How to Weave a Plastic Basket

Updated April 17, 2017

When you think of baskets, plastic may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Traditionally, baskets have been made out of natural materials, such as jute, palms, fronds, cotton and even hemp. Plastic may be a non-traditional material, but plastic basket weaving is very easy. There is an advantage, too, since many plastic materials are readily available. Even the plastic bags you bring home from the grocery store can be cut into strips and used for weaving.

Download and print a basket weaving template. (See If you want a larger basket than the one on the page, simply enlarge the template with your printer controls, then print it again.

Cut out any of the three templates and trace it onto the cardboard. There is a round, triangle and square template. Cut the traced template from the cardboard.

Punch out the holes you traced onto the cardboard.

Trace the base of the template onto the felt two times, then cut them out.

Spread a thin layer of glue on the bottom of the cardboard cutout. Press one of the felt pieces firmly in. Repeat, this time using the outside bottom.

Weave the plastic strips in and out of the cardboard frame. Continue weaving in and out. You may have to stop on occasion to push the strips down a bit to keep the weave compact. Continue weaving until you have covered the holes you punched, then stop. This will leave a little bit of space uncovered at the top.

Fold the basket in so all of the parts of the template are touching. Clip them together with the clothespins.

Thread the tapestry needle with twine. Run the threaded twine through the spaces between the clothespins. Keep doing this until the entire top of the template is completely covered. Remove the clothespins.

Thread the twine through the punched-out holes. Do this for one rotation, then do it again in reverse to create a criss-cross look that will keep both the twine and plastic together. Your basket is now ready to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft, bendable plastic material
  • Printer with paper
  • Cardboard (1/6-inch thick)
  • Felt
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Craft or tacky glue
  • Clothespin
  • Tapestry needle (No. 13)
  • Writing utensil
  • Ruler
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Melissa Martinez has been a freelance writer and copy editor since 2003. She specializes in Web content and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle" and is now the section editor for a minor league sports news wire. She attended Seattle University.