Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Froebel Weaving Valentine Candy Basket

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Feb 2, 2011

Froebel Weaving Valentine Candy Basket

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There's a whiff of "great minds think alike" to this project. I was scrolling through valentine bags, boxes, and containers and I saw a picture of this project from Martha Stewart.

This morning, what should show up on my blog roll, but the same candy holder! (From Denise at Paper Pastime.)

What I was really looking for was a project I could try some Froebel weaving on.

I can hear the groans from cyberspace now. "What the heck is Froebel weaving??"

Friedrich Froebel (or Fröbel) was an educator who more or less invented the concept of kindergarten.

Read more about him here, and scroll down to see examples of weaving. Remember making woven placemats as a child? The technique of cutting slits in a piece of paper and weaving strips of paper through those slits is Froebel weaving!

How to make the Froebel Woven Heart
Download cutting files: SVG, PDF, Silhouette Studio, DXF.

Cut out the heart outline and the slits. If you use the SVG, add the score lines as shown in green.

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Cut paper strips. Following the picture, weave the strips through the slits.

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Trim the ends of the strips on the wrong side.

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Fold the top ends down and glue them, and smooth the bottom ends (near the point of the valentine) down toward the point and glue down. You want to make this neat as it will be visible inside the basket.

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Refer to Martha's directions for folding and finishing the basket.

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Pam said...

I cut slightly smaller hearts and adhered them over the inside of the basket to cover the ends of the weaving as well as the unwoven sides so that the inside of the basket has a finished appearance. I used red for the inside and it really looked rich with the balanced contrast. It was smoother, too, nothing to catch on anything being removed from the basket.

Carol said...

Wow, you made one already? That was quick!

Great idea, by the way.

Debbie M said...

Hi Carol - This basket is beautiful (as is all your wonderful work - I am so amazed every time I pop in)
I have very recently gotten a Silhouette SD and am hopefully going to get to try out some of your wonderful designs soon. Many thanks for your huge generosity in allowing us to use your designs.

Debbie M

Shoshi said...

Thanks for this lovely post, Carol - I am definitely going to make this! I had already decided to do what Pam suggested, and line the inside of the basket to cover the weaving. It's so pretty and original! What a great idea!

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Valentines post on Feb. 03, 2011. Thanks again.

Giselle said...

hey! there's another way to do this basket, but it looks slightly different from your design, and you don't use glue on it. I made several by following the steps shown at http://haabet.dk/users/julehjerter/making.html


Carol said...

Yes indeed! Some of my favorite sites are in this post:


Be sure to check out Paper Matrix, too.


Buy Shipping Boxes said...

I loved the card!! I'll definitely prepare one for St Valentine's Day!

Crayola58 said...

Truly fantastic...

Shoshi said...

Well, Carol, I made it for my hubby, filled it with little red and white sweeties and hung it on his desk lamp ready to find when he got up this morning! He loved it! Thanks for sharing a lovely idea.