When I was a
little girl, my mother gave me a potholder loom kit. I remember weaving potholders for everyone in my family. This DIY project is reminiscent of that
craft. It will allow children of all ages to experience the joy of weaving,
only this time the medium is paper. You can use this project to create notepaper,
invitations, or greeting cards for any occasion. I chose to create a Mother's Day card.
Brown craft paper
Beige linen paper (25% cotton heavyweight)
Card stock paper
How to Create the Basket Weave Design
- Start by cutting the linen and craft paper into 1" inch strips. You will need approximately 15-20 strips (7-10 of each color).
- Lay 5 strips vertically on a table.
- Starting from the left hand side, take a strip and horizontally weave it over the first vertical strip and under the second vertical strip. The pattern is over, under, over, under.
- For your next horizontal strip, you will weave it under the first vertical strip and over the second vertical strip. The pattern for the 2nd horizontal strip is under, over, under, over.
- You will continue to alternate the pattern of your strips. The third horizontal strip will be in the over and under pattern.
- The side that is facing up is the finished side. The underside is your unfinished side.
- Repeat your weave until you have a large enough surface for your Mother's Day greeting. I chose a 6" inch by 8" inch card.
Quick Tip: Try to avoid rotating your project because it will ruin your basket weave if you are not careful.
- When you have your desired size, turn your project over so that the underside is facing you.
- Turn the loose ends up and then press them down onto the unfinished side. Your project should not come apart after your have pressed all of your ends down.
How to Assemble Your Card
- Cut your stock paper to fit your basket weave, 6" inches by 8" inches.
- Glue the stock paper to your basket weave.
- Flip the card over. You should have the finished side facing you with the stock paper on the bottom.
- Place a book on top of the card to press it down.
- Allow the glue to dry.
This versatile craft allows you to change the color of the papers to give the card a different look. Other possible uses for this project include creating an invitation for an arts and crafts party or show, a garden party, or wedding. I hope you enjoy making this paper craft as much as I do. Happy Crafting!