Coffee Stained Tobacco Basket
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.