Paper baskets for kids are fun to make and hold endless possibilities -- literally!
From the simple Berry Basket Weaving paper basket to the more advanced African Tutsi Basket, you're sure to have fun with these paper craft projects. Once your paper basket is done, you can fill it up with your heart's desire.
Make an African Tutsi Basket that resembles the grass baskets used by the Tutsi people of Africa.
The Tutsi people make these baskets by coiling long strands of dried grass around and around, binding them together with thinner strands. The baskets have lids and are used to hold grain. Hold your own treasures in your own basket!
What You'll Need:
2 sheets 9x12-inch red construction paper
3 sheets 9x12-inch beige construction paper
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.
Now you've got your very own African Tutsi paper basket -- what will you put inside? Note: If you don't want to use red and beige paper, use any 2 colors you'd like.
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Baskets made by the Tutsi people of central Africa may be small, but the Tutsi people are among the tallest in the world. In fact, the Tutsi are often more than 7 feet in height. The Tutsi live in round grass huts scattered
throughout the hilly countryside.
Berry Basket Weaving
The Berry Basket Weaving project is a fun way to create something that will hold your treasures. Fill it with dried flowers or candy treats. It makes a great gift, too!
What You'll Need:
Plastic berry basket
Fabric or ribbon
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.
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