By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor
Create a hand-woven basket for spring or a special occasion that is sure to be as much fun to make as it is to use. Add some ribbon or paper handles and you have the perfect basket for Easter, too!
Begin by using a paper trimmer to cut 8- 3/4” strips of patterned paper from a 12” x 12” sheet (Dear Lizzy Serendipity by American Crafts) and 7- ½” strips from cardstock (pink cardstock). Leave all of the strips 12” in length.
Also, cut 2- 5/8” wide strips and 9-1/8” wide strips from cardstock.
Continue to add the strips so that they would look like the numbers on a clock as shown in the picture. Add some adhesive in the center of each strip to adhere it.
Glue 3 of the 1/8” strips together to form one long piece.
Add a small dot of glue (Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue) onto one of the strips and begin to weave the 36” long strip under and over the strips of patterned paper. Be sure to start the weaving 2” from the center so that as you weave it will form the bottom of the basket. The pink strip should be standing on its edge and not laying flat as you work on this step.
Continue to weave the strip around the basket folding every other piece upwards to begin forming the bottom. Use the narrow piece as a guide for folding. Note: when you go all the way around the basket after the first time, you will need to switch the under/over pattern making a change in the weave. This is normal and will become the back of the basket in the end.
Weave 3 rows up from the bottom. Trim off any excess once you have the 3 rows.
Attach 2 of the ½” strips together and begin to weave the next row. Once you reach the back of the basket trim off the extra and glue it to the next strip to finish off the three needed rows.
Start the second strip where you left off with the first, but glue the strip to the top of the patterned paper strip so that the weaving pattern is changed and is correct for the next row. Finish the 3 rows in this way.
Take one of the ½” strips and fold it 1” down and adhere it.
Attach the strip to the rounded one so that it extends ½” over the end.
Now trim the strip to 8”.
Add brads to each of the holes. Repeat the above steps to form a second piece as shown.
Glue both strips above the last woven section making sure that the ends are tucked under the rounded tabs to create a finished edge. Trim the top of the basket even with the strips using a pair of scissors.
Add the ½” strip around the inside to finish off the edge. Use a piece that you trimmed off earlier of one of the other strips to fill in as needed.
Whether it’s a basket full of plastic eggs or a basket full of your favorite treats, this is the perfect one to hold all of those special little prizes. Create one just to celebrate the new spring season or as a special gift for someone. No matter what you use it for it will be a pride and joy because it’s handmade.