If you are worried about bugs, rinse them in water with a little bleach and let them dry well.
. Handles can be made out of tons of things. You can glue on little handles made out of rope ( bottom right) Use a piece of wire ( bottom middle and left). You can even drill a little hole and fasten the wire to the basket if you like. I have been known to use cherry stems because they remain very flexible even when dried out. ( the big basket with yellow seeds in it )
Baskets can be decorated to look completely different by adding some moss, lichen,or little leaves to the rim and outside of the basket.
Filling the baskets is a lot of fun too. Use moss, seeds and seed pots, stuff from your spice cabinet like peppercorns , flowers work well too as do little berries.
Eric wanted to try a beechnut husk as a hat. I think it is adorable on him ,Must make him an outfit to go with it.
Last year I cut some of these into parts and used them as roof tiles . Looked very nice.
Must try some new idea with them now that they are all over the place again.
Go out and gather those free mini's now.