If bowls can be made out of magazine pages, why not make baskets for Easter? Even kids can help fold the paper before an adult carefully glues the pieces together. The small version of these eco-friendly Easter baskets can be completed in less than an hour (not including drying time). Furthermore, it's the kind of simple project that can be done while you are watching T.V. or listening to a radio program.
- Newspaper inserts (e.g. uncut coupon inserts)
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Non-toxic paint, optional
- Paint brushes or cotton swabs for painting, optional
- Newspaper strips for paper mache, optional
- Flour and water paper mache paste, optional
1. Fold a single sheet of a newspaper insert in half lengthwise. Then continue to fold each side in half or thirds again until you have a symmetrically folded strip that is the width you desire. Most of our strips were about 1 centimeter wide.
2. Next, roll the strip up into tight concentric circles and secure with a thin line of hot glue as you go. Be extremely careful not to burn your fingers!
3. Continue to add and glue more folded strips until you form the desired size of bowl. Then, take another strip and glue on a handle. For larger baskets you will need to glue together two folded strips to make a handle. I also wrapped another couple of strips around the main handle for strength and a spiral decorative effect.
|Bigger baskets take at least an hour to construct.|
|This smaller basket was made from 10 insert sheets.|
5. Fill baskets with eggs, candy, or healthy snacks (if you are anti-candy like me).
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