Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and as a mother of four I have more than just my hubby to be thankful for. I want each of my four children to know how loved they are on Valentine’s Day too! Valentine’s Day is about more than just the love and romance of my husband and I that should be celebrated, but it is also about making sure my kids know just how loved they are! That’s why this woven heart basket filled with Hershey’s Valentine’s Day candy is the perfect thing for them to wake up to on Valentine’s Day! There will be a woven heart basket full of Hershey’s Valentine’s Day candy hanging on each of their bedroom doorknobs come February 14th! How would you like to wake up to a Valentine’s Day basket on your door? That’s the perfect way to start my day!
These woven heart baskets are really simple to make, but do take a little bit of time to initially learn how to do it. Once I did it a couple times though it was so EASY. I even taught my 7 year old daughter how to do them and she was making them by the dozens for everyone she knows! Trust me, these are not difficult despite initial appearances.
To make a woven heart basket you’ll need:
- Various coordinating cardstock (thicker paper) in red, pink, purple or Valentine’s Day prints. You’ll need 2 different colors/patterns for each woven heart basket.
- Double stick tape or glue
- Woven heart basket template (print it off free here)
- Hershey’s Valentine’s Day candy to fill your basket
Print off the woven heart basket template here. Then cut out each template around the edges, leaving the three “cut lines” intact.
Fold one piece of cardstock in half lengthwise. Line up your template with the “fold line” edge on your fold. Cut around the edges first. Now cut the three cut lines while still holding the template on top of your cardstock.
Now use your second template to cut out a second piece from different colored, coordinating cardstock. Lay out the two pieces with the fold lines facing each other. The rounded edges will be the top of your heart.
Now start weaving your heart by taking one piece and weaving the first strip into the other piece of cardstock. This is the only tricky part to learn. You need to be sure to weave your paper in and out of each other so that when you open the papers at the end they will open up to form a pouch and not just be woven on the top of the paper.
You’ll be forming a checkerboard pattern and weaving your strips so they go over, under, over, under each other. Use the fold edge of the strip to weave in and out of the opposite piece of cardstock, making sure one piece always goes through the other.
For example. When the pink piece was to be woven “under” the purple I put it through the purple so the purple shows on top. Next the pink needed to be woven “over” the purple so I threaded the purple piece though the pink piece so the pink shows on top. Get the idea? Repeat this.
Once your first strip is woven push it up slightly to make room for the second strip. Weave this strip through the same way as you did the first, but making sure to alternate your over/under pattern so it starts opposite the first piece. In this example the pink was “over” the purple for the first strip and “under” the purple for the second strip.
Keep alternating to form the woven checkerboard pattern until you are finished.
When you open your woven heart basket it should open perfectly to form a basket like this.
Now cut a strip of cardstock off one of your leftover scraps of paper and affix it to the inside of the woven heart basket to create your handle. You can use double sided tape or glue for this.
Now the fun part!! The candy!! We picked up all of our favorite Hershey’s Valentine’s Day candy including Reese’s Conversation Cups and Hershey’s Kisses
Now fill up your woven heart basket with as much candy as you can fit inside of it!
I made one of these woven heart baskets for each of my kids as well as making them for their school teachers and our close friends and family! They were easy enough to make that it was fun to make up a whole bunch. I can’t wait to hand them all out! My daughter couldn’t wait and already handed out a few to her Grandparents and they just loved how neat they are!
With a handle they will hang nicely on a doorknob so you can surprise your kids with them on Valentine’s Day morning or even surprise a neighbor by hanging one on their door with a note inscribed on it wishing them a happy Valentine’s Day! Not only will they feel special because you thought of them, but they will feel so loved to know you took time to create something special for them!
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