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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Repeat Steps 8 through 12 to weave another row. This time, reverse the pattern so that you weave over every tab you wove under in the previous row, and vice versa. For extra strength, start the weaving in the opposite two corners-the ones you glued in step 12.


Let this second row dry another 10 to 15 minutes, then remove the paper clips.





  Weave in a second row.

Step 13: Now to finish the top edge of your basket. Fold all those remaining little tabs of cardboard to the outside. I like to then trim them so they're rounded. I place the basket upside down, and cut a rounded-edge template to trace on each tab. Then I trim each tab with scissors.

  Fold the remaining tabs of cardboard to the outside and trim them to a rounded shape.

Or, you may prefer to fold and glue all the tabs to the inside, and glue some decorative cutouts to the edge, as I did in the yellow basket above. You can also add buttons, ribbon, or any other embellishment you like.

  Cut another 1-inch strip for a handle and glue it to the inside of the basket.

Step 14: Cut another 1-inch-wide strip from the leftover pieces of your box. This will be the handle of your basket. If you have enough cardboard, cut one strip that's long enough to make a nice handle. If not, you can glue two pieces together end to end. (If you need your handle to be extra strong, reinforce it by putting some packing tape on the underside.)

Trim the handle to a size you like, and glue the ends to the inside of the basket. It's a good idea to glue as much surface area as possible here, so make sure the handle is glued all the way to the bottom of the basket, as shown.

Fill your basket with some shredded paper or natural straw, color some eggs, and you're all set.

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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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