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Weave a stylish and sturdy basket with wood tape—great for gift giving, holding Easter treats, or to help you organize your space.
There are many, many, basket weaving tutorials found online. We were inspired by this tutorial here. It is easy to weave with wood tape. We found that Wood tape, with the backer left on, is extremely flexible and pliable making the weaving experience simple and fun. Our basket took us 45 minutes to complete from start to finish.
Supplies for the ‘Easter Basket’: One roll of Cherry Wood Tape, White Birch Sticky Wood Sheets, coral card stock, Scallop edge punch, Happy Easter Stamp, Coral Ink, Oval Punch, Scissors, paper clips, and glue dots.
‘Basket’ weaving instructions and photos:
1. Using one roll of Cherry Wood tape, cut eight strips of tape, 16 inches long. Next cut another three strips of tape, 18 inches long – set 18 inch strips aside
2. Flip the eight 16″ strips of Cherry Wood tape over with the backing left on and facing up. Place 4 strips vertical on a flat surface. Weave the first piece starting from the bottom left corner, over, under, over, under. Repeat this process with remaining 3 strips. Straighten and center the weaving to the middle of the strips.
3. This part take a little patience but will create the square shape of your basket. Grab the three 18″ strips of Cherry Wood tape. Taking one piece of 18″ Cherry Wood tape and paper clips start the weaving at the base of the basket. Use the paper clips to temporarily hold the weaving in place until the next row is woven. Weave all four sides tucking and weaving in any excess at the end. Remember – leave the tape backing on so the wood weaves easily and does not stick.
4. Repeat this weaving process with the remaining 2 strips of 18″ Cherry Wood tape. Your basket should be shaped like the image below and should be three strips high. There will be long tails hanging from the top.
5. Next, take each tail and weave it down to toward the inside of the basket – lightly folding the tape at the rim of the basket. At this point we strategically took some of the tape backing off as each tail was woven downward, sticking some of the weaving together. You do not need to do this to complete the basket but we found it helpful to stick and hold certain strips together.
6. Once each tail has been woven downward and into the basket tuck in the ends and remove tape backing as needed to stick into place. Remove any paper clips.
7. Next we will create a basket liner out of coral card stock. This liner will stick to any exposed pieces of sticky tape leaving the inside of your basket smooth and ready to fill with whatever treat you desire. Cut four 4″ x 8″ strips of coral card stock. Using a scallop edge punch, scallop punch one of the 4″ ends of the card stock, repeat with remaining 4″ x 8″ pieces. Score and fold the card stock to fit inside of your basket with a 1/2″ lip of the scallop overhanging the basket. Tack down card stock with glue dots at base of basket as needed.
9. Stamp your Happy Easter image with coral ink onto a piece of White Birch Sticky Wood Sheet. Punch out using an oval punch. Remove liner and adhere to one side of your basket.
10. With your remaining Cherry Wood tape, create a handle. Remove liner and line with coral card stock. Adhere with glue dots to sides of basket.