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Monday, April 19, 2010

Beltane Crafts - Paper Baskets

Monday, April 19, 2010
Next to the Maypole nothing is more iconic for May Day than the baskets that children carry, stuffed full of flowers and treats. But for those of us, like me, who don't have a lot of skill yet want to make their own baskets, what are we to do?

The answer is paper baskets. I looked around and found some instructions on making these kinds of baskets. I decided to go with two of these, posted below.

What You'll Need:

    * Plastic berry basket
    * Fabric or ribbon
    * Scissors
    * Construction paper
    * Stapler
    * Tissue paper

Step 1: Cut several strips of fabric or ribbon as wide as the openings in your basket. Weave the strips in and out of the slots around the basket. Tie each strip in a knot and trim the excess.

Step 2: To make a handle, cut a 1-inch-wide strip of construction paper. Secure 1 end of the strip to each side of the basket with a stapler. If you want, use a strip of fabric or ribbon to tie a bow around the handle.

Step 3: Line your basket with tissue paper, then fill it with goodies.

What You'll Need:

    * 2 sheets 9x12-inch red construction paper
    * 3 sheets 9x12-inch beige construction paper
    * 5-inch plate
    * 9-inch plate


    * Clear tape
    * Ruler
    * Pencil
    * Scissors
    * Craft glue

Step 1: Cut 8 strips of red construction paper, each 12 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. With 2 pieces of the beige construction paper, glue the 12-inch-long edges of the pieces together (overlap the edges a little). After the glue has dried, cut 4 strips 16 inches long and 1/2 inch wide.

Step 2: Glue 2 red strips together at the middle to form a cross. Do this with all the other red strips until you have 4 red crosses. Place the 4 crosses on top of each other, and fan them out evenly. Glue them in place -- they should look like a star.

Step 3: Use the 5-inch plate to draw a circle on the other piece of red construction paper. Cut out the circle, and glue it to the center of the star. This forms the bottom of your basket. Fold the rays of the star up at the edge of the circle.

Step 4: Tape a beige strip horizontally across the bottom of 1 ray. Weave the beige strip over and under the rays all the way around. Remove the tape, and glue the ends of the beige strip together. Hold ends together until glue begins to dry. Repeat with remaining beige strips. Push beige strips close together before gluing.

Step 5: After you've finished weaving the beige strips, fold over and glue the red ends to the inside of the basket, forming a rim. Make a pointed lid for the basket by using the 9-inch plate to trace a circle on the last sheet of beige construction paper.

Step 6: Cut out the circle, then cut a pie wedge out of the circle (the bigger the wedge, the taller the lid). Overlap and glue the cut ends together.

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