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« on: April 30, 2007 09:57:46 PM »

These baskets are a great project to make with kids.  Just don't let them play with the knife!  It's best to make a variety of the "pieces" so they can mix and match what they want to use.


- a ruler
- a pencil
- a cutting surface (I use a cutting board)
- a knife/exacto

What you need to start with are 2 pieces of rectangular paper.  They can be patterned or plain.  Wrapping paper or origami paper look the best, but construction paper works well also.  I prefer wrapping paper because it's easier to fold and cut.  My usual size are 18 cm long and about 12 cm wide with an extra 4 cm so I can make a handle.  With a 18 cm piece, your finished basket will be 9cm long and 12 cm wide. 

Start by measuring 2-3 cm down from where your basket starts.  From that point, begin marking 2 cm intervals from one end to the other.  If your paper is 12 cm wide, this will give you 6 strips 2 cm wide.  You can do the extra 4 cm with the other 12 cm and cut it off right after, or you can do the handle right afterwards.  I usually slit the 2 cm interval in the  handle but that's strictly voluntary.  I do it for looks.  Wink Repeat the same steps on your other piece of rectangular paper.

Now it's time to weave!

If you start one line by going UNDER, then the next line MUST be started by going OVER. 

If you are using 2 6 strip pieces, begin the FIRST line by going OVER (one strip goes OVER the other strip in your second strip) and then UNDER (the strip that went over your other strip then goes through your next strip) and so on and so forth.  When your finished, your basket will look something like this:

Admire your basket!  You can attach the handle at this point.  Or, if you want to make a fishy, then you can attach a pair of googly eyes.  One on each side.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2007 10:01:15 PM »

Thank you, thank you! That paper is awesome too!


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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2007 06:38:00 PM »

Thanks for the tute.  I can't wait to try it out.

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