I just love to get new decorations for my house for fall and Halloween. I have some decorations that my girls have made over the years and some store-bought decorations, too. Of course, I always like to purchase new stuff but with the economy the way it is AND my oldest daughter is getting ready for college, I sure don’t want to spend my money on this luxury. So I decided to make a home decor project using my favorite stuff – cardstock, stamps and ink! While surfing around on Splitcoaststampers, I found a tutorial on how to turn a Pillow Box Die (from Sizzix) into a basket. This really sparked something in me because my last post for The Hybrid Chick, I made a Top Heavy Pillow Box from a template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs. I just knew I could turn this template into a cute basket. Here are my steps!
You will need the following supplies:
- Top Heavy Pillow Box Template – Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
- Cardstock – I used Orange Zest cardstock for my basket body
- heavy adhesive – I used Glue Dots Brand – Glue Lines
- Ink – I used Pumpkin Pie from Stampin’ Up!
- scoring tool – I used a Scor-pal
First you need to print out 3 of the Top Heavy Pillow Box Small templates. There is a template printing file that allows you to print 2 on just 1 sheet of cardstock. I did that and I have an extra pillow box to use for another project.
Cut out the templates and score them on the indicated lines. I used my Scor-Pal and a metal stylus. You only need to score down the middle and on the flap.
After scoring, you need to adhere the flaps together. You project should look like this:
Now with your scissors, cut away the top and bottom flaps to create scallops plus sponge around the edges to give your project depth.
Now you can adhere the short ends together to create the basket. It should look like this:
To help you basket keep its shape you will need to add a couple of things to the bottom. You will need 3 strips of cardstock cut to 1″ x 5″ and scored at 1/2″ along each edge. Plus you will need a large circle. I used the largest Classic Circle Nestabilities I had for my circle.
After you insert all three strips of cardstock, your basket bottom will look like this:
Turn your basket right-side up and insert the cardstock circle inside the basket using glue dots. It should look like this:
I finished up my basket by cutting a strip of brown cardstock – 1 1/2″ x 11″ and attached it for the handle. I used some scraps of cardstock and die cut a few vines and leaves to decorate the handle. Then I stamped a cute basket, decorated the basket with some Autumn Flower Soft and adhered it all to my basket. Here is my completed project!
Here is a close up of the basket front:
There are so many variations you could make of this basket! How about decorating the basket to look like a Jack-o-lantern? This was super fun to make and I think it will look great with all of my other fall decorations. Hope you will give this project a try!
Other Articles by debbiemom23cs:
- A Cupcake And Butterfly Birthday! - August 25th, 2010
- Elegant Tag Basket - July 21st, 2010
- Star Spangled Banner! - June 20th, 2010
- Hybrid Canvas Wall-Hanging - May 17th, 2010
- Flutter Top Box Template! - April 21st, 2010