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Feb 2, 2011

Froebel Weaving Valentine Candy Basket

froebel weaving

There's a whiff of "great minds think alike" to this project. I was scrolling through valentine bags, boxes, and containers and I saw a picture of this project from Martha Stewart. This morning, what should show up on my blog roll, but the same candy holder! (From Denise at Paper Pastime.)

What I was really looking for was a project I could try some Froebel weaving on.

I can hear the groans from cyberspace now. "What the heck is Froebel weaving??"

Friedrich Froebel (or Fröbel) was an educator who more or less invented the concept of kindergarten. Read more about him here, and scroll down to see examples of weaving. Remember making woven placemats as a child? The technique of cutting slits in a piece of paper and weaving strips of paper through those slits is Froebel weaving!

How to make the Froebel Woven Heart

Download pattern PDF, or DXF p.1, DXF p.2 or SVG p.1, SVG p.2

Cut out the heart outline and the slits. If you use the SVG, add the score lines as shown in green.

froebel weaving

Cut paper strips. Following the picture, weave the strips through the slits.

froebel heart

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froebel weaving

Trim the ends of the strips on the wrong side.

froebel weaving

Fold the top ends down and glue them, and smooth the bottom ends (near the point of the valentine) down toward the point and glue down. You want to make this neat as it will be visible inside the basket.

froebel weaving

Refer to Martha's directions for folding and finshing the basket.

froebel weaving

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