Woven Basket

by Laura Canale

Create a beautiful basket with paper strips and glue.


  • 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Ruler
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue Stick
  • Double Sided Sticky Strip
  • Distressing Ink and dauber (optional)
  • Ribbon
  • Brads


  1. Step 1

    From cardstock cut (all 12" long)

    8 strips 3/4" wide,
    9 strips 1/8" wide,
    7 strips 1/2" wide,
    2 strips 5/8" wide.

  2. Step 2 (Optional)

    Ink edges of wider strips on the side that will be the outside of your basket.

  3. Step 3

    Create the base of the basket by crossing the 3/4" strips as shown. Use a glue stick to secure each overlapping section in the center.

  4. Step 4

    From the 1/8" strips create three 36" long strips with a glue stick. This will allow you to use a more continuous weave when you start your basket.

  5. Step 5

    With distressed side facing down, start weaving with the 1/8 " strips. Start about 2" from the center.
    It will be loose when you start and you shouldn't have to tug too hard on the weaving strip. If you are having a hard time getting started you could use a little glue to hold the 1/8" paper in place.
    After the first row of weaving is done it is helpful to fold up the 3/4" strip where it meets the 1/8" strip. This becomes the bottom of your basket. Continue weaving in the other strips of 1/8' x 36" strips. With a continuous weave you have to skip a weave when you get back to your starting point. It shouldn't be too noticeable once the weaving is finished.

  6. Step 6

    Glue the ends of 2 of the 1/2" strips together to create a 24" long strip. Weave that above the smaller row. This will not be a continuous weave. Trim the remainder of the strip and glue that to the end of another 1/2" strip. This will be long enough to do the next row of weaving. Repeat for the third row. You will use what's left of the 1/2" strips for some finishing work on the basket.

  7. Step 7

    Trim corners of one end of the 5/8" strip. Adhere 1/2" strip to the top with 1/2" folded behind to create the finishing detail as seen in the picture below on the right. Trim each strip to 8".

  8. Step 8

    Starting 1/4" in from decorative edge, make 6 marks 1 1/4" apart. Punch holes, adhere brads to front side, flip over and attach 5 1/2" length of ribbon with double sided tape behind the 3rd and 5th brads. Add strip of double sided tape to entire length of both trim pieces.

  9. Step 9

    Attach trim pieces just above the last row of weaving. Leave enough unattached to tuck the tail end of the second piece under the first.

  10. Step 10

    Trim excess strips to slightly under the top of the trim. Adhere Sticky Strip™ to 2 longest lengths of leftover 1/2 strips. Adhere to inside top of basket to cover trimmed edges.

  11. Your basket is finished.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Woven Basket. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Sigh! You are amazing girl! I love your wonderful baskets! Gonna have to try this!
Cammie  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 8:41 AM
Awesome, Laura! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial! smile
Christina Fischer (cmf1216)  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 8:44 AM
WOW! are those cute!!!!
Kim  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 9:16 AM
oh my word - what a feat of genius! It's a thing of beauty.
Jennifer  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 9:41 AM
Wow, Laura! This is so beautiful! I am going to try this, and I can't wait to see how everyone's turns out! ps, can you use a brad to hold the basket together in the center circle?
Becky  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 9:58 AM
This is great. I can't wait to do this for Easter treats!
Ana  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 10:10 AM
Cool technique.
Eveline van Heijst  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 10:25 AM
Oh my...It's Longaberger out of cardstock! Too cool.
Susan  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 11:50 AM
This is so cool! I don't have any 12X12 cardstock; if I play with the measurements will it still work?
Cordelia  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 11:56 AM
Awesome basket!! You always make them look so easy! When I get the time and patience, you bet I will be on it! : )
Deborah ANton  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 3:09 PM
what an adorable basket!! looks like some of the longaberger baskets i have... for a lot less money! tfs.
Paula Eddington  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 3:40 PM
Great job! I hope you initialed it on the bottom and put the year on it! This is a must lift for me....Longaberger Cons, great gift idea for my best clients!! Thank you for sharing!
Michele  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 6:24 PM
This is awesome! I used to weaved baskets but never thought of making one out of paper. I'll try this one tonight. Thank you Beate.
Jocelyn Howell  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 7:25 PM
I finally made one of these adorable weaved baskets and it turned out pretty darn cute but I doubt I will ever make another one? LOL Maybe...
Danielle  |  Thu Apr 2, 2009 at 7:19 PM
What a nice reminder of my childhood ... I made baskets every Easter or as party favors as a child from scraps I had ... these are very nice!
Julia Duhaime  |  Fri Apr 3, 2009 at 9:01 AM
I got confused at step 7. There are two 5/8" strips, do we do this to both of them? Instructions only refer to one strip. Do we cut off the strips to both be 8" each? Would also be nice to know how many brads we need in the supplies list.
Heidi  |  Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 7:10 AM
it's true I made baskets every Easter or as party favors as a child from scraps I had ... these are very nice!
  |  Sun Jun 27, 2010 at 9:59 AM
So cool. I may sell some at Farmers Market. smile
Shania  |  Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

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