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Crafts: Ducky Umbrella Basket

Ducky Umbrella Basket

Total Time Needed: Afternoon Or Evening

A springtime conundrum: How do you prevent the umbrella that kept you dry outdoors from getting everything indoors soaking wet? Let it drip dry into a special basket that you can empty out later. And when the long, dry days of summer roll in, this decorative bucket has an even duckier use: storing pool toys!

Materials

  • 2 small identical white plastic wastebaskets that fit inside one another
  • 12- by 18-inch sheet of orange craft foam
  • Pencil, ruler
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Pushpin
  • Hammer and nail
  • Three 1 �-inch-long metal paper fasteners
  • Two 12-ounce bags of floral marbles (or stones)

Instructions

1. Place one of the baskets on the foam sheet at least 1/2 inch from one of the 18-inch sides. Trace around the bottom of the basket about 1/2 inch out from the base, then draw duck feet extended from the front of the circle. Cut out the shape in one piece.

Fowl Weather Umbrella Basket

2. To attach the feet to the basket, stick 3 1/2-inch squares of duct tape to the foam as shown, spacing them evenly apart. Use a pushpin to make a hole through the center of each tape square and the foam.

Fowl Weather Umbrella Basket

3. Center the feet, taped side up, atop the overturned basket. Press a pencil through the pinholes to make corresponding marks on the bottom of the basket. Then remove the foam and use a hammer and nail to make holes through the plastic at the marks.

4. Realign the feet and insert a metal paper fastener through each pair of lined-up holes, spreading open the prongs against the inside bottom of the basket.

5. Finally, place some marbles or stone weights in the basket, then slide the second, water-collecting basket into the first, and the holder's ready to use.

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