BASKET WEAVING – Colour, Pattern, Form

Students use rolled newspaper rods to create a sturdy basket and decorate it with acrylic paint and glitter glue.

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BASKET WEAVING – Colour, Pattern, Form


  • Crayola Acrylic Paint - 6 Count
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Paint Brushes - 5 Count
  • Crayola Glitter Glue
  • Newspapers
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Pencils
  • Clothes Pins
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels


Step 1
  1. Cut 11 pieces of newspaper 13 cm x 27 cm.
  2. Place 1 piece of the newspaper flat on your desk and at a 45 degree angle to the edge of your desk.
  3. Place a pencil on one corner of the paper so that it is parallel to the edge of your desk.
  4. Slowly begin to roll the paper around the pencil keeping it fairly tight.

Step 2
  1. When you are almost at the end put a small amount of glue on the corner of the paper, then finish rolling the paper.
  2. Press the glued tip against the rolled paper to hold it in place.
  3. Remove the pencil and you have made a paper rod.
  4. Make 11 rods.
Step 3
  1. Use a tracer to draw 2 circles with a diameter of about 9 - 11 cm on the cereal box cardboard.
  2. Cut them out.
Step 4
  1. Arrange the 11 newspaper rods on one of the circles, radiating out from the centre and evenly spaced.
  2. Glue them in place.
  3. These are the warp rods.
  4. Put lots of glue on top of the rods and cardboard.

Step 5
  1. Place the other cardboard circle on top.
  2. Make sure to line the 2 circles up carefully.
  3. Squeeze them together and clamp them in place with clothespins.
  4. Set this base aside to dry.
Step 6
  1. While the base is drying cut 12 pieces of newspaper 13 cm x 34 cm.
  2. Use the paper to roll 12 rods.
  3. These will be your weft rods.
Step 7
  1. Fold the warp rods up at right angles to the base.
  2. Put a small amount of glue on the end of a weft rod.
  3. Use a clothespin to fasten it to a warp rod close to the cardboard.
  4. Weave it over and under the warp rods until you get to the end.
  5. Gently push the weft rod down evenly along the bottom of the base.
Step 8
  1. When you get to the end of a weft rod add another rod to it.
  2. Put a small amount of glue in the end of the rod.
  3. Gently insert a new rod.
  4. Pinch them together and keep on weaving.
Step 9
  1. Glue the end of the last rod to the warp rod.
  2. Hold it in place with a clothespin.
  3. Cut the ends of the warp rods so they are all the same length – about 6 cm above the weaving.
Step 10
  1. Bend the ends of the warp rods and tuck them between the weft rods.
Step 11
  1. Examine your basket from all directions.
  2. Make sure it is nicely rounded and that the weft rods are snug against each other.
Step 12
  1. Paint the basket and decorate it with glitter glue and/or other embellishments.
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