Pom-Pom Basket

Even really young kids can create this pom-pom-covered pail, perfect for carrying or displaying Easter eggs or candy.

Supplies:
Clean plastic or paper food container
Assorted small pom-poms
4 thick chenille stems (pipe cleaners)
Double-stick tape
Hole punch
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Here’s How:

1.) Find an empty, clean food container, such as a margarine tub.
2.) Use a hole punch to make two holes 1/4” from the top on either side of the container.
3.) Twist two chenille stems together and then insert each end into the holes. Bend the ends up to secure the handle to the “basket.”
4.) Cover the entire outside surface of the tub with double-stick tape (a parent’s job).
5.) If desired, trim and stick two chenille stems onto the tape, around the top edge of the container.
6.) Now, go crazy sticking on pom-poms, one right next to the last one until the entire tub is covered in fuzzy fun!

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More ideas:
• Look for a “super-sticky” variety of double-stick or double-sided tape.
• Instead of double-stick tape, adhesive “dots” work well too.
• Wet glue (such as white glue) will not work for this project, unless it is a very thick and sticky variety.
• Containers from take-out food or a deli work well too, just avoid “waxy” ones; the tape or glue won’t stick.
• Try making patterns, like stripes, with different colored pom-poms.
• Decorate a real basket instead of a food container with pom-poms or other craft supplies.
• Instead of pom-poms decorate this project with other craft items like glitter, sequins, foam shapes, beads or buttons.
• Cover the container with cotton balls instead and add features to make it a cute bunny.
• Make a different kind of decorative bowl or bucket by adhering only found nature items such as feathers, flowers and leaves.

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Pamela Frye Hauer is an artist, author and mother of two busy little boys. Her craft and scrapbooking projects have appeared in numerous books and magazines. Her most recent book is “Memories in Miniature.”


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