It’s TP craft time- DIY little baskets

I still have a couple of these in me to make up real quick, well, kind of quick that is. I might run out of ideas but not just yet, plus there is a whole world of TP crafts out there online to discover. This one takes a couple days to complete because of the drying process when you use paper mache.

Supplies needed:

TP roll

Old newspaper strips or thin paper strips (for paper mache)

Paint- acrylic, watercolor, paint pens…really doesn’t matter, use what you have on hand.

School glue or Mod podge.

Scissors

Tacky glue or glue gun

Card stock or an empty cereal box

If you do not have glue available then you can make a type of glue using flour and water. It is like a paste. Add more water if you want it thin when you paper mache the paper strips onto your project. Remember to leave a small bowl of water for children with ASD who may have sensory issues with certain textures. They can dip their fingers when the glue becomes too overwhelming to touch. Please encourage them to participate as much as possible anytime you are working on something, that includes gardening, cooking and even cleaning. Life skills are the best skills to have.

Okay, first things first, you need to cut the TP roll in half or even a little more then that. You decide the depth of your basket.

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For the bottom of the basket I just traced around the tube and cut out a circle from cardboard. I added little strips to fold inward to lock and glue in place once I added the bottom. I made a handle by cutting out a long strip and glued in place using clothespins to hold down while it glued.

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Once everything was dry I started the paper mache process.

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After that dried I painted on a base coat.

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Frugal crafting tip: Pick up paint samples from the home repair shops. I usually go on Mondays to check out the bargain table racks whenever I need paint to redo furniture, paint a bedroom or small arts and craft projects. For a cheaper version of chalk paint just add a small amount of plaster to the mix. Some of the acrylic crafting paints sold at discount large chain stores are water-down cheap versions of paint and you need several coats to cover a project, using a base color first helps with that.

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I used watercolors for my second coat .

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And added tiny flowers for more detail using acrylics.

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That’s it, an itty bitty basket.

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Fill it with fresh flowers, tiny candies, a pair of earrings, a sweet love note, little teddy or doll, etc…this are small baskets so whatever you use them for they have to be small.

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I think adding a battery operated tealight to the bottoms with baby breaths either fresh or faux on a table setting would look so pretty. A very inexpensive way to decorate a wedding table, baby shower, or any celebration for that matter I know there are a whole lot of TP rolls out there so you could add a basket at the tables for each quest if you want with their names in it. Have fun being creative everyone.

 

 

 

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya says:

    Very nice🌸

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  2. Binte Bashir says:

    🌸A cute and productive little diy project. The best part is th flowers right from your own garden🌸.

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  3. showtunessal says:

    You are just the coolest! I love your blog.

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    1. Awww…you are so kind, thank you. I haven’t been to your site in awhile, I hope all is well in your part of the states. It was nice to see your visit. I think the more followers we get the harder it is to keep up and remember everyone. I am so happy you stopped by. Please stay safe out there, you and your family.

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    1. Thank you. I researched some other TP crafts and I saw the cutest frog someone made. I didn’t see any baskets but I am sure they are out there somewhere. I just have a fascination with baskets. I even made a basket one month from a morning glory vine we have growing up around our house up north. I need to find that Frog Tp craft and leave a link next time, it was so cute.

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  4. Not only cute, but I love the display on the old table with the nail peaking out 😉
    You really deliver the “whole” package 😉

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    1. Thank you, found this comment in my spam…remember my mistake. I still need to take a photo of that stone my father left for me, you know the meteorite story? It was from a while ago. Anyway, when I get a photo of that I will post a photo of the nail tray I use in a lot of my DIY post. I will try to remember to do that in my monthly updates post at the end of this month, along with a link back to your site. You would love that old wooden nail tray, it is such a unique piece.

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  5. rashcrafts says:

    This is so cute! I really want to try this because I have a few toilet paper roll laying around that I was saving for a future craft

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    1. Thank you, have fun making them. Crafting is great stress relief and we all need a break from what is going on out there.

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