I just loved this Eco-friendly recycled Easter basket craft from Naughty Secretary Club. Taking the concept of a balloon pinata and making an Easter basket with flowers and a handle. It's great too because you don't have to cover the entire balloon. This one pictured above used old sheet music instead of newspaper. You could do the same thing with recycled book pages. Follow the link for the complete step by step tutorial with pictures.
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