Last year I made a little DIY paper basket after dissecting one that Master Frugal made at school to bring his homemade peppermint creams home in. It was such a cute little basket but I had to wait until after Christmas to pull it apart in case I couldn’t put it back together again. 😉
It’s OK though, I managed to take it apart, figure out how to make my own version and put his back together before he even looked up from his new Xbox game. The DIY paper baskets are great for homemade Christmas treats so I thought I’d have a go at showing you how to make them today….
How to make a DIY Paper Basket
A square piece of card/thick paper – I used a piece of card from a watercolour painting book that Miss Frugal has because I loved the colours and pattern that she made on it. Mine was 30cm x 30cm.
Some sticky tape
- With the patterned side of your paper face down, you need to divide your paper up into 9 equal squares which is so much easier than it sounds. My paper was 30×30 so I divided that measurement by three and made a mark at the top of the card every 10cm and then again at the bottom. Using your ruler, join the top marks to the bottom and then do the same for the sides. In case that makes no sense at all, here’s a photo of what mine looked like:
- You can also see in this photo the diagonal lines you need to draw in the corner boxes.
- Next you need to make folds along each of the lines you’ve drawn, even the pesky little diagonal ones that need folding which are the hardest ones to fold as you only want to fold along the line in the square and not right across the page.
- Pull the bottom corners to the centre and secure the edges together with a little bit of sticky tape as close to the centre points as possible. You could use a hole punch and some ribbon as Master Frugal did in his box but as mine is larger, I thought tape would be a better option.
- Work your way around until all four corners have been brought to the middle and the edges are all secure.
- You can fancy it up a bit more with some ribbon but I like ours just as it is, especially after I put some crumpled paper napkins in the bottom and filled it with some cute little macaron style meringues that I bought.
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