Weave Your Own Paper Basket
Weaving with Paper is Fun
Scrapbook paper provides a million different ways to free your crafty side. Frequently, when we think of scrapbook paper though, we think of two-dimensional projects. Yet, with so many beautiful patterns to choose from, why not try your hand at a 3-dimensional project like this woven paper basket? A simple touch like this can spruce up any small space with a splash of color.
Here's a list of what you will need to get started weaving your own paper basket:
- Darning needle
- Bone folder (optional)
- 6 sheets patterned scrapbook paper (cut into 24 3-inch strips) - I chose two different paper patterns; be creative with this.
- 2 20-inch lengths scrap yarn
Tools for the Project
Save your fingers with this bone folder. It's a simple tool designed to help you make perfect creases in your paper. Especially when you have lots of creases to make... your hands will thank you.
I recommend 12x12, single-sided paper and make your basket. We are folding the white back side inside the strips so they won't show at all.
Instructions: Getting started
1) Use adhesive to paste the ends of two matching paper strips together, overlapping about ¼ inch. Repeat for all strips of paper, giving you 12 long strips.
2) Fold one strip in half the long way. Open the fold. Then fold each edge to the center crease you created. You should have one long ¾-inch wide strip. Repeat this step for the remaining 11.
3) Weave the 12 long strips together at the center. 6 strips will create the warp and 6 will be the weft in a simple over-under pattern. Center the strips and tighten the weave together.
You'll want these refills for the Tombow Adhesive Dispenser below. It's so quick and easy, you'll be crafting up a storm in no time.
This is an excellent adhesive tool! The adhesive strip rolls out smoothly and easily, making your craft project quick and mess-free. I highly recommend it! Don't forget to order the refills too.
Building Your Base
LIKE THIS VIDEO you will be using a simple over/under pattern to build your base.
UNLIKE THIS VIDEO you will be packing your paper strips closely together and your base will be a 6x6 strip base.
Next Steps: Start Weaving
4) Use yarn to twine around the woven base. Tighten the woven base again and knot the yarn ends to hold it in place.
See the video below for how to twine the base
5) Take three strips from one side and the three strips on the adjoining corner. Fold this corner evenly toward the center of the base. Fold each corner in this way. Use clothespins to hold woven strips in place while your work the other corners.
Twining to Stabilize Your Base
LIKE THIS VIDEO you will be twining around the perimeter of your base.
UNLIKE THIS VIDEO you will be twining with yarn and you will remove it later, so you don't have to worry about it matching or looking nice. It just has to stabilize your base.
Weave to the Top
6) Start weaving side 1 using the same over-under pattern as shown in the picture at the left. Clip, and repeat for side 2. Weave sides 1 and 2 together and clip before moving on to side 3. Weave side 3 and then weave it into side 2. Start side 4 and weave it into side 3 on one side and into side 1 on the other. Then continue to weave up on every side - re-clipping as you go - until the ends are too short to go any further.
7) Unclip one side of the basket and work the strips tighter together. Re-clip the top and move to the next side to the right. Repeat this process until you are satisfied with the closeness of the weave. Then do the same process for the strips going the other direction. When you are satisfied with the weave going both directions, you are ready to finish off the top.
Do you enjoy weaving with paper?
Do you enjoy weaving with paper?
Final Steps: Finishing the Weave
8) Find your shortest strips. Unclip the nearest clothespin. Where the two shortest strips cross each other, fold one over the other, remaining true to the over-under weave pattern. Then, fold the remaining end over the first one. When folding the tabs over one another, make sure you are pulling them tight. This will further even out your weaving. Tuck the end under the existing weave structure. Continue this process all the way around the top.
9) When the top peaks are completed and you are satisfied with the evenness of your finished work, go around the inside of the basket, tucking in the longer tabs for added security. Trim any ends that cannot be tucked in. Your basket is complete!!
* Create longer strips to make a larger basket
* Add colors or change the order of colors in your warp and weft.
* Use different widths of paper
* Weave in ribbon accents
Cutting and Tucking the Ends
LIKE THIS VIDEO when you finish your over/under pattern of weaving, you will cut and tuck the ends in so they can't be seen.
UNLIKE THIS VIDEO your weaving pattern is diagonal, so when you tuck the ends they create points (as shown in my photo above) at the top rather than a flat edge.
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