Basket weaving hasn’t been so easy with this method: weave around a cardboard frame. Originally, I saw this easy basket weaving method in a Japanese craft magazine, I searched around for the template but can’t find it any where locally or online. So, I built it based on my dimension.
I would say that this is a wonderful idea to make basket, with this easy basket weaving method and concept, basically you can build a lot of shapes and sizes that you want. Here, I demo it with 3 shapes: triangle, round and square, but you can come out with rectangle, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon & even octagon with just a little tweak in the design. The height can be modified to suit your preference. One thing you have to take note is that the sum of the “fingers” on the frame must be in odd number. Take a closer look at my template, especially the square basket, you will notice that one of the sides has 1 extra “finger” than the other 3 sides. I guessed the original design is made from plywood, I can’t find thin plywood so I used thick cardboard instead which is also cheaper and manageable.
You can use any material to weave the frame of the basket, as long as they are “weave-able”, not too bulky and in long soft strips, eg: twine, yarn, fabric strip, ribbon, rope, glossy paper strip, plastic, raffia etc…. I used jute twine to make the triangle and round faux wicker baskets, and fabric strips for the square basket. I love the way they were formed, very sturdy and rigid!!!!