First, a preview of the finished product...
Here's what you'll need:
1-12 x 12 card stock for basket (plain or patterned)
1-12 x 1.75 strip of card stock for handle
6-3.75 x 3.75 paper squares in coordinating paper (if desired)
brads, ribbon, flowers or whatever else you want to embellish with
And here's what you do:
On the wrong side of the 12 x 12 paper, divide it into 9 equal 4 x 4 squares and mark it with a pencil. I labeled below where to make your cuts for the next step.
Make the 4 cuts and then crease the paper on the remaining lines...it should look something like this when you're done.
This next step is optional. Since I used solid card stock for the main part of the basket, I wanted to make it a little more fancy with a coordinating patterned paper. I cut 6 squares (3.75 x 3.75) each.
Flip over your 12 x 12 paper (right side facing up) and glue your squares like so...
Now flip your paper back over and fold the ends in toward the middle (kinda hard to explain but like in this picture).
Apply glue to secure both sides in place...
...so it looks like this when it's all put together.
Now cut a 12 x 1.75 strip of card stock for the basket handle.
Apply glue to both inside ends of the strip.
Attach handle to basket. I added a brad to each side for extra support since the basket holds a pretty decent amount of goodies!
That's it...super easy! You can leave it nice and simple or add extra embellishments for fun.
I also tried a smaller version using 6 x 6 paper for the main basket...I thought these might make cute little treats for my son's preschool class.
Here are the ones I made last year for my neighbor's kids: