Make a rope Easter basket for boys

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I’m not generally fond of saying that something is strictly for boys or girls, but this brightly-colored DIY rope Easter basket kind of screams BOY, don’t you think?

Feel free to skip the handle and use it in a guy’s room as a “catch all” bowl.

Smoothfoam and Rope Easter Basket for Boys

Supplies:

8″ Smoothfoam half-ball
Blue Hawk poly rope (I used 60-lb from Lowe’s)
Hot glue gun
Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears
Large metal washer
Darice 16-gauge Craft Wire
4 floral pins

Smoothfoam and Rope Easter Basket for Boys

1.  Beginning at the top rim,  glue the rope to the Smoothfoam half-ball. Pick a spot to begin and add a drop of hot glue. Carefully hold the rope in place while the glue sets for just a minute or two.

2.  Add glue and lay the rope down in a spiral pattern as shown. Once the top rim is covered continue around the sides of the half ball, until you get to the center of the bottom of the basket and cut off any excess rope.

3.  Secure the end of the rope into the center of the bottom of the basket with more glue.

4.  Glue the large metal washer to the bottom of the basket to give it a flat, weighted base. As an option, you could also cut a 6-8′ length of rope and glue it in a circle to the bottom of the basket to help keep the basket from wobbling.

Smoothfoam and Rope Easter Basket for Boys

5.  To make the handle, cut three pieces of craft wire to desired length, and cut three pieces of rope just a bit shorter than the wire.

6.  Fray one end of one length of rope a tiny bit and pinch the white poly strands in the core. Pull them out from inside the blue rope.

7.  Feed the craft wire through the blue rope and repeat for other two lengths, then braid the three rope-covered wires together.

8.  Glue the braided handle to the inside of the basket and secure by pressing floral pins into the foam at an angle (snip the pins shorter if needed).

NOTE:  Due to the sharp wire ends, these homemade Easter baskets are not safe for small children.

 

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