Whether for Easter, May Day or just for amusement, making your own basket out of construction paper is an easy and enjoyable project. Children will delight not only in the process itself, but in using it to carry and keep their precious belongings. Organize a fun crafting afternoon and help your children make their own colorful construction paper baskets with just a few safe and simple materials.
Things You'll Need
- Construction paper (12 inches by 18 inches)
Cut 27 strips of construction paper that are each 3/4 inch by 12 inches.
Cut 10 strips of paper that are 3/4 inch by 6 inches.
Arrange seven of the 12-inch-long strips side by side on a flat surface. Anchor the strips to the work surface by taping the tops of them down.
Weave another long strip under and over the foundational seven strips. Arrange the woven strip so that there is an equal amount of strip on both sides of the weaving.
Weave six other long strips in the same fashion. When you are finished with this step, you should have a plus-shaped paper weaving.
Weave four short strips on one side of the woven shape. To secure this weaving, place glue on both short ends of these strips after you have woven them. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Continue weaving the other short strips on the other three sides of the plus-shaped paper weaving.
Fold the remaining four short strips in half length-wise to make 3/8-inch-wide strips. Unfold each strip and dab glue on the inside of these strips. Fold the strips over each of the four long strip edges to finish these edges. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Fold up each of the four edges that you finished in Step 8 to create the sides of the basket. Crease these folds.
Glue the loose edges at the newly formed corners to secure the corners to create the basket. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Match up the long strips that are left by placing them on top of each other. Glue these strips together and allow the glue to dry completely.
Glue the strips to two opposite inner sides of the basket as a handle.