Weave a small square basket with paper

Easy to follow step by step instructions and introduction to basketry weaving
How to make a small container/basket from paper
Learn simple weaving technique
be creative with simple materials


  • A general Interest in Basketry and Paper-craft is helpful but not essential
  • be good with your hands


In this course, you will learn how to make a small square container with paper. However, it will also give you the ability to use other materials and make other sizes of these great little items. In New Zealand where I learnt how to make these items, we call them "Kono" and they are normally made with natural fibres, notable New Zealand Flax/Phormium Tenax.  These are the first step to becoming a weaver here and help to understand the general concept of "Mahi Raranga" - Maori Weaving or basketry. If you struggle with certain steps along the way, I am happy to help you and guide you!

Who this course is for:

  • Interested in Basket Weaving of any kind
  • Interested Beginners in Paper Craft and art
  • older children who have an interest in Basketry of any kind
  • older people, perhaps in retirement home setting will also greatly enjoy this class

Course content

1 section7 lectures35m total length
  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1 - Materials needed
  • Lesson 2 - how to get started with your container/basket
  • Lesson 4 - learn how to form 4 corners
  • Lesson 5 - Close the gaps in between your corners
  • Lesson 6 - Finish the top of your container
  • Lesson 6 Final thoughts and encouragement


Weaving is a way of life
Rita Baker
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I am a German-born, New Zealand based Full-time Weaver. I normally weave with natural fibres that are endemic to New Zealand but also other materials from around the house or indeed the world. I normally make baskets, handbags, wall art, clothing and anything in between. I have taught workshops (face to face) in Europe and have also taken part in National and International exhibitions and weaving competitions. Now it is time to share my extensive knowledge with a wider audience in a more modern format (online).  I hope you will like what you can achieve with my help and learn a little bit about the tradition of Maori Weaving - Mahi Raranga along the way.