Carrot Easter Basket

by Brooke Stockman

Dress up chocolate carrots with this darling basket.


  • 2 Boxes of Lindt chocolate carrots
  • Paper cutter
  • Cardstock
  • ½” Score Tape™, or other strong adhesive
  • Ruler
  • Small paper snips
  • Pliers
  • 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
  • Ink
  • Sponge
  • 12" length wire
  • Self-healing cutting mat


  1. Step 1

    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.)

  2. Step 2

    Score the 8 3/4" x 6 3/4" piece of colored cardstock horizontally at 2 1/4" and 4 1/2".

  3. Turn a quarter turn and score paper at 13/4", 2 1/4", and 6 1/2".

  4. Step 3

    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.

  5. Step 4

    Fold all tabs toward the center and press with bone folder.

  6. Step 5

    Flip paper over and add Scor-Tape™ to smallest side tabs.

  7. Step 6

    Remove adhesive strips and assemble box. Set aside.

  8. Step 7

    Score the 3 3/4" x 5 3/4" piece of card stock horizontally at the 3/4" mark on all four sides.

  9. Step 8

    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.

  10. Step 9

    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.

  11. Step 10

    Measure 1/4" from score line on all four sides.

  12. Step 11

    Punch eight circles using the 3/4" circle punch. Place the first four circles on the 1/4" mark you made in step 10.

  13. Place the remaining four circles so they are evenly spaced in the row. The circles should be 1/4" from the edge.

  14. Step 12

    Trace circles with pencil then remove circles.

  15. Step 13

    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.

  16. Step 14

    Add Scor-Tape™ to tabs.

  17. Remove and assemble. Set aside.

  18. Step 15

    Join the two original carrots stands together with Scor-Tape™.

  19. Add Scor-Tape™ o the bottom of the joined box and set aside.

  20. Step 16

    Score the 1/2" x 6 3/4" strips of card stock at 1 1/4" and 5 1/2".

  21. Step 17

    Ink the edges of the paper strip.

  22. 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.

  23. Step 18

    From the 12" x 2 1/2" strip of pattern paper strip cut 3/4" strips.

  24. Step 19

    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.

  25. Step 20

    Attach slats with adhesive starting with side slats and working toward the center on all 4 sides.

  26. Step 21

    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.

  27. Step 22

    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.

  28. Step 23

    On all 4 pieces of paper from step 23 make 1/8" cuts to the pencil mark.

  29. Step 24

    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.

  30. Step 25

    Add adhesive to the back side of grass strips then remove backing and attach to the inside of the basket.

  31. Gently pull the grass blades toward the outsides of the box.

  32. Step 26

    Using the Crop-A-Dile™ punch a hole for the eyelet on both ends of basket.

  33. Set large eyelets.

  34. Step 27

    Remove adhesive and place pre-made carrot stand back in basket.

  35. Step 28

    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.

  36. Using your small paper snips trim closely along the edge where you added the adhesive and cut off the remaining paper from the cylinder.

  37. Step 29

    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.

  38. Using your 1/2" circle punch a circle around the smaller circles (2 total).

  39. Step 30

    Add adhesive to the open end of the cylinder and glue one circle to the end. Repeat on other end.

  40. Step 31

    Bead newly made handle onto wire handle.

  41. Step 32

    Using the wire feed wire into each eyelet from the inside of the basket. Curl end of wire to secure handle.

  42. Step 33

    Add dirt layer to the basket.

  43. Step 34

    Add carrots to the basket.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Carrot Easter Basket. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Our local Michaels carries the Lindts chocolate carrots.
Sue Ann  |  Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Hey ladies... I found my carrots at Target the first time I made my basket a few years back.. This time I had to order them on-line due to the fact it was late spring and Easter was over when I started this tutorial he, he... I bought them on this time...

Target won't know what is going on with all these carrots getting nibbled up... LOL

Brooke S  |  Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 12:47 AM
I found the carrots at Michaels, if that helps someone. Thanks for posting. So adorable!
Rhonda  |  Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 7:06 AM
Just finished making this project last night. It is sooooo cute...thanks for the idea! p.s. Used my Cricut to make the fence and grass...took no time at all! Also added little pastel punched out flowers scattered around bottom of fence.
Kathy  |  Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 8:35 AM
Real cute. Would love to try and make one.
Ella Lassell  |  Sat Mar 12, 2011 at 3:19 PM
I have to do this for my daughter's teacher! Thanks for the tutorial!
Rebecca Clark  |  Tue Apr 12, 2011 at 10:01 AM
Great project. Thanks for sharing your creativity. I love to make boxes and baskets so I'll sure make one.
Dulce DeLeon  |  Sat Jun 4, 2011 at 5:36 AM

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