Dowel Bread Bas­ket

Cottages & Bungalows - - Idea Notebook -

What You’ll Need:

• Five pine dow­els, 3/8 inch (9 mm) in di­am­e­ter

and 35 inches (90 cm) long

• Mea­sur­ing tape

• Saw

• Sand­pa­per

• Paint (used here: An­nie Sloan Chalk Paint

in Ver­sailles)

• Paint­brush

• Round pie pan, 9½ inches (24 cm) in di­am­e­ter • Paper liner, the same size as your pie pan • Con­crete mix (used here: about 3 ¾ pounds

(1.75 kg))

• Rub­ber gloves, safety gog­gles and dust mask,

for mix­ing

• Old spoon or plas­tic glove

• Food-grade con­crete sealant

• Jer­sey yarn (used here: about 11 yards (10 m) of

Zpagetti yarn by Hoooked)

• Scis­sors

What You’ll Do:

Cut the dow­els to 7-inch (18 cm) lengths and sand the edges. Each 35-inch (90 cm) dowel will cre­ate five shorter pieces. Paint all the dowel pieces. Let them dry and ap­ply a sec­ond coat if needed.

Line the pie pan with a paper liner—this will cre­ate tex­ture on the sides and make it easy to re­lease the bas­ket from the mold. Mix your con­crete (see side­bar) and pour it into the pie pan to a depth of about 1 ¼ inches (3 cm).

Quickly press all 25 dow­els into the con­crete, ½ inch (1 cm) in from the edge. Set them at a slight out­ward an­gle, evenly spaced around the pan. Smooth the con­crete be­hind the dow­els as best as you can, us­ing a gloved fin­ger or spoon. Let the con­crete set.

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