Baskets got me started on my childhood love/weakness for handicrafts. They serve so many purposes, like as holder for bowls when reheating food in the microwave, thus eliminating the need for pot holders or towels and mats.
This gallery shows the many different baskets that I have collected from various countries. Hover over each photo for the captions explaining their uses, although some are pretty obvious.
Nigerian square baskets for towels
with or without covers they are excellent for storing toys, board games, activity books
for garlic, ginger, and onions – bought from goodwill store
bowls for fruits and bread, Philippine and Pakistani basket mats for hot dishes.
basket tray were used in the resort we stayed at in Kenya; space in middle originally intended for napkins, but our US napkins are too big.
Our round bolga basket was used primarily for water toys when we go to the beach and pool. We can also dump wet clothes and damp towels on it. Others find it great for potluck parties because it can hold dishes and paper plates, bread, condiments, etc. We use it now to make him pick up his toys. My son’s kindergarten teacher has one in her classroom filled with books.
mats for pans. The bottom one was bought at a goodwill store, and the rest were made in Pakistan.
this colorful basket box was filled with stuffed toys and baby clothes given as gift when my son was born.
my old bolga basket bag from Ghana fit my lunch, umbrella, water bottle, and papers to grade. Most teachers and many parents used them everyday in our school in Nigeria. It can hold laptops and tablets. Even men use them. My husband has an extra large one for clips to hold his band class’ music, the PE teachers use it for balls, etc.
I added beads and filled eachNigerian mini basket with chocolates as Christmas present to relatives. Can be used for potpourri, too.
or for keys and odd items
These Ikea baskets were previously used to hold toilettries in the bathroom.