I often find we always have lots of extra egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, water bottles and strawberry baskets. It seems a shame to throw so many of them away, so I thought I would start thinking of fun ways to use them. Plus, anything I can find to keep my toddler’s hands busy this summer is always a plus.

Patriotic Strawberry Basket


  1. Empty strawberry basket
  2. Ribbon in red, white and blue
  3. Bow and pipe cleaner (optional)

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We began by weaving the ribbon in and out of the basket. (This also helps develop fine motor skills in kids.)

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When we got to the end I layered the ribbon over each other to make it flow and not have a seam. You could also secure it with tape inside.

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The final touch was taping on the bow and securing the pipe cleaner to both sides of the basket.

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Since we were going to see some cousins later that day, Little Man wanted to bring them a small gift. Filling the basket with some leftover party favors from his birthday ended up being a perfect fit.

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What have you turned into impromptu crafts for your kids?


Kate Wilkinson is a wife to an amazing man who loves to cook (yes she knows she’s lucky!) and is blessed to be a stay at home mom to her two very active boys, Little Man and Punkin. Come join her adventure to maintain sanity while she juggles VERY energetic boys, housework that never seems to end, and the occasional date night that isn’t thwarted by falling asleep in the movie theatre. When mommy brain allows Kate blogs at RetroModernMom.com about family, faith and the funny things in between. It may be hard living in LA but she’s a modern mom doing it the old-fashioned way.

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2 Responses to Patriotic Strawberry Basket Craft

  1. How cute. I love reusing things that might otherwise end up in the trash or recycle bin for crafts!

  2. mikolorich says:

    This basket is just too lovely for me. My 12-year old boy would even love it for packing some of those stuffs for boys

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