Coffee Stained Tobacco Basket

by PJones
4 Materials
5 Hours

I have been looking at Tobacco Baskets for a while but they are a bit pricy for my budget. After looking at the supplies needed to make one, I decided to give it a try.

It doesn’t require many materials: flat reeds (ordered online), coffee grounds, binder clips, and a stapler.

I cut the pieces I needed. The reed is easily cut with scissors. Baskets come in a variety of sizes, these are just the length I decided on. 5-26 1/2”, 7-19 “, 2-28”, 2-68”.

Coffee grounds in pot. I don’t have any specific measurements of coffee to water, my goal was to make the mixture as dark as possible. The picture to the right shows the reeds in the pot.

This is about an hour after soaking. I let them soak for another hour. During that time I would occasionally spoon the mixture over the reeds. I used medium roast grounds, next I will use a dark roast grounds so that I can get the color darker.

The start of weaving the basket. I wove the 26 1/2” pieces into one 19” piece and used the clips to hold them in place.

The remainder of the 19” pieces woven in.

I attached one of the 68” pieces around the edges of the woven section.

Next, I attached the 2-28” pieces in an X pattern.

I attached the last 68” piece on the inner edge of basket and stapled around the edge of the basket to secure it.

I printed out a “farm name” for fun and copied it on the outer edge of the basket.

Finished product!:)

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  • Leslie Leslie on Jul 16, 2020

    Hello, nice project and the outcome is lovely. On attaching the lip bands did you staple the inside first then the outside bands and did you do this while the woven uprights and lip band were wet? I am asking because regular staples won't go through that thickness especially I would think while the reed is dry.

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Jul 21, 2020

    I cannot wait to try this! I do have a question, though. Should the reeds be wet or dry from the coffee dye when you begin weaving? Thank you!😊

  • Miss Daisy Miss Daisy on Jul 15, 2021

    Why not just stain them.

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  • Shelli Shelli on Jul 15, 2021

    Love this project. Wtg!

  • Jaggwire Jaggwire on Jul 17, 2022

    Great little project! Thank you. (Making some small ones for gifts.)

    Tip: Vinegar and salt added to the water set the stain deeper.