Hi everyone, happy spring from Cindy at Little Miss Celebration!
If you craft a little, a whole lot or somewhere in the middle, chances are pretty good you have some kind of craft stash. You know, all those little treasures left over from projects that add up in a hurry?
These Stash Buster Spring Baskets give us a perfect canvas to use up some of that craft stash and turn plain paper mache baskets into spring stunners – perfect spring craft ideas!
These paper mache baskets, which look like eggs with cracked tops, came from Create For Less. They come in a set of two, one measuring 6 ½” tall and the other 4 ½”. The baskets had a cord handle, but I cut them off because I had a different idea. 🙂
You can glue or decoupage paper or paint the baskets; I decided to paint them. I gave each one a few coats of white craft paint inside and out.
Want to make a pattern? Paint colored sections or stripes by using Frog Tape to mask off areas you’d like to leave white or paint another color. Give each section 2-3 coats of paint and let dry.
Now it’s time to hit up that craft stash! You can use repeat a pattern all the way around the basket, like I did, or make each side look different.
On the large basket, I went with white, pink, green and yellow paint and gave some of the striped sections a pop of polka dots.
Along some of the stripes, I glued on large gems, fabric flowers, and some white, sparkly scroll I had left over from a big wedding project a few years ago.
On the small basket, I painted stripes in lavender and white with polka dots on each side. This was a good project to dig into my very large stash of ribbon roses, which mysteriously never seems to show any sign of depletion, even if I think I’ve used a ton!
I placed white ribbon roses along the purple stripes of the front and back sides of the basket.
Now, for those handles I so brutally chopped off the baskets. Of course, the cord handles are just fine but don’t you think ribbon is so much prettier? I used a ¾” unwired ribbon on the small basket and a 1 ½” wired ribbon on the larger basket.
Cut two pieces of ribbon to the length you’d like the handles to be, leaving a bit extra for knots. Thread the ribbon through the hole on one side – use a blunt-ended object to help push the ribbon through, if needed – leaving extra length on the inside.
Make a secure knot, bring the ribbon around to the opposite side and knot the ribbon again on the inside. Repeat for the second piece of ribbons and try to make the ribbon handles as even as possible.
If you need to pull a bit of extra length inside of the basket to even out the handles, use a bit of glue to attach the ribbon to the inside of the basket.
Aren’t these so pretty? Yes, baskets are for Easter but think of all the fun ways you can use these Stash Buster Spring Baskets! Fill them with silk flowers and use them in your décor. Put them on your desk to hold all those things we like to keep close at hand. Pop in a present for a birthday or Mother’s Day – it’s a second gift!
You know, I can’t get the song Ghost Busters out of my head….but it sounds like stash busters and I’m running around with a glue gun in one hand and a pompom in the other! 🙂
It’s always a lot fun to visit with Claire and you! Easter is approaching fast but there’s still time to make some of the fun crafts and recipes I’ve been sharing for the holiday.
Wishing everyone a wonderful start to the spring season and a very happy Easter. I’ll see you in April and you’re always welcome to visit!