How to Weave a Round Basket Using Yard Waste and Trash

SawHorse Design Build
by SawHorse Design Build
2 Materials
2 Hours

Ever watch Chopped on the Food Network? This basket is the weaving version of "chopped for baskets". I was cleaning the yard and had some scrap bamboo, privet, and coax cable and challenged myself to make some with them. I decided upon a round basket. I outline how to make this basket step- by- step in this video using these invasive species.

At first I was worried that it would end up back in the compost bin, however it actually turned out better than I expected.

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Watch the Full Tutorial in the Video

OR If you prefer to read- I've listed the major steps. You can always refer back to the video later or ask a question below if you get stuck on your project.

Gather the Materials

I chose to try to work with Bamboo, Privet and Cable. I ended up using a piece of grapevine at the end to make the handle.

Gather the Materials 0:30  

Cut the spines for the basket

For this basket here is the formula that I used:

Desired Diameter + Desired Height * 4

For a 9" wide basket that is 6" tall

9" + 6" x 4"= 9 +24 = 33"

Cut the spines for the basket 2:29  

Layout the spines

I put the 3 long spine under the 2 and half spines and bound them together.

Layout the spines 4:15  

Weave using "over and under" pattern

Spread the spines out and use the thin end of the bamboo to weave over one spine and under the next. When you come to the end start with a new piece.

Weave using "over and under" pattern 6:19  

Continue weaving until you reach the desired width

In this case it was 9 inches.

Continue weaving until you reach the desired width 8:02  

Use a vine or wire for the transition

I used the coax cable to transition the bottom on the basket to the sides. I the video I show how to bend the spines without breaking them.

Use a vine or wire for the transition 10:16  

Weave layers of color

I chose to weave with more green bamboo. For the next layer I split some of the privet to get the light grain of the wood for a contrast. After that I added some more bamboo, however this time I left the leaves in place. You can add other colorful trash if you choose to do so on your basket.

Weave layers of color 11:49  

OPTIONAL: Add a handle

My son needed a new Easter egg basket so I added handle. The bamboo and privet would not bend so I used a scrap piece of wild grapevine. I used a smaller piece of grapevine to tie loose spines down and hold the handle in place.

OPTIONAL: Add a handle 13:17  

Trim the loose ends

Trim the loose ends 14:09  

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What materials are you going to use in your basket?

Let us know what materials you plan to use in your baskets in the comments below.

Here are the time stamps in the video for each step

Gather the Materials 0:30

Clean the vines 0:49

Cut the spines for the basket 2:29

Layout the spines 4:15

Weave using "over and under" pattern 6:19

Make spines even 4:12

Continue weaving until you reach the desired width 8:02

Use a vine or wire for the transition 10:16

Weave layers of color 11:49

OPTIONAL: Add a handle 13:17

Trim the loose ends 14:09

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  • Gig69451122 Gig69451122 on Feb 03, 2024

    Very creative. Maybe I missed something 🤷‍♀️ What yard waste & trash? Seems products would be Amazon costs if not on hand?

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