Upcycled Grocery Bag Baskets: Nifty Gifties!


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I saw this tutorial online and had to give it a try. The first one seemed to take an inordinate amount of time, but after that, the baskets came together much more quickly. While I was making a bunch for a craft show, I decided that only using three strips for the sides (instead of the four from the tutorial) looked better. Both are pictured above so that you can make an educated decision.

These baskets are cute and pretty sturdy for baskets made from paper. They are a great size for catching keys, crayons, and hair accessories (though I wouldn’t keep one of these baskets in a steamy bathroom or on a countertop with a sink).

The only issue I ran into was using too much hot glue, which left inflexible spots in some of the strips I was using. You can hardly tell with the finished products, but it was frustrating at the time. This problem was pretty easily fixed by using less hot glue on those long strips for the sides of the baskets.

Ellinee’s tutorial is darn near perfect. The pictures are beautiful, and the steps are very easy to follow. Check it out and make a couple of these to cradle your own nifty gifties this season.

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3 thoughts on “Upcycled Grocery Bag Baskets: Nifty Gifties!

    • Thanks, Lia! It was such a terrific tutorial. I’ve really enjoyed hanging out on your website – I’m so glad I stumbled across it.

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