Variations on danish Christmas paper hearts. The paper hearts and cones were originally used to hold small round cinnamon cookies, referrred to as peppernuts (if translated directly) and raisins as treats on the Christmas tree.
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.