4 strips in the back to form the tail
Step 7: Head
For the head - Fold over all pieces of the paper and almost form a little knot - Cut with scissors to make the shape of the beak
Step 8: Tail
For the tail - cut the 4 strips into smaller strips and with your scissors curl the ends to make them fancy.
Step 9: To Finish the Dove Broach
To finish - Glue a pin to the body and you are ready to go. Have fun making my dove paper broach!
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