Balloon formed papier mache bowls covered in fabric! Can also be done over a bowl to give it the flat bottom necessary for placement on a table. Just put a thin coating of petroleum jelly on the bowl for ease of release when papier mache is dry.
Paint balloon using color schemes. Tie in with weaving or coiling for th basket. Paper mache a balloon, pop the balloon, add string and a basket for spring class crafts. Could go great as a bulletin board theme (Kid's Soaring to New Heights in Reading.