Canisters, Cartons, and Containers: Fun Fall Basket

I might hoard bottles and bowls and jars sometimes. Or all the time. I finally am going to start using them this week, and to make myself use tons of them I am making it an entire series. To see the rest of my Canisters, Cartons and Containers click here.

Leafy Fall Basket

Fall Basket MaterialsMaterials:

Large Butter Tub
Burlap
Fall Leaves (We only have fake ones, real would be so much cooler!)
Wire
Twine
Hot Glue Gun
Nail

Directions:

First cut your burlap so that it will fit around your butter tub. I had a costco-sized tub and my burlap dimensions were about __”x__”

punch hole in butter tub with a nailAnother thing to do in the beginning is to punch the holes on each side of the butter tub. An easy way to do this is with a nail. It can be pushed into the plastic (near the top) on each side of the tub. This will be where the basket handle goes.

finished twine and wire

The next step is to put the wire through one of the holes, and loop it up and twist it so that it will stay. Then tie the twine to the loop of wire and twist it around the length of the wire.

Soon after you twist the twine around the wire put the second end of the wire through the other hole. Make sure that you don’t let go of the twine while you do this. Loop the end of the wire up and twist it around itself. Now you can tie the twine into the second loop and trim the ends of the twine.

Now you can start hot gluing the burlap to the basket. It will be a little weird because the bottom of the basket is smaller than the top. Just make sure to pull the bottom so that it goes around further than the top. If all else fails when you are done hot gluing the top of the burlap you can always fold in any excess burlap on the bottom so that it would be hidden.

trimming the excess burlap

The burlap at the bottom can be very messy. Now would be a good time to trim it. Also, you might notice that the butter tub print still shows through. By the time we add the leaves it shouldn’t be noticeable and if it is it would only be in bright light, like where I was taking pictures. If it bothers you, feel free to add a second layer of burlap now before we add the leaves to the basket.

The leaves can now be hot glued to the burlap. Make it fun and have them pointing in all sorts of directions. If you have a choice of different colored leaves or sizes try to alternate between them. adding leaves to basket

Finally, you will add the twine around the leaves. My twine bow didn’t want to stay put so I made sure to hot glue it in place.

Fall Basket from Butter Tub

Other than the fact that my leaves are fake I’m really happy with my fall basket. I can’t wait to put some rolls in it for our Thanksgiving Dinner!

If you happen to try making this with real leaves I would love to hear how you did it and how it went. Most parts of the country has beautiful leaves this time of year so I’m hoping someone will try it!

DIY Tissue Box for TP

I don’t buy tissue unless someone in the family has a bad runny nose, and then I get them the nice ones with lotion! The rest of the time we go without tissues in the house, until I saw this tutorial on how to use toilet paper as a tissue refill.

It’s been awhile since I bought tissues so I didn’t have a tissue box. I did however have a box that used to hold cornmeal and it fit a small roll of toilet paper. It’s been sitting on our counter looking like we are using some special cornmeal tissue for a few weeks now. I finally got around to making it cute!

The top of the lid was easy, I just took a box cutter and slit a large “X” into it. It works perfectly.

I mod-podged some cute fall paper onto it, because our kitchen and living room are always fall colors and I can’t wait to start decorating for fall soon!

Once it dried I was able to put the toilet paper back in it and put the lid back on. I love that it’s easy to change when needed as well.

Check out these other “Almost Free” fall crafts!
Turkey Pumpkin
Stuffed Pumpkin Baskets
3 Boo-ing Ideas

Today at Arizona Mama: Red Sox Easter Basket

My husband and his family are big Red Sox fans. I will wear Red Sox stuff, but so far that’s about the extent of it for me. I’m sure my son will be getting into the baseball spirit this year so when I saw the ribbon, I had to buy it and decorate a basket for him.

Check out the tutorial for this Easter Basket here at Arizona Mama.

TP Pumpkin Candy Holder


I changed out the toilet paper at work, the large rolls that businesses have, and I discovered large toilet paper rolls. My boss made fun of how excited I was about getting “trash”. He signed the inside of one of them to try to make the trash “worth something”. I didn’t sign it, but I made it worth a lot more!

I did the same thing as the Toilet Paper Pumpkins look at these instructions, the first ones are the same, but when it comes to the stem stop there and come back to this page.

Instead of making a stem I took a wire of some sort (it was electrical and bent well and my husband said he wouldn’t need anymore of it) and I hot glued raffia to it and hot glued it to the inside of the pumpkin.

For a better tutorial (made with materials you might actually have around the house) check out the tutorial I made on Arizona Mama.

This is going to work great as a Boo Gift when October 1st rolls around 🙂

"Boo-ing" Free Printable for Spreading Halloween Spirit

My family was “Boo-ed” a few years ago. What is “Boo-ed”? It is the best way to spread halloween cheer. Or maybe a way to make doorbell-ditching fun for the homeowner. You take a copy of a poem, a copy of a door sign, and a treat for 2 of your neighbors and you doorbell ditch them. Yep, just leave those on their doorstep and run away. They should then make copies of the poem and door sign and make a treat for 2 other neighbors (that don’t have the sign on their door) and leave it for them. Then it should keep going on throughout the whole neighborhood.

Here is a free printable of the door sign and the poem (in black and white to make it easier for photocopying) Click Here for the link to the Free Printable.

As for the treat part of it, I have been making cute holders to put candy in. You don’t have to do candy, but I like the idea that the neighbors will know that it’s safe. Especially as we’re pretty new to the neighborhood.

I decorated some soup cans, cookie tins and sewed small bags with the same design as my reusable gift bags.

I can’t wait to start Booing on Ocotber 1st!! Happy Halloween!

See Also:
3 Boo-ing Ideas
Halloween Treat Ideas