You need: 2 plastic prune tubs 12 plastic bottle cap rings Wire Raffia strings – recycled from loops for tying Cutter Piercing tool Pliers Making the hanging baskets:
1. Cut vertical lines, 1cm apart, around the border at the top of the prune tub to within 1cm of the base. Be careful when cutting. Make about 32 slits.
2. Press the tub downwards with one hand. This widens the slits and the strips of the tub are pushed outwards. Use the other hand to crimp the strips to get crisp fold lines, to form a basket. If you don’t do this, the tub will spring back to its original shape when you release your hold on it.
3. Pierce six sets of holes, each set 0.5cm apart, between the rim and the border at the top of the tub. Bend a short length of wire into a U-shape, and thread a plastic bottle ring through it. Then poke the ends of the wire, from the outside of the tub, into the set of holes along the rim. Twist the ends of the wire on the inside of the tub to form a ring. Attach five more rings around the tub in the same way. Make another basket from the second tub. 4. Cut open the loops of raffia strings and trim three pieces into 30cm lengths. Pass the end of a string into a wire ring on the inside of a basket. Tie a double knot so that it won’t slip out of the ring. Attach another two raffia strings to alternate rings of the basket. Pull up the three strings and secure a knot, leaving tails of about 6cm.
5. Separate one string from the other two, and form a small loop. Tie the ends together.
6. Pierce three holes at the base of the basket, directly below the top three strings. Cut three lengths of raffia string, each 20cm long. Pass the end of a string into the hole and tie a knot on the inside of the basket. Attach the other two strings to the basket in the same way.
7. Tie the three strings of the basket to the wire rings at the top of the other basket to join them together into a set of hanging baskets. T is easy to cut slits around a plastic prune tub to shape it into a Chinese lantern or a basket for practical use. Place it on the table for storing stationery or potpourri. Or turn them into gift baskets filled with fruits.
In this project, two baskets are decorated with bottle cap rings from soda bottles and hung with raffia strings recycled from loops used to tie food in plastic bags.
They are space-savers and great for storing kitchen produce, bathroom items or knick-knacks in the room.
You can use them as planters for small specimens of ferns, too.
From plastic prune tubs, plastic bottle rings and raffia string.