Basket Craft Ideas

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March 13, 2009

white ruffly basket lamp shadeI want to share a photo of one of my projects from several years ago. I found a great wicker basket with a fluted edge and it had a handle on it. I kept looking at this basket and flipped it over and decided to cut off the handles and make it into a lampshade for a lamp I had.


I spruced up the paint and drilled a hole in the bottom, then painted a wooden drawer pull white to hold the "shade" on the lamp. As you can see, I used fabric that goes with the bedding to make a "hatband" and used some eyelet fabric and fashioned a "flower" for the hat as well. I think it definitely makes a great lampshade! How about you?

Inspiration: All me. Just saw something that would make the lamp look very special!

By Southeastgeorgiapeach from Jesup, GA

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April 16, 2008

I am going away this weekend. I want to take some stuff to keep me busy, while the man is out fishing! Anyone know what I should pack to make a craft kit? You know materials, or ideas I can work on? Please let me know!

Amanda from Pickens, SC


By paperlady (Guest Post)
April 16, 20080 found this helpful

Hey, I do that too. I knit and crochet. i use a big shoe box with lid to put my yarn and needles or hook in, and the instructions will fit inside as well. And when I'm done, I just close the lid and everything is all together.


I even take mine on trips to the dr. office, etc. Right now, I'm knitting watch caps for the men in the family for Christmas . . . all in camo yarn. Good luck, and have fun!

April 18, 20080 found this helpful

Amanda,I too like to take something to do with my hands when on trips. I first descide what project I want to do,then take what is needed to complete that project. I try not to take a large project. That would be too much! I do like to take embroidery projects,beading projects,plastic canvas and you could even take pictures to sort out for scrapbooking. I hope this helps.---I have a variety of sizes of tote bags,so usually take my project in one. The scrapbooking would have to be stored in some sort of rigid container so the photos won't get bent.I hope this helps.

By katklaw777 (Guest Post)
April 18, 20080 found this helpful

HI, I like to make my own jewelry. When I travel I take a small fishing tackle box. In it I carry just enough beads, findings, stringing material and small tools to make a couple of creative projects. It closes very securely and keeps everything in its place.


By the way I use a very large tackle box for much of my at home beading supplies as well, they work very well for holding craft supplies too.

April 18, 20080 found this helpful

the ideas already listed are great for take along projects. I enjoy knitting on the knifty knitter, especially in the car. If you make cards it is a great time to get a head start on birthday or even christmas cards. Don't forget your camera and a good book to help pass the time.


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April 18, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Amanda (nice's my 9 yr old daughter's name!)

I guess it depends on what you like to do but whatever project you decide on just think about all the supplies you would need. If you're going to do some sort of needlework/handwork then make sure to bring needles, floss or threads and definitely a good sharp pair of scissors. Pack in a tote bag or even a ziploc bag if it's a small project.


I used to take counted cross stitch with me on trips. I traveled with my husband on business many years before we became parents. Also I know my hubby likes to fish too so there was definitely times I was working on my cross stitch and watching him fish...that is before I started joining him in the fishing!

Another thing I like to do on vacations is bring several good books to read. I find that very relaxing and enjoyable!

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October 28, 2008

Does anyone have a craft using small baskets (3 in. long and 2 in. high)?



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October 28, 20080 found this helpful

Hi,some I've painted fall colors and put in acorns others at CHRISTmas time I spray paint them,run a bead of glue around the handle and sprinkle glitter or faux snow or fill w/small snowflakes or tiny bells.Fast,inexpensive gifts.Give a dozen or so as a gift.


Happy crafting.


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October 28, 20080 found this helpful

for christmas you can buy the 20 strand string lights at the dollar stores $1 and get either the cord type or battery type, lay those inside the basket in a random bunch then fill the remaining basket with potpouri that is red and green in color with a nice scent, when lit the aroma and visual is so pretty. tie you a wired ribbon bow or raffia bow on the handle with a cinnamon stick inbetween it for both aroma and visual effect.
And you can hang cookie cutters from the handle too which look cute and the whole piece will serve as a nice gift.


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October 29, 20080 found this helpful

I wrap ripped fabric around the handle, and either stick in some Dollar Tree mini cranberries or make a bow and hot glue a button on it. They hang on the tree so nicely! You can also fill them with potpouri and hot glue a net over it so they don't fall out.


You can get some tiny dolls and make them little beds and blankies for little girls! If you know someone loves bunnies or teddies, etc, you can make the bed and put miniature critters in them.

These baskets are the same size as yours. You can decorate them and give them with teas in them, miniature balls of thread that look like crochet thread, miniature sewing baskets, and more.

I am sending the shot of the basket I made. Good luck!

By Joy (Guest Post)
October 29, 20080 found this helpful

The 3 x 2 inch baskets sounds like the small square baskets decorated with scrap cloth, lace, etc and then decorate small matchbooks to match the basket. Place a small flower or trinket on each side of the basket where the handle is attached. My mother made me one and it matched my kitchen in blue. Very cute.

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December 30, 2005

Can someone please give some info on how to decorate a bath & body basket and a basket for Valentine's Day. I make candles, lotions, oils, shower gels, etc. but I am fresh of decoration ideas. I am not too crafty but can be with step by step info and pictures. I need it for 2 presentations. I am fresh out of ideas.

La Toya Chaisson from Dallas, Texas


December 31, 20050 found this helpful

You could cushion the basket w wash cloths. They could be folded in fancy napkin forms.

By Jan (Guest Post)
December 31, 20050 found this helpful

Hi,you can go to to a dollar store and purchase large plastic bowls,use red and white raffia,put your items in and wrap the whole thing with cellophane in valentine colors

By barfydoogin (Guest Post)
January 2, 20060 found this helpful

Last year I made bath & body baskets for the women in my family. I bought cheap bread pans and painted them pink,purple, and blue then decorated them with stickers. I then bought little wooden knobs and painted them and put a C on one and an H on the other for Hot and Cold knobs on a tub. I then bought wooden balls that have a flat side and painted them to match the tub and glued them on the bottom for the feet of the tubs. My mom still has hers if you need I can take a picture and email it to you my email is barfydoogin @ (remove spaces)

June 11, 20090 found this helpful

I go to yard sales and buy stuff I can later give all year long as gifts. At home I have a box for the gifts and when an occasion arises, I search in my box for a gift. In my box is also decorated bags that I have bought for 10 cents at yard sales. I wrap gifts in recycled paper and place in the gift bag, my gifts usually cost me less than a dollar a holiday for each individual person.

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February 2, 2007

I'd like to know how to make a cloth basket using old clothes and material scraps. I have everything from basic fabrics to jeans to sweaters to use.

Baskets can be so expensive, so I'd love to make my own. I'm looking especially for rectangular baskets (so I can stack them a bit). Easy/beginner level if at all possible.




February 3, 20070 found this helpful

To make a folding basket (one that stores flat, but pops up when you need it by tying ribbons at the corners) -

1. Figure out the dimensions you want. You said you want rectangular baskets, so find a box (shoebox?) that is the size you want, and open it up flat. This will become your pattern. You can adjust as needed.

2. Cut 2 pieces of fabric the total size of the box (bottom, sides and ends)

3. Cut some cardboard or funfoam the size of the bottom, and each of the sides (5 pieces total). they shoudl be a littel bit smaller than the sides.

4. Cut some flannel, batting, or towel to go in the middle to give it a little body.

5. Layer all these things together lke a sandwich - outside fabric, cardboard/foam, flannel/batting, inside of the basket fabric. Pin everything together around the outside, and along where the box will "fold" being sure there is no cardboard/foam underneat the folds.

6. Stitch all these seams (will look almost like tic tac toe with a box around it.

7. Cut ribbon that you like into pieces about 6 inches long, and stitch them diagonally at the corners (about 1/2 inch from the tip of the corner.

8. Use bias tape, and sew it all around the outside.

Tie up your corners, and you have a basket!

If you use the fun foam, you can wash it, but don't put them in the dryer. If you use cardboard, don't wash it. I have also used needlepoint canvas for the inside, but it is bulky.

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April 22, 2020

Upcycle sturdy cardboard boxes to make this pretty display gift basket. This would be perfect as a thoughtful present or as a donation to an auction.

Upcycled Cardboard Box to Gift Basket - basket ready to give with a card clothespinned on the front

March 2, 2020

Recycled crafts are very popular, good for the planet, and help to save you money on supplies. Upcycle a plastic water bottle into a gift basket that then only needs to be filled with the items especially chosen for your recipient.

Upcycled Water Jug Gift Basket - finished and filled basket

February 16, 2017

Recycle a half gallon milk carton to make this classy gift basket. This page has a pattern for making a recycled milk carton basket.

A basket made from milk cartons.

February 15, 2017

Using colorful spring fabrics you can sew up a pretty liner for an old or plain basket. This is a page about spring basket liner.

Gingham basket liner.

September 7, 2021

I wanted to weave a nice basket to hide a plastic flower pot inside. Sheets of paper were perfect for this. It is not difficult at all and very cheap.

The woven paper basket with a houseplant inside.

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