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)
Step 2: Lay Out Three Sticks
All there is too it, lay out three sticks so it looks like a hexagon with three missing sides. When done, put a dot of glue on every end of every stick.
Step 3: Add Three More Sticks
Add three sticks on the dots of glue so its a full hexagon now. Now is the time you want to get the shape exactly like you want it because once you add more layers it starts to get stiffer thus harder to adjust.
Step 4: Repeat Steps 2-4
Repeat steps 2-4 until you get to the height you want it. If you aren't sure, stop adding layers because you can always add more when we are done.
Step 5: Start the Bottom
By now you should've realized that we are building this from the top down.
What you are going to want to do is, add the next three sticks a bit more "inside" than the other ones. You want to make it so that the sticks aren't overlapping. The first one will barely fit but all the others will have plenty of space.
Keep doing that until you can't without overlapping sticks.
See picture if you don't understand.
Step 6: Adding the Bottom
Here is where we add the bottom.
What you are going to want to do is put a line of glue all the way across the three sticks then cover the hole with a whole bunch of 'em.
Step 7: Flip Over and Admire
By now it "should"(not saying it "will") be solid enough to flip and admire. Don't put anything in it for a day so it can dry completely.