Students can create a Valentine’s Day themed weaving project. These little baskets are so sweet.
By Janet Jackson [Janet is from Hermiston, OR]
What You Need:
- Construction paper &/or gift wrap
- Glue &/or stapler (to attach handles)
What you Do:
Cut one strip about 1 inch by 7 inches (to be used as basket handle).
Cut two (from contrasting papers) 3″ x 7 or 8″ rectangles.
Fold in half and round the cut ends.
Mark and cut in 3 inches from fold, 4 three-quarter inch wide strips, as for a Japanese lantern, leaving the rounded ends in tact.
Weave the folded strips through each other [the first folded “strip” of #1 goes around first folded strip of #2, then through #2’s second strip, around #2’s third strip, and through #2’s fourth strip.
Repeat with #1’s second strip -except in reverse order [ie., through #2’s first strip, around #2’s second strip, through the third strip and around the fourth strip.
Weave #1’s third strip with directions for #1’s first strip.
Weave the fourth strip as was done with the second strip.
Attach the handle with either glue or with a stapler.
You can decorate the individual squares formed by the weave [as some of our students have done, or leave “plain”.
The basket size can vary.
Step by Step Video: