Handmade Paper Basket Tutorial

Handmade Paper Basket
          Dear friends Thank you so much for the sweet encouraging words on my daughter's Stamping Fun post -- blogger friends are the best !! My little girl sat on my lap and read each and every comment last night! She was beaming!
Now back to big girls' fun - sharing yet another easy paper basket made with the flower punch board.
Paper Basket tutorial
        My paper basket is decorated with 3 butterflies which were stamped and heat embossed in sparkling gold embossing powder.Added gold liquid pearls to the center of the butterflies and added some sparkling gold and diamond chains [ recycled from a torn dress and also  used in the Felt Sunflower layout]

How to make a Paper Basket

       I was so encouraged by the wonderful comments on the Paper Basket tutorial I shared earlier. This version of the paper basket is actually quite roomy and can be made in different sizes using the flower punch board. The basic idea is the same as the Paper Daffodils tutorial  
Materials Required
  • Flower Punch Board -If you dont have a flower punchboard you could even free hand cut the scallops and follow the rest of the tutorial steps.
  • Scissors, Glue
  • Pattern Paper / Chart Paper , Card Stock
  • Optional : Punches, Dies, Embossing powders and Stamps to embellish your basket
Take a 12 x 3 inch Pattern paper / chart paper and punch  out a strip aligning the score lines at “S” mark on the flower punch board.Score only the straight lines, don't score the diagonal lines at each punch.
Paper Basket tutorial 
 You will get  a 8 petal  scalloped strip as shown
Flower punch board tutorial 
On the reverse side of your punched paper strip , score at 1 inch from the straight border using the flower punch board or a scoring board such as a Scorpal. If you are using the flower punch board line the scalloped edge roughly midway between the “L” and “M” marks on your flower punch board and score.
Flower Punch board tutorial 
At this stage if you wish you can further jazz up your paper strip by stamping and embossing like I did using a flourish stamp and sparkling snow WOW embossing powder.You can also add further interest to your paper basket  by inking  the edges of your petal strip using your favourite inks .
Paper Basket tutorial 
Once you have inked, embossed or glittered up your punched paper strip ,fold the strip at the score line as shown above
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Paper Basket tutorial
Cut on the vertical score lines to reach the folded line just like you did for the paper daffodil tutorial [ but no need to snip off triangles this time].Curve and fold the paper strip and stick the last two petals together
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Paper Basket tutorial
You will get a 7 petal cup shaped flower when you evert  the petal edges using the shaping tool of your flower punch board [ you can also use your fingers to evert the petal edges].
To close the gaps in the center and convert your flower into a basket ,either stick a circle on the under-surface or within the flower cup or add a punch-craft flower like I did.You can make a 3 inch diameter “ XXS” flower using the flower  punch board and stick it to the center of your cup shaped flower to make a flower basket.
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Paper Basket tutorial
Your flower baskets are actually ready. If you like baskets with cute handles  you can have even more fun designing fun handles for your handmade baskets
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Paper Basket tutorial
 I used a 10 and 3/4 inch x 1 inch pattern paper ,inked the edges and added a poppy stamps swirly curve die cut  on it and stuck it inside my flower baskets.

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Paper Basket tutorial
Here is the finished basket with sparkling gold embossed butterflies and golden chains.Love how the light reflects from all the gold!
Handmade Paper Basket
I had lots of fun trying out different ideas on the basket handles.On this cheerful orange yellow version of the  paper basket I added a Martha Stewart punched pattern paper strip and a pom pom centred flower made using the flower punch board.
Paper Basket 1
Handmade basket
Stuck the flower basket on a larger flat version flower again made using the flower punch board. Since I used green pattern paper to make the larger flower I think it looks like leaves dont you think!
Handmade Paper Basket
This has been a super long post but I didnt want to miss any detail so that anyone wishing to try making their own paper flower baskets would find it super easy!
Handmade Paper Baskets
          I hope you enjoyed this tutorial --from the comments to my previous posts I understand the flower punch board is a fairly new crafty tool and not many have it but the main purpose of this tutorial is just to give some fun ideas to create a 3 D basket plus give enough details to help those who already have / are planning to buy the  flower punch board !
Do tell me how it is...hopefully didn't put you to sleep!!
Punches : Flower Punch Board [ from Crafter’s Corner],  Martha Stewart Daisy,Martha Stewart  Vintage floral, Martha Stewart  Double arches
Dies : Sizzix stamp and die-cut Butterflies 657773 , Poppy Stamps swirly curl border
Stamps : Hero Arts Butterfly, Inque Boutique Monarch
Embossing : Sparkling snow WOW embossing powder, Metallic Gold sparkle WOW embossing powder, Ranger heat gun
Papers : DCWV Fresh floral stack, DCWV Four Seasons,DCWV Day to day Photo real stack,
Misc : Gold Liquid Pearl [ from Crafter’s Corner]
Linking to Crafty Hazelnuts Pattern Paper challenge Aug,PDE Linky Sep 1 [dies or punches], Simon Says ,Diana's Picnic challenge [ Hope baskets qualify],Crafting for all seasons 84 [ monochromatic],Inky Impressions 173 Aug 26,Kraftin Kimmie Aug 26 , Butterfly Challenge, Creative Card Crew  Aug 25[ embossing], Simply create too 68 Aug[ monochromatic], Loves Rubber stamps 117 Aug 26[wings],Oldie but a goldie [anything but a card. Stash item used is my Hero arts butterfly stamp which is more than a year old!],Paper minutes 335 Aug 28[ die cuts], WOW Embossing powder Monochrome


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