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DIY Project: Basket Weaving

by Francesca Stone

DIY Woven Baskets trio
The one (and only) big problem I have with being a DIY blogger is the fast accumulation of, for want of a better word, stuff. In every single thing I own I see an endless potential for a project. Crafts materials quickly stack up. It’s the life of a hoarder with a cause which goes directly against my ideas of a beautiful, clutter-free home.

So, as I gather up more and more materials, I need to find more and more attractive ways of hiding them and this is where I come into my element. Making my own storage is always the best option for me. In my small home office, creating bespoke solutions maximizes the small space and gives me more room to work (or just fill with more stuff), so it’s usually my first port of call.

Square woven baskets are easy to make, durable and look fantastic, so I made this trio of baskets in various sizes for my latest attempt at controlling the clutter. -Fran

Click through for the full how-to after the jump!


– Basket cane/reed

-Metal ruler



DIY Woven Baskets materials


1. Soak the canes in warm water for about an hour then drain, and hang to remove excess water.

2. When there is no visible water left on the canes, cut into similar length strips. The amount will depend on the size of the basket, but you always need to work with odd numbers of horizontal and vertical canes. My middle-sized basket has 7×7 canes. The length of the canes will determine the height of the basket, so it’s always better to over-estimate.

DIY Woven Baskets cut reed

3. Take half of your canes and secure them to a surface with tape or a heavy book. Try to imagine a square made from the other seven canes laid over the middle of these. Tape at the edge of this square.

DIY Woven Baskets tape down half reed

4. Start weaving the first of the remaining canes in. You want all the canes to be the same way around. Work with the natural curve of each cane so that the ends curl up towards you.

DIY Woven Baskets weave first strand

5. Take another cane and alternate the weave to create a classic basket weave.

DIY Woven Baskets weave second row

6. When you’ve finished weaving in all of the canes you should be left with a square right in the middle of all your canes.

DIY Woven Baskets bottom

7. Test the cane to see which way it bends. The wrong way will split the wood but the right way will create a smooth bend as shown below.

DIY Woven Baskets fold

8. Lay the canes so that you can bend them up towards you without splitting. Work around all four sides, bending the canes over a straight edge to get a clean line.

DIY Woven Baskets fold down sides

9. I’ve found there are two ways to weave the sides in: One at a time using clothing pegs to hold the canes in place or weaving in three canes at once. I’m going to show you the latter because I think it’s a little bit quicker and easier, and who doesn’t want that?

Starting on one side of the square, weave in a much longer length of cane (this has to go all the way around the basket) keeping the pattern of the weave and ensuring that you can bend the cane up towards you.

DIY Woven Baskets begin to weave outsides

10. Do this with another three long lengths of cane.

DIY Woven Baskets three strands

11. Bend all three together at the very edge of the last cane that they are woven into.

DIY Woven Baskets fold over three strand

12. Continue to weave all three canes through the second side. Remember to keep the weave consistent at the corners.

DIY Woven Baskets two sides

13. Fold and weave through the third and fourth sides until you’ve reached where you started.

DIY Woven Baskets three sides copy   DIY Woven Baskets with four sides

14. Trim down the excess cane to around two inches and weave the ends into each other.

DIY Woven Baskets weave sides together

15. The basket is taking shape now. Weave in the next canes one by one until you’re happy with the height of the basket. You need to have a least three inches left on the “spokes” to bend them down into the basket, so bear this in mind when you’re creating the height.

DIY Woven Baskets with four sides

16. Fold over the outer spokes (the ones that are on the outer side of the last cane) over and into the basket. Tuck these away under the third cane row down. To make this easier, trim to size and use a butter knife to lift the third row and slot the spoke underneath.

DIY Woven Baskets fold over outer reeds

17. Do this for every outer spoke. This will leave every other spoke free. Run one last length of cane around the middle of the basket and peg into place.

DIY Woven Baskets inner ridge copy

18. Bend and tuck all of the remaining spokes over this cane and under the second row down.

DIY Woven Baskets fold under strand

19. Position the ends of the cane underneath a spoke to create a neater finish to your basket.

DIY Woven Baskets last strand DIY Woven Baskets copy

I made two more baskets. A smaller one with 5×5 spokes and a larger basket using 9×9 cane spokes. These baskets were filled unsurprisingly quickly, but luckily I have a lot of cane left over. I’ll definitely be making some more.

DIY Woven Baskets stacked copy

DIY Woven Baskets trio landscape DIY Woven Baskets styled

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  • I love this! Have always wanted to try my hand at basket weaving.
    Also like the idea of trying this with felt or another thick fabric to make soft bins for all of my son’s little collections.

  • I know this problem!
    I have so many random things laying around and I done this weave baskets with newspaper! I made few of those and they are still in pretty good shape.

  • beautiful! may i ask where did you get the E print in the background? :)


  • You clever thing, these look awesome, Christmas holiday project!

  • Cool! Design sponge had a similar basket tutorial a few years back using strips of brown paper which I made! Good to know I can make another one out of basket cane that will be more sturdy!

  • oh wow! I took a basket weaving class when I was 10 or so and got SUPER into it, but forgot about it until now… it’s all coming back to me now. Thanks for the reminder!

    Also, I totally identify with the crafter/hoarder who wants to be minimalist. I’m a knitter with yarn stacked everywhere, but also feel the urge to give away most of my belongings. I guess I’d give up the TV and tchotchkes long before the yarn.

  • I’d love to try this — any chance you can give us some actual measurements to start with (for example, the lengths of cane you cut for each part of your sample basket)? It’ll be much easier to make the first one with measurements — thanks!

  • As a DIY blogger myself, that first paragraph really struck a cord! So true! Is there a self-help group for people like us??

  • I’d also love to know what size cane you used, what length for each basket, and where to purchase. Great DIY!

  • I love it¡¡¡¡¡¡ really cute .
    thank you for sharing it with us.
    pedritxes from Barcelona

  • This looks like a really fun DIY. Can’t wait to try. Have you played around with more complicated shapes?

  • I weave baskets and you did a wonderful job demonstrating. So clean, neat and beautiful.

  • Thank you. I enjoy hiking in the desert and often come across rusty objects. Recently I found long rusty metal strips about 3/4-inch wide (believe they were straps for timbers). One of my thoughts was to make rustic baskets, so thank you. So now to learn about metal rivets.

  • Thank you so much for these very clear directions. I home school and needed to do this project. I have never attempted it before but because you kept it simple and clear, I have confidence we will really enjoy this project.

  • I was wondering if I could make one of them then, use it as a mold to crochet strips. then apply corn starch to finish the shape!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • What size flat cane/reed is used and about what length, I am new to this and could use some help.


  • love this its so cute and yet so classic.it can be used in a lot of ways.I made one and now i never lose my things any more any more

  • This looks great! My son is doing a basketry merit and is a visual/auditory learner. A video would be awesome for this! Have you considered doing one?
    Thanks again

  • I used to teach basketweaving and really appreciate your thorough explanation. However, I would not recommend soaking the reed for an hour. I would say 20 minutes or less. If you soak the reed to long it will start to split and splinter. Just a thought. You can also keep a spray bottle hand and spray as you work to keep the reed moist. Ejoy