One of the many great traditions of Shavuot is to make a Teneh (basket) filled with fruits and vegetables. I have never weaved a basket before (or at least I don’t remember so) but I was up for the challenge and so were the girls. A couple of months ago I visited a studio of a friend (Guy Lugashi) who weaved Huge baskets out of brown paper. Inspired by his work we started in a much smaller and manageable scale, using some left over newspaper that was lying around the house.
This is an easy tutorial and I think you will find wanting to make many more to use around the house for general storage purposes.
- Stapler or tape
- Paints and brushes (optional)
- Break the newspaper apart (take the center staples out)
- Fold each sheet ,the long way, over till you get strips of about 1 1/2” wide. Folding the paper is important for making a strong and durable basket). the length is not that important, if your strips are too short, you may staple a couple of them together.
- Start by weaving the base from the center out (we used 4 horizontal and 4 vertical strips). Stop when you think your basket is the right size.
- Start to weave the vertical sides. Staple the first strip close to the base and go around the base lifting the strips up to a 90 degrees angle. Keep a consistent pattern of over and under. You may staple as you turn the corner (staples may be pulled out at the end).
- Cut the access of newspaper strip
- Repeat for multiple rows till you reach your desired height (our basket was 3 rows tall).
- When you are done, fix the top row by stapling or gluing the ends. You may fold the edge inside or trim it into a pattern. Zoe cut it into triangles which I thought came out very nice.
- Use another newspaper folded strip for a handle, weave it into the side of the basket and secure it.
- You may paint it at the end, or decorate with flowers and other greens.
- Use your Teneh to carry your lunch to school this week, or carry your Shavuot picnic supplies, Either way, Enjoy it.
I wish you a happy and delicious holiday.
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