Recently, I was asked to do a preview of this project for a possible craft for our version of Vacation Bible School. Making a basket out of old newspapers is actually quite cool, and the girls enjoyed it. I decided to try my own pattern, of course making it more difficult by adding the element of a heart shape.
First, I recommend you watch the video to see the basic premise.
Here is my version…
First, make up a bunch of the newspaper sticks:
I cut two hearts out of a cereal box, and glued the sticks on the inside of the hearts like so. I put small hand weights on them and let the heart/sticks dry overnight. In the morning, I started the “basket part:
Continuing around, I didn’t do in/out/in/out like the round basket. I always went to the “inside” of the center of the heart. I also used clothespins at each stick to keep everything in place as I went.
In the end, I did most of the edges as she did in the original basket tutorial, but I had this long piece for the top/center of the heart. I glued down both sides of this, and pushed it into the middle as much as possible.
It was a little hard to keep the “heart” shape. I used the dumbbells again to keep the heart squeezed in the shape I wanted it to end up.
After it was dry, I spray painted it red. (My friend Rhonda would be so proud — she is the queen of spray paint).
Not exactly a “perfect heart”, but I’ve seen worse.
It looks better from the underneath…
But who’s counting?
Overall, I felt this was a fun little Valentine project. It will be cute to stick a bag of conversation hearts or some chocolates in.