If you’re looking for a new craft, consider basket weaving. Daunting as it might seem, crafting kits make it easy to create the kind of pretty vessels that you used to shop for in folk art stores. Not all kits are the same, however, as some use plastic forms, others use molds and glue, and a few give little guidance, letting you coil up your design with abandon. Ahead, find our favorite basket-weaving products, including professional options, beginner favorites, and a few in-between.
1. Roylco Weaving Baskets
This affordable and colorful option is great for educators and amateurs. It comes with 12 plastic basket frames and an ample supply of bright paper strips for weaving. The frame allows little room to go rogue when it comes to the shape of the final product, but it provides a sturdy base upon which to create a one-of-a-kind catchall. It’s great for both teachers and solo-flying beginners who are ready to crank out a handful of Christmas gifts for their nearest and dearest.
2. S&S Worldwide Basket Craft Kit
With enough materials to make 24 baskets, this kit is a no-brainer for educators. The kit includes a cardboard frame to start each weaver off as well as a colorful array of raffia strips to intertwine in a pattern of his or her choosing. Though these baskets are harder to make than a beginner might at first realize, the kit includes instructions that will assist with the beginning, middle, and end of the process.
3. Commonwealth Basket Tool Kit
If you’re already a basket-weaving ace, consider this tool kit to aid in your creations. Included are a packing tool, reed cutter, reed snipper, caning awl, and reed gauge, plus a carrying case for all. This is a kit for those who have already mastered the basics and sourced their own materials, as there are no starting guides or weaving materials included. Still, the preselected tool set spares you the task of obtaining each one on its own.
4. Traditional Craft Kits Coiled Basket Kit
When you’re ready to graduate to the next step and no longer need a starting guide, consider this kit for a coiled basket that will measure about 6 inches in diameter when completed. Included are raffia, fiber rush, tapestry needles, and instructions intended for the crafter who has some basket-weaving experience but is not yet ready to go solo. With two colors of fiber, you can create a pattern that will make your basket look as though it’s been purchased in a boutique, not made at your kitchen table.
5. Craft Crush Thread Bowls Kit
For those looking for a guide while still exercising their creativity, this colorful kit is an awesome choice. Included bowl forms in three sizes (from just under 2 inches in diameter to just over 2.5 inches) will help you shape your bowl as you wrap the form in embroidery threads, and the rainbow of thread colors will ensure that no bowl looks like any other. Because it requires glue, this kit is little messier than most and requires care when crafting.