Woven Heart Basket

Crafting woven heart baskets for Christmas is a tradition in Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Denmark. Learn how to make these lovely baskets and fill them with sweets or greeting cards—perfect for Christmas or Valentine's Day!
Woven Heart Basket craft

Materials

  • 2 sheets of A4 or Letter size cardstock (choose contrasting or complimentary colors)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon (optional)

Steps

Step 1 Woven Heart Basket craft 1. Print out 2 copies of the heart basket template on different colors of A4 or Letter size paper.
Step 2 Woven Heart Basket craft 2. Cut out 1 template piece from each colored paper.
Step 3 Woven Heart Basket craft 3. Fold each template in half. While keeping the paper folded, cut along the 3 inside lines.

*If you don't want the lines on the template showing on your basket, unfold the paper after cutting all the inside lines. Fold the other way so that the lines are hidden on the inside of the folded paper.
Step 4a Woven Heart Basket craft 4. If this is your first time to make this craft, you can label the tips of the 4 strips on each template. This will make it much easier to follow the succeeding weaving steps. Use a pencil to label the left-hand template with D-C-B-A and the right-hand template with 1-2-3-4. You can click the photo for a larger view.
Step 5 Woven Heart Basket craft 5. Place the right-hand template under the left-hand template. Rotate the two templates so that they are at right angles to each other.

To start weaving, take Strip 1 and weave it through the loop of Strip A.
Step 6 Woven Heart Basket craft 6. Next, weave Strip 1 around Strip B.
Step 7 Woven Heart Basket craft 7. Continue by weaving Strip 1 through the loop of Strip C.
Step 8 Woven Heart Basket craft 8. Finish weaving Strip 1 by weaving it around Strip D.
Step 9 Woven Heart Basket craft 9. Move Strip 1 up until it touches the top of the slits.
Step 10 Woven Heart Basket craft 10. Now take Strip 2 and weave it around Strip A.
Step 11 Woven Heart Basket craft 11. Weave Strip 2 through Strip B.
Step 12 Woven Heart Basket craft 12. Then weave Strip 2 around Strip C.
Step 13 Woven Heart Basket craft 13. Finish weaving Strip 2 by weaving it through Strip D.
Step 14 Woven Heart Basket craft 14. Weave Strip 3 similar to Strip 1 (See Steps 5-8) and Strip 4 like Strip 2 (Refer to Steps 10-13). Gently ease the strips towards the edges. Erase any pencil marks.
Step 15 Woven Heart Basket craft 15. Cut a strip of cardstock or construction paper to make the handle. Glue the ends on the inside of the heart basket.
Step 16 Woven Heart Basket craft 16. Once the glue dries, fill the basket with candy, chocolates, confetti, or valentine notes.

More Ideas

Red and pink woven heart basket Make a Valentine's Day basket by using red and pink or red and white color combinations. Hang the baskets as Valentine's Day decorations or fill them with sweets or Valentine notes to give to friends and loved ones.
Purple woven heart basket Use paper with patterns to create a catchy-looking basket. Some ways to jazz up the handle include:

  • Cutting with craft scissors (with wavy or decorative edges)
  • Punching out shapes along the handle with a craft punch
  • Gluing on small shapes or putting stickers
  • Gluing on a strip of lace or ribbon
  • Decorating with glitter glue
Blue woven heart basket Instead of making a paper handle, use ribbon or lace for an extra-charming basket. You can also make a handle out of string strung with large or medium-sized beads.
Woven felt heart basket For a sturdier basket, use felt instead of paper. The steps are similar except that you need to trace around the template onto felt. Sew the ends of a strip of felt onto the heart basket to make a handle. Sew on accents like buttons or beads if you like.

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