One of my Bible lessons last week was about Joseph and his coat of many colors. I wanted to weave in the obvious part of the story, his coat, with a deeper lesson the story teaches: that life deals us all kinds of things, both good and bad, yet there can be peace in all of it. By slightly modifying an idea from Neighbor Jane Payne, I came up with this simple paper weaving craft.

Supply List

  1. Card stock
  2. Six colors of construction paper
  3. Liquid glue or a glue sticks
  4. Permanent markers
  5. Scissors


  1. Enlarge this t-shirt image and print it on card stock quality paper.
  2. Draw horizontal lines across each shirt and use a razor blade to slit them open.
  3. Cut 1-inch wide strips of six different colors of construction paper.
  4. Have the students weave the strips through the shirt, gluing them at the top. (I allowed them to trim the strips at the bottom however they liked.)
  5. Have the students write the words from John 16:33 on their woven shirts. “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world.”
Weave a Shirt of Many Colors with paper


Easy Paper Weaving Craft