End of the Roll Woven Basket

Create this adorable basket out of the ends of the roll.
Materials List

Duct tape, preferably the ends of the roll with cardboard backing to the tape, as well as regular tape on the roll

Scissors

A work surface such as a cloth-covered board

Metal brads, jump rings, key rings, or other similar joining hardware

Hole punch (optional)

How to
Step 1

First, you'll need to create strips of duct tape about 5 inches long. You can use the end-of-the roll strips where the duct tape is backed by a thin layer of cardboard; it's a great way to recycle pieces from old rolls! Cut them in half length wise so they're only half as thick as they are when they come off the roll.

Step 2

You'll need to make 24 duct tape strips, plus one piece of duct tape fabric that's 6 by 6 inches square. This piece will be the bottom of your basket. To help visualize your project, lay out your pieces as shown in the picture, with six strips coming out from each of the four sides of your center piece.

Step 3

Now we'll concentrate on the four panels of strips. Take a strip of sticky duct tape and lay it across the tops of the six strips with half hanging over. Flip it over and fold the sticky tape over, sealing in the six strips.

Step 4

Repeat this for all four of your panels.

Step 5

Now you'll need an additional 16 strips. Once again, this is a great way to use up some of your end-of-the-roll tape. Cut the strips in half lengthwise just as you did the others.

Step 6

The strips of your attached panel should run up-and-down. Take one of your loose strips and lay it side-to-side (horizontally). Run it through the up-and-down strips, going over and under, over and under. Make sure that you push the horizontal strips up as far as it will go, with no gaps showing.

Step 7

Repeat this for the rest of your loose strips, alternating your over-under pattern so that no two consecutive horizontal strips have the same pattern (this will create gaps in your weaving!). Keep pushing the horizontal strips up so that they are next to each other with no gaps.

Step 8

Once you've completed your weaving (when there is no room for more horizontal strips), lay a piece of sticky duct tape across the bottom of the up-and-down strips, with half hanging over. Flip your panel over and fold the rest of the sticky tape up, sealing in the bottoms of the strips.

Step 9

Trim the rough edges of your panels.

Step 10

Your four panels should now look like this, with completed weaving and sealed tops and bottoms.

Step 11

Arrange your four panels around the center piece of duct tape fabric. The outside of your basket should be on the bottom, and the inside should be facing up. Take strips of sticky duct tape and attach the bottoms of the panels to the sides of the duct tape fabric square. Flip it over and seal the bottoms of the panels to the center square on the opposite side.

Step 12

Fold two of your panels up and tape their sides together as shown in the picture. They should stand up at a 90 degree angle from the center square.

Step 13

Fold up the other panels and tape their sides to their neighbors. Use strips of tape to tape the inside of these joints to reinforce them.

Step 14

For your handle, take a long strip of sticky duct tape and fold it over (or use a second strip of the same length) to create a long strip of duct tape fabric. If you choose, use your scissors to round the edges. Use your scissors to cut a small hole in each end -- you'll run a brad or other hardware through this hole later.

Step 15

Estimate where you want to attach your handle to the sides of your basket and either cut or punch a hole in each of the sides. Line up the holes in the side with the holes with the handle, and run a brad through both to attach them. You can also use jump rings, key rings, or other small hardware.

Stats
Age
Tween
Teen
Adult
Senior
Craft Length
30 - 60 minutes
Difficulty
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Duct Tape
Purses and Bags
Décor
End of the Roll
Prep Time
5 minutes or less
Supervision
1 adult per 2 children
Variations

Here are some other examples of woven baskets

Variation Photos