I have filled it with yarn balls made from natural colors but I think it would look stunning filed with bright yellow Lemons or brilliantly green limes as well.
I started by cutting the book pages to 8" by 3.5". Any similarly proportioned pages will work. Book pages are much thicker than gum wrappers so the size of the chain you create is much larger. My original idea had been to make a desk accessory set for pen storage using a variety of tin cans. I found the paper chain was too large so I modified the plan to this basket. The larger cookie tin was better able to visually support the book page chain.
There are many sites with step-by-step instructions on making a chain. Here is a beautifully illustrated diagram from Art Projects for Kids website.
Image via Art Projects for Kids
We Folk Art has a good step-by-step with photographs.
I used the book pages and made two chains, one long enough to go around the rim of my cookie tin, and one long enough to make the handle.
I also spray painted the cookie tin using flat black primer. I wanted it to have no sheen.
I set up in the garage, and as always with spray paint, applied many light coats until it was totally flat black.
Once both the chain and the painting were completed, I heated up the glue gun and glued the first chain to the rim of the cookie tin. I mounted it high up on the rim so it created a zig-zag top edge.
Again, using hot glue, I glued both ends of the basket handle in place.
My daughter, Amy is visiting so I corralled her into helping me makes some yarns balls out of some old weaving yarns I had.
Here is the final basket, a container to hold more of my ever expanding ball collection!
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- Book Page Flowers • A Gift
- Altered Books • A Monogram
- Altered Books • Folding
- Book Page Flowers • My Style
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