Mini Pumpkin Baskets
Wiggle eyes/Beads for eyes
Thread and needle (optional)
1. Take four pipe cleaners and crisscross them.
2. Fold yarn in half and wrap around 2 pipe cleaners at a time to start base of bottom.
3. Criss cross yarn to start weaving
4. Take one strand and put it in front of 2 pipe cleaners while the other is behind the two pipe cleaners
5. Weave this way, over under 2 pipe cleaners at a time until you do 3-4 rows.
6. After doing 3-4 rows, start separating the pipe cleaners so you can start weaving individual pipe cleaner.
7. Start weaving single pipe cleaners same as steps 4-5.You can do several rows, switching colors of yarn if you like.
8. To switch colors just tie on a new color to pipe cleaner. When you run out of the other color. The tie off will get hidden in the basket weaving
9. Once you get the width of the base you want you can star folding up pipe cleaners to weave top part of basket.
10. When you are finished weaving the size of the basket, cut pipe cleaners down if too long. Make sure you don't cut them too short, you need to use them for top of basket later.
11. You can either needle felt the top or fold pipe cleaners down twisting and tucking into basket to form the top.
12. Once your basket is finished you can start decorating the face either by sewing in the detail or gluing on felt & beads for eyes.
When you get to step 10, instead of cutting down pipe cleaners and folding them over, leave them, wrap yarn around stems, glue ends and use as legs instead. For turtles just fold the long stems in half & wrap yarn around them to create 4 legs, then glue on felt head with wiggle eyes.
This craft can be a little difficult for some children with special needs like ASD. You can use hand over hand techniques (ABA) to help them out. If a craft is too difficult it can cause a lot of frustrations, so it is best to just leave the decorating to some children. This helps include all children and turns the craft into a fun family project that two can finish together. By changing the face designs on your craft, you can also turn it into a lesson on emotions. The other creatures are great for verb lessons since the pipe cleaner legs bend easily. Weaving is a great way to teach prepositions and fine motor skills. Once everyone gets the hang of basket weaving, you can move onto things in nature like grapevines or other vines you come across.