Craft Stick Projects

Colorful Basket Project

Don't forget to glue the handle.
Don't forget to glue the handle.

Try this colorful basket project using craft sticks and craft foam and turn a brown box into something special. This colorful basket is a great place to store the treasures you collect.

What You'll Need:

  • Colored craft sticks, at least 20
  • Small box, 4-1/2 inches or shorter
  • Craft foam, 1 or 2 sheets
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks

How to Make a Colorful Basket

Step 1: Cut the top flaps from the box; discard. Measure the height of the box, and divide that number by 4. (Ask a grown-up for help with the math if you need to.) Measure and mark the craft foam into 4 strips that are each as wide as the number you just figured and long enough to wrap around all sides of the box. If the piece isn't long enough, cut 4 more strips from a second piece of craft foam and glue them onto the ends of the first.

Step 2: Cut another, wider strip for the handle (about 14 inches long and 1-1/2 inches wide.) With a grownup's help, glue one end of the handle to one side of the box, loop it across to the opposite side, and glue the other end in place there. Hold it in place until the glue sets.

Step 3: Line up the 4 craft foam strips alongside each other on your work surface. Weave a craft stick through the strips, close to one end, and glue the stick in place. Weave the rest of the sticks in, each about an inch from the last. Keep weaving in sticks and gluing in place until about 1 inch from the end.

Step 4: When the woven strip is long enough to fit around the box, glue it in place, starting near one corner and working your way around. Tip: Leave the very beginning of the piece unglued so you'll be able to tuck the ends of the weaving under the beginning to finish it off neatly.

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