Carrot Easter Basket
by Brooke Stockman
Dress up chocolate carrots with this darling basket.
- 2 Boxes of Lindt chocolate carrots
- Paper cutter
- ½” Score Tape™, or other strong adhesive
- Small paper snips
- Crop-A-Dile™ or other paper puncher/eyelet setter
- Paper punches – 3/4" circle, 1/4" circle, corner rounder
- Multipurpose glue
- Bone folder
- Craft knife
- Large marker
- 2 Large eyelets
- 12" length wire
- Self-healing cutting mat
Cut cardstock into the following pieces:
(1) piece of 8 3/4" x 6 3/4"piece of colored cardstock for base of the basket
(1) piece of 5 3/4" x 3 3/4" piece of colored cardstock for dirt insert
(2) pieces of 2 1/4" x 3" colored cardstock for grass
(2) pieces of 4 3/16" x 2 1/4" colored cardstock for grass
(2) pieces of 6 1/2" x 1/2" strip of colored cardstock for fencing
(1) piece of 12" x 2 1/2" pattern paper
(1) piece of 5" x 1 1/2" piece of colored cardstock for the basket handle (not pictured)
Scrap paper for eight 1/2" circles (not pictured.)
Score the 8 3/4" x 6 3/4" piece of colored cardstock horizontally at 2 1/4" and 4 1/2".
Turn a quarter turn and score paper at 13/4", 2 1/4", and 6 1/2".
Turn paper a quarter turn and cut on the 7" score line from the top of the paper down to the 2 1/4" score line. Without moving paper, lift blade and make another cut from the 4 1/2" score to the bottom of the paper.
Turn paper a half turn and repeat cuts.
Fold all tabs toward the center and press with bone folder.
Flip paper over and add Scor-Tape™ to smallest side tabs.
Remove adhesive strips and assemble box. Set aside.
Score the 3 3/4" x 5 3/4" piece of card stock horizontally at the 3/4" mark on all four sides.
Without removing paper, use the cutting blade to cut tabs at the 3/4" and 5" marks down to the score line on both sides of the paper.
Measure 1/4" from the score line and make 3 marks. Draw a line with a light pencil mark to connect marks making a straight line.
Repeat on opposite side.
Measure 1/4" from score line on all four sides.
Punch eight circles using the 3/4" circle punch. Place the first four circles on the 1/4" mark you made in step 10.
Place the remaining four circles so they are evenly spaced in the row. The circles should be 1/4" from the edge.
Trace circles with pencil then remove circles.
Using your craft knife make pie shaped cuts in each circle. Erase pencil marks. With your finger or pencil push cut paper circles to the center.
Add Scor-Tape™ to tabs.
Remove and assemble. Set aside.
Join the two original carrots stands together with Scor-Tape™.
Add Scor-Tape™ o the bottom of the joined box and set aside.
Score the 1/2" x 6 3/4" strips of card stock at 1 1/4" and 5 1/2".
Ink the edges of the paper strip.
Glue the strip of card stock to box 3/4" of the way up. The short side pieces will not match up perfectly but will be covered by patterned paper in the next step.
From the 12" x 2 1/2" strip of pattern paper strip cut 3/4" strips.
With six of the paper wooden slats cut an additional 1/8" off the longest sides of each slat.
Distress the edges of the wooden slats with the sponge and ink.
Make sure to layout the patter paper slats before cutting if you have a repeating patter you don’t want to disrupt.
Attach slats with adhesive starting with side slats and working toward the center on all 4 sides.
Insert the two pieces of 2 1/4" x 3" colored card stock (grass), and two pieces of 4 3/16" x 2 1/4" colored card stock (grass) make a pencil mark on the card stock just at the top of the pre-made carrot stand. Remove pre-made box and set aside.
Using the two pieces of 2 1/4" x 3” colored card stock (grass), and two pieces of 4 3/16" x 2 1/4" colored card stock (grass) with a ruler measure your pencil mark from step 21 and make a straight line to give yourself a cutting guide. The measurement used here was 1 1/2" on all sides.
On all 4 pieces of paper from step 23 make 1/8" cuts to the pencil mark.
With your paper snips make small snips to create grass blades.
You can add in to the grass blades to give depth at this point if you wish.
Add adhesive to the back side of grass strips then remove backing and attach to the inside of the basket.
Gently pull the grass blades toward the outsides of the box.
Using the Crop-A-Dile™ punch a hole for the eyelet on both ends of basket.
Set large eyelets.
Remove adhesive and place pre-made carrot stand back in basket.
Using the 5" x 1 1/2" strip of card stock add Scor-Tape™ to the 1 1/2" end of the paper strip. Wrap the long end of the paper around a large marker to form a cylinder. Remove tape backing.
Using your small paper snips trim closely along the edge where you added the adhesive and cut off the remaining paper from the cylinder.
Use remaining paper from the cylinder in step 28 with your Crop-a-dile™ make two small punches leaving at least a 3/4" space between them.
Using your 1/2" circle punch a circle around the smaller circles (2 total).
Add adhesive to the open end of the cylinder and glue one circle to the end. Repeat on other end.
Bead newly made handle onto wire handle.
Using the wire feed wire into each eyelet from the inside of the basket. Curl end of wire to secure handle.
Add dirt layer to the basket.
Add carrots to the basket.