For the Mandala flower, here is a step-by-step photo gallery. To do this you start at step 1 with 7 strings attached and 6 with Einhängeschlingen on 7 folded thread. Other threads are then inserted by most of us with an ordinary shoelace knot.
Woven paper craft is a nice way to recycle old newspaper and magazines. Sometimes it can be turned into some useful household stuffs, such as a storage box -- wonder if can make one large enough for kitty bed .