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 5: Using a bone folder, score both ends of the cardboard along the ends of those slits.

Place a ruler along that score line, and gently fold the long tabs at the end of the cardboard upward.

Repeat steps 2–5 with the second piece of cardboard.

  Score the resulting tabs and bend them upward.

Step 6: Place the two pieces of cardboard at right angles to each other, as shown. You can arrange them so the graphics face up or down-this will create different looks in your finished basket.

Glue the two pieces together in that center square, placing glue along all four sides for extra sturdiness.

  Place the two pieces together to each other, and glue them at the center square.

Step 7: Time to weave! Use the remaining pieces of your box to cut four long strips, each 1 inch wide.

Then, start at one corner of the basket. Bend the long tabs in and out, alternating as shown.

  Cut some 1-inch strips for weaving. Bend the tabs so they alternate.

Step 8: Take one of your long cardboard strips and fold it in half. Place this fold at the corner of the basket and nestle it between the long tabs, as shown.

This is a good time to mention that you can place your weaving strips with the graphics facing in or out. For this tutorial, I'm facing all the graphics out for clarity. But take a look at the finished baskets at the top of this post and you'll see samples where I faced them in, creating a checkerboard pattern.

  Fold the first weaving strip in half and nestle it into place.

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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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