How to Weave an Easter Basket from Recycled Boxes

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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.

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. It should be an odd number of inches long and wide. My square measures 5 inches by 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. (I made my marks with a Sharpie for visibility, but you'll want 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 lines. For each line, you'll be making two parallel cuts about 1/8 inch apart. I usually 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.

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 through 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: It's 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.

Step 9: Put a drop of tacky glue where each tab comes in contact with this strip. Press the tabs in place and secure them with paper clips while the glue dries.

Let the glue dry for 10 minutes or so before proceeding.

  Place glue at each contact point. Hold the pieces together with paper clips while the glue dries.

Step 10: You'll have extra cardboard sticking out at the ends. At the end where this strip passes over the last long tab, fold it to the inside of the basket.

  Fold the excess strip to the inside at one corner.

At the opposite corner, where the strip passes under the last long tab, cut it to match the edge of the tab.

  At the other corner, trim the excess.

Step 11: Fold another long strip and repeat Steps 7 through 10 to weave from the opposite corner. Let this dry for another 10 to 15 minutes and remove all the paper clips.

  Weave in a second strip to complete the first row.

Step 12: It's time to glue the two loose corners. Each corner should have one long tab, as shown. Place that to the inside of the basket and glue it in place. Hold it with two paper clips for extra stability, and let the glue dry for about 10 minutes before proceeding.

  Glue the corners to the inside.



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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