The traditional gypsy basket made from sallow and hazel twigs. They were filled with moss and soil, planted with wild primroses and hawked round the neighbouring villages. A classic container for spring flower arrangements and for a simple hanging basket.
1. To fit the handle turn the basket over so the smallest twigs are at the bottom. Gently flex the twig to-and-fro to loosen the fibres within it.
2. Fix one end of the handle mid-way along one side by predrilling holes using the 1.5mm bit at a couple of places and nail using the larger nails.
3. Gently bend the free end of the handle over and fix to the other side of the basket. Bend over the protruding ends of the nails.
4. Where the twigs will be in contact with damp soil it is best to treat the basket with a chemical preservative.
5. Place a plastic liner with some drainage holes inside the basket. Fill with compost and plant with suitable plants of your choice.
Ref. Make Things Gypsies Made by Marjorie Stapleton.