Okay, all you need is glue, old paper bags from the grocery, clothespins, and scissors. It's cute, strong, and recycled, and I know all you craftsters can come up with a million cool variations!
1. Cut the bottoms off your paper bags (and handles). For this project, I think I used 3 bags. Then cut what's left into (4) 1-inch strips or so horizontally (The size is really up to you, depending on how big you want your basket to be!) I like to keep the double width of the bag to make it strong and then fold those strips again horizontally, so that I end up with strips that are 4 bags thick. For this project, I made a total of 9 strips--6 for the bottom, and 3 to weave in the sides:
2. Place them in a weave--over and under pattern.
Then use the clothes pins to clip all the top edges together. Fold up where you want your sides to begin (where there's no weave--just strips) and crease that fold.
3. Begin weaving paper strips around the perimeter in an over-and-under pattern. When you get to the end of the strip glue it to itself and secure with clothespin until it dries. Keep going up the basket, securing each strip and gluing its ends:
4. When all your strips are woven in, make sure everything is tightly woven...keep tugging and arranging until it is. **This the key to happiness**. Then trim the top edge. Glue each top piece in place:
5. Then use one strip over the top edge to finish it, and crease the corners:
6. Then use twine of some sort to secure it in place, sewing between the intersections of weave:
That's it! You're done, and it's ready to store craft supplies! I've also used them as gift baskets, bill holders, etc.!