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Time
20 mins

bird, paper, weave
I used to make this little bird when I was a child and I had forgotten about her. Just recently she visited me in a dream and whats to come out -so here she is, My Little Paper Dove Broach. She could also be a great gift topper instead of a bow - but I like to wear her as a broach on my vintage black dress at dinner parties.

Posted by lisa_ancarrow from Richmond, Virginia, United States • Published See lisa_ancarrow's 13 projects »
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  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 1
    Step 1

    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

  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next cut a line down the middle making 2 pieces and stop about 1 inch from the edge that will be the wing - follow with 2 more cuts down the middle of the 2 pieces. In the end you should have made a total of 4 strips. *remember leave about 1 inch from the edge of the paper.

  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 3
    Step 3

    On each of the pieces of paper - start to weave the strips as shown in photo ( over one then under one - basice weaving ) You are now making the wings. Repeat on the other strip of paper.

  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 4
    Step 4

    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.

  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 5
    Step 5

    Here is what your weaving will look like once completed. It does look hard - but I promise it is easy. Follow the basic weaving principle.

  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 6
    Step 6

    Next loop down the top or north 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 loop over the south 2 strips to the north positions. Now you have formed 4 loops to start the weaving process again. 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.

  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 7
    Step 7

    Here is what the body will lool like after all of the weaving. Your bird is on it's back - we will flip it over in the next step. The North and South Strips stayed in place while you weaved the east and west strips to the opposite side.

  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 8
    Step 8

    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 to the sides of the bird. The north 2 strips will weave to the right 2 loops - weave the eas strips to the left loops - the four strips will meet together to form the head of the bird.

    Repeat on the other side. South 2 strips will weave to the right 2 loops while the west strips will weave to the left 2 loops.

  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 9
    Step 9

    i have turned the dove now right side up so you can see how to weave the pieces together. Once finished your should have 4 strips at the front to form the head and 4 strips in the back to form the tail

  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 10
    Step 10

    For the head - gather the 4 stips at the head and fold over the pieces of the paper and tie a little knot to form the head and beak- Cut with scissors to make the shape of the beak.

  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 11
    Step 11

    For the tail - cut the 4 strips into smaller strips.

  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 12
    Step 12

    With your scissors curl the ends to make them fancy.

  • How to make a brooch. Woven Paper Dove Broach - Step 13
    Step 13

    Glue a small pin to the belly - Presto you have a beautiful paper dove broach. Now go and wear it out on to dinner on your fancy dress! Thanks and enjoy!

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Sarie
Sarie · Chicago, Illinois, US · 13 projects

I made three of those in school today and everyone was really impressed. Thanks :D

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lisa_ancarrow
lisa_ancarrow · Richmond, Virginia, US · 15 projects

Thank you everyone the the great comments!! I love making my little dove - I can't believe I almost forgot about her. I'm so glad she found me agian so I can share with everyone.

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Gir
Gir · , · 4 projects

Wow! I looove this! definetely going to make a whole flock full!

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Molliewobbles
Molliewobbles · Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States · 7 projects

Sweeeeet!!!

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Roma
Roma · Swindon, UK, South West England, United Kingdom · 19 projects

I love doves, I love paper, I love brooches! I will so be making this!

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