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NAIDOC Week

Celebrate indigenous culture with our NAIDOC Week craft ideas.

Natural Basket Weaving

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Learn about local traditions this NAIDOC Week. Research the patterns and colours used in Aboriginal weaving and create your own design based on your findings.

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  • Step 1Begin by giving your basket a coat of brown paint. Allow to dry.
  • Step 2Tape the end of the raffia to the inside centre of the cardboard basket and begin weaving the raffia in and out of the cardboard panels. As you weave, you will form the walls of the basket.
  • Step 3Continue weaving all the way up the walls of your basket.Once you reach the top, trim the raffia, so you have approximately 40cm remaining.
  • Step 4Thread the remaining length of raffia through the holes along the top of your basket. Tape the loose end to secure.
  • Step 5To create a handle, cut a few long lengths of raffia and thread this through one of the holes along the top of the basket. Tie a knot to secure in place.
  • Step 6Twist or braid the raffia and then loop the loose end through a hole on the opposite side of the basket. Tie to secure.

Materials used in this activity

Round Paint Brushes - Assorted
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Student Scissors
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Clear Sticky Tape
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Cardboard Weaving Baskets - White
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