Make Your Own Paper Basket

I. love. baskets. I mean, not only are they pretty, but they are just so stinkin’ practical! But unfortunately, I don’t possess the skills to make one out of the traditional wicker-type material. 😦 But I do know how to make one out of paper! Obviously, they won’t be able to hold much more than a small gift or a bit of candy, but hey–they’re still fun! πŸ˜‰

You only need 5 supplies for this craft:

  • Construction paper (2 colors)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Choose a main color paper and let’s get started! Measure and cut 10, 1/2 in. strips along the long side of your paper. I find it easiest to do this by making little marks every 1/2 in. on the top and bottom edge of the paper, and then connecting the marks with the aid of a ruler. But to each his own way! πŸ˜‰

Next, take your secondary color and cut 6, 1/2 in. strips of that.

Now take 5 strips of your main color and line them up next to each other. Then measure and make a mark 3 1/2 in. from the top, and another one 3 1/2 in. from the bottom. You only need to make the marks on one of the strips; they’re just to help you center everything when you’re finished weaving…

And that’s exactly what we’re doing next! Take the remaining 5 strips of your main color and weave them into the center of the other strips–in an under over pattern as seen above. Use the marks you made as a guide to help with the centering. (Don’t worry about it too much though, we’re going to end up cutting excess off at the end anyways. πŸ™‚ )

Take all of the strips and crease them so that they’re sticking straight up… kind of like a bad hair day… πŸ™‚

And then we get to prepare our secondary color strips! Take one and fold it in half…

Then open it up…

And fold the two halves in towards the center. This will leave you with three nice creases that will be of great aid when weaving.

Now take one side of your creased strip and weave it into one side of your basket, using the over under pattern again.

Then take the next side of your strip and weave it into the other side of the basket…

And keep weaving until you finish the last side. Things are probably going to slide around and come undone during this process. But don’t worry; once you get the first two strips woven in things just keep getting easier! And you can always fix things if they pop out. πŸ˜‰

Anyways, once you get to the end, put the two ends of your strip together and crease them…

And glue the overlapping parts together! πŸ˜€

Keep repeating this process until you’ve woven in 4 strips total. I added more photos of the process where I glued the ends together below (the first ones were kind of crummy as I was trying to take photos and keep the basket together at the same time πŸ™‚ ):

Once you’re done weaving, cut off most of the remaining main color strips–leaving about 1/2 an inch.

Then fold those little nubby guys down towards the inside of your basket.

Now take one of your remaining secondary color strips and crease it like you are going to weave another layer. But instead of weaving, this time paste the back with glue…

And put it along the inside top edge of your basket to hide those little nubby things (for lack of a better name for them, LOL! πŸ™‚ ).

You’re not gonna believe this…but we’re almost done! πŸ˜€ Take your last, lonely little secondary color strip and insert one side in between the lining strip you just glued in, and the side of the basket. You might have to pry the lining strip up a little to loosen up the glue, but you can press it back down again and add more glue if necessary.

Repeat this with the other side of your strip, and that’s your handle! Congratulations on your cute little basket! Doesn’t it just make you think of spring? πŸ™‚

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below! Sometimes it’s really hard for me to put things into words that can really only be comprehended in a video format…so if you don’t understand something, I totally understand why. πŸ˜‰

Happy early spring crafting everyone! ❀

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