Saturday, April 16, 2011

12 Days of Easter // Spring Basket DIY

What you'll need:
  • Any square piece of paper. The thicker the paper, the better! You want it to be able to hold your candy :) I used a 4x4 piece of cardstock in this example.
  • Scissors
  • Some way to connect the pieces. I used glue in this example, but I've also used staples (when making a TON at once), brads, and dry adhesive.
  • Candy
  • Stamps
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors with decorative edges
  • Corner rounder
  • Glitter
How to Create Your Spring/Easter Basket

Step 1: Select your paper. Make sure it is square! Feel free to cut along the edges with a pair of decorative scissors or round the corners. Now is the best time to do that.

Step 2: Fold your paper to make a 3x3 grid. You want to see 9 squares total (I traced my lines with a white pencil so you can see them). If you're decorating your paper, I suggest doing a practice run first to see how the placement works out. You'll be essentially covering two of the squares and wouldn't want to waste your time!

Step 3: Cut your paper. This part is really are making a total of 4 cuts. You will be making the cuts from two opposite edges toward the middle. Cut along the lines and stop when you meet a perpendicular fold. Check out the photo for a better idea of what I'm talking about.

Step 4: Glue the sides. Work on one side at a time. With one of the cut edges facing you, take the corners of the same side and bring them toward one another and in front of the middle piece. Glue these pieces to the middle piece as shown below. Hold firmly and allow to dry a bit. Repeat on the opposite edge.

Step 5: Create a handle. Using a piece of scrap paper that is the same length as your original square (in my case, it is 4 inches long and about 1 inch wide) to create your handle. Paste the opposing sides inside the basket as shown in the photo below. Optional: Instead of glue, use a brad to allow the handle to swing from side to side. If you're making a TON of these (like for a party or class) use a stapler with colorful staples. You can cover the staples with stickers later.

Step 6: Fill with candy/treats!

Thank you, Lauren, for allowing me to share this quick-and-easy DIY project with your readers. I love making these baskets for roommates/classmates/co-workers to celebrate the season and to give them the excuse to eat more candy!

I would love to see photos of your finished baskets! 
Feel free to leave a comment here or on my blog with 
examples of the baskets you make from this tutorial :)

Kam is a twenty-something-year-old living in Southern California with her boyfriend and many animals. She blogs about her outdoor adventures and love for crafts on Campfire Chic and sells camping-themed items in an online shop of the same name. She enjoys hiking, camping, reading, and eating tacos.

1 comment:

  1. This is really cute I love it! I have to try it myself!


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