Monday, May 3, 2010

Basket Weaving With Maps 101

It was a big joke that I took basket weaving in college in Southern California (actually I took wakeboarding!) but I really do kinda wish I had taken basket weaving. It would have been a lot more fun than fluid dynamics, but alas... Instead this great tutorial from Craftzine on how to weave a basket from upcycled maps will have to suffice.

If you don't have any old maps on hand, newspaper would be a good substitute, basically you just need something large enough to make some long strips in order to make this specific basket.

What You Need
  • 2-3 large road maps
  • Contrasting string or thread
  • Clothespins 
  • Cutting mat 
  • Rotary cutter
  • Awl or tapestry needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Small tweezers 
  • White glue (optional)

The pictures here are just to tantalize you, but honestly, check out Craftzine's impeccable easy to read instructions to learn how to make this very cool and simple basket. Basically, you cut the strips, fold them, then start weaving according to the patter - pretty simply really. Wish I had learned basket weaving.

    [Via Craftzine]