If you are looking for a great Easter project that is simple and practical, look no further! As my followers know, I am a big fan of things that are PRACTICAL--as in real stampers can actually make them, and they are either 1. sturdy enough to actually use, OR 2. easy enough to make that you don't mind pitching them when they have outlived their usefulness. This basket fits all those criteria! I've adapted a teeny little favor basket I saw online to be made with one sheet of 8.5x11 cardstock. It makes a great sized-basket, not too small and not too big. And NO weaving involved! Whoo hoo!
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Let's get started! As I mentioned, you need one 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock, as well as a strip for the handle and some brads and a hole punch to pull it all together. I'm using the super-fab Simply Scored scoring tool from Stampin' Up--gracious but I love that thing. Beats scoring with your trimmer all to pieces!
Score your sheet at 3 and 5.5 inches on the shorter end. Then rotate it 90 degrees so that you are scoring on the long side, and score at 1, 2, 3, and four inches, then 7, 8, 9, and 10 inches. You can see clearly what I mean by looking at the handy-dandy place markers on the SImply Scored.
Once you have them gathered and pulled into a curve, as pictured above, you'll want to punch through all the layers and insert a brad. I used a Crop A Dile as it can go through many multiple layers of cardstock at once.
You'll need to repeat that step three more times, twice for each end of your basket.
Then you can add the handle (I used Sticky Strip) and cover up the pointy brad ends inside, so they won't poke your little pookie when they dive in looking for their candy so they can get good and sugared up before church on Easter.Then the rest is just embellishing!
I can think of several awesome gift ideas for a basket of this size--an orchard-themed basket with a fabric ruffle and fill with a couple of plastic-wrapped pumpkin muffins and two hot cider packets... fill with rolled-up baby bibs, binkies and a little stuffed bear for a baby gift... make a manicure basket with polishs, scrubs, file and aloe-infused gloves...fill with Cadbury Creme Eggs for Lyssa... lots of great ideas for this sturdy and practical basket. Have a ball with it!
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