Recycled Brown Paper Bag Basket and Paper Grass

My self challenge was to create a cute Easter basket and grass largely using recycled materials.  What do you think?

The basket is made out of recycled brown paper bags from those days at the grocery store when I forgot my reusable ones, and the grass is made out of an old gardening catalog.

1.  To make the basket, I deconstructed the paper bags so that they laid flat.

2.  I cut the paper bags into long 2″ wide strips.  I folded the edges of the strips over and used my sewing machine to secure them with a straight stitch in gold thread.

3.  I wove 8 strips of paper together to create the bottom of basket.

4.  I secured the strips of paper using a hot glue gun on the corners.

5.  I bent the strips of paper up to make the sides of the basket.

6.  I wove two strips of paper through existing vertical strips to create the sides.  I held the strips in place while I was weaving with binder clips and secured the end of each piece using a hot glue gun.

7.  I cut the vertical strips about 2 inches above my last horizontal strip.

8.  I folded the vertical strips into the inside of the basket and secured them with glue.

9.  I glued a strip on two sides of the basket to form the handle. My final basket was approximately 6″ x 6″ x 2 1/2″.

10.  To make the grass, I ran pages from a gardening catalog through a paper shredder (that does not cut the paper horizontally).

For the basket and grass, I used:

  • 2 Brown paper grocery bags
  • Gold thread
  • Scissors
  • Yard stick
  • Sewing machine
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • 1 Gardening catalog
  • Paper shredder


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