How to Weave an Easter Basket from Recycled Boxes

comments (13) 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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Step 2: On the back side of the cardboard, measure in 3 inches from each short edge and draw lines as shown. This should create a square in the center-and again, it should be an odd number of inches long and wide. My square measures 5 inches x 5 inches.

  Draw a line 3 inches in from each end. This should form a square in the center.

Step 3: Measure and draw parallel lines that are 1 inch apart across the ends of the rectangle, as shown here. (I'm making my marks with a Sharpie for visibility, by the way-you'll prefer to use a pencil.)

  Draw lines at 1-inch intervals across both ends.

Step 4: Use a metal ruler and X-Acto knife to cut slits in the ends of the rectangle where you drew your lines. For each line, you'll be making two parallel cuts about 1/8 inch apart-I usually just cut a little to each side of my pencil line. These gaps will make your weaving lie flatter.

  At each line, make two parallel cuts, about 1/8 inch apart.

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Comments (13)

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.

http://houseonashwelllane.blogspot.com/
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 http://passifloramag.com/2009/04/easter-special/
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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