Newsflash: if you can cut cardboard accurately you can make a huge assortment of baskets, organizers and planters! Don’t think it’s all that easy. Although it’s not so difficult to cut square shapes it can be a little more challenging to cut that same cardboard into a circular shape. If you can get it down pat, though, you’ll be on your way to a lifetime of baskets and other organizers.
The cardboard circles from frozen pizzas can help you get started with the assorted décor pieces. Use a craft knife or shears to cut it. If you want to use the cardboard at the size it is, that’s okay, but you’ll still have to cut a hole in the center. Draw a circle on the cardboard using a large bowl or other round pattern. The circle should be nearly the size of the pizza cardboard itself leaving only two or three inches, all the way around. It’s important that you are precise with the cutting of the circles. If you don’t position the bowl on each cardboard circle perfectly the assorted pieces won’t stack up correctly.
Cut as many circles as you want according to how deep you want to make the basket. Stack and glue the donut shapes together and allow the glue to set. Cut one circle that will become the bottom of the basket. This should be a solid piece and as large around as the donut shapes. Glue this in place. Now you’ll choose the method in which you’ll cover the basket.
One simple way to give a finished look to the organizer is to cut a large circle of fabric. Add glue to the inside bottom of the basket and position the fabric. Spread glue around the inside of the cardboard circles and affix the material. Now pull the material out and over the outside of the basket. Glue the edges of the fabric along the bottom edge of the cardboard, making puckers along the way, so that the fabric will conform to the shape of the basket. Trim away excess material then glue roping, lace, ruffled fabric or other edging around the bottom.
If you’re going to make a planter for artificial flowers you can cover the basket even quicker. Cut the large circle, bring it up and over the sides of the basket, then tuck it into the inner circle. Glue in a piece of Styrofoam to hold the flowers.
Make small versions to create organizers for kitchen utensils. Or, make really little ones to use as pencil holders on your desk. Make really large baskets to hold towels and soaps in the bathroom or an assortment of gifts for a friend. The cardboard baskets have so many uses you’ll be making them for years to come!