How to weave a basket

Based on the carbon dating performed on the oldest known basket, the practice of basket weaving has been used in cultures all over the world for at least 12,000 years. There are a multitude of uses for baskets, ranging from table top decorations to traps meant for catching fish, and they play a prominent role in some religious ceremonies. In fact, during WWI and WWII baskets were used to contain the food and supplies that were dropped down from aircraft to the troops. Baskets made for purely aesthetic reasons incorporate intricate patterns, striking colors, and often more flexible fibers. On the other hand, baskets intended for utilitarian purposes, like the gathering of food, are crafted using stiffer ribs and thicker fibers for increased durability.

While the oldest known basket is estimated to be approximately 12,000 years old, it is speculated that basketry has been practiced for much longer than that. Unfortunately, the natural fibers used to make baskets are difficult to preserve, which makes it hard to define exactly how old the craft is – if not impossible. Although Native American cultures are most predominantly referenced when the topic of basket weaving is discussed, the art of basketry has been practiced in many other cultures around the world, as well. For example, baskets have played an integral role in both China and Japan, where they are used for both aesthetic and utilitarian purposes, like fishing, funeral basketry, and food storage.

There are many types of natural fibers that can be used to weave a basket, like various kinds of tree bark. For example, grasses, bamboo, vines, oak, willow, reeds, and honeysuckle are all commonly used materials for weaving. When choosing a suitable material for basketry, the flexibility of the fibers is the most important aspect. If the material is too brittle, it will not be able to flex enough to be woven into tight coils and through small spaces. However, it is important to note that stiffer fibers are also used in some techniques to create a frame, or the ribs, for the basket.

Basic Process

The basic process of basket making involves carefully weaving strands of fiber over and under each other to create a round shape. A simple coil basket starts out as a thick piece of fiber that is shaped into a basic coil while a thinner, flexible fiber is woven around it. Wicker baskets are more difficult to master. They start out as a series of stakes, also known as spokes, which radiate from the bottom of the basket – these are used as the supporting frame. Then, a series of strands are woven over and under the spokes to create the sides of the basket.

Terms and Techniques

There are four different types of basketry methods: coiling, plaiting, twining, and wicker. Some of the terms that are specific to basket weaving include loops, twining, ribs, and spokes. It is common practice to lash the rim and wrap the handle of the basket to give the finished product a more polished look, and to protect the owner’s hands from sharp protrusions. To start the upward weaving process in wicker basketry, many basket makers will “upsett” the spokes, which involves carefully bending them upwards from where they meet in the center.

  • Basket Weaving for a Living (PDF) – Read through a personal story about one family’s roots in basket weaving, as well as a brief explanation of how a basket is constructed by hand.
  • Facts about Oakwood Baskets (PDF) – Learn about the history of using white oak as a basketry medium, including the preparation that the wood has to undergo prior to being woven into a basket shape.
  • Black Ash Baskets – Check out a brief explanation that details the tradition of using black ash as a basketry medium in Native American cultures, as well as a list of other informative links about basket weaving.
  • Traditional Basketry in Native California (PDF) – Discover the deep roots that basketry has in California by reading about the history and uses of basketry by Native Californians.
  • How to Construct a Basket (PDF) – Learn how to make your own basket by using this comprehensive guide to basket weaving.
  • Cahuilla Basketry – Read about the importance of basket weaving within the Cahuilla culture.
  • Basketry of the Pomo Indians (PDF) – Learn about the materials, techniques and patterns that are characteristic of traditional Pomo basketry.
  • Pomo Utility Baskets – Look at pictures and read about the differences that make utility baskets used for gathering, cooking and the storage of goods different from other types of baskets.
  • Appalachian Basket Weaving – Find out why basket making became popular again during the Craft Revival period.
  • Native Basketry in Canada – Read about the history and prominence of making baskets for decorative and utilitarian purposes in Canada.
  • History of Traditional Basketry (PDF) – Check out a brief overview of basketry that includes history, picture examples, and common terminology.
  • Kentucky Basket Weaving (PDF) – Learn more about the complex art of basket weaving in this in-depth explanation that includes the uses, various techniques, materials and care of baskets.
  • Virtual Basket Weaving – Create your own basket patterns using this virtual basket weaver.
  • Basketry of the Northwest Coast – Become familiar with the different types of baskets that were commonly used by native tribes along the Northwest Coast.
  • Basket Weaving Tutorial – Follow along as this picture tutorial shows how to make your own basket in ten steps.
  • Introduction to Wabanaki Baskets (PDF) – Look at examples of Wabanaki basketry and learn about the history of each basket.
  • Basketry Methods (PDF) – Check out a comprehensive look at the different fibers and techniques that can be incorporated into basket weaving.
  • Introduction to Plant Fibers (PDF) – Read about how various fibers are used in both decorative and utilitarian applications.
  • Traditional Japanese Basket Making – Learn about the history of using bamboo fibers in Japanese basketry.

Sure, Easter is about chocolate, but it also gives you the opportunity to spend time with your family. So why not have a go at making Melissa’s Easter basket with your kids? Since baskets can be woven from a variety of bendy materials, you can use stuff you find in the backyard or park to save money and give it a natural look. And by the time Easter rolls around, your children will have a cute basket to put all their eggs in.

WATCH: Melissa makes woven Easter baskets

One of the oldest crafts in the world, weaving is also one of the easiest. At least when it comes to basket making! You don’t need any special tools or skills, just the simple techniques for interlacing branches and vines that have been used for millennia. And there’s usually a great supply of basket-making materials in your own backyard – it’s the ultimate upcycling of your garden prunings! Add in a few items you probably already have, or can pick up at the hardware store, such as natural twine and plant ties, and you’re ready to weave your way to bespoke baskets.

How to weave a basket

Project 1: How to hang a woven log basket

Gather your supplies

  • Log slice
  • 100mm flat head galvanised nails
  • Twisted paper rope
  • Plastic or a plant pot
  • Assorted plants

You’ll also need

  • Tape measure
  • Black marker pen
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Black texta
  • Garden gloves
  • Potting mix

For you to note

  • The size of your woven basket will depend on the diameter and thickness of your log slice, and the length of your nails.
  • For a slice about 12cm in diameter, use 100mm nails. You can also get nails that are 50, 75 and 150mm long.

Here’s how

Step 1

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Wrap tape measure around log slice, and mark nail locations, about 5mm in from the edge and evenly spaced about 20mm apart, with a marker pen.

Step 2

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Drill pilot holes at marked locations on the log slice so the timber doesn’t split.

Step 3

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Carefully hammer in a galvanised nail at each predrilled hole.

Step 4

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Leaving a 30mm tail in the centre of the slice, and starting at the base, weave paper rope around nails, going around the outside of one nail, then around the inside of the next. Continue around log slice in this way, then, when you get to the starting point, weave the next row in the opposite way – on the outside or inside – of each nail.

Step 5

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Continue weaving paper rope to the top, pushing down the rope as you go to create a tight weave, stopping just under the nail heads. Tip: Tuck in the tail left at the base.

Step 6

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Take paper rope over the top row to outside of basket, then weave it under 2 rows of rope to the inside. Bring it back up, then over and under in the next section between 2 nails. Keep going and, when you have gone around the entire basket to form a top edge, trim rope with scissors and tuck tail into the weave.

Step 7

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Use a thick black texta to blacken the top of each nail head and leave to dry for a few minutes.

Step 8

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Line basket with plastic or a pot, part-fill with potting mix, position plants, then add more mix, firming it down gently. Water in.

Handle Techniques- Wrapping and Twisted

Wrapping Materials
Flat reed, wide binding cane, chair cane, smoked reed, dyed reed, seagrass

Wrapping Styles:

W rapping a D-Handle

BASIC: Lay one strand of a color (or smoked reed, as shown at left) on the top of the handle. Tuck the strand along the D handle, into the weaving- if a D handle has been used. Tuck a wrapping weaver (1/4″ or narrower) into the weaving on the back of the D handle. Carry it around to the front and “wrap and weave” over and under the colored strand until you get to the other side.
Tuck the colored reed all the way into the body of the basket along the D handle.

Tuck the end of the wrapping reed into the weaving on the inside or outside of the basket.

(a place where it’ll be concealed fairly well) This is the handle wrap method that

we use on our Church Supper Basket. (above right)

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WOVEN: Cut two strands of medium cane (shown at left), or narrow reed, about 6 inches longer than the exposed part of the handle filler.

Tuck both strands side by side into the basket on one side of the handle filler, laying them on top of the filler.

Then tuck in a wrapping strand as was shown in the BASIC method. Take the wet wrapping strand and weave it over and under the two top strands and behind the oak filler. Bring it around and continue on plain weave: weave “over and under”. When you get to the other side, tuck all ends securely.

At left here is a variation with Wide Binding Cane. At right: a variation with flat reed.

Wrapping a Rib Basket Handle

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If you have a nice wide handle like this one,

you can insert three strands of reed and weave an impressive detailed handle. On this Hearth basket handle, I did the same technique described above.

Variation: You can also insert three strands of reed on the inside of the handle and weave the handle pattern on the outside and the inside.

Variations on Wrapping

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You can weave a variation pattern of your own. Design your handle weaving with graph paper to try out designs. To weave, insert the reed as described above and follow your graph paper to make the pattern..

You can even use seagrass, like the baby seagrass, size #00, shown at right.

Making a Twisted Round Reed Handle

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Example of a tray type twisted handle: I’ve cut two pieces of #3 round reed, making each one 80″ long. I fold the two wet pieces over to make a ratio of about 3 to 4. Don’t get it? Copy me. One side of the fold is about 36″ long and the other is about 46″. For fun, I’ve decided to make my example on a wicker box. Thread the two strands through the side of the box about an half inch from the top. Place it where you want the left side of the handle to be located.

Photo 1 above: Holding the 4 strands of reed together, make 5 twists. Use a clamp to hold the twist in place.

Use your awl to open up the space where you want the other side of the twisted handle to connect.

Pull the 4 strands through from inside to out.
Photo 2 above: Remove clamp and twist the 4 strands back along the length of the reed

(which is now the beginning of a handle).

There are two ways to do this: wind WITH the direction of the previous twists for a smooth twist,

or wind OPPOSITE the previous reed twists for a criss-cross handle twist. The smooth twist is shown.

Photo 3 above: Now, bring the reed ends from outside of basket to the inside and twist back a THIRD time.

Three layers should be a substantial enough handle, but you can make your own judgment with your own basket projects. When you get to the other side of the handle, take each of the two SHORTEST strands, one at a time, and weave the ends into the basket at A. Then, carry the two longest strands back along the twist to finish on the left side at B. This will place the strand endings on both sides of the handle, instead of bunched up along one side. Repeat with another handle on the opposite side. If your handle is too lumpy, don’t dwell on it- just cut it out, and do it again! You’re saying: “easy for me to say!” But frankly, it’s always best to do it over if it isn’t right, or you’ll never be satisfied with the basket. With practice, you’ll be able to make these twisted handles as smooth as silk.

For a Kid’s Kit twisted handle, go to our Kid’s Kit Twisted Handle page.

How to weave a basket

There are many ways to weave a grass basket. The following technique is just one of many. Every basket weaver has his/her own preferred method. You don’t have to do everything like it says in this tutorial. Grass basket weaving is so simple, you will get nice results no matter what. Dare to be creative!

Materials needed:

grass
yarn
long, blunt needle (buy here*)

Collect an armful of grass. You can use it as is or simply let it dry for a while. The longer the blades, the better. It works with shorter blades of grass too, but it might take a little longer.

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Start with a small bundle of long grass blades. The bundle should be about as thick as your finger. Tie it together with the yarn on one end.

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Wrap the yarn around the end a few fingers width.

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Start to coil the grass like a snail. It can be a bit stubborn in the beginning. Maybe it helps if you loosen (or tighten) the yarn a little bit more.

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Form a tight loop and tie it with the yarn.

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Now the fun begins! The grass is coiled and stitched together with the yarn. (I like to twist the grass as I coil it, to give the basket more density, but this step is optional)

At this point you will need a long, blunt needle. (buy here*) To stitch the grass, wrap the yarn around the loose grass and stitch down through the grass coil just underneath the wrapped yarn. This is how the grass basket will get its stability.

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The new yarn always passes through the grass and underneath the yarn. If the gaps between the stitches get too wide, just make an additional stitch.

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Your bundle of grass should have the same thickness all throughout the basket. If it gets too thin, add a few new blades. It works best, if you hide the new blades in between the old ones. So the ends will stay hidden.

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Work your way around the coil. Add new blades if your bundle gets too thin. Make extra stitches if the gaps get too wide.

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Continue with the coil until the base has the diameter of the basket you want to make.

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Take a look at your grass coil from both sides. Usually the stitches on the topside form a nice, neat pattern. The stitches underneath look a little more messy.

Before I start with the sides of the basket, I turn the coil upside down. That way the “neater” side will later be on the outside of the basket and the messier one will be on the inside.

Now you can start with the sides. For this you simply stop sewing the rounds next to each other, but start sewing them on top of each other. In the first round you can stitch them together a little off-center for a softer transition.

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Always make sure that you grass basket is even. Sometimes you’ll have to bend the basket a little. If the walls are higher or lower in some places, it can help to stitch down the grass a little tighter (or looser) in that area.

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If you are happy with the size of the grass basket, you can stop adding new blades into your bundle.

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Once your bundle starts to get very thin, you can sew up the ends slightly on the inside of your grass basket.

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Secure everything with a tight knot and cut off the excess blades.

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And that is all you have to do to weave a simple grass basket! It is surprisingly sturdy and keeps its shape even months later. Grass basket weaving is so much fun, that this will surely be just one of many more baskets! 🙂

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I made a whole set of them. 🙂

You can also use this techniques to make different shapes of baskets. If you want a more rounded basket, you need to stitch the rows together slightly off-center. This way you can direct the shape in- or outwards as you wish.

Try to use different materials. Straw works really well. You can get amazing results with raffia (buy here*), rushes or other plant fibers. Even wood wool can be worked into a rustic basket.

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How to weave a basket

Making a planter basket from backyard branches and vines is an attractive way to display indoor houseplants. Although the technique for weaving a basket pot is easy to learn, it may take a bit of practice to become proficient. Once you perfect how to build a basket planter, however, you may find this home-crafted project a relaxing way to spend a blustery day or to pass time in quarantine.

DIY Basket Planter Basics

You can make your own basket from reeds and canes purchased online or at your local craft store. It’s much more fun to harvest basket making supplies from plants in your own backyard though. Here are a few plants, shrubs and trees with the flexibility needed for weaving a basket pot:

Autumn is the perfect time of year to harvest basket making supplies, as many plants benefit from pruning in the fall. Select pliable stems and branches which are at least 3 feet (1 m.) long.

Before beginning your DIY basket planter, strip off the leaves, thorns, or side branches (you may wish to leave the tendrils on the vines to add character to the basket). Soak the vines or branches for 6 to 12 hours before weaving a basket pot.

How to Build a Basket Planter

Select between 5 and 8 branches to be the spokes of the basket. The spokes are the verticals which provide support for the DIY basket planter. Form a “cross” by laying approximately half of the spokes in one direction. Lay the remaining spokes on top of and perpendicular to the first set. The sets should intersect about midway along their lengths.

Take a flexible vine or branch and weave it in and out of the sets of spokes in a circular direction. This will “tie” the two sets together. Continue weaving around the center of the cross several times.

Begin weaving the flexible vine in and out of the individual spokes, gently spreading them as you make your own basket. Push the woven vines gently toward the center of the cross as you work. When you reach the end of the flexible vine or branch, tuck it between the weaves. Continue weaving with a new vine.

Continue weaving until you reach the desired diameter for your DIY basket planter. Then gently bend the spokes upright to form the sides of baskets. Work slowly and warm the branches with your hand to avoid breaking or splintering the spokes. Continue weaving a basket pot. To avoid a leaning or lopsided basket, keep an even pressure on the vine as you are weaving.

When your basket is as tall as you’d like or when you reach the last 4 inches (10 cm.) of the spokes, it’s time to finish off the top of basket. To do this, gently bend each spoke over and push it down the hole formed around the next spoke (trim the spoke you’re bending, if needed). Warm the spoke with your hand to make it more pliable.

Introduction: Cane Weaved Basket.

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I m’ here with my new instructable, which is a basket made with cane straws. which can be use to put fruits, coins, sugar sashes and many more things depend on how big it is. i am making here a basket which is 10cm in height and diameter of 15cm approximately but you can make it according to your need. so i will teach you here how to weave with cane straws. cane is very interesting material because, Cane is an excellent fiber with which to work, as it is both firm and flexible when damp. It is sold in hanks, and different sizes are obtainable from your craft store. There are many different ways of weaving of cane here i will show you 4 methods . When dry, it tightens and remains firm yet flexible.Long lasting, articles made of cane should not be allowed to become very dried out, (for example in a centrally heated room) or they will tend to split. They should be wiped over with a damp cloth, once every 3 or 4 weeks.Cane may be varnished, painted or simply left in its natural state.All cane weaving (as for baskets, shades, etc.) is done on the same principle.The cane you intend to use for ribs or stakes should be really pliable

Long pieces of cane are woven in and out of thicker pieces called ‘stakes’ or ‘ribs’. The shape of cane articles can be altered either by pulling or bending the cane while working so that a shape is formed, or by controlling the tightness of the weave.

HOW TO PREPARE MATERIAL FOR WORKING?

  • Cut the cane into convenient lengths.
  • Soak it in cold water for about half an hour to make it pliable.
  • Remember you should not cut cane more than 3 yards because it may tangle or become dirty.

Hang the lengths of cane on a hook or peg and lay a damp cloth over the strips to keep them really flexible and to protect them against dirt.

Step 1: WEAVING SPECIFICATIONS

This is the simplest weave and is merely weaving over and under, as shown in image.

Weaving generally is done from left to right.

When the end of one cane is reached, it is left behind the upright ribs on the inside of the work, pointing towards the right. The new cane is started behind the same rib, lying on top of the end of the old cane, and thus weaving is continued.

Step 2: MAKING BASKET

  • Take the 8 equal length sticks.
  • Make 2 pair from 8. ( separate 4-4 sticks)
  • Put 1 pair on another pair in such a way that it make cross in middle.
  • Take another straw of cane (9th stick should be as long as possible). If it will be long it will be easy to make and it will have less joints. but if you have short than don’t worry you can use it.
  • Now you have 4 sides in cross, with which you are going to weave.
  • Start with any 1 side among 4.
  • Put the straw under of 1 side than on second it will be from over than again under and again over. repeat this and make 4 to 5 rounds and hold it tight.
  • Now from 4 sides which have 4 sticks each, you have to separate it in 2 pairs.(on each side you have 4 sticks and you will separate them into 2-2. do this to each side so total 8 sides). so ultimately you will get 8 pairs of sticks.
  • now cut any 1 side among 8. (1 pair)
  • you have total 7 sides now and 14 sticks in total. now we are going to weave in 7 pairs.
  • Start weaving where you had stopped after making 4 to 5 rounds.
  • Now go under on 1 then over on 2nd then under on 3rd then over on 4th then under on 5th then over on 6th then under on 7th and so on.
  • Repeat the under over pattern till you get enough height. now cut the end where you want to stop and penetrate the end into weaved part.
  • Now push the basket down side to give it height. (before it was a circle and now you have a basket )`
  • Cut the extra part.
  • Now let it dry so it will be tight enough and you can use it than.

NOTE: it is very important to cut 1 pair among 8 because if you will not cut it will always weave in same manner. example: it will be always under under under under on same pair. so you will not be able to make basket.

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Learn how to make a paper basket using this printable weaving template. This paper basket weaving is the perfect place to sharpen weaving skills as well as recycle some past artwork into something brand new!

Paper basket weaving supplies….

This project is the king of turning “nothing” into “something.” All you need is paper, scissors, and a bit of tape. There’s lots of wiggle room for using all different types of materials so you can absolutely use what you have!

We recycled painted papers from past art adventures for super vibrant baskets. This is a great way to slim down that pile of old artwork that you’re not quite sure what to do with. Give it new life by chopping it into strips and using it to make this DIY basket!

I’ve got a printable template to help you get started and give your basket some structure. Print on card stock for a sturdy beginning to your paper basket weaving. We used white in the pics but card stock is also available in lots of bright colors. The template is sized to print on standard 8.5 x 11 copy paper so nothing special is needed!

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Getting prepped for your paper basket….

Cut the solid lines of your printed template and fold on the dashed lines. Those little tabs marked “T” are an important part. They get folded and will help the basket keep its shape while you’re just getting started. (I tried it without and the basket was super floppy until a couple rows of weaving had been established.) Fold the four sides of the basket up and use a tiny bit of tape to secure the tabs to the neighboring side.

Have a few strips of paper nearby. The strips we used were between 1/3 and 1/2 thick. They do not all have to be the same width but it is helpful if they’re straight. I’ll admit I am not good at straight lines. I picked up one of these inexpensive little paper cutters and it makes me happy everytime I use it. It cuts smooth, straight lines every time. And because it’s not the old fashioned guillotine type of paper cutter my kids can use it themselves!

If you can, cut strips from paper that’s 12 x 18. Cut the paper longs way for 18 inch strips that will weave all the way around the basket with no splicing needed. This longer length allows for plenty of room for overlap plus a little extra. If shorter pieces need to be used splice them together with some tape before you begin weaving!

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Let’s start weaving….

Weaving a paper basket is a little different than flat paper weaving. Not only does your student need to understand the basic under, over patterning of weaving but they need to be able to maneuver the paper strips around the corners and understand how to continue the weaving pattern around the corners. If your student is new to weaving I suggest spending a few minutes on this basic paper weaving tutorial! Starting simple will alleviate a lot of frustration and make your kiddo much more successful at this paper basket weaving!

Assuming your kiddo gets the under, over patterning that weaving requires- let’s get started! Here’s a big tip- start weaving your first paper strip in the middle of one of the four sides. Leave a little tail and secure with tape if your child struggles with pulling the paper strip out, Begin the over under pattern until a corner is reached. Pinch the paper strip to give it a clean 90 degree angle and continue around the corner. Check and make sure your student continues the pattern after going around the corner as this can be a bit tricky!

When the paper strip meets back where it started overlap a bit, cut off any extra, and secure with a bit of tape. Don’t attempt to go on the next row using a single strip of paper as it will result in a bunchy, twisted section that’s just no fun. Start a new strip on the second row and do the same for the third row. Weave as many rows as you have time for. Three seemed to be our max!

Watch the video below for a quick demo of our paper basket weaving!

Finishing your woven paper basket….

Once you have woven all the paper strips you have room for it’s time to secure them so your basket stays finished! Fold over the portion of the strips from the white template that are on the outside of the colorful woven strips. The remaining white strips, which are on the inside of the basket, can be snipped off so they are level with the top of the basket. Use a couple small pieces of clear tap on the inside of each side of the paper basket to secure the folded down tabs. You could definitely use dots of glue here too. The tape is quick and easy and didn’t detract from the finished product at all though. Do what your student prefers!

Create a simple handle using an additional strip of paper tucked into a row of weaving and secured with tape or glue. We used a leftover strip of the weaving paper!

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Get the paper basket weaving template….

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Another DIY basket idea….

If you like this paper basket weaving I know you’ll want to check out this post! With another free template you can turn a paper plate into the structure for weaving a bowl. This weaving uses yarn but it would be fun to try with paper strips as well!

Once you figure out how to do the corners weaving a diagonal shape is actually not that hard to do.

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Start weaving long blades of grass in the basic weaving pattern.

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Continue weaving. This large flat weave will form the base of the grass basket.

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Turn the weave to form a diamond shape. This will give you a diagonal weave pattern.

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Fold the four sides flat to create the bottom edges. The grass should just snap but not brake.

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Creating a neat corner is always the hardest. Fold the corner blade over to create an edge and continue the weaving pattern.

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Fold the next blade over and weave it down the opposite side.

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Weave each blade all the way down the basket. Continue the weaving pattern to create the sides.

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As you weave pull the blades of grass tight to create a strong basket.

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When the sides are as high as you require it to be cut the grass a bit shorter and fold the alternating blades over the top grass weave to catch the blade and weave the blade down the outside of the basket

Now do the same folding the fold the leftover blades over to the inside of the basket to catch those weave blades and weave it in the inside. Cut any leftover grass sections short.

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This creates a zigzag top edge for the basket.

You can finish the design by just adding the handle but I wanted a decorative edge.

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To weave the decorative edge and the basket handle I wove 5 strands of grass into a long band.

The middle leaf is variegated to add a bit of contrast. You will need to weave two.

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Stitch the band around the rugged edge of the basket using a long and flexible blade of grass.

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I find it easier to cut the harder section of the blade at an angle to make it easier to stitch with. Stitch the trim all the way around the basket.

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Stitch the handle to the sides of the basket.

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All done and ready to design with. The Monkey grass dried really well and kept it’s healthy green colour.

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How to weave a basket

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in.

How to weave a basket

I wove my bird from shaved wood but you can also use flax, coconut palm (more traditional) or paper or ribbon

How to weave a basket

A great all natural gift decorating alternative