March 26, 2022

PAPER EASTER BASKETS

Easter is coming; the goose is getting fat. Oops. Easter is coming; the DUCK is getting fat.

Browsing on the Internet the other day, I came across some darling little paper Easter baskets that proved to be oh, so simple -- and fun! -- to make. And they look just so spring-y.

All you need to make these cuties is a single sheet of Designer Series Paper that measures 6" square. Well, over the years, I've accumulated lots of packs of DSP that are 6" square. Using only a few sheets out of a pack, I knew I had lots to choose from, including spring-like designs.

I had lots of fun choosing just six of these papers for my half dozen baskets.




Use your Simply Scored to score at 2" and 4", flip the paper and repeat. Use a bone folder to give those score lines a good crease.

On one side, cut up one of the score lines until you meet the next line. Do that on both score lines on one side. Flip it and repeat on the other side. The middle line of fold lines doesn't get cut at all. 

Once all of the cuts are made, on one side, fold in the center square and fold the other two end squares towards the center until they meet at a point above the center square. Repeat this on the opposite side.




When I was gluing mine, I put green glue on the top portion of the center square, then after meeting the other two at the point, I lifted up the topmost square and sneaked a little glue under that. You may choose to do it differently. Doesn't matter. Just so it holds together.

To make the handles, I cut coordinating solid cardstock to 3.4" x 6". I learned the hard way while trying to attach my first handle. As I tried to maneuver it into place, it buckled and made a crease in the handle. Nuh uh. Not good.

To alleviate this situation, before you try to install your handle, sort of gently curl it with a bone folder. This breaks up enough of the fibers in the paper so it is soft enough to bend nicely without creasing. 

Use glue to adhere the handles inside the basket,.

Once all my baskets were created, the fun part really started. I have years and years worth of buttons and large brads left over from Stampin' Up! purchases. It was pleasant going through all this stash to discover pieces that coordinate with each basket. 

I used buttons, some of which I inserted baker's twine into the holes and tied in either a knot or a bow. Other buttons didn't really need anything. I even found a pair of large brads that I could use on one of them.

The last step was to fill them with crimped paper. Only having four colors of this basket filler, a couple of the baskets presented a little bit of a challenge. But I got the job done. And I am pleased.

Easter

Smiles.




















18 comments:

  1. Your little baskets are so sweet! I can imagine the fun of looking for just the right button to finish!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, these were definitely lots of fun to put together, especially searching for the perfect finishing touches.

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  2. These are cute and your photos are so good.

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    1. Why, thank you so much, Michele! I often question my photos.

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  3. These are adorable, I'm definitely going to give this a try, thanks.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I am so glad you like them and are going to make some of your own! They are so much fun to create!

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  4. These are so cute! I have lots of DSP in 6x6 too. Pinned

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! Are you going to make some? If so, have fun!

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  5. These are so cute! Pinned. Thank you for participating in Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 13.
    Carol
    www.scribblingboomer.com

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  6. Thanks for sharing with us, I'll be featuring you when the next To Grandma's house we go link party starts!

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  7. These are so cute! I have so much 6x6 paper, so I will give this a try! Thanks for sharing at the TFT party. :)

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    1. Thanks, Pam! Have a blast making these! They are truly addictive.

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    2. I will have fun with them, for sure. And, I'm featuring this today at the TFT party. Congrats! :)

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  8. Adorable, and that goes for the duck as well.

    Thanks for sharing at the Friday with Friends link party.

    Rachelle

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