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1311-3 Ghana
Woven Jute Basket

Today Ghana is known for its rich culture and diverse landscapes, including the savannah grasslands where the weavers get the materials for these baskets.  The heavy elephant grass used in these baskets is tightly woven making each basket strong yet flexible.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 1 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Mother’s Day
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour plus drying time

Main supplies:

  • Basket form
  • Jute
  • Beads – 6 per basket – you can use however many you choose per basket
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Paint brush

Basic Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Elmer’s® Craft Bond™ Tacky Glue

Be sure to cover your work surface with wax paper or plastic.



1.  Paint the plastic basket form inside and out. Let dry.
2.  Cut a 4 yard piece of jute and tie one end onto the bottom of one of the posts. Weave in and out – working from the bottom of the basket up - until you have woven at least half of the basket.
3.  Add glue to the end of the jute. Let dry. (It will help when threading the beads on the jute. Thread on one bead. Continue weaving and adding the remaining beads. Tuck the jute end in behind the existing woven jute. At a dab of glue to secure.



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