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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Woven Basket Tutorial 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!

THIS IS IMPORTANT[/glow] 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!
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / a gift for my friend Shelley [ lots of lovely goodies inside! ] on: April 04, 2007 10:24:52 PM
I made this as a gift for my friend Shelley.  I kept forgetting to give her a Chinese New Year gift (lucky candy) and a Valentine's Day Gift (a handmade heart), so I decided to make it up to her.  I mainly forgot because we work different shifts, so it was difficult to meet up!  I made a woven basket (very easy to do, and great for Easter!), strawberries, and I added 2 hearts (one for her, and one for her husband Jay), 8 lucky candies (8 is a lucky number!) and a package of Strawberry Pocky (who doesn't love Pocky?), and a few turtles.  I'm going to give it to her tomorrow at work.

The whole gift isn't really ALL handmade, but 3/4 of it is.  The Strawberries are made using a special paper just for the purpose (I found it while cleaning my room!) and they're great.  I plan to make a more detailed post about them.

The baskets are a GREAT project to do with kids (my mom used to do them with me when I was younger!) and they make a great small basket for some Easter goodies.  Or anytime you want to make a unique presentation.  The basket shape can also be used to make a fish.  If you would like more information, please let me know!  On either the strawberries or baskets/fish.  The basket is very easy, and I can whip up a tutorial if there's any interest!

I hope she likes it!  Smiley

[ all together ]

[ basket ]

[ close up of the weave ]

[ strawberries! ]

the reason I didn't post pictures of the pocky, and candy is because they're not really crafty.  The turtles and hearts are part of my other posts.  Smiley
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Turtley goodness! Tutorial! (picture happy!) on: March 23, 2007 11:54:14 PM
My name is Tohnia. And I make origami.  This is a tutorial for an origami turtle.  This is the way I make turtles, so feel free to modify steps if you feel that you can make it another way.  This is just the way that I find it works best.  All the lines that are dark are your FOLD lines.  It makes it easier to follow.


A) Halfway length & width wise
B) Diagonally both ways
C) Cupboard door to the center length & width wise (basically halfway from your halfway fold in A
D) Fold each corner into the center

You next need to make a waterbomb base.  To do this, press the middle of two opposite sides into the center to achieve a waterbomb base.

Next, bring the bottom edge to the tip of your base and then press the two BOTTOM diagonal edges into the center.  This will give you your turtle base.  Repeat on the other side.

Now, fold the TOP part of your base (the one side that doesn't split into two, those are your legs) to the middle.  Repeat on the other side.

NOTE:  this next step is completely voluntary.  I only included it because this is the way that I find makes the best legs without having to guess at what would look best.  You can skip this step if you wish.  This is just the way I find it works best.

Now, turn the sides of your model so the 2 sides with all the folds showing together, so that your now left with 2 legs on either side, and 2 long points.  These will turn into your tail and head.  Fold one side to become your head (fold down the tip of one side, I often use the more "ugly" side and press the two sides together to make a head).  Press the two sides of your tail and head together to show all your folds show again. (notice the cup & Benylin & spoon?  I'm sick  Sad and I took some medicine before I took the photos and forgot to remove it!  So just ignore that part!)

At this point, you will notice that there is a nice little "pocket" on each side between your legs.  The easiest way to puff up your turtle is to insert your index fingers (one on each side!) and GENTLY pull them down.
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