So, I’m always looking for ways to save money – for ways around not having to buy expensive products when there is alternative. I have the Berry Basket Die on my wish list and told myself that I will buy it if and when it goes on clearance (which is probably never going to happen). I watched some videos yesterday and found that there are people out there, like me, who don’t want to buy it, but love the idea. I watched two videos and learned how to make the berry basket without using an expensive die. So I adapted my own version of it by incorporating what I learned from both videos. Credit information will be provided at the bottom of this post.
Lets get started, everyone! The first basket I made is using the directions from Elaine Jackson’s video, but I added the slits on the basket – and idea I got from Lourdes Collazo’s idea. Without confusing you, here are the pictures:
Once assembled, you get this:
I must’ve messed up somewhere because the top isn’t exactly level…but isn’t it adorable??? So I messed around last night and came up with my own template and instructions to make this. Here it is!
1) Cut two strips off the short end of an 8.5×11 piece of paper that are 5/8” wide (easier than cutting a 1.25” strip in half as instructed in Lourdes’ video).
2) Turn the paper and cut two strips that are 3.25” x 9.75”
This is what your paper will look like once you’ve made all your cuts:
3) Trim (the two thin strips to the right of the photo above): Score at 4″ and 8″ and punch/cut a scalloped edge, if desired.
4) Basket (the two thicker pieces at the bottom left of the photo above): Score at 3.25″ and 6.5″
5) Flip and score “center box” at 1/8” from the outside from the previous score lines.
6) Mark from the 1/8” score mark to the outer corners and cut off. This step is not required, but I think it gives the berry box a more angled look.
You can see what I mean in this photo – The bottom panel is cut and the top panel is not.
7) Use a Word Window Punch and cut out basket slits, if desired on the basket pieces. I did this on the first basket prototype that I did, but opted not to do it on this basket.
8) Stamp the basket and assemble…then add any embellishments you wish and you’re done!
Assemble by lining up the center squares and adhering with a strong adhesive. You can use adhesive for the trim too, but a mini-stapler is great and gives it a rough look.
OOOO….AWWWW…..isn’t it cute??? So glad I found those videos!
To give these clever crafters some credit, here is the info to the original videos and their blogs:
Thank you ladies, for the inspiration.