Just think how many baskets you can make from a pack of paper plates. There will be baskets everywhere! Never made them before now? In the time it takes to watch a couple commercials on tv you can make simple baskets from the plates. Spend a few minutes more and you can make the baskets even nicer!
The best paper plates for this project are the cheapest ones – that’s good! No Styrofoam plates, no heavy paper plates, just the thin, cheap ones. You need only one plate for each basket so this craft gives a new meaning to the word “cheap”. Just because something doesn’t cost a lot to make, though, doesn’t mean it can’t turn out to be adorable and useful!
To make a quick version simply start with the white plate. To make the basket prettier cut a circle of cloth, scrapbook paper, contact paper, gift wrap or something similar. Glue the chosen material onto the plate. Decorate just one side or cover both sides of the plate. Use the same material on both sides or use a combination, such as fabric on the outside and scrapbook paper on the inside. The top of the plate will become the inside of the basket.
You have many other choices for decorating the paper plate. Use metallic tape to make stripes, markers to make dots, rubber-stamping methods or even rub-on appliques to create still more designs. After the plate is decorated it will take only a minute to fold it into the new basket shape.
Lay the plate in front of you so that the bottom is sitting on the table. Fold your side of the plate into the center, turn it around, then fold the opposite side into the middle. The second fold should overlap the first fold a couple of inches. Do this same folding technique to the two other ends of the plate, overlapping them slightly. Crease all folds well. Open the folded pieces up and the basket is formed.
To help the basket hold its shape you can tie or glue a ribbon around the top or use colored tape to secure. Glue on embellishments, if you want, like flat wooden shapes, buttons, fake jewels, stickers and similar things. The baskets can be used to hold bath and beauty items, jewelry, hair accessories, spice packets, change and so much more!
Use the paper plate to make a basket for kids, too. Cut out an image, like the child’s favorite cartoon character, a large puppy, a teddy bear face, or something similar, then glue it to a paper plate. Cut out around the image. Glue this shape to one side of the basket, then glue on a paper handle, and a child can carry around doll clothes, crayons and other lightweight things. They might be cheap but they sure are adorable!