How to Make a Woven Map Easter Basket

Make a clever Easter basket this year using paper maps.
Woven Paper Map Easter Basket

Woven Paper Map Easter Basket

Photo by: Abigail Barnes

Abigail Barnes

By: Abigail Barnes

Materials Needed:

  • Atlas pages or maps
  • paper cutter or scissors
  • double-sided tape

Cut Strips From Map

Cut 13, 1-inch wide strips from a map or 1/2-inch wide strips for thicker maps — they should be at least 11 inches long (image 1). Fold them in half for added strength (image 2).

Weave Strips

Weave eight of the strips in an over-under pattern, four vertically and four horizontally (image 1). Carefully crease all the strips right at the edge of the woven center square (image 2).

Create Basket Walls

Take a map strip, and begin to weave around the four walls of the basket while holding one of the side's four strips vertically (image 1). Use double-sided tape every so often to hold the strips in place and when you reach the end of the strip. Repeat the vertical wall weaving until it is three strips tall (image 2).

Trim Strips

Trim strips to about an inch above the finished walls (image 1). Fold the outer verticle strips to the inside, and tape them down (image 2). Trim the inner vertical wall strips so they are flush with the top edge of the basket (image 3).

Add Handle

Place a folded strip over the top edge of the basket, and fold as you go around all four sides (image 1). Tape the ends down. Use the final folded strip as a handle by taping it on the inside of the basket (image 2). Fill with your favorite Easter treats (image 3).

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