Use a simple weaving technique to decorate a wood stick basket
- Paint Brushes 25 Pack Assorted Styles
- Acrylic Paint Jars
- Craft Sticks 150 Pack
- Paper Cup
- Heavy Duty Scissors **May require adult assistance
- Craft Glue
Step 1. Gather your supplies.
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.
Glue a Wooden Craft Stick to the side of the paper cup as shown.
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.
Paint the outside of your basket and let it dry.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Your basket is complete. Use it to hold pencils or flowers crafts. It makes a great gift for a teacher or parent!