After working with this plastic mesh during a failed Yoshi head attempt I felt it would be a great material for the baskets. Since I have done some papercraft stuff in the past, I thought it would be great to use that as the templates for making the baskets.
I am extremely happy with how good these turned out, and think I will be doing this from now on.
These could also be used for Easter.
Step 1: Build Materials and Tools
11" x 17" Printer paper
13.5" x 22" Plastic Mesh - Joann
White Yarn - Already Owned
Red Felt - Joann
White Felt - Joann
White Fleece - Left overs from costume build, could just use Felt
Green Fleece - Left overs from costume build, could just use Felt
Computer with Photoshop, 11" x 17" print, and internet
Large Needle for yarn
Step 2: Templates
I found a super mushroom that would be easy to make with the plastic. The yoshi egg was not conducive to what I was trying to do, so I ended up using a pokemon egg.
After downloading those I opened them in Adobe Photoshop and edited them to fit my needs.
Since I was just going to use these for tracing the image quality was not important, nor the colors. I blew the images up made them gray scale and darkened them.
I printed them off on 11" x 17" tabloid paper so I could get a good size.
Step 3: Tracing and Cut
For the mushroom I ended up just using the top of it. The stem I just did a circle out of a single piece of plastic, then the bottom was traced after everything else was put together.
Cut out all the pieces along your tracing lines
Step 4: Sew Plastic Mesh
The Mushroom ended up being too large so we just took two sections out (6 instead of 8).
Also made straps out of the plastic as well.