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Pretty Pom-Pom Baskets

Add some color to your drab storage with these vibrant baskets.

| June 2018


In Craft the Rainbow (Abrams Books, 2018) by Brittany Watson Jepsen, readers will learn the basics of transforming simple paper into tasteful design pieces for many different occasions. Jepsen uses tissue, crepe, cardstock, leaves of books, and vintage and recycled paper for her projects. Find the project that’s right for you in one of the many vibrant colors or choose one that includes the rainbow of colors. This excerpt is located in the “Rainbow” chapter. 

Organization is not my forte, but when I have lovely containers in which to put things I am much more likely to pick up after myself. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. I dream of a future mudroom for collecting the bits and bobs that end up strewn around the house in these rainbow baskets. The simple, collapsible shape is perfect when not in use, but dressed to the nines in colorful poms, you won’t want to hide them for long.


How to Use Rainbow

I chose one basket for each color group (except purple), then painted the bottom of the basket in a pastel of the color. The poms feature an analogous trio of colors: light pink, dark pink, bright pink; yellow, orange, gold; light blue, dark blue, medium blue; mint, dark green, sage; off-white, silver, gray.


  • Crepe paper in rainbow shades
  • Scissors
  • Fringe scissors
  • Glue gun
  • House or acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Woven seagrass baskets


  1. Cut crepe paper into 1-1/2 by 24-inch (4 by 61-cm) pieces (larger if you want thicker pom-poms). Fringe the long edge of your crepe paper, leaving a 1/4-inch (6-mm) border along the top.
  2. cut
  3. Begin rolling up the fringed piece tightly, fluffing the fringed edges outward as you roll.
  4. pom-pom
  5. When you get to the end, glue the edge. Repeat for as many pom-poms as desired.
  6. pom-poms
  7. Paint the bottom of the basket in a color that coordinates with the pom-poms. Let dry.
  8. paint
  9. Glue the poms onto the top of the basket. 
  10. basket

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