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I live in an area where lots of berries grow wild, and I love to pick them. So I decided to make a berry-picking basket to make the process easier. Duct tape makes it colorful and easy.

You will need:

• 2 rolls of duct tape in contrasting colors
• Acetate or transparencies
• Cutter
• Measuring mat and/or tape measure
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Step 1: Preparation

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To start the body of the basket, tear off ten 11-inch strips of duct tape in one color and fold them in half to form strips approximately one inch in width. Make twenty 5 to 6-inch folded strips the same way, in a contrasting color.

Step 2: Weaving

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Place five long strips on your table and tape down with a strip of duct tape (I use the plain grey kind to save the good, expensive stuff). Weave 10 short strips. To keep the weave tight, use bits of duct tape to hold the strips in place as you weave them.

Step 3: Lining

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Remove the strip holding the weaving to the table and flip the weaving over. Place strips of duct tape along the back of the weaving to line it in one solid color. (I recommend a darker color, as berries might stain a light one.) When this step is finished, turn the sheet back over and remove the bits of ugly duct tape. Then cut around the edges to square off your sheet to one solid woven rectangle.

Step 4: Repeat

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Repeat the previous steps with your remaining strips. You will now have two woven sheets with solid lining on the back.

Step 5: Attach walls

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Attach the two walls of the basket by lining up the sides and putting a piece of duct tape on the outside and one inside. Do this twice. You should end up with a circle at the end. 

The reason I don't weave this all as one big piece is that the longer the duct tape pieces get, the easier they are to wrinkle or ruin.
That used a lot more duct tape than u thought it would
I made one
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25 6" strips?
I will make one right now
If you have a produce bag, why do need this duct tape bag?
susanrm (author)  moneyfuskie9353 years ago
I don't know about yours, but my produce bags don't come with straps, nor are they thick enough to hold all that weight while picking. Plus they could crush the berries if just carried around, whereas in the basket, the berries can move around more easily.
saffiertje3 years ago
Soooo great this basket! Have to find that great colored ducktape here in Holland!!! Great for picking my berries and so in my garden every morning!!!!
rwsonier4 years ago
Do you think you could make something load bearing. I'm looking at some land up North and would love to build a nice little place! Is there any Red Cedar Duct Tape available?
Way to go.
susanrm (author)  rwsonier4 years ago
Thank you, rwsonier. Red cedar, eh? Sounds interesting. We'll see what we can do!
ginger200374 years ago
That is really cute! You know, change the dimensions a little bit (or make a huge mistake) and you have a really cute purse ;)
susanrm (author)  ginger200374 years ago
Thanks! The techniques are actually based on purse-making techniques. But there are lots of purse-making instructions out there, while there is nothing like this, so I chose to make something different, and something I needed as well. feel free to adapt it, though!
Nice job! I have cherry trees, so I am going to make some for picking cherries...
susanrm (author)  QueenOfMyOwnDomain4 years ago
Great! Maybe post photos of your baskets here. I'd love to see them.
splazem4 years ago
Great job! I think this is especially cool because of how strong it could be!
susanrm (author)  splazem4 years ago
Thanks, splazem. I have carried other things in it too; it is quite strong, at least as strong as the purse I made that carries a good few pounds of stuff.
sunshiine4 years ago
What a grand idea! I will do this for my fruit next year! So pretty also! Thanks for sharing all your hard work.
There sunshiine goes again... reading my mind! ;-)

This is really PRETTY! 5 Stars!!!
susanrm (author)  bajablue4 years ago
Thanks to both of you. What an honor to get such compliments from such accomplished -ible authors!
What a nice thing to say to us! You are welcome! Hope to see more of your stuff soon!
Thank you there bajablue! What do you have up your sleeve? I know it is awesome! I will be on the lookout!
wilgubeast4 years ago
Cool. I imagine that the soft sides feel a bit nicer than a plastic or wicker basket, too. Nice work.
susanrm (author)  wilgubeast4 years ago
They do, thanks. It's very lightweight and comfortable to wear. Plus it holds so many berries!