Fiskars Woven Map Basket

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by Tania Willis, Fiskars

Fiskars Woven Map Basket

Make a basket out of old maps!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:4 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Tips:
    Use a paper clip to secure anything that might come loose.
    If a weaver tears off, slip it back inside the fold approximately 1/2 inch in from the torn end and secure with a piece of clear tape (wrapping tape or packing tape).
    When weaving, snip the end of the weaver at a 45 degree angle using scissors. The pointed end slips under tightly woven strips more easily.
  • 2
    Open up the map(s) completely. If you are taping several maps together to get to the 24 inch x 40 inch map, do so now. Then fold them in half, top to bottom. If you are using a small cutting mat than that listed under supplies, it may be helpful to fold the map into thirds, top to bottom.
  • 3
    Lay map onto cutting mat and cut 20 strips that are 2 inch wide each using a ruler and a rotary cutter.
  • 4
    Fold each strip in half lengthwise. Open up each strip and fold the outside edges in, meeting at the middle fold line. Then fold back in half to contain the outside edges in the middle. Having the strips all at precisely the same width will result in a much more appealing result. Use bone folder to make crisp crease markings. If you have no prior basket weaving experience, you may find it helpful to apply glue to the middle of the strips before making that last fold to help keep the folds together.
  • 5
    Next, lay 10 strips vertically and then start weaving the remaining 10 strips horizontally in an over, under, over, under fashion. (Note: the first few strips are a little challenging to get into place, but once you get them in, the remainders aren’t as difficult.) You might find it helpful to put some books at one end of the vertical strips so they stay put as you are weaving. Don’t worry too much about keeping the weave tight. Once all 10 strips are woven horizontally, you can work to manipulate the weavers so that they are tightly woven and evenly spaced.
  • 6
    Then, start on one side and divide the 10 weavers in half, 5 in one hand 5 in the other. Grab the two center weavers – the closest one to the middle from each hand. Criss-cross these two weavers and that cross is what will form the first corner of the basket.
  • 7
    Then, moving outward, toward one side at a time, introduce another weaver crossing either over or under (the opposite of the weaver before). Once you introduce one side, you will do the same for the opposite side. (You should start to notice a diamond pattern.) Once you’ve woven that side, secure the top with a binder clip. Repeat this same process until all 4 sides are woven into a diamond. Join the diamonds by continuing to weave them together.
  • 8
    Once everything is joined together, spend some time tightening up the weavers so there is no slack. Taking the extra time to do so will help the overall appearance of the finished basket.
  • 9
    Trim down the weavers so each one is about 6 inch long. Trimming on a diagonal will make the weaving easier. Secure weavers with a paper clip to keep it tight before moving to the next set of weavers.
  • 10
    Grab two weavers that are side by side and fold one weaver over the other and then weave down into the weavers on the inside. Repeat for the other weaver. Secure this with a paperclip to keep it tight before moving to the next set of weavers. Continue to do this all the way around.
  • 11
    Use foam brush and a layer of Mod Podge to stiffen the basket for added reinforcement.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:4 hours

Project Supplies

  • Fiskars Cutting Mat 24 inch x 36 inch 104678809
  • Fiskars Titanium Rotary Cutter 104678829
  • Fiskars 5/7 mm Performance Scissors 2 pc. 104678851
  • 24 inch x 40 Map (or tape several Maps together to get this size)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Bone Folder 5 inch 104072707
  • Plaid Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer Glue and Finish 8 oz. Hard Coat 104437334
  • Loew-Cornell Foam Brush 2 inch 104114531
  • Ruler
  • Paper Clips
  • Binder Clips
  • 3M Heavy Duty Packing Tape 104148354 (optional - see step 1)
  • Elmer’s CraftBond Quick Dry Glue Pen 4 oz. 104735729 (optional - see step 5)