Yesterday afternoon my husband and I made these fun little baskets! We used old grocery bags to make them. As you can see mine was an old Trader Joe's bag and his a Whole Foods. You could make these so the actual bag doesn't show but we liked the graphics on ours.
The original directions were found here. But here are directions with some tips I added. :)
1) Using full size paper grocery bag, remove handles (note some do not come with handles) and cut down center seam.(Either side will do) 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. You'll have some extra pieces.
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
if you want it hidden
4) 2 of your strips will create a handle. Weave them together. 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.
(We found this stupid and decided to save two strips for this...so look below for our handles.)
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.
This will be the bottom of your basket.
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 up 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.
(If you opted our way you can glue one strip to one side then the other strip next to it. Cross the strips over each other and glue to other trimmed sides.)
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.
(I used lots of close pins to hold them on. Be patient this can be tricky!)
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.
Voila, your little basket!