How to Weave an Easter Basket from Recycled Boxescomments (13) March 26th, 2013
I love looking at product packaging-you can do so many creative things with all those bold graphics. Here, I've cut up some assorted boxes and woven them into baskets for Easter. Once the holiday's over, you could even put them right back into the recycle bin-or use them for organizing.
What you'll need:
- Cardboard food boxes (see notes below)
- Metal ruler
- X-Acto knife
- Cutting surface
- Bone folder
- Tacky glue
- Paper clips
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A few notes on cardboard: For the samples shown here, 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 certainly combine cardboard from several different boxes if you prefer.
Before you begin this project, make sure your box is nice and clean. Cut the four sides apart, following the fold lines. Cut off any tabs from the top and bottom of the box.
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. So, by way of example, my rectangle here is 5 inches wide. Adding 6 inches, I get 11 inches. So I'm cutting a 5-inch x 11-inch rectangle.
Cut a second rectangle to match.