Geeky weaves!

I really liked the woven gift-topper I made a few weeks ago and thought it looked really pixely! Just perfect for space invaders…

Woven space invaders

I think it would make a cool little project for big kids and grown-ups! All you need are strips of paper and some sticky tape.

Woven space invaders

You could use them as gift-toppers, or make a card from them or stick them in a frame. They require no skill to make…just a bit of patience…

Woven space invaders

If you want a ‘how-to’ then click on the ‘more’ link below.

Woven space invaders

Woven space invaders

If you fancy a change from rainbow then neon works well too!

Woven space invaders

Have you worked on a project lately that you are pleased with…if so, tell me about it (leave a comment below)!

Off topic: Thanks for all your comments/emails regarding Macrame. Tutorials coming up in July/September so keep an eye out for that!


I used multicoloured strips for the horizontal weaves and white for the vertical ones*.

1) Cut out lots of paper strips. Mine were 5mm wide. Adjust the length of the strips to suit your project. Longer is better…at least then you can chop them down if need be.

2) I lay all my white strips on a table top and put a length of sticky tape at the top of the strips to keep them secure.

3) Weave away

4) Once you have all your strips in place you will probably need to put some sticky tape on the back to keep all the pieces in place. With this in mind I worked all the designs back to front so that I could put the sticky tape on strips without having to turn them over. There are some ‘back-to-front’ photos below for you to follow!

If you need a hand, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap

*Top-left design requires 18 vertical strips
*Top-right design requires 10 vertical strips
*Bottom-left design requires 14 vertical strips
*Bottom-right design requires 13 vertical strips

Woven space invaders


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  1. Very cool – I can think of several upcoming birthday boys who would get a giggle out of this.

    I am desperately working on some crafts for our summer holidays – and a long plane ride on Friday. I have secret projects stashed all over the house. :)

  2. A really brilliant idea! As always :)

  3. Kate #

    Thanks Helen and Clumsy L. Hope you have a good holiday Helen. We’re off to France for a week soooon. Can’t wait! Good luck with the long plane ride. We’ve done quite a few of those…to Australia and back…with the kids. An endurance test for sure! x

    • Yllon T. #

      SHUT UP.. it sucks!!

      • Kate #

        That’s cool Yllon, as they say, each to their own!

  4. I am so happy I found your blog few months ago. I really like it and there are so many good ideas to keep the kids entertained.
    I have a very recent project I am very pleased with. I am from Venezuela, but I have been living in UK for quite few years with my husband and kids. I always make pinatas for my kids birthdays, and the latest was my favourite, very colorful, a bird, from a film.
    If you want you can have a look here:

  5. love them !!!! great idea as usual !

  6. I discover your blog and I LOVE ! Colorful ideas!
    I will come back!

  7. Lili #

    y’know, even the reverse (“back side”) ones are really cute!

  8. These are fabulous! I can’t imagine a little boy or girl who wouldn’t just love them. I have to say that I love a bit of twine too and your bright green combo is super x

  9. That is WAYYYY cool! We just had our son’s 1st b’day & I have to say, I can’t wait til he’s into something other than Thomas. Space Invaders would be a super fun party theme. Love those zingy colours. x

  10. Thanks for all the nice comments as usual…you lot are nice eh!

    Lisa, my sons are 4&2 and not into space invaders particularly…it’s just me! Dragons, dinosaurs, slime & poo more their style!

    Lili….I agree, the reverse looks cool too x

  11. Holly Keller #

    You never cease to amaze. Love it.

  12. this is fantastic! I love your blog..your amazing!

  13. Such a wonderful idea! I found this JUST in time for my 2-year anniversary with my geeky sweetie.

    Thank you so much for sharing! I’m excited to look through your archives!.

  14. Dear Kate,

    My sons and I have just been making the weaves and it was a lot of fun.
    I did a animal tower that you might like on my blog CASAS ( also possible in rainbow colours ofcourse

    Great blog


  15. Malik Martins #

    Muito legal, vou fazer com certeza!

  16. Whoa, very cool. Those things are so cute!
    Love the neon one.

  17. Great work of arts, nice…


    ME ENCANTAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. i love valentine day great post

  20. Looks great, but my four year old would have the whole turned into a squshed ball in a minute flat. Sigh. Maybe next year!

    • Kate #

      Hi Blinds…thanks for the kind comments. This craft is quite tricky so more aimed at older kids or even adults. I made mine and framed them…they look very cool ;-)

      Cheerio for now ^_^

  21. HI, love this idea and something we’d love to feature in one of our next boxes…, although might be a bit hard for our target demographic. What age do you think this would be suitable for?

    All the best,

    • Kate #

      Hi Virginie…I would say this is a project aimed at teens/adults. It’s a bit fiddly so too hard for young ones ^_^

  22. these are so pretty! i’m definitely going to go home and make one

    • Kate #

      Yay, thanks Brian ^_^

  23. awesome, loved congratulations!

    Heleny Ricci

  24. meenakshi #

    Wow, Kate! This is a great idea for greeting cards, bookmarks, gift tags, too !

    And, instead of cutting out all these strips, one can buy & use Quilling strips – decrease one’s workload ;-)

    I love the Potential this craft has. One can use Any Crossstitch pattern to create any number of intricate patterns for wall mountings, etc. Especially for the needle-challenged ;-)

    This is one project I’m getting on to right away !

    • Kate #

      Hi Meenaksi, I saw the quilling strips only a few weeks ago and thought exactly the same as you. Thanks for the kind comments. Kate ^_^

    • sanju #

      I used paper shredder^^

  25. Ayelet #

    Brilliant :-)

  26. Fantastic. Sending one of these to my best friend in jail. Just want to let you know you are making some people direly in need of cheering up very happy :)

  27. Awesome……Kate….

  28. Saw this on pinterest long, long ago and I attempted my own, but with a modern twist:

    Thanks for the fantastic inspiration!!

  29. Sophathegeek #

    Hi I loved this, and made the weave very successfully except for one thing: I had to change the width of the paper strips because 5mm was quite thin, and wanted mine thicker. Even so the final product ended up being a bit small! anyhow, wonderful idea and fantastic blog

    • Kate #

      Yay…glad it worked out for you.

      Kate x

  30. Elaine #

    hi, where is the template for the space invaders?

    • Kate #

      Hi Elaine. This doesn’t come with a template. All you need are some strips of paper and the plans at the foot of the post.

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