Tutorial: How to Make a Nest or a Basket

Guest article by artist Rosalind Pounder

A quick visual guide to making a small nest/basket.

This took approximately 1 1/2 hours to make using paper string and raffia and is 3.5cm.

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What you need is 2metres of paper string or jute, raffia, a large needle and scissors;

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Turn the end of the paper string or jute over on itself;

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Thread a length of raffia onto your needle. It may help to shred the raffia into manageable widths;

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Start sewing! The idea is to keep bending the paper string or jute into a spiral and sewing this into place using the raffia;

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Keep doing this until you have a flat base of approx. 2.5cm;

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You can now start building up the sides;

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Do this by continuing to spiral the paper string/jute but this time layer over the previous row – keep sewing!

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Keep going! If you want a tall slender vessel keep the layers parallel. If you want gently sloping basket shape keep moving the layers gently outwards;

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Keep going! Repeat until you’ve run out of paper string! Or you could add more. Use your imagination. The loose ends could be trimmed or left to give a wild appearance. This is the basis for all of my small nests. Now try using grass, stems, wire or whatever comes to hand. Show me your results on Facebook! – Enjoy.


Rosalind Pounder is a British artist who has lived in Derbyshire her whole life. Art has always been a part of her life. Then she graduated in fine arts in 1988. When she was at college she became really interested in environmental issues. She works with foraged and found materials that she usually finds in her surroundings: her garden and the beach for example.

We had the pleasure to interview Rosalind back in April 2015 and you can read the article on No Serial Number Summer Issue.

You can connect with Rosalind via her Facebook Page or you can email her at rosalindpounder@gmail.com. She will soon start running workshops in England and she would be delighted to hear from you.


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