DIY Basketweaving- How to Make a Round Basket From Wild Vines

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We were cleaning the yard a few weekends ago and we happened to have quite a few wild vines in the brush pile. My son needed to get a couple more Boy Scout merit badges so I taught him how to make a basket out of these vines. I also created a how video for my Hometalk friends.


I created a step by step tutorial on how to make a round basket. These instruction can be applied to any size basket and the one in the video is about 14" wide. I also created a video of the full process.


Step 15 has links to each step in the video for your convenience.


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Watch this Step by Step Video on How to make a basket

See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Gather some wild vines

Make sure you don't collect any poisonous ones!!


See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Clean the vines

Trim off all of the leaves and branches to create long lengths to weave with.


See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Gather Tools

You will need clippers, a long screwdriver and needle-nose pliers.


See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Determine the size of the basket

The first thing you need to do is establish the width and height of the basket. This basket will be around 12 inches wide and 6 inches tall. Based on those dimensions I need 5 pieces cut based on this formula:


Width + (Height x 6)= Length of Spines for round basket


So 12" + 6" x 6" = 48"


Full video on how to make this basket.


See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Tie the spines together

Place 3 of the spines on top of the 2 and a half spine and use the smallest vines that you have that is still pliable to tie them together. You will starting weaving using and over under pattern going over the vines on the top and under the vines on the bottom. Don't worry about them being even, we will adjust them in the next step.


See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Make sure all of the spines are even

Compare both ends of the same spine to make sure that they are even. If you don't do this then you will end up with a short spine and this will affect the design. Do this for all 5 full length spines and make sure the shorter piece is still between 2 of the longer ones.


See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Start weaving the individual spines

Find one of the thinner vines is still pretty long. Where the vines grow out of the ground they are thicker. Use the thin end of the vine to start weaving. Each time you start a new piece you use the thin end of the vine. The spines are closer to each other towards the center of the basket and it is easier to weave when the vine is thinner.


Start by tucking the vine in at any point and start weaving with an under over pattern again. This time you are weaving around each individual spine. The shorter spine that we added helped create the odd number of spines. The odd number creates a pattern that allows the vine alternate between the top and bottom of the spine each revolution around the center.


See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Continue this until you have the desired diameter

See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Bend the spines

Start to bend the spines upwards at 90 degrees to create the walls of the basket. Continue in the over and under pattern until you reach the desired height.


See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Tuck the spines

Tuck in the spines by taking the first spine and bending it towards the outside of the basket. Skip over the spine next to it and tuck it next to the spine that is 2 spaces over.


See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Continue this until all of the spines are tucked in.

See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Trim the excess pieces

See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Congrats- you have a round wild vine basket

See Step 15 for links to each step in the video.

Links to Each Step in the Video

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For your convenience we created a unique link to each step in the video so you don't have to keep pausing as you make the basket:


Tools https://youtu.be/gKYft82Yobk?t=57

Determine the Shape of the Basket https://youtu.be/gKYft82Yobk?t=87

Collect Vines https://youtu.be/gKYft82Yobk?t=125

Clean Vines https://youtu.be/gKYft82Yobk?t=138

Determine the size of the basket https://youtu.be/gKYft82Yobk?t=153

Tie the spines together https://youtu.be/gKYft82Yobk?t=228

Make sure all the spines are even https://youtu.be/gKYft82Yobk?t=294

Start weaving the individual spines https://youtu.be/gKYft82Yobk?t=312

Continue this until you have the desired diameter https://youtu.be/gKYft82Yobk?t=379

Start weaving upward https://youtu.be/gKYft82Yobk?t=530

Tuck the spines https://youtu.be/gKYft82Yobk?t=642

Continue this until all of the spines are tucked in https://youtu.be/gKYft82Yobk?t=656


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  • Lisa West
    on May 19, 2020

    This is awesome. I don't have any vines though lol. I live in an apartment. I'm sure many of my friends have taken care of their yards already dusty ro the shut down from covid crisis. I would love to do this how ever, thank you for sharing. Did your boy get his badge? I do hope so. It's a good thing to know. He could use it when fishing and other out door stuff. Maybe make his mom one.

    • SawHorse Design Build
      on May 19, 2020

      Did did finish the requirements for the basket weaving badge. He also had to make a square basket (I had to use clamps to make it square for him...) He also had to create a stool and weave the top of it. I think the stool will make a great hometalk project. I learned a few new weaving techniques when researching designs with him.


      You don't have to just have vines to make basket. I think one of my next baskets will be out of trash from my construction job sites. I was going to use electrical wires as one of the materials!!


      These DIY projects are a hobby- I build houses during the week.

  • Von
    on May 21, 2020

    How long did this project take you from starting the basket to finishing it? Great job sir! Very nice!

    • SawHorse Design Build
      on May 22, 2020

      This basket took a little longer than an hour. If I used more friendly materials- it would have gone faster. I would budget 2 hours if it is your first time. You will get faster each time you make a basket.

  • Betty Hoyle Rudo
    on May 23, 2020

    I've always wanted to know how to do this, and your instructions are perfect! Thanks for posting this. Think of all the other items you could use. And the different sized and shaped baskets. All using this method, thanks to you. Have you ever used willow? Do you know any woody material that you have to wet/soak before using them?

    • SawHorse Design Build
      on May 25, 2020

      I've used willow before and was going to try bamboo next since it is pretty woody. The weaving techniques are different and I wanted to try them out. I'll share if the basket is not horrible.


      If you weave with green vines you should not have to soak them. I did end up soaking some of the vines after I made this basket since I had not used them yet and wanted to film another project. If you make split oak basket or weave with some of the basket making kits that have reed- then you will need to soak first. I know some soak grapevine as well. I am just not that patient.

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