Make paper May Day baskets. Perfect for Valentine's Day gifts, Halloween treats, Christmas offerings and party decorations. Basket making is an easy and fun craft for kids. Paper baskets make great gifts and can be made using materials you already have on hand. A fun and easy craft for any age all you need is card-stock scrap booking paper cut to 8 1/2 X 11. Fill or pad gift baskets with colorful, crinkled paper shreds, a great addition for gift bags and boxes. Share baked goods like cookies, brownies and other sweet tidbits in style with home made gift baskets.
Paper was invented in China during the Eastern Han Dynasty era around 105 A.D. Ever since, people have practiced the popular art of creating "zhezhi" objects by folding sheets of paper for ceremonial purposes. Buddhist monks introduced paper to Japan in the 6th century. Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. The earliest known object created by folding paper is a small paper boat. Chinese funerals traditionally include folded paper items to be burned during the ceremony. Japanese custom for Shinto weddings is to provide origami butterflies to represent the bride and groom.
The difference between Origami and Kirigami.
Ordinary sheets of paper can be folded and cut into ships, animals, and flowers. Great, educational fun for children. All you need to get started is a pair of scissors, a piece of paper, a Scissor Craft pattern, a few quick folds, and voilä you've got an envelope, a basket or a wild african elephant.