February 3, 2010

Mini Paper Basket & Tutorial


Hello everyone!  Today I like to show you a little paper gift basket I made. This is a real quick project and ideal for giving some sweets maybe at Valentines or together with another gift for a birthday or the like. Those baskets are not only for Easter where they are typically used I guess. I find them quite versatile. I filled mine with some small, single wrapped chocolate bars and it's going to be part of a birthday gift set. I chose the image Cupcake from our latest Belles 'n Whistles collection Sweet Things. I just loooove this image and think she is just perfect for my little sweet basket, don't you think so? For the colors I chose green, brown and yellow because I like to use some of the DP's from Basic Greys Origins collection for my card and gift wrapping later on. So my little basket will fit perfectly then.


 Here's a close up of the image. I colored her with my Copics.

 And here you can see I decorated the handle with some rhinestones.

I decorated the back side with a punched out heart.

I made a little tutorial for you on how to make these cute baskets. I thought maybe you'd like to know and you'll see they are really quick & easy to make.

Mini Paper Basket Tutorial

First cut 3 pieces of cardstock (different colors if you like) in following sizes:
1 square: 5.5 inch x 5.5 inch, 1strip: 1 inch x 8 inch, 1strip 1/2 inch x 8 inch
(picture below)

Next score the square on all four sides at 1 3/4 inches

 You can now round the corners using a corner rounder punch, if desired. Fold at the score lines.
Using scissors cut along the score lines of one side (but not all the way through
- see next two pictures) and repeat on opposite side.


Apply double sided tape or adhesive according to the picture.

 Push the middle flap back and overlap the outside flaps in a V-shape, adhere.
Do the same on the other side.


 You are almost done assembling your basket...I told you it's fast and easy ;-)
Your basket should now look like this:

Now on to the handle. Adhere the two strips on top of each other.

 Apply double sided tape or adhesive on both ends of the strip and attach to the inside of the basket.

 And 'Voila' your mini-basket is done! Now it's ready to be decorated, get creative!

I hope you liked my little tutorial and maybe you like to give it a try as well.

Thanks for visiting me today!



  1. So wonderful Iris!
    I love your gorgeous gift basket!
    Beautiful colouring and fabulous detail!
    kim x

  2. Hi Iris!
    Found your site today and I like it very much! I think I will come back more often!
    Thank you for the Workshop! It´s a great Idea!
    Hugs, Alex

  3. Huhu Iris,
    Dein Körbchen ist superschön geworden. Vielen Dank auch für die Anleitung, muß mich mal durch das Englische kämpfen.
    Liebe Grüße

  4. Stunning, stunning and stunning! Wow - you rock girl! Will def give this a try. Kramis - Anki

  5. Guten Morgen liebe Iris

    das Körbchen ist megaschööön geworden *schwärm*...tolle Farben und das Motiv hast Du wieder einmalig schön coloriert...klasse ist auch die große Schleife...lieben dank auch für das tolle Tutorial :0)))

    Liebe Grüße

  6. Wow Iris! Ich weiß gar nicht, was ich sagen soll... Dein Körbchen ist wunderschön und das niedliche Motiv natürlich traumhaft coloriert! Und diese Schleife... und die Farben... es passt wie immer alles perfekt zusammen.

    Vielen Dank für den tollen Workshop, kommt natürlich auf meine List ;O).

    Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Tag,


  7. Iris, I told you on the other blog, but I think this is just gorgeous!! What a lovely basket and tutorial!! TFS! HUGS

  8. WOW Iris this is just gorgeous!!! I love the colors you have used and you details are so pretty!! I really love how you used a partial image as well ~ the look is so effective and I always forget to do this!!!
    Love this basket and thanks so much for the tutorial!!
    Hope all is well and have a great day!

  9. Hallo Iris,
    die Box ist wunder- wunder- wunderschön!!! Vielen Dank für das tolle Tutorial. Ich kann's gar nicht abwarten, es mal auszuprobieren!


  10. Hallo Iris!

    Wow,ist das ein wunderschönes körbchen!
    Ganz tolle Farben,ein zuckersüßes Motiv und wieder traumhaft gestalltet!

    LG Manu! ;-)

  11. Ooooh, thanks for the awesome tutorial. And that color combo is just perfect!

  12. Loved your tutorial, will have to give it a try!


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