Woven Basket

  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3

Use a simple weaving technique to decorate a wood stick basket


  • 25 Pack Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Acrylic Paint Jars, 24 Assorted colors
  • Craft Sticks 150 Pack
  • Paper Cup
  • Heavy Duty Scissors **May require adult assistance
  • Craft Glue


Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Friendship Thread Woven basket kids craft

Make a Woven Basket

Step 2.

Using the heavy duty scissors, have an adult cut the top off of a paper cup, leave about 2 inches on the bottom of the cup.

Kids Craft Basket

Step 3.

Glue a Wooden Craft Stick to the side of the paper cup as shown.

Weave Friendship thread to make a basket

Step 4.

Continue gluing Craft Sticks around the cup. The number of Craft Sticks that fit around the cup will vary depending on the size of the cup. You will need an odd number of Craft Sticks around the cup in order for the weaving to be successful. You might need to adjust the spacing between the Craft Sticks so that you can fit an odd number. In our example, we used 17 Craft Sticks.

Friendship thread basket

Step 5.

Paint the outside of your basket and let it dry.

Friendship Thread Woven Basket Craft for kids

Step 6.

Pick a color of Friendship Thread Sailor Cord that you want to use. Tie an end around one of the Wooden Craft Sticks, pressing the cord down, until it touches the paper cup.

Make a woven basket

Step 7.

Start weaving the cord around the Craft Sticks. To do this, start with the Sailor Cord behind one stick, and then pull it around the front of the second stick. Bring the Cord behind the third stick and continue this pattern of “over, under, over, under.”

Simple basket weaving kids craft with friendship thread

Step 8.

Continue this pattern around the basket until you are almost out of the Cord. As you go around the basket, you will see the woven pattern start to take place. 

Woven Basket project for kids made with friendship thread

Step 9.

When you have about 3 inches of Cord left, pick another color of Cord. Tie the ends together with a small knot and keep weaving. When you start to weave in the knot, do your best to tuck the pieces of the knot behind one of the Craft Sticks. Continue weaving and adding the other colors of Cord.

Children's arts and crafts project, woven basket

Step 10.

When you are ready to end the weaving, cut off any extra Cord. Glue the end of the cord in place, to keep the weaving from coming undone.

Friendship Thread Woven Basket Kids Craft

Step 11.

Your basket is complete. Use it to hold pencils or flowers crafts. It makes a great gift for a teacher or parent!