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.
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.
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.
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.
Once everything was dry I started the paper mache process.
After that dried I painted on a base coat.
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.
I used watercolors for my second coat .
And added tiny flowers for more detail using acrylics.
That’s it, an itty bitty basket.
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.
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.