Easter Friends Baskets
Hello, my friends! I am so excited. As a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator, I have the opportunity to order from new catalogs a month early, and my preorder will be here tomorrow. I cannot wait. Besides a few new bundles and suites, I ordered all the new In Color products for 2022-2024. These colors are beautifully bright and cheery. I’ll show them to you very soon!
I have been organizing my craft room and deciding what retiring products I want to keep and what I want to give away or sell. Plus, I have a lot of accessories on my shelf that are already retired. So today is the day for organizing. Or, at least it was…
Last week, we had our monthly Craft Day at my office. (It’s actually Mike’s office, but I do have a desk there and it’s where I hold classes, so I can claim it, right?) Anyway – my friend Lorraine was making adorable little Easter baskets for favors for a group she belongs to. They were so adorable, so she shared the instructions. They are from Lyssa at Song of My Heart Stampers, and they are so simple.
My baskets hold two mini candy bars, three chocolate eggs, and a small chocolate bunny with a raspberry cream filling. I’m going to use mine as place cards for Easter dinner in a couple weeks. I decided to use the Easter Friends critters to decorate the baskets a bit. These little guys are so cute. I bought this set because Amelia fell in love with the bunny. We have decided he is probably a distant cousin to her bunny Havana.
To make the basket, you’ll need four strips of 5-1/2″ x 3/4″ paper or card stock. I used the Pansy Petals and You’re a Peach Designer Series Paper (DSP). You also need a 5-1/2″ x 1/2″ strip for the handle, and a 7-1/4″ x 1/2″ strip for the rim. Lorraine uses two of the 7-1/2″ strip – one for the outside, and another on the inside of the basket. I think it looks more “finished,” so I did that as well. It was a little tricky to adhere the inside piece, so I cut a 7-1/2″ x 1″ strip, scored it down the middle, put Tear & Tape Adhesive on the back of both halves, then folded it over after I finished making the basket. this can also be a bit tricky, but it’s a little easier for me.
Basically, you adhere one of the short ends of the DSP to the Tear & Tape covered rim, leaving a little space between each one. Then take the bottom short edge of the first strip, bring it up in a “U” shape and adhere it beside the fourth. Continue with the other three strips, then glue the remainder of the rim to create the basket. I’ve linked to Lyssa’s instructions below.
I adhered the handle with retired metallic brads, but the Round & Square black and white brads in the current catalog would work beautifully.
The animals were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored with Stampin’ Blends. I fussy cut them, then added them to the baskets with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
You can see Lyssa’s instructions (with photos!) here. My baskets hold two mini candy bars, three chocolate eggs, and a small chocolate bunny with a raspberry cream filling. I’m going to use mine as place cards for Easter dinner in a couple weeks. Only five more to go!
This is a wonderful project if you have a lot of leftover DSP you want to use up. I am challenging myself each year to use more of my paper, and I’m quite proud that I have done a wonderful job of it this time. Another plus about these baskets is you only need DSP or card stock, Tear & Tape Adhesive, something to attach the handle (brads, staples, even glue dots if you’re not going to carry it around), and a Paper Trimmer.
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