I'm doing some gift baskets for marketing purposes. Last time I just went to The Good Will and got a few baskets for $.50 or so each. But it was hard to find ones that were 1) not ugly, and 2) the size I wanted. Also I wasn't convinced of their cleanliness, and I wasn't sure how to wash them. Plus that's money, even if it's $.50. And it feels weird to have to go back and buy more baskets every time I want to do this.
To the PINS!
Found this ...
and this ...
Check that the weaves are centered by measuring the strips on each side.
7) Hot glue the corners and under each strip along the edge.
8) Fold up each strip to make a crease for the corner.
9) Attach another strip, following the basket-weave pattern around the edge.
Attach another to make it all the way around, if needed.
Attach with hot glue.
Repeat with more strips around until you reach the top of your basket.
10) Fold over any excess strips so the top is even all the way around.
11) Take the final two strips and fold them hot-dog style.
12) Glue the folded strip over the top of the basket, all the way around.
Trim any tips of strips still poking out.
Make sure to glue underneath all folded pieces to the top layer lays flat.
And you're done!
**Note: because this is made out of paper bags, it will NOT be water-proof. I might try a clear spray-paint on one someday, but until then, it's just for dry things.