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Guy shares how to easily weave a blackberry bramble basket with wild canes
This looks like a fun camping project to do with the kids and the best part is you get free baskets.
Ian Carey
06.11.21

Perhaps you are out for a hike and want to pick berries only to realize that you do not have a basket to carry them in.

Don’t worry, you can make a basket quickly and easily with blackberry vines.

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How to make a basket out of blackberry vines.

If you’re walking in a forest and you trip over something, there’s a good chance it was a blackberry vine. They are plentiful. There are small thorns on these vines, so you may choose to put on some gloves before you do this.

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Use a piece of canvas to run the vine through, thus removing all the thorns and leaving you with just the vine itself.

Building the spokes of the basket.

Pick out your 6 thickest pieces of blackberry vine that you have collected. Cut all 6 to be the same length. How long you leave the vines will depend on how big you want your basket to be.

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Now you’ll need a 7th vine and you will cut it to be half the length of the other six. Then take 3 of your 6 vines and lay them out across the other 3 in a cross formation. Then use a thin vine to wrap around the spokes to keep everything securely together.

Make sure to wrap the vine around all 4 sides at least twice.

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Twist and separate the vines.

Now, you want to twist and separate the vines so they are jetting out in different directions. Keep twisting and separating the vines until you have space between all of your spokes. These will now be the base and sides of your basket.

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Now slide the 7th and shorter vine you separated into a space between spokes.

You can choose whichever spokes you wish to insert this between but preferably where the gap is the largest. Twist and wrap the vine around in similar fashion.

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Weave your basket.

Now, all you do is take your blackberry vines and run them through the spokes. Have the vines go over one spoke and then under the next. You will want to bend the vine a little bit every time you wrap it over and under a spoke to ensure your basket is tightly weaved as well.

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Continue this process until your basket is the size you want it to be.

If you are only collecting berries, you might decide you don’t need a very large basket at all.

The next step involves bending all the spokes so that they are sitting over and in front of the one beside it. Finally, just take your clippers and clean up any spokes that are left sticking out from the basket.

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People love making blackberry bramble baskets.

Paco Warabi’s video about how to build a blackberry bramble basket has been viewed over 1.7 million times on YouTube. Many viewers felt compelled to leave a comment about the video as well.

“I think it’s a beautiful basket! Beats plastic every day of the week!” One viewer wrote.
“I think it’s a beautiful basket! Beats plastic every day of the week!” wrote another viewer.
“What a cool video & a great teacher with such a calm presence,” another viewer wrote.

You can learn how to weave a blackberry bramble basket with the video below.

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By Ian Carey
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Ian Carey is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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