So… what shall we start with?
Well, I am celebrating Shavuot, which is known to be one of the oldest holidays in Judaism. On this holiday, harvest of the first grains is being celebrated with songs and dances, remembering the old times when the people went up to Jerusalem, to the Temple, bringing with them gifts and offerings of the first fruits, veggies and flowers. Today, among other customs, we fill nice little baskets with goodies, and decorate both the baskets and the kids that carry them.
My little league dived happily into our little basket project while maintaining the opportunity of keeping green.
Wait, don’t throw:
- those milk cartons, or plastic jugs, or those cubic tissue boxes;
- grocery plastic bags that come in all those cool colors.
After the containers are empty, clean and well dry, cut their top, and then cut all four side panels into strips, going all the way down to the base, only make sure that eventually, you have an odd number of strips.
Cut your colorful plastic bags into many long, thin strips, about 1 inch wide.
Knot string to string in a way that eventually produces one long, multi-colored “thread” for your weaving.
Now you can start weaving from the bottom of the container and up.
Start by knotting the “thread” around one of the carton stripes at the bottom, and then around the carton, weaving the thread in a consistent manner, first under the carton strip, and then over the next strip, under the next one, and over the next one, producing a pattern of warp and woof.
You can tie a knot at the end just around one of the strips. For one of the baskets (shown above), the ends of the strips are folded outwards. For another basket, we embedded plastic beads to make it even more happier.