How to Weave a Willow Basket?

how to weave a willow basket

I thought it was complicated but it was my 7-year-old daughter who showed me the method :) She learned it at a summer camp on the seaside last summer. She was so proud and happy with her basket… well the animator had helped a little, but it doesn’t matter. :)

Here’s our basket after 2-3 weeks – it has dried well and turned into a miniature garden.

how to weave a willow basket

It’s good for putting things in (though the branches chip a little).

how to weave a willow basket

Take 5 long willow twigs and tie them in the middle as shown.

how to weave a willow basket

Start weaving other twigs around the centre – above one vertical twig, then below the next one. To make the weaving easier and get a bowl shape, tie the tops of the branches together with a piece of string.

how to weave a willow basket

Intertwine every twig so it wouldn’t unravel easily. From time to time push the woven part down to make it thicker.

how to weave a willow basket

When you decide you’re ready, untie the top parts of the vertical branches that served as your warp. Tie each twig along the rim so you won’t have to cut it. This will also make your rim thicker.

how to weave a willow basket

Put a heavy object in the middle. This will make the base of your basket sturdier when it dries (in 2-3 weeks).

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What Others Are Saying

  1. negurita clement 04/06/2013 at 17:45

    Este interesanta pagina. Astfel de obiecte se pot face la cercurile de maini indemanatice din scoli.

  2. jennywren 26/07/2013 at 00:00

    love this as I do a class at a school with children that need a little extra help this will be great

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  5. Diane 16/04/2016 at 18:55

    Your wonderful art ideas truly keep me inspired in the classroom and for myself. Thank you.

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