What to do with all those grocery bags tucked under my sink?! I find that there is something quite endearing about brown kraft grocery bags and the up-cycling piece of my brain has been dancing around ideas for a while. I have been seeing a few variations of woven paper baskets around the web, so weaving and Easter basket from recycled paper bags seem to be a perfect solution! Here is what I came up with. ~Lia
(INSTRUCTIONS FOR GROCERY BAG EASTER BASKET)
1) Using full size paper grocery bag, remove handles (•note some do not come with handles) and cut down center seam. Trim off bottom of bag and open the trimmed bag flat. You can discard handles and bottom of bag.
2) Mark 1.75 inch strips (top to bottom) and trim. You will need 19 strips which you should be able to get from just one bag.
3) Fold each strip lengthwise into thirds. This will make your basket very strong and help hide the printing from the outside of your grocery bag.
4) 2 of your strips will create a handle. Weave them together as shown in the diagram below. You can create this effect by keeping the surfaces facing up and crossing them back and forth over each other. Use clothes pins to hold them into place until you are ready to glue them onto basket.
5) Weave the bottom of the basket using 6X6 strips. Once the weave is tight and aligned, you can secure the corners with a drop of hot glue.
6) Trim 2 of your strips in half. Hot glue 3 of those half strips onto 3 full strips. You will have one extra half strip to discard. These longer strips will be your basket sides.
7) Fold the loose side strips of your basket to prepare them for weaving in the 3 long strips.
8) On 2 opposite sides of the basket, trim the 2 center strips 3 inches long.
9) Glue the woven handle onto these trimmed strips using clothes pins to secure them until the glue cools.
10) Now, using those 3 longer strips we made in step 6, weave around edges to create the box shape. You can glue the side strips at the beginning and end, but you may want to wait on extra glue until you have finished the next step.
11) For each of the loose strips, fold back and forth and trim so you can tuck the strip under the top side band. At this point you can add any extra glue you might need to secure strips into place.
For Easter or for any time of the year, this recycled basket is a great use for your grocery bags.
Lia is a daily crafter, maker, designer and DIYer. Find more of her creative inspiration at liagriffith.com.