Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mini Easter Basket Tutorial

Welcome to my first-ever blog tutorial.  I am so excited!  This is a tutorial for a Mini Easter Basket.  These are so quick, easy, and inexpensive, you can make a bunch of these for teacher gifts, place settings at your Easter dinner table, party favors, you name it!

Supply list:
Designer Series Paper--I used the Patterns Pack of Designer Series Paper, Hostess Level 1 FREE ITEM!.  I used the Mellow Moss, a nice color for a spring basket.
Brads--I used Rich Regals Brads, Always Artichoke.  I love when things are truly coordinated, and Always Artichoke is the darker counterpart to Mellow Moss.  If you don't have the colored brads, use any metallic brad, or click at the bottom of this post to order your colored brads and be totally coordinated:)
Big Shot, Scallop Square Die--The Big Shot makes projects come together soooo easily.
Two-Way Glue Pen--This light, easy-to-use adhesive is great for projects using Designer Series Papers.
Bone Folder--This wonderful tool is used for scoring and creasing in this little project.
1/16" Circle Punch--You could also use a Paper Piercing Tool.  You just need to make a hole for the brads.
Chocolate--Choose your poison!

1.  Cut a single square of Designer Series Paper, using the Stampin' Up! Scallop Square Die.  Lay it on your work surface and make score lines at every 3rd scallop on both sides.  Crease all lines.
2.  Cut on the score lines on two opposite sides, just up to the first "intersection".
3.  Put some adhesive on the "flaps" and adhere them to the inside of the center, thus.  Do this on both sides, forming a little open box.

 4.  Now fill with chocolates of your choice.  This box is shown with 1 mini Reese's cup and several Kisses.  Oops!  I forgot to attach a handle!  How can you have an Easter basket with no handle?!  Right now, it's just a box.  I got a little ahead of myself:)  So take the chocolates out:(

4.  Cut a 1/2" strip from the leftovers of your Designer Series Paper.  You will need the entire 6" length from the square.  Use a small amount of adhesive to adhere it to a side of your box that has only 1 layer of Designer Series Paper.  Using a 1/16" punch, punch a hole for your brad.  Now insert your decorative brad and flatten the tails.  Do the same on the other side.

5.  NOW fill your little basket with chocolates!  I managed to squeeze in 2 mini Reese's cups and several Kisses this time.  I think this one will have to go to Nicole, my chocolate/peanut butter-loving DIL:)

6.  Well, I couldn't leave well enough alone.  I decided to add a butterfly.  Now, one of the butterflies using the Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings Embosslit would be perfect for adding a butterfly with texture and style.  But alas, I have ordered this and don't yet have it due to very high demand:(  So I reached for my Butterfly punch and a scrap of Designer Series Paper from the Tea Party set, folded up its wings, and adhered with the same Two Way Glue Pen I used throughout this project.  So tell me what you think:  butterfly or no butterfly?

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  1. Great tutorial! I will demo this at my clubs this month! Thanks for the "toot" that sent me to your blog today! Way to Go!