I, for one, could play with craft foam for hours. The thin, colorful sheets of foam are fun to cut, staple, glue, weave and otherwise use to be creative. The finished shapes you make can be put on magnets, used for decorating, added to scrapbooks and even turned into art. In fact, you can even make baskets with it. If you can cut four rectangles your new basket is almost complete!
Fun foam comes in a huge assortment of colors and a few different types, like glittery or neon shades. You can use all the same color to make a basket or combine various colors. Craft stores sell the foam by the piece or by the pack; packs are available in all the same color or different colors. No matter what color or type you buy the foam is very inexpensive.
To make any basket all you have to do is start by cutting two identical rectangles from the same color of foam. These can be most any length and width you want. You can create assorted basket shapes by the widths and lengths you cut. For instance, if you cut long, narrow rectangles the finished basket will look much different than if you cut shorter but wider rectangles. Since the foam is so cheap experiment and make many different ones.
Lay one of the rectangles on top of the other to form a “+” shape. Measure the arms to make sure they’re all the same distance from the center. When you’ve got them perfectly positioned, mark the area where they cross, then glue the first piece to the second.
Cut a long, narrow strip of the foam (in the same color or different) to use as the binding for around the top of the basket. Begin by bending one arm of the “+” upwards, and gluing the end of the new strip to it. Bend the next arm up, glue the strip across the top of it, and continue doing this with the other two arms. This strip goes all the way around the top and will hold the basket together. Instead of glue you can also use staples to attach the top strip.
Cut a fourth rectangle to be the handle for the basket. It can be glued on or stapled. Another option is to put no handle on the basket so it can be used to hold soaps, wash cloths or other household items. Embellish the cute baskets by attacing flat wooden shapes, fake jewels, buttons, ribbon or other craft supplies. By combining various colors and types of foam, assorted rectangular shapes for the project, and a variety of embellishments, you can make hundreds of baskets without ever making the same one twice!