Monday, April 18, 2011

Hybrid Project: Woven Mini-Basket, Freebie Template

Happy Monday!

In lieu of the fact that Easter is just a hop-skip-and-jump-away, I wanted to post this hybrid project I played with a week or so ago! I was inspired by a project in a kids' magazine that we get, and decided to modify it for hybrid stuff. SO, here's what I came up with. A mini-basket, perfect for Easter or any small gift-giving occasion!

What you'll need:
     - I created a template for this project. Please feel free to download it HERE.
     - Craft glue stick and hot glue gun (hot glue for ribbon and ricrac)
     - Scissors and crafting knife
     - Ink
     - Q-tip (not completely necessary, but makes gluing a ton easier!)
     - ribbon and/or ricrac, string, glitter, buttons (all optional for decorating)

Okay, so after you have the template downloaded and opened up in your editing program of choice, choose a kit you'd like to work with. For this tutorial, I chose 'A Pony Party' by Pretty in Green, because I'm in love with this kit (and so is my daughter). You can snag it HERE at Gingerscraps.

Okay so lets get started!

Sstep 1:

Choose the papers from the kit you'd like to use. Clip them to the basket base in the template as well as the paper strips. There's plenty of room on either of those files to copy additional elements to the 'white' space. You can later cut out these elements by hand and add them to your basket for decoration. After you have everything arranged, flatten your file and print.

Step 2:

Cut out the basket base, strips and elements. The basket base has both solid lines and dotted lines. You'll want to use a cutting tool such as a Xacto knife or something similar to cut the three solid lines in each of the tabs. Score the dotted lines around the center square for easier folding in step 3. If you're an inker, ink all of your edges at this point.

Step 3:

Fold all of your scored lines so that the tabs are sticking up and the printed center is facing down, as shown (excuse my messy creativity tends to thrive with a mess on the table, lol):

Step 4:

Next choose which strip you'd like to be on the bottom layer of your basket. You'll want to glue about 1/4-1/2" of the end of this strip on the printed side. Tuck the glued end under the first slot on one of the tabs and press together.

Step 5:

Weave the bottom strip in and out of the slots of all four tabs. When you get to the corners, do not tuck both ends in one weave. You'll want one side of the corner above strip and one below. (The above picture is incorrect...I had to go back and change that.) The length of your strip should be just long enough to get you back to the beginning with about 1/4" overlap. Use a Q-tip to glue the end of the strip above the beginning of the same strip. Hold in space for a few seconds until glue dries.

Step 6:

Weave the second strip in the same manner. However, the second strip should be an opposite weave from the first (glue the beginning of your strip to the slot next from the end of the tab). The strip should fit snugly right above the first as shown below:

Step 7:

Repeat this process, continuing to alternate the weave with each level. Four of your five strips should fit snugly in the slots of the tabs.

Step 8:

The final strip is the handle of the basket. Glue approximately 2.75" on each end of the printed side of the strip. Place ends on the side of the basket (they should go all the way to the bottom of  the basket and up the side.) Firmly press both sides until glue dries. I used clothespins for extra reinforcement while glue was drying/hardening:

Step 9:

And finally, add your paper cutout embellishments as well as any ribbon, ricrac, glitter and buttons you want to add. To the inside add your gift with tissue paper, or Easter grass with an plastic egg full of goodies, paper flowers, whatever your little heart desires :-)

Here's my finished basket, along with the second one I made:
(this second basket was created with the kit 'Frequent Flyer' by Bella Gypsy)

It's that simple! And lots of fun! Thanks for checking out my tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it and have fun trying it out yourself. Happy scrapping! :-)


  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 6 post on Apr. 19, 2011. Thanks again.

  2. This is really cool! :) I am going to share this! xoxo, Kim (Aussie Bear Scraps)

  3. Way cool! Very clever. Sue (Down Under Scraps)