Monday, February 10, 2014

Round Brown Paper Basket

This is very similar to the square basket I made few months back using the brown paper bags. But this time wanted to make a different shape.

You'll need:
- Brown Paper Bag
- Glue
- Scissors
- Soup can or anything cylindrical in shape - size of the can will determine how wide your basket will be.
- Rubber band.

- Cut out and remove the base of the bag.
- Now open up your bag and cut it into approx 1.5" strips.

- Fold all the strips like the picture below and glue it.

- You might need to glue two strips together to make longer strips. I had to glue two strips together for the base strips.

- Place the strips like the picture below. This will form the base of the basket and also the frame for the sides. The number of strips will depend on how big the basket you want. Also read the next two steps, on figuring whether you need to add more strips.

- Place a soup can or anything cylindrical in shape in the middle of the strips and pull up the strips around the can and put a rubber band around it. The rubber band is to keep the strips in place, while you weave the side strips. Below is the pic of the strips pulled and with the rubber band around the can. I flipped the can upside down so that you can see the base of the basket.

- When the can is upside down, check the base to see if there are gaps between strips. If you can see gaps between the strips then you will need to add more strips. 

- Now to make the sides, take a strip and start weaving, starting from the bottom side strip. After you have weaved one or two rows of the sides and the form feels stable enough, you can remove the rubber band and the can and then continue weaving with the rest of the side strips.

- After you have weaved the sides, fold the extra edges of the strip and glue it to complete the basket.

If you like this round basket, you might also like the square basket I made with the brown paper bag. The instructions are available here.

Linking this to these awesome parties hereherehere and here.


  1. Cute idea! I can remember making Easter baskets like these as a child.

  2. It's so adorable! You are my inspiration! I think this would be a great craft to do with kids!!
    I am pinning!!
    You rock!! :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  3. Now this is fun! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I love that basket! I will give this a try.

  5. Beautiful! Love this one...

    The Quiet Mom @ Pastrami French Dip with Bell Peppers and Caramelized Onion (

  6. This is such a cute idea! I love it!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Sewlicious Home Decor! Pinned to the party board! :)


    1. Thank you Marti for hosting a fun party every week..:)

  7. I love crafting with brown paper! The baskets look super cool, square or round!

    1. I have to agree on that one Onel. They look super cool, round or square...:)

  8. ohh neat! love that you can weave with about anything and the brown paper bag is awesome! Love the tute, makes it easier to do myself :)

    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comment..:)

  9. How creative! I love the reusing of the paper bag to make something useful!

  10. So many things can be made from paper bags, I love your baskets!!

  11. This is awesome!!!! What a great way to use all our grocery bags with a craft - totally trying this out with my 1st grader tomorrow :) Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Heather! At my kids school, they made these brown paper baskets using this tutorial and the kids loved making them..:)