Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Baskets for Easter

Have you seen the wonderful Wednesday Tutorial Betty posted over at Splitcoaststampers last week?  Here's a link to it.  She calls it a slatted basket.  I love making treat baskets so I ran right up to my craft room to try it out.  This took me less than 15 minutes to score, cut and put together. The base of the basket is 4" x 4" and it stands about 8" tall to the top of the handle.
First you take a double sided 12" x 12" piece of patterned paper or card stock, score, cut and adhere the sides to create  the box base.  Then you cut 6 strips, center and adhere them  across the bottom of the box, fold them up to the top and adhere them under the rim of the box.  And to finish - you cut the handle and adhere it inside the box.
You can decorate them with tags, flowers, and stampings of course -  but I simply tied a long tailed bow with wrinkled seam tape on mine and called it done!  I'll add candy or maybe a small gift - like soap, a candle or body lotion depending on who I present it to!
Then I thought it would be fun to make one for my son.  Mind you - he's now 38 years old - but a mother has to give her boy an Easter Basket right?!  I always give him a few treats and thought a basket would be much nicer than a plastic shopping bag!
Two things define Josh - he proudly served in the US Army and he loves to ride motorcycles - and since I didn't have any motorcycle style patterned paper on hand (none big enough anyway!) and I did have some camouflage paper - the Army theme won out! 
I decorated the handle with some Jolee Army stickers that I've had for ages - so long that the stickers on the backs of them had dried out so I had to put new ones on!
The other side of the handle with more Jolee Stickers - A duffle bag and a shirt.  I added a few treats that he likes - malted milk ball eggs, Reeses Peanut butter eggs and Cadbury Eggs.  I added his name with Idea-ology Label letters.
I knotted a piece of frayed linen ribbon on the top of the handle - because all Easter baskets have to have ribbons right? But I didn't want it to look feminine.   I thought this would look like an ace bandage that he might have had in his Army first aid kit!
I think he'll get a kick out of this basket - I know he'll like the treats!
What's in your Easter basket??!!
Easter Basket
Paper: Sweet Sorbet Double Sided DP - SU  
Accessories: wrinkled seam tape, ScorTape, ScorPal, Quick Dry Scotch adhesive

Army Basket
Paper: Green Bazzill, Green Camouflage - Creative Imaginations/Joanns  
Accessories: ScorTape, ScorPal, Quick Dry Scotch adhesive, frayed linen ribbon, Army Fatigues Jolee's stickers, Label Letters - Idea-ology


Pamellia Johnson said...

Oh my gosh Julia, these are awesome! I normally go for the feminine stuff, but I am just loving your camouflage basket with all the fun little army embellies! Fabulous! hugs :)

Sharli Schaitberger said...

OMGSH, I fell in love with the first basket, then laughed out loud at the second one! Josh will get a kick out of it, too! Nice work!!

Juliz Design Post said...

Oh my goodness these are utterly adorable, I must check out the link.
TFS, Julie x

Tracey McNeely said...

These are so sweet Julia and what boy would not love a camo Easter basket from his mom. My adult son and hubby would LOVE this!

Brenda Brown said...

Great baskets and treats, my girls would love something like this. Xxx

Kim Heggins said...

These are just fabulous...love your sweet little baskets.

Lisa S. said...

These are wonderful Julia, thanks for sharing the link to the tut. :) Hope your Easter is a blessed one.

Loll said...

Awesome baskets Julia. Love both the pretty, feminine version ... and that very cool, camouflage version. xx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Wonderful baskets Julia, thank you for the link to the tutorial and hope you had a lovely Easter! Deb xo