Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sheet Music, Yogurt Containers, and Jute Twine Equal Cute Baskets

C and I were jealous of K's little basket that she made a couple of weeks ago using the tutorial from Gail at  that artist woman. So C made one (sorry no photos) using scrapbook paper with lots of blue in the pattern and a blue ribbon. On Sunday, she carried it to church as a purse because it coordinated so nicely with the Sunday dresses Mom gave the girls in July.

After their baskets I had to get in on the action. I made mine using sheet music and jute.

I used Mod Podge to paste my paper onto the container and I also added a couple of coats to the top of the paper to make it more flexible and less brittle.


The beige topped basket was my first one. You can see that the sides aren't real even. I don't know a lot about weaving but I thought that a tiny bit of a gap between the 'uprights' would improve this. So on the next two baskets, I cut a sliver of plastic out from between each upright cut.

I think adding a slight gap between each upright strip helped immensely.

Usually, I don't mind when whites/off-whites don't match but it bothered me with these baskets that the yellowed sheet paper contrasted with the white of the plastic container so I used  hot glue to edge the baskets with some dollar bin trim I had on hand.

I am using them to store the girls' craft oddments (glue sticks, crayons, and scissors) in style in the living room.

I am going to shout out to Gail at that artist woman again. This is a really fun and satisfying project (I am thinking it would be fun to use fabric scraps to weave too). You can't beat free materials like yogurt containers.

Gail has loads of cool projects on her blogs and I am pretty sure you will find a few more of them here in the near future.

I will be sharing this at:

Beyond The Picket Fence
Hump Day link


  1. wow, how neat! i had to see what yogurt containers meant in craftiness.

    i'm having a bday giveaway if you'd like to enter, so stop on over!


  2. Ooo. I need to do this!

  3. These baskets are great Melissa. I like their earthiness and simplicity!

  4. Melissa! Those are so cute! You are so stinkin' clever! :)


    P.S. You name is in the pot for the drawing! :) Good luck!

  5. I love fun projects like this!

  6. Gosh, you've got some cool ideas. Love it!!

  7. What a great look. The baskets turned out wonderfully.

  8. They look fantastic! I'm always looking for ideas for empty yogurt containers. :-)

  9. These are fab! I know what you mean about sometimes NEEDING to fix something that bugs you, even when no one but you will ever notice.

  10. I love it! This is such an adorable idea. Thanks for linking up to upcycled awesome!

  11. What a brilliant idea! They look awesome :)

  12. These look great! Can't believe they were old containers. What a cool idea!

  13. Very creative project. Love the idea of using the yogurt containers and making them into an awesome work of art. Thanks for sharing your inspiring post.

  14. What a fun way to use sheet music! I also love that you re-used the yogurt cups for the base! Great job!!!

  15. Oh wow...wish I had the patience. Thye look great!

  16. Looks great, way to recycle! Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100 linky party.

  17. I've never seen that done before. What a great idea. I like the trim at the top and would never had known it was a disguise of sorts. ;)

    Thanks for linking to my party. It's fun to see what you link up each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

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