Woven Basket / Koodai Using Plastic Wire & Plastic Tube

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This plastic wire basket is made using plastic wire and plastic tubes (instead of beads). This basket took me less than 2 hours to make and those days it was usually used for carrying light weight things like a wallet or when one went to the flower market to buy jasmine flower strands. This basket is not suitable for heavy duty lifting unlike the other woven baskets.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

I chose to add this basket tutorial so I can show how these tubes are used similar to how we used beads in this flower vase.

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Skills required:

To weave this basket, you have to know how to weave the square knot / box knot. (Click link for tutorial)

Let us get started with this basket.

Cut wire into 1.5 meters long pieces. I cut 20 pieces for this basket.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Cut the plastic tubes with a pair of scissors.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

These tubes come in a variety of colors and cost around Rs 10 for each bundle.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Make two square knots.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Join the two knots by adding one knot above and one below them.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Make another similar unit with 4 knots.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Now we will be joining these two units by weaving together the wires that intersect each other.

But before that, we will add the plastic tubes like shown below.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Continue joining more knots till the basket reaches the desired length.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

One side is done.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Flip the triangle upside down and weave the other side of the base.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

We will now have a diamond shape.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

The very first row that we added will be the base of the basket. Fold the diamond.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Now we have to turn the corners of the base. Without this step, we will end up with a flat woven diamond instead of a basket with flat base and vertical sides.

Lace the wires through tubes as shown below.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Make knots using wires shown by the yellow arrows in the picture above. We will be forming 2 triangle shaped spaces as shown below.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

As you can see, after this step, the basket is no longer a flat diamond. Instead, it has vertical sides.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Corners have to be turned at the other end of the basket too. So a total of 4 triangles will be formed in each basket. Keep weaving together wires that are intersecting each other.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Basket grows at super fast speed.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Once you reach the desired height, tuck in the excess wire.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Lacy plastic wire basket (flower basket / poo koodai) is done.

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

Wire plastic koodai made with tubes - poo koodai

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