Friday, April 3, 2009

Easter basket

Miss E and I were brainstorming ideas for some Easter craft today. She came up with this idea because she has a lovely easter basket but we didn't have one for A and she was very concerned about where the easter bunny would put his eggs. Anyway, we had a lot of fun putting this together and are thrilled with the finished item. We had already done similar weaving on a tiny scale so I just had to modify it for a larger project by adding the card base.

Here is the tutorial.

Firstly, cut a circle of paper from a paper plate or stiff card and put an odd number of dots around the perimeter (it is important that it is an odd number otherwise the weaving won't work).

Next, I just used the pointy end of the scissors to make a little hole where each pencilled dot is.

Then softly fold your chenille stems (or pipecleaners as they are also known) in half and push each end up through 2 holes. Now, obviously there is an odd number of dots so you will need to put one chenille stem through halfway and secure it to the underside loop of the chenille stem next door, so to speak. Once you have wound it around or pinched it to secure you can trim the excess off.

Now, you just bend one end of a chenille stem around any of the uprights and start weaving. Miss E is nearly 7 and she had no problems with the weaving - it is nice and simple. Just keep adding chenille stems by twisting their ends together as you run out.

Once you get to a little bit less than an inch from the top you can secure the last weaving chenille stem around one of the uprights and then bend over all of the uprights to secure the top of the basket. Now, half of the uprights will have their horizontal chenille stem on the inside so you can just simply fold the upright over and pinch. The other half will have their horizontal chenille stem on the outside so I just folded the upright the other way and then pushed it through to the inside for a neat finish. The idea is to make sure the last horizontal chenille stem is secured with every upright one.

You could leave it without a handle but we also added a handle simply by winding two stems together to get a good length and then poking it through on either side and winding it back around itself to secure. I also made a little chenille bunny outline and popped that on the front so we know it is for easter. Miss E had creative control over the colours so they are not necessarily the 'spring'iest' of colour combinations but I think it looks great anyway.


  1. I found your blog doing a search for basket weaving. This turned out very sweet and I'm sure the Easter bunny will leave lots of goodies in it.

  2. Clicked over from Kiddio's Jamboree and I think this basket is amazing! I'd love to link to it on my blog. Couldn't find an email to request photo permission...please email me at onecraftyplace(at)gmail(dot)com.

  3. Thanks guys! I would love for you to link on your blog. Sending you an email right now...

  4. Hi!
    I’m one of the Editors at and I just wanted to let you know that I have linked to your project on our site. You can see the project here:

    I think it’s a great project that our readers will just love to make! This will easily bring traffic to your site and allow others to see what’s new on your site.

    We're hoping that by reaching out we'll hear back from you. With that said, can we have permission to link to any project on your site as well as use the image, with credit to you, of course?
    Also, we would love it if you would include a link back from your site to ours. Whether it’s on your blog roll, in an “As Featured On” section, a quick link from the original blog post, or a new blog post, any shout-out would be appreciated! If you do post a link, please shoot me a quick email to let me know.


    Melissa Conner, Editor
    Prime Publishing LLC
    3400 Dundee Road
    Northbrook, IL 60062

  5. Nice idea. I'd love to try it. Do you know how many pipe cleaners you use for this project?


    1. Hi Sue! Thanks for stopping by. I can't say for certain but I would estimate between 60 and 70 I think. I would err on having a lot more on hand though just in case!



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