One time a long long time ago, at a summercamp I learned to make a basket out of popsicle sticks.
While it may look time consuming it only takes about 45 min for a first timer and less than 30 minutes if you made a few. Once completely dry it is surprisingly strong.
Step 1: Gather Materials
For this simple project you will need,
~White Glue (Elmers)
If you really need to feel special you can use hot glue, but I find that that doesnt look as nice when completed
~Craft Sticks (craft section at Wal-Mart)