Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A-Tisket, A Tasket, A Green and Yellow Basket

      This green and yellow Easter basket was made with inexpensive white paper plates, tissue paper, ruffled cup cake liners and a bit of lacy, green ribbon. I've included below the sequence for folding and stapling the basket together. Prior to this step, I glued fancy tissue paper onto my paper plates. You can use white school glue or Mod Podge for this step. I also hot glued yellow, ruffled, paper liners to the edges of the paper plates before stapling these together. The handle was stapled on at the very end of the process. This is very simple and inexpensive way to craft large quantities of Easter baskets. The project would also be an excellent one for those of you who celebrate May Day.
      Click on the photo to see it larger. The basket may be stapled together with only three staples. These paper plate baskets can be mass produced by art teachers, classroom teachers or Sunday school teachers for little ones to decorate however they wish. These are very affordable alternatives to what you might end up purchasing elsewhere. These paper basket versions are also quite durable!

       A Tisket A Tasket is a nursery rhyme first recorded in America in the late nineteenth century. It was used as the basis for a very successful and highly regarded 1938 recording by Ella Fitzgerald. The rhyme was first noted in the United States in 1879 as a children's rhyming game. It was sung while children danced in a circle. One of the number ran on the outside of the circle and dropped a handkerchief. The nearest child would then pick it up and chase the dropper. If caught the dropper was either kissed, joined the circle, or had to tell the name of their sweetheart. An early noted version had the lyrics:
A-tisket a-tasket
A green and yellow basket
I wrote a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it,
I dropped it,
I dropped it,
And on the way I dropped it.
A little boy he picked it up and put it in his pocket.

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