Friday, 22 August 2008

Christmas Treat Basket-Tutorial

Today I am posting my very first tutorial with pictures. I hope you enjoy it.
I saw this basic treat basket at a demonstration where it was made with a 12 X 12 sheet of card and came out quite big which was fab for Easter eggs or other larger gifts. However I wanted to make it smaller and today's instructions are for making the tiny spotty basket which is made from a 3" square piece of card.
You would think it would be quite fiddly to make but it isn't at all.

So...........take a 3" square piece of card and score at 1" and 2" each way as shown by the broken lines.
I used my Scor-Pal for this but you could use a ruler and ball tool just as effectively if you don't have a scoring board.
Next cut along opposite score lines as shown in red

Your piece should now look like this.

Push the two centre squares to the inside of the basket and pull the two side pieces together to a point.
Add a spot of glue to secure and then glue the inside flap to the side pieces.
This is your basic basket which can be made in any measurement divisible by 6"x6" scored at 2" and 4", 9"x9" scored at 3" and 6" etc.
To decorate this tiny one I just took a scrap of paper and glued it onto the basket then trimmed around the shape with scissors.
For the larger ones I draw around one side of the basket shape onto card and reduce the size by one eigth of an inch on all sides. I then use this as a template for cutting paper. The two ends are square so just cut your paper a quarter of an inch smaller than the square.
For the handles I cut a strip of card. The width depends on the size of the basket so the tiny one is a quarter of an inch wide and the larger (made from a 6"x6" square) is half an inch.
The tiny basket will hold three Elizabeth Shaw Mint Crisps which have been covered with card circles and decorative paper.
If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask.
I am not claiming to be the original designer of the basic basket. If anyone knows who the original designer is.........please let me know and I will gladly add their name to this post.
This tutorial should not be shared on groups. If you wish your friends to see this project please give them a link to this site.........Thank You.
Papers and stamps used for this project are Basic Grey and the most perfect ink match I found for the brown in these papers was the Versmagic-Jumbo Java.
Thanks for dropping by.


  1. WOW Sheila, thankyou for your 1st Tutorial, what a fab idea, especially for Christmas. Love the paper you chose and even better the Elizabeth Shaw Mint Crisps, yum yum LOL
    Looking forward to more great tutorials
    Christine xx

  2. Hi Sheila, excellent tutorial, easy to understand instructions.
    These baskets are gorgeous, I'm going to have a go at these myself


  3. Oh I love that - must give it a try.


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