Rattan cane webbing is back! We grew up in the 80’s and our butts sat on many saggy cane webbed kitchen chairs as kids! Who thought this trend would be back so strong?!
Don’t get us wrong, cane webbing has been around FOREVER! Did you know – A woven cane bed was buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1323 BC?? Guess we shouldn’t say it’s a trend, but let’s be honest, we haven’t seen it used in a while and now suddenly it’s everywhere!
We’ve been wanting to try a craft with cane webbing for a while, but felt a little intimidated by it. There aren’t too many tutorials about cane webbing that don’t have to do with furniture. We searched for tips on how to cut cane webbing with a clean and even line and didn’t find much!
First we tried it with scissors, but the process ended up being a total mess. It’s definitely doable with scissors, but we found an easier way using our Worx ZipSnips! The ZipSnip is an electric scissor with a rotating blade!
ZipSnip cuts all different types of materials from thick cardboard to carpet to wrapping paper. We weren’t sure how they’d work with cane webbing…but hey worked great and there was very little mess!
Prep – Start by laying the cane webbing flat and place your vessel on top to measure. Wrap the webbing around making sure that it is long enough to wrap around the entire vessel.
Mark – Use a ruler and draw a line across the top of the vessel. Mark where the cane webbing meets.
Cut – Place the ZipSnip on the marked line and cut in a slow and steady movement.
Paint – Lay a piece of painters tape across the cane webbing and press down firmly. Use a stencil brush and apply acrylic paint in a dabbing motion. Once dry, peel off painters tape. Tip: lt’s best to do a couple of light layers than one heavy layer. If the paint is added too thick it will fill some of the smaller holes in the webbing.
Glue – Flip the cane webbing upside down and lay your vessel on top of it. Hot glue along the edge of the webbing and wrap the two ends together.
We were worried that the glue wasn’t going to hold well, but we were surprised how easily it glued together with the little amount of glue we used.
Enjoy – Pop in a candle and watch it glow!
Our favorite things about Worx ZipSnip:
-You don’t just have to cut in a straight line.
-Lithium-Ion battery holds a charge for months. Yay for not having to think about charging all the time.
-Can handle a wide range of materials including paper, plastic packaging, cloth (excluding denim and cotton), cardboard, faux leather, canvas, carpet, wire net, faux flower stems and much more.
This is our favorite type of project, super quick with an expensive looking outcome! Cane webbing is back and we’re digging it!