Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mini May Day Baskets

I'm on a quest to find as many uses for T.P tubes as humanly possible. I may need to get out of the house more.

You will need: lightweight cardboard box, T.P/Paper towel tubes, ribbons, pencil, tape, wire cutters, scissors, hot glue gun, pipe cleaners and decorative paper.

First, snip your tube and pipe cleaners in half.

Next, tape your decorative paper to the outside of the tube. You'll want to make sure the tape goes over one edge to keep it from slipping off.

Trim the paper to fit the tube.

Put a dot of hot glue on either side inside the tube.

Attach your pipe cleaner handle to the glue dots.

It's beginning to look like a basket now, right?

Another few more dots of glue to attach a pretty ribbon or other embellishments.

Now trace the tube on your piece of lightweight cardboard.

Cut it out.
Fit it into the bottom. You may need to trim it further. (I used spray adhesive to cover the box with decorative paper to match, an extra fussy touch that is totally unnecessary!)

A line of hot glue will seal the bottom.

Now they are ready to be filled with pretty little candies, wrapped in cellophane and tied with a bow. In addition to a fun project for May Day, these would make beautiful wedding, baby shower or birthday party favors! Let me know how yours turn out!


Hey Harriet said...

What a nifty idea! Such a cute way of recycling TPTubes. Thanks for sharing. I'll have a go at this :) said...

I love these, what a fun idea! Thanks for sharing, I'll be linking.

melinda said...

these are so fun! a person could find many uses for these little baskets.

Tina Craig said...

What a great little basket. I think I'll have my Girl Scouts make some tonight as tray favors for Meals on Wheels. Thanks for the tutorial!

Anya said...

That is a great way to re-use tp tubes! I linked your tutorial on PassiFlora magazine blog (

candylady said...

What a clever idea they would be cute for any time of the year.

Márcia Galti said...

Obrigado pelo passo a passo!!

Iêda Klein said...

Uma linda ideia e um passo a passo explicadinho!
Venha também ver meu blog.
Beijos, Iêda/Brasil

Unknown said...

So simple yet so pretty ---

RedTedArt said...

Oh my, these are adorable! How cute are they!!

Would love for you to join Kids Get Crafty (with and for Kids, every Wednesday)

Hope to see you there!


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