Berry baskets are too good to throw away, and even though plastic varieties can be recycled they are worth keeping and using for kid’s crafts. Berry baskets can be used to make attractive containers for holding Easter goodies, compact discs, and a number of other items. They make fantastic gifts that kids can enjoy giving to family members for gift-giving occasions. Consider the following crafts for kids using berry baskets and other simple craft supplies, and help your kids turn old plastic fruit baskets into creative and stylish works of recycled art.
Creative Ribbon Weaving Ideas
Kids love weaving, and plastic berry baskets with woven sides are ideal for creating beautiful woven crafts. Kids can create woven containers that are as decorative as they are practical, and these easy and impressive crafts can be designed for any occasion, holiday, or just because. Give kids a number of rolls of narrow satin ribbon, and show them how to weave the ribbons in and out in various color combinations and patterns. For example, create a sample basket, and weave two rows of the same color side-by-side. Experiment with various color patterns to create stunning basket displays that look nothing like the plastic baskets beneath.
Small bows add a considerable amount of decorative appeal to crafts designed using berry baskets. Tie one color-coordinating bow to the center of each side of the basket. Alternately, tiny bows can be attached all the way around the top of the basket if desired.
Kids can create a handle for their finished baskets using plastic canvas. Simply cut the plastic canvas approximately one-inch wide and eight-inches long, and attach both ends to the top of the basket using matching yarn or ribbon. Using a plastic needle, have the kids weave narrow satin ribbon to match their basket along each plastic canvas row. Colored plastic canvas can be used if desired. You will find a rainbow of colors in most discount stores that sell crafts and supplies.
Battery-Operated Candle Baskets
A woven berry basket is the ideal holder for a battery-operated candle. Once kids have created a beautiful woven basket it can be transformed into a beautiful candle holder with the addition of a battery-operated flameless candle. They are available in all colors and sizes, and they are safe for kids as well as adults.
Gift Baskets from Kids
Kids can enjoy using woven berry baskets to hold gifts for grandparents, mom, dad, or anyone on their gift list. When lined with tissue paper they make fantastic gift holders. Help kids choose dollar items such as fragrant soaps, candles, note paper, or anything else that catches their eye. Woven berry baskets are very versatile, and kids love them because they are quality crafts they can make with very little adult assistance.