Heart Basket A page made by Christopher Hamkins
 What is a heart basket?  How to make a heart basket Some mathematics Heart Baskets on the Internet Comments .

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What is a paper heart basket?
 ...... A heart basket consists of two slitted paper strips woven together. It looks as though the strips are inseparably combined, which of course would be impossible unless they had been cut and reattached.

How to make a heart basket top
 ...... First cut two paper strips from colored construction paper and round off the ends. The ratio of width to length should be about 1:3.5, e.g. 8 cm x 28 cm. Fold the strips in half and cut 3 slits through the folds, slightly longer than the width of the strip.

 ...... Insert the strips alternately through the loops formed in the strips of the other piece.

 ...... Continue ...

 ...... ...and continue to weave...

 ....... ...until all the strips have been inserted into each other. Now you can see why it's called a heart basket. The basket works fine with a larger number of slits as well, but the weaving just takes a little longer.

 ...... If the work was done properly, the top and bottom halves of the basket can now be unfolded. You can use the basket to give somebody your heart...

Some mathematics  top
 ...... Topologically speaking, the paper strips are not "really" woven through each other. They cannot be combined as in the diagram on the left without being cut and reattached.

 The construction depends on the fact that "merely" inserting the strips through each other results in as much strength as a true woven article. ......

Heart Baskets on the Internet   top

German

KEB in Deutschland e. V.
Geflochtenes Herzkörbchen

English

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This article was submitted by Christopher Hamkins.

There is a simpler woven heart on my page Heart Curve

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