Quick Craft Basket

It's summertime. Time to head outside and find a shady patch of grass to stretch out on. It's also a great time to grab your crafting supplies and "while away the hours" drawing birds and butterflies, clouds and clover. Although I like the roll-up colored pencil holders, I personally am too impatient to take the pencils in and out of their snug little niches. If you look at my own crafting table, pencils and pens, rulers and scissors, are all sticking out of containers making easy access and storage. 

So, I wanted to create a very simple, but organized, take-along craft basket that was sturdy, easy to use, and earthy. I began by finding a cute basket at Joann's. I was looking for a small basket, that was sturdy and deep enough to stop crafting supplies from spilling out if being carried by a wee one. I only buy baskets when they are 50% off, and I got this beauty for $4.00. I was pleased!

To make the pencil holders, I hit my toilet paper roll stash, slathered them with crafting glue, and wrapped twine around them. For a more detailed and pictorial view of wrapping the pencil holders, check out our tutorial HERE. After the toilet paper rolls were dried, I threaded the twine into a yarn needle, and simply tied them to the side of the basket.

Now, load the craft basket up with your favorite supplies, and hit the great out-of-doors. Enjoy!  

photo: 7-16-09

 

Comments

VERY cool and creative ...

I love this idea -- so simple and yet so lovely!

Awesome... I've linked to my [url=http://nurturingcreativity.blogspot.com]Nurturing Creativity blog [/url] so that others can see how clever ....

Thanks for sharing.

Very clever. I'm a non-sewer,

Very clever. I'm a non-sewer, really a very NONsewer. It can be hard to find useful projects that require no sewing. I love this idea. Hey, even I can glue. Love your site.

I love the natural earthy

I love the natural earthy style of that craft basket. It's perfect in every way.

Perfect!

Perfect!

Love the twine covered rolls

I love how you've wrapped the rolls in the twine! And then attached them to the sides of the basket. That is totally adorable and useful. We draw a lot here, but rarely outside. We should do more "outside" drawing. Hmm....if only it would stop raining for more than 24 hours.

Very clever. I've got a bag

Very clever. I've got a bag of toilet paper rolls. Now a purpose, although I don't think I need 100 pencil holders. hehe.

TP rolls

I have a couple of suggestions for the TP holders, 1. Little drum Christmas ornaments. Cut them in thirds and cover them with colored paper or felt. 2. Toy soldiers or Nutcrackers. 3. Advent Calender. Fill them with candy or tiny items that children like and wrap with tissue paper and ribbon. Number them 1 thru 24 and hang them on the tree.

You made me think of a

You made me think of a several nutcrackers I made in elementary school with tp rolls as a base. I was so proud of them!

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher