How are you enjoying the 2016 Creative Memories Easter Blog Hop so far? Feeling INSPIRED?!? 🙂 I’m LOVING the ideas that everyone is sharing! You should have arrived from D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog if you’re following this hop in order.
Check out these basket ideas I’m sharing today, and then read to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the link to the next stop!
DIY Easter Baskets
- 12×12 Designer Cardstock (I used Shades of Pastel for the pretty, springy colors)
- Fresh Picks Slide-In Cards
- Pastel 2 Embellishments
- 12-inch Straight Trimmer
- Multi-Purpose Tool
- Border Maker System
- Chevron Border Cartridge
- Lace Flower Chain Border Cartridge
- Tape Runner
- All-Purpose Scissors
- Use the Multi-Purpose Tool and the grid from a 12-inch Straight Trimmer to score a 12×12 piece of cardstock at 4″ and 8″, and then rotate the cardstock 90 degrees and score at 4″ and 8″ again. This will make a grid of nine equal squares on the cardstock.
- Use the 12-inch Trimmer to cut away the four outer corner squares from the edge for the paper. Set aside and save these four 4″ squares.
- Use the 12-inch Straight Trimmer to cut the four remaining flaps into 1″ strips attached to the middle square. (These will be the “up” pieces for weaving your basket sides.)
- Cut each of the four 4″ squares you set aside into four 1″ strips. (You should end up with 16 4″x1″ strips.)
- Set aside eight of the strips — these will be used straight, as they are, along the sides of the basket. Take the other eight strips and fold them at 1.25″ — these will be used on the corners of the basket.
- Now start weaving your pieces together! Alternate each horizontal row (1 row of folded strips, 1 row of straight strips, 1 more row of folded strips, and 1 more row of straight strips) and “weave” the pieces together.
- Use a Tape Runner to keep the woven paper pieces sticking to each other.
I used the Tape Runner on any two paper surfaces that overlapped so the basket would hold together well . . .
Your first row will start out looking something like this:
And then, just keep weaving and adhering the pieces until you get to the top!
- When all the strips are in place, you’ll probably see that your last horizontal row comes up a little bit higher than the top of your “up” pieces . . . I disguised this with a nice little lace flower border. 🙂 Just punch out at least 16″ worth of the border so you can make it all the way around the top edge of your basket (Border Maker + Lace Flower Chain Cartridge), and then attach it to the basket with Tape Runner.
- Create a handle for your basket — for this one, I used another 12″ lace flower border layered on top of a 1″x12″ strip of cardstock — and attach it to the basket with Tape Runner.
- Finally, add some decorations to the basket, like these flowers and jewels from the Pastel 2 Embellishment pack on this basket.
Here’s another version of the basket, but this time I used slightly different dimensions at the beginning to have a rectangle base and it resulted in a slightly shorter basket. (For this one, the initial score lines are at 4″ and 8″ in one direction and at 3.5″ and 8.5″. These measurements made for 5 “up” pieces on two sides and 4 “up” pieces on the other two sides . . . and it took a little finagling and trimming to get all the weaving right. :)) The handle for this one was made with the Border Maker and Chevron Cartridge, and the basket is decorated with a bird cut out using All-Purpose Scissors from one of the Fresh Picks Slide-In Cards.
Another great decoration for these baskets would be ABC stickers that spell out the names of the people who will get them on Easter morning!
You might remember the basket project I posted for the Valentine Virtual Crop this past February, and that could also be easily converted into an Easter basket. (If you haven’t seen it before, go have a look . . .)
Fun little project, right? And even though I’ve done this with a definite Easter skew, you could use the same design for any kind of basket and use it for a table centerpiece or fun gift “bag” anytime of year. 🙂
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