Monday, March 19, 2012

A Tisket, A Tasket, An Easter Basket!

       This is a simple Easter basket to make using a 12 by 12 piece of pattern paper. To begin cut 2 four inch deep lines at 4" and 8". Repeat on opposite side.

   Step 2:  Using a second piece of 12 by 12 matching paper, cut two 12 by 1 inch strips.  To make the handle sturdier, repeat step 2 using card stock. Trim off two inches from one of the pieces of card stock and one from the pattern paper.  (Sorry for the poor quality of the picture)

  Glue the card stock and pattern paper together. To make the handle attach the two 1" strips together. Lay aside.
Step 3:   Fold the middle section of the 12 by 12 pattern paper so it is standing upright.
   Step 4: Lift the corners of the left and right side towards the folded middle piece overlapping the two outer sides.. Punch a hole through all three layers. Insert one side of the handle between the two outer layers and the middle layer. Secure with a brad.  It should look like this.

    Repeat with other side. 


 Decorate top of handle where the two pices meet with a bow or flower.  I used the Loopy Bow die for my basket.
  Once again the completed basket filled.

  Believe me, the directions seem complicated, but this basket is very easy to assemble.  Without the bow, it should take no more than 15 minutes.  I did add a 3/8" strip to the inside edges of the basket ( before I assemble it) because there was print on one of the sides.
 I make these type of baskets for my adult children and fill them with just some small treats. The best thing is you can un-assemble the basket and reuse it next year, especially if the "kids" are only interested in the treats. (You have to remember where you put it too! LOL)
Thanks for looking!


Joyce said...

What a great idea for a basket. I love how you used the Loopsy Daisy on the handle.

Kathy Mc said...

Very cute and I agree the Loopsy Daisy finishes it off nicely.

Mara Campbell said...

This is such a sweet basket!! I love the bow on the top. Thanks for the instructions, too!

Terri said...

Very cute. Love the bow on the top. Thanks for sharing how to make it.

Nancy Guse said...

WOW, this is so cute, what a neat idea!! The pattern paper is so pretty, love the pattern and color and the Loopsy Daisy Bow finishes it off nicely!!