My hubby and I both come from families with lots of kids, and every year I like to put a little treat together for them at Easter.
This year I came up with these adorable DIY paper baskets. They are only about 3 inches tall (4 1/2 inches with the handle), but they do pack in a lot of chocolate and candy (just what every child needs, right?!)
What I like about them though, besides how pretty they are, is the mixing and matching of patterns, and it's a great way to get rid of paper scraps if you have any laying around.
To make them too, you'll need the following:
TOOLS & MATERIALS:
If you don't know by now, I have a lot of paper, so it was easy for me to pick and choose a few patterns from 6 x 6 inch paper pads I had stocked away. If you don't have paper that size, use a paper trimmer to cut card stock of any patterns you wish into 6 x 6 inch squares, and strips of 6 x 1/2 inches (for the handles). I found the rhinestones at my local dollar store. You can often find glue runner from there too.
DIRECTIONS (PER BASKET):
1. On the scoring board, score the paper at 2 and 4 inches. Rotate 90 degrees and repeat.
2. Use the knife to make cuts along where you scored at two inches in from the top and bottom. Do this only on one side.
3. Your paper will look like this. If you wish, fold along the scorelines (optional).
4. Working one side, on the two outer flaps, apply glue runner, then fold them into each other where they meet at the top. Adhere and press them to the middle piece. Repeat for other side.
5. Apply glue runner to both ends of the paper strip, and attach to inside of basket to create a handle.
6. Finish basket by applying a rhinestone to both ends of where the handle meets the basket.
Each basket takes about 5 minutes to make. Once you're finished, fill them with Easter grass and treats!
For last year's project, I used mini sipping jars. You can check it out HERE.
I hope you enjoyed today's craft. Are you making baskets for Easter too?