Thursday, April 5, 2012

Twine Easter Basket Tutorial

Here is a quick tutorial for making the twine Easter basket I shared a few weeks ago. I really wanted to get this up sooner, but you know how things go- real life interfered with my crafty life. :)
You still have time to make one, or file the idea away for next year! They are a little messy to make, but a lot of fun!


1 cup water
2 cups sugar
large bowl
Twine- about half a spool for a large basket
Hot glue
Small plastic lid
Several yards of trim (I used about 2- 2 1/2 yards)

Blow your balloon up to whatever size you want your basket to be. I used regular sized balloons like you’d see at a party, but small baskets made with water balloon sized ones would be really fun, too! I then randomly wrapped my balloon in twine to see how much twine I would need. I then cut the twine and wrapped it around a piece of sturdy cardboard. For the twine, I used Shore and Blossom from The Twinery. Best twine around, of course! :)

The next step is to heat 1 cup of water and 2 cups of sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Pour this in a bowl and put your twine in to soak up some of the mixture. Begin wrapping your balloon randomly with the sugar-water soaked twine. When you are about 3/4 of the way through your twine, look to wrap where you want to fill in any open spots.

When your balloon is wrapped, tie a string to the end of the balloon and hang it from something to dry (I used a rod in my laundry room). I put paper bags on the floor to catch the drips. Let it dry overnight.

Pop the balloon and decide where you want the top of your basket to be. Using sharp scissors, start cutting around the circumference of the basket. To be sure it’s straight, you may want to mark around the basket with a pencil or marker first. Once you have this step done, it’s time to add the finishing touches!

Using hot glue, glue trim around the top edge of the basket. Next, cut a piece of wire to your desired length for the handle. You can use any size wire you wish- even a coat hanger. Since I had thinner wire, I used two pieces just for some added strength.
Loop the wire through the top edge where you want the handles to meet the basket. Hot glue trim to the top and bottom of the handle. (I totally forgot to take a picture of this step, but I'm sure you've got the idea- sorry!)

Where the handle meets the basket, I added some little embellishments just to cover up the seams where the trim meets. On the pink basket, I used flowers from trim-by-the-yard from JoAnn’s- I just asked them to cut me 2 flowers. For the blue boy’s basket, I really wanted some little chicks, but couldn’t find any, so I decided to make some bows instead. You can do anything you want here!

For the base, use a plastic lid and cut out the middle like this:

Using the edge piece with the rim, hot glue trim around the edge, then hot glue it to the bottom of the basket.

That's it! The wrapping part can take a while, but the decorating part is fun and easy and you'll end up with a one-of-a-kind basket! If you make one, be sure to let me know. I'd love to see it! Happy Easter!

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