Crocheted Basket from Recycled Plastic Container

Two years ago, one of the creative reuse bloggers who I admire named Filth Wizardry did a tutorial on crocheting a top and handles for plastic containers so they become little baskets. I put that on my list of things I wanted to try, even though I have not done much crocheting beyond the baskets we made from recycled sheets.

I took an old Playdoh yellow container and punched holes along the top. This was tough on my hands! We had three hole punch tools in the house, and the third one was the sharpest.

I watched a few videos on Youtube about how to crochet, and started the project. I’m quite sure I have not attached the stitches to the container in the same way it was noted in the tutorial. I couldn’t figure that out. But I figured out something and it looks nice.

Crochet stitches in the holes of plastic container

Crochet stitches in the holes of plastic container

Close-up - crocheted top on recycled plastic container

Close-up – crocheted top on recycled plastic container

My crocheting quickly narrowed towards the center, and I suppose that is because I am new to crochet and my tension was likely too tight. To get a taller cone shape on the crocheting, I will try to loosen my tension on the next try.

I used some old yarn that I don’t like since I wasn’t sure if I would end up just chopping it all off. This type of yarn kept splitting as I did the crochet, so I will not use it again. A single strand cotton yarn would be much better.

I have saved a few shampoo bottles and teddy bear honey bottles for the next round of this project. Some very tiny bottles, like the shampoo trial size in the original tutorial, would make nifty necklaces.

 

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