Old World Roses in a Basket
by Albert Williams (English 1922 - )
This is a simple paper craft that I created for a 5-year-old, but it could be used to accent a table for tea guests, with each basket made to give away holding something else handmade, or anything that suits your theme. You can use really high-end scrap papers, or you can use a paper from a brown paper bag. I used children's construction paper.
The only ingredients are paper of any size, scissors and tape.
Square-off your paper by picking up a point and bringing the paper over to line up with the straight edge on the other side.
Fold any excess paper sticking out, evenly lined up with one edge,
and cut it off along the folded line.
Set the excess piece aside
Open up the paper and fold one side up to the middle line.
Fold the opposite side up to the middle also.
Open up the paper again,
and fold up the other two sides to the middle.
Open it up again and you will see the fold lines of a lot of even-shaped squares.
Cut off all four corners.
This is what it will look like with the corners
cut. You can use this for a template and just trace around it to make other baskets, or you can follow the entire proceedure for each basket. In my observation, children would rather know how to do this step-by-step so they can pick up a piece of paper any time and do it themselves, so I do not make a template. However if you are making 20 of them for a special event, make a cardboard pattern and trace around it.
Pull up the corner sides and put one piece of tape on each corner to secure it.
Fold that left-over strip of paper in half, lengthwise.
Cut along the fold into two pieces.
Use one piece for a handle, taping it once on each side.
These are not strong baskets, but will hold some lightweight paper craft, hand shredded paper (made with a hand held shredder usually available in craft and scrapbooking stores) or used to hold some kind of food served at the table.