Paper Plate Khatam Weaving {Tutorial}

We hosted a brunch last weekend and used some funky square plates. After the event, there was one left over that no one had used since it had a yellow spot.


Rather then throw it away, we decided to turn it into a fun yarn weaving craft. To compliment the square design of the plate, we weaved a khatam, or Arabic word for eight point star, shape on the back.



Square paper plates
Yarn needle

Square piece of paper


We started by using the Sharpie to trace out the piece of paper on the back of the paper plate.  Then we turned the paper so that it was offset and traced the square again.

We placed the paper plate on the carpet and used the pushpin to poke holes at all the points.

Then we weaved an outline with the yarn and needle before we started working out the inner design.

Our final product is in the first photo. It was such so easy to do this craft that we made a second using a round paper we dug out of a cabinet.

We also added a pink color yarn to see what it would look like.  We loved it! We also were trying to decide if we wanted to paint the edges, so it looks like it’s framed. We’ll sleep on it…

If you enjoyed this paper plate tutorial, check out

Paper Plate Ball Toss Toy Tutorial

If you want to try your hand at another yarn tutorial, stop by

Ramadan Lantern Silhouette Yarn Art

Khatam Yarn Banner Tutorial

Iqra Yarn Art Tutorial

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more DIY projects.


I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.