Warning: The following project is highly addictive. Once you make one, you may need a 12 step program for basket cases!
If you've got 5-10 minutes, a couple sheets of cardstock, a stapler and tape roller, you are set to make these OH-SO-CUTE paper baskets just in time for Easter!
Cut your strips!
Basket: 5 strips 10" x 1.125" (I love the woodgrain from Honky Tonk and have now used up every inch I had of that paper)
Rim: 3 strips 12" x .75"
Handles: For a single handle like mine, 2 strips 6" x .75".
For a traditional center handle, 2 strips 9" x .75"
Start by running adhesive along the entire length of one 12 x .75" strip. Then press and staple your five strips as shown here.
(Please note that I will refer to these strips 1-5 going left to right.)
Bring your rim around into a circle and staple closed.
Now bring strip #1, up and press it next to strip #5, staple.
Now #2 goes next to #1 and so on until you get to number five which squeezes into the last spot. You'll notice that each strip comes up a little shorter than the last, don't worry you've done it right.
Before you do anything else, you need to decide what to do for your handle if you're having one at all. I like mine to be the same print on either side and so I first glued two strips together. For a single handle like mine, staple in place with two strips in between. For a center one, staple in place directly across from each other. (I neglected a photo of this step... sorry!)
Now run tape along another .75" strip. With the seam at the front, tape this inside the basket and staple the ends once in place.
Now run tape along your last .75" strip and with seam at the back press this over the top of all your staples. Slide your stapler inbetween your handle and staple rim in place at center back.
Hang one on a door and you may never lose your keys again?!?
Surprise your kids with treats for after school.
I can imagine lots of uses, everything from storing hair ribbons, to neighbor gift containers to Easter Egg hunts. Really, the are so fun you can't make just one!