This miniature woven 'wicker' pastry basket (shown here in 1:12 dollhouse scale) is an easy project for learning to weave with a wood base. This basket style can be modified by leaving off the handle section to make simple serving trays, and it can be woven slightly deeper to make drawers for pastry shops or traditional kitchen displays.
I used this opportunity to show how to color the weaving thread to make a basket that resembles those made from twigs. If you prefer you can make white, green, natural or other colored baskets.
To Make a Miniature Pastry Basket or Woven Drawer You Will Need:
- Paper Wrapped Wire - I used 26 gauge white cake wire and colored it with Burnt Umber acrylic paint.For a white basket, you can leave the wire white. If you cannot find paper wrapped wire, use regular craft or florist wire and paint it to your base color.
- Craft Wood - For my basket in 1:12 scale I used 1/16 inch thick and 1 inch wide basswood (tilia or limewood). I cut my wood to be 1 inch wide by 1 1/4 inch long. In 1:12 scale this will make the equivalent of a 12 inch by 15 inch basket.
- Acrylic Paint - I used Burnt Umber paint for a dark brown basket. I used the same paint diluted to stain the wood base. If you prefer you leave your basket materials uncolored.
- Clear Acrylic Gloss Coat - To keep the wood from warping it is best to coat the stained or raw wood with a clear sealing coat. Optionally you can add a bit of beeswax polish to the final coat.
- Thread -Quilting Thread, Fine Linen Bookbinding Thread, or Buttonhole Twist thread - for the weavers on the basket sides. I used linen thread, which I run between fingers covered with paint to coat the thread for any particular color. Crochet cotton will also work. It is best if the thread is roughly 1/2 to 1/4 the thickness of your wire. If you are coloring your thread you will need roughly three yards or 3 m. for a 1:12 scale basket.
- Miniature Drill or Pin Vice
- End Cutters - or something (nail clippers?) you can use to trim your wire stakes flush with the wooden base of your basket.
- Bent Nose Tweezers
- Glue - you can use a cyanoacrylate (super glue) or a thick PVA glue like (The Ultimate Glue.
- Sharp Scissors
- Fine Sandpaper
- Razor Saw To cut your wood