Thursday, March 26, 2020

Tutorial Thursday ~ Easter Basket

It's Pam here and I'm so excited to share a cute tutorial for an adorable Easter basket featuring the super sweet Bunny Hugs Rubber Stamp.  There are a few steps, but once you get the hang of how to put it together it goes pretty quick.

To make this little basket you will need:

Pink Ribbon for Bow
Scoring Board and Bone Folder
Double Sided Foam Tape
Scor-tape - 1/8" and 1/4"
Exacto Knife, Ruler, and Pencil
Removeable Tape
Green Paper Easter Grass and Easter Candy

Preparing the basket pieces:
  1. Stamp two bunnies on X-Press It Blending Card.
  2. Die cut two of the largest and two of the medium size grass patches from the Grass Patches Die set out of X-Press It Blending Card.
  3. Choose a piece of 6" x 6" double sided paper for the basket - mine is from the Love You More Paper Pad.
  4. Cut one piece 1/4" x 6" strip of coordinating double sided paper for the center of the basket handle.
  5. Cut one piece of white cardstock 3/4" x 7" for the handle.
  6. Cut two white scalloped circles (2nd to smallest) from the Pierced Scalloped Circles Die set.
  7. Cut four white double stitched white circles (2nd to smallest) from the Double Stitched Circles Die set.
Color your pieces and set aside.  Bunnies need to be fussy cut before final assembly.

Bunnies:  E55, E53, E51, E50, R02, R01, R00, R000
Grass:  YG17, YG03, YG11

Using your score board, score at 1 7/8" and 4 1/8", turn your paper and score using the same measurements.  Your piece should look like this.

Using the following diagram I drew lines on my cardstock with a pencil and carefully cut on the lines.  The cutting lines are at 5/8", 1 1/4", 4 3/4", and 5 3/8".  You will need to mark the center line (3") on the top and bottom.

I found the lines were straighter cutting on drawn lines instead of scored lines.

It should look like this once all the lines are cut.  I took a white eraser and gently erased any remaining pencil marks.

Fold and crease all of the fold lines, making sure the flaps are straight with the side edges.  Using 1/8" scor-tape I started with adhering the basket sides together, starting with the top flaps.

Creating the handleWith the 3/4" x 7" piece of white cardstock and the largest die from the Scalloped Rectangles Die, die cut using the following diagrams.  Note that you will need to stop and reverse your diecutting before you reach the end of the die.  You will then need to move your die down, turn it around so the top of the die is now the bottom and partially die cut again.  I placed my paper up against the edge of my paper cutter and taped the die to the paper using removeable tape.

Make sure the die is fully seated in place from the first time through.  This will ensure the die will turn out as if the die was longer.

Once this is complete, adhere the 1/4" x 6" coordinating print centering it between the stitched lines.  Note that this will be 1" shorter than the white piece.  Gently curl the handle with your bone folder before attaching to the basket.

Preparing and attaching the handles to your basket.
Using two of the stitched circle die cuts, score and fold these in half.  I took a ruler and drew a line in pencil where I wanted to cut an opening that the handles could be inserted into.  I then took an Exacto type knife and cut an opening approximately 5/8' long.  This side will be on the inside of your basket.  I inserted the handle from the top (the fold is the top) making sure that the outside of the handle faced the outside of the basket as shown.  This was attached using 1/4" scor-tape.

Attach the handle to the basket as shown.  I used liquid adhesive so that I had a little longer to get placement correct.

Assemble the outer embellishment as shown, you will have two - one for both sides of the basket.  I used double sided foam tape to adhere the bunny  to the circle and then to adhere the completed piece to both sides of the basket.

Attach a tied bow to the handle, fill with paper Easter grass and candy.  

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today!

Crafty Hugs!

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