Day Forty-Nine: Magazine Coasters & Basket

How About Orange has some great ideas...I love them! They posted a couple of newspaper crafts that screamed camp craft time to me, but as we don't actually get the newspaper...kind of didn't work out. But then...some cool magazine ideas started springing up for coasters and baskets...and I knew Jack & I HAD to make them!

We started with the coasters because I thought those would go a bit easier. In fact I planned for the coaster to be the project of the day and figured I would tackle the basket while Jack made coaster after coaster. We spent some time picking out the perfect magazine pages for their color and then Jack & set set to folding the strips. It was a little tricky for Jack at times, but I'm really glad I had him stick with it, because the rest of the project? Not so easy for my little boy. In fact...not always easy for me! But I stuck with the weaving while holding the strips in place, while twisting my hands a bit more to catch that strip that escaped, etc. When all was said and done, they turned out fine but not fantastic or anything. And Jack was pleased that he had chosen the colors and made the strips for his coaster (and thought my efforts were very funny to watch and laugh at too)!

Jack left for a sleepover at Grandma's house and I set to work on the basket on my own. The strips are smaller and so I began to panic, but surprisingly, it was easier than the coasters. I think because the instructions gave me the authority to cheat with double-sided tape to keep the strips in place when I needed to. Anyway, it did not come out perfect, but I think it's cute!

So here are the finished products together...


And here is the bowl on it's own...what do you think? It's little (a little over 4" across) and stands up pretty well. I'm going to be gifting it soon in a swap, so everyone keep it quiet! :-)
tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

and my crafting hero ...

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