How to Weave an Easter Basket from Recycled Boxes

comments (15) April 16th, 2014     

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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Cardboard packaging lends bold colors and interesting graphics to this basket.
These baskets are simple to make, involving a little weaving and a little gluing.
Since boxes come in all shapes and sizes, you can make baskets in all shapes and sizes. This little one would make a cute party favor.
Cardboard packaging lends bold colors and interesting graphics to this basket.

Cardboard packaging lends bold colors and interesting graphics to this basket.

Photo: Diane Gilleland
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I love looking at product packaging. You can do so many creative things with all those bold graphics. I have cut up some assorted boxes and woven them into baskets for Easter. Once the holiday is over, I can even put them back into the recycle bin or use them for organizing.

What you'll need:

  • Cardboard food boxes (see notes below)
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Cutting surface
  • Bone folder
  • Tacky glue
  • Paper clips
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A few notes on cardboard: For the samples shown, I've used a pizza box, a 12-pack soda box, and a baking mix box. Packaging comes in all shapes and sizes-as long as it's made of chipboard, you can use anything you like. The larger the box you begin with, the larger your finished basket will be. I've made each of these baskets from a single box, but you could combine cardboard from several boxes if you prefer.

Before you begin this project, make sure your box is nice and clean. Cut the four sides apart, following the foldlines. Cut off any tabs from the top and bottom of the box.

  Cut a rectangle that's an odd number of inches wide.

Step 1: Start with the front or back panel of the box. Most weaving projects start with a little math and planning, so let's get that out of the way first.

Measure out a rectangle that's an odd number of inches wide. Then, add 6 inches to that dimension. This will be the length of your rectangle. For example, my rectangle is 5 inches wide. Adding 6 inches, I get 11 inches. So I'm cutting a 5-inch-by-11-inch rectangle.

Cut a second rectangle to match.

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Comments (15)

dennisbray writes: I suppose this tutorial would only work with soft boxes and not for those they use for moving house? I got a load of them at the moment, that's why I'm asking :)
Posted: 2:28 am on September 17th
christianreese writes: A great way to use your old boxes instead of just throwing them away. I always encourage people to make good use of their old moving boxes, before getting rid of them. I'll definitely share this article.
Posted: 4:13 am on March 16th
EchoLin writes: lovely basket, it reminds me of my childhood when we make something to load our little stuffs
Posted: 10:40 pm on April 10th
Jai writes: Wow! What a great idea! This will be a great craft project to do with the childrens Sunday School class. Every year we give away Easter candy & eggs to the children (in paper bags). With this idea they can make their own baskets, we fill them, & with the economy the way it is, we save a lot of money in the process. Thank you for sharing your talents!
Posted: 2:31 pm on April 6th
radnav writes: Love this basket. I am writting a post on easter crafts. I hope you would not mind me using a picture from the post for the article. I will link back to you and give full credits.
Posted: 10:45 am on March 11th
clare57 writes: What Fun! Wish I saw this before Easter. But now I am thinking how cute it would be to put a 4 pack of pansies in one as a mother's day present.
Posted: 12:44 pm on May 4th
variation writes: I love recycling/repurposing materials, especially if I can keep them from going to the landfill. Thanks for sharing this tutorial, and I hope others will post their recycled materials craft projects!

Posted: 2:51 pm on April 23rd
MamiMadeIt writes: Excellent tutorial! Great idea!
Posted: 4:06 am on April 1st
AnnabelleBaskets writes: So cool! I'm going to try this with the kids on Friday since they have the day off.

Thanks for the pattern!
Posted: 6:42 pm on March 31st
zeshuregi writes: very well done,i must try soon,i m also a weaving specialist
Posted: 8:57 am on March 30th
Kkbird writes: This is a terrific idea! I would not have thought of using product packaging, but I will definitely want to try this one out. Great directions too!
Posted: 1:43 am on April 13th
PassiFlora_magazine writes: What a great way to reuse and decorate! Would you be interested in having your project featured at PassiFlora magazine? More details at
Posted: 2:18 pm on April 9th
PamHarris writes: I just can't believe how cute these are! Out of boxes. Great idea, Diane.
Posted: 2:48 pm on April 3rd
Maureclaire writes:
Charming ! Love'em !!!
Posted: 2:10 am on April 3rd
LindaPermann writes: this is really cute- i especially love the little rounded tabs on the border.
Posted: 12:53 am on April 3rd
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