It has been requested that I do a follow up post with a tutorial and photos for the Duct Tape Easter Basket - and since I have 2 kids who need Easter baskets this week, it wasn't too much of a hardship :)
They're school Easter egg hunt is this week, and it's a great chance to show off our new, creative baskets. It's always worth sharing cheap, simple projects that kids can make themselves, with a bit of supervision.
I did things slightly differently this time - instead of using a closed container, this time I used an open cheap-o basket from Target - I'm sure the dollar store has similar offerings. I wanted a wider shape, and the open edge gave me a couple of new options.
A form - I used a plastic bucket (anything for a form, just use a shape you like, as long as it's always the same width or narrower than the top part.
- This is the $1 plastic bucket I used for my form. It would be easier to use something with a flat/level top edge (instead of the scallops), and make sure you remove the handle first. I decided not to, but it was a little lumpier for it.
Decorative duct tape - I used just under one roll
Fabric - a coordinating fat quarter (see my previous post, Duct Tape Easter Basket for details, if you don't know what that is), or other similar sized fabric scraps you have on hand.
For this bucket, here's how I did it - if you have a closed container refer to the original post (Duct Tape Easter Basket) to see how I did it, but there's fewer pictures there.
First, I laid the fabric down, right side up. Then I set the bucket on top of it, and wrapped the fabric over it.
Make sure your fabric covers all the edges of your bucket. Fold over any excess fabric to the outside (away from the bucket), since you'll be taping over it. At first I taped small edges around to hold it, and then I taped two larger pieces to attach the fabric to the bucket temporarily.
Then tape around the top edge. You don't want to overlap into the inside of the bucket, just tape the top edge. Repeat this down the container, overlapping each tape stripe by 1/4 or 1/3 the width of the one before it. I lined up all my edges of tape to one side of the bucket.
Press down all the duct tape all around. If you don't you'll get weird shadowy layers, like you see in these pics. Sorry it looks a bit lumpy - it was a shadowy day and it showed a lot worse in the pics than it does in person.
Here's a late night lighting picture to make up for it. See? It's not really that lumpy after all. :) I hope this helps!