I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family! It was so good to see my whole family together, and of course I ate lots of stuffing:)
Well before we get started on this awesome DIY Basket Weave Snowflake tutorial, I promised that I would announce the winner of the Linen Pinecone Giveaway!
Congratulations goes out to Eilis Meyer!
On to the SNOWFLAKE:)
Supplies you will need:
- 1/4″ wide basket reed (this can be purchased at most craft stores, but there are several online retailers as well.
- Utility scissors, or any old pair to use to cut the reed to size.
- Measuring tape.
- Super glue. I prefer LOCTITE super glue because of the “fast tack” it has, but if you have another preference, go for it.
- OPTIONAL: Rit Dye or Wood Stain, and a glass of wine:)
Some thoughts before we get started:
If you chose to stain your reed, then I would allow your pieces to dry for at least 48 hours before gluing. If you chose to use Rit Dye, then 24 hours will be enough time for drying.
Let’s do this!
You will need to measure & cut (28) pieces of reed at 14.5″ lengths. With 2 of those cut pieces and using your pencil and measuring tape, mark the centers at 7.25″.
- Place a dab of glue in the center of one of your pieces, and glue them together like above.
- In Step 2, you will need to glue a total of 6 pieces of reed like the picture shown below.
- In Step 3, you will use another 3 pieces of reed. Weave them in & out like shown above. The “open” weave space is approximately 3/8″.
- In Step 4, weave another 3 pieces of reed on the other side. Notice the circles that I’ve placed on the corners. To make it easier when handling the reeds, glue those areas. Let that dry for a couple of minutes to ensure that a second glass of wine will not be needed before moving forward:D
Now, go back to Step 1 and repeat this process all over again. Creating another side.
Whew! Let’s take a break. Pat yourself on the back and admire your soon-to-be masterpiece:)
While your admiring, let’s go over a few pointers. All of the inside corners are what will create your points on the snowflakes. So if your poor eyes or brain ever start to scramble like mine does from time to time, focus on that! LOL! Hopefully this will help guide you:)
Also, the one on the right has been turned a quarter. That has nothing to do with actually making the points, but when each side has been completed, this is how they will come together. Kinda like the picture below, but with points:)
Ok ya ready? Round 2!
- Laying your basket weave piece flat side down, pull your first inside corner reed pieces up and over to form the shape above.
Note* The part of the reed that faces towards the table is the side that will be glued. Make sense?
- Now grab the second reed piece on the right, and bring it up and over to glue it to the first left piece.
- Grabbing the second reed piece from the left- pick it up and over to the right, but tuck it under this time.
- I think you get the idea. Just follow along paying close attention of how you weave your points together:)
This is what a completed corner will look like. So repeat these steps over again to complete each of the other three corners:)
When you have completed the four corners, this is what it will look like:) Repeat this same process on the other piece.
So now you should have two pieces that look like the picture above. Time for some magic!
- Pick up one of your pieces and lay it on top of the other one (the top one will have the flat basket side facing up). Make sure that you rotate the top until each of your points has a color coded reed that will be inline with a point. Like the picture below.
Look at the points on the horizontal plane (the left and the right)…these two points are on the bottom, but the color coded reeds are coming from the top. This is how your snowflake should be aligned. To finish your piece, work from left to right.
- Pull your color coded piece down and under, and then glue it to the inside top at the tip of your point. Are you confused yet? LOL! Hopefully I’m making this painless as possible:)
- Before you secure the opposite side, gently stretch the snowflake out before you secure it with glue.
- Repeat this process until the other three points are done.
- Now flip it over, and repeat what you just did.
I don’t know how to tell you this but…YOUR DONE:D
I hope your DIY basket weave snowflake looks like this!
Here’s a side view…
Here’s one that I did using the color “Cherry” by Rit Dye. The instructions say to dye your item 10 to 20 minutes. However, the first time I dyed the reed I only did it for 10 minutes. I didn’t like the color, so they went back into the dye bath for another 20. It’s a beautiful red…and just in time for Christmas!
I’ve been patiently waiting all year to do this DIY Basket Weave Snowflakes tutorial for all of you! I hope you like it:) Have a wonderful week!
If you have any questions, fire away:)
**I do not make any claims to be the original owner of this design. My mother was showed how to make this star in the early 70’s, and we’ve made these for our family since I was a little girl. As with any DIY project, this post was a tutorial for you to make your own.