Thursday, July 7, 2011

Picnic Basket Tutorial


Here is the much requested tutorial for the Picnic Basket I made for the May 1 ODBD Blog Hop. I used a different color card stock this time just to show a different look for it. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful!

Materials Needed:

Good quality card stock (I used Papertrey Vintage Cream here)
Our Daily Bread designs Vintage Border Embossing Plate
4 small brads
Ribbon and Embellishments as desired
Ink for sponging if desired ( I used VersaColor Laurel Leaf 1" cube)
Hole Punch
Strong Adhesive (Red tacky tape or TomBow Metal Glue work great)


Along the long side of your card stock:
Cut 1 strip of card stock to 1 1/2" wide x 11" long
Cut 2 strips 3/4" wide x 8" long (handles)
Cut 1 strip 3/4" wide x 5 7/8" long (top strip)
Cut 1 strip 3/4" wide x 11" long (top strip)
With what's left of your 8.5 x 11" cs, cut two pieces about 4 1/2" x 5 1/2".

Emboss the two 4.5" x 5.5" pieces with the Vintage Border Embossing Plate.

1 Basket-embossingAlign Center

Trim them to 4 x 5". (Embossing can shrink your size just a bit so I like to emboss a slightly larger piece and then trim it to the exact size I need.)

2 Basket-embossed-panel-cut

Score these 4 x 5" pieces at 1" along the long side. (This will form the fold that goes inside the basket and hides the backs of the brads) So your basket will be 3 x 5" when this 1" is folded inside.

3 Basket-embossed-panel-score

Score the 1.5" x 11" strip along the LONG sides, in 1/4" from each side.

5 Score long sides

Score this same strip 3" from each short side and with snips slit in to the long score mark at the 3" scores

6 Basket-sides-snip

Fold and burnish all score lines

7 Basket-Burnish-all-score-li

If you want to apply any ink to your basket, this would be a good time to do so. I used a 1" cube and applied directly to the card stock, trying for a streaky effect on the solid parts.

8 Basket-Ink-

With scored line at the top of your 4 x 5" pieces, start adhering your 1/4" folds of the 1.5 x 11" strip to the back side of the front and back of the basket. Work one side at a time. (Be sure to use a strong adhesive. I use TomBow Metal as it gives me a little wiggle time, but holds FIRM! It does NOT need much, so don't worry about complete coverage if using the TomBow.) * NOTE: Begin from the bottom of the basket and work up. The sides will end at the point of your 1" score line that runs across the top of the basket.

Sorry about this photo.. it's actually got the score line at the bottom, as I turned it after assembling it, but it is easiest to assemble from the bottom up as described... it's just the photo that's upside down! :(

9 Bask-assembly

Repeat for the other side and your basket will now look like this:

10 Bask-assembly

Score the 3/4" x 5 7/8" strip at 7/8" (This is the short top strip)

13 Score-top-second-band

Score the 3/4" x 11" strip at 1", 6 ", and 7 1/8" (This is the long top strip and will just have squared ends) ** This is the only tricky part. If you prefer you can wrap the strip around the basket and mark with a pencil where the 3 folds will come, and score there. My measurements worked exactly but if you are just a tad different on your measurements than mine, you might need to tweek the folds so they fit snugly around the corners of the basket

12 Score-Top-Band

Trim the ends of the handles (3/4 x 8" strips) to a point/ or squared off triangle shape if desired. To do this, I draw the shape I want and cut one, then use that one as a template for the others.

11 Snip-Ends-11

Trim both ends of the 3/4 x 5 7/8" top strip in the same way.

Adhere your longest top strip (3/4 x 11") to top of your score line on the basket, (NOT the edge of the paper. If easier, fold that top flap into the basket while doing this step)

This strip will start at one end of the 1" side, wrap the entire front side, the second 1" side and part of the back side. Then adhere your shortest top strip (3/4" x 5 7/8") overlapping the trimmed ends over the first longer strip. (This way both ends that show are trimmed... see photo below)

14 Adhere-Bands

Now your basket will look like this:


Punch holes 1/2" from each end of your handles (for brad)


Measure 2" in from both ends of basket, make a tiny mark and punch a hole there on both sides. Put brad through handle, then hole in basket and secure on all four spots.


Put brads through each handle and then the basket body, securing on inside.


Fold top flap of basket to inside of basket, adhere.


This finishes off the inside nicely and covers the brads.


Embellish as desired.


For mine, I decided to make this one a Get Well Basket, so I used Our Daily Bread designs Mini Tags 2, Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio Three, Our Daily Bread designs Scripture Collection 6 (for a bookmark I added to my basket). I used SU! Baja Breeze ink and Grossgrain Ribbon, and Martha Stewart ribbon for the bookmark. I used Crafty Secrets designer paper to make wraps for a travel pack of tissues, a bundle of tea bags, and a pack of throat lozenges. I tucked in a few cough drops and some Dark Chocolate to lift the spirits.

In case you missed my original basket....

Here are the pictures of the Picnic Basket I made for the May 1st ODBD Blog Hop. You can see the list of materials for that on this post.


For this one I made Scripture cards for the inside of the basket, and used more traditional picnic basket colors. There are so many possibilities.



I hope this has been helpful. If you try it, please let me know so I can see it! Also... please tell your readers where you got the instructions and link my blog. This will be filed on my Tutorials Page.

Thanks for stopping and leaving me a comment!  It always means so much!
I am entering this into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes, KB Cute Monday - Anything Goes, Make it Monday - Anything Goes, Sentimental Sundaysmust include a Sentiment -  Anything goes plus a sentiment, Catch The Bug -  Anything Goes, Creations by Gill M -  #10 Blue, One Stop Craft - #138 Make a Tag or include Tag in Project, Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes, Art Impressions Stamps- use something from your stash (Baja Breeze ribbon for starters... lot of papers too)

Thanks for stopping and leaving me a comment! I love knowing you were here!


Diane said...

Gorgeous~Gorgeous projects.....and how wonderful to share the tutorial.....if I get nerve I might have to give this a try...stunning!

Esther Asbury said...

Oh how very pretty! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Patti J said...

Grace, this is so beautiful! And what a fabulous tutorial! I will be giving this a try - I'll let you know how it goes! Thank you - Hugs...

Becky said...

Grace, these baskets are gorgeous girl..I just love them. Wonderful tutorial.

Stacy Morgan said...

Both of these are beautiful Grace and awesome tutorial. I like the soothing colors and feel to your first one. The second is awesome and rich feeling.

Anonymous said...

Wow these are fabulous and thank you for the tutorial, i'll be coming back.
Thanks for joining us at Craft your Passion this week.
Good Luck!
Hugs xx

Shazza said...

this is brilliant, thank you so much, I will be back to try it out when I find a more than a few minutes x

CraftinGranny said...

Great tutorial Grace! Thanks so much for the inspiration. This is a gorgeous basket and would be such a delight to receive. "Hugs" Carol

Shirley N said...

Beautiful creations and great tutorial Grace, TFS!

Patty Sue 2 said...

Thank you for showing me how to make this beautiful basket. I can't wait to make some up as gifts for friends.

Wendy said...

thank you for sharing this fab project it stunning love it and thank you for joining us this week at One stop craft challenge


Only By His Grace said...

Hi Grace!
This basket is so gorgeous. Thank you so much for the Tutorial. I had a lady come around from the church yesterday to encourage and pray for me and I was wanting to bless her. This is the perfect thing to make her. I love the scripture cards too.
Hugs Maz

Adeline Ng said...

Hey Grace, this is such a lovely basket and thanks for the detailed tutorial! I will definitely try to find time to make one. Thanks for leaving such lovely comments on my blog, big big hugs from across the oceans. I did not apply anything to make the paper shine, the paper came like this, it is KCK paper and they do have plenty of gorgeous designs. i chose that particular designs cos it is a world map, and we are on different parts of the world, so I thought it would be appropriate. happy holidays Grace :-) and God bless :-))

Kathy Jones said...

*THUD* You ALWAYS make the most amazing creations Grace and this is no exception!!! STUNNING basket....LOVE IT!!!!

Chrissy said...

Really beautiful, and a wonderful tutorial.

Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’


Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

Paul said...

Great project and such a comprehensive tutorial too. Thank you for joining in with us at Catch The Bug for our Anything Goes challenge.

Maria Matter said...

Gorgeous baskets Grace!!!
I appreciate the time you took to share the tutorial, thank you!
hugs & blessings

Mary J said...

Brilliant tutorial - gorgeous make! Thank you for sharing your make with us at Make It Monday!

Mary J x

sparklingblackrose said...

This is a fabulous-a gorgeous make and a wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much for joining us at Craft Your Passion this week, hope to see you again soon :-) Elaine GDT for July xxx p.s I have candy, feel free to enter!

Teresa said...

Hi Grace, Thank you for the tutorial. Your baskets are beautiful and inspiring. I especially love the 2nd basket with the inspirational sayings! Hugs, Teresa

Janne said...

This is so sweet.Really stunning! Thanks for joining us at the Sentimental sundays.

velta said...

Simply perfect in every way Grace! My goodness you are one talented lady!! TFS!!

E. Marie said...

Grace, this project is so adorable. It such a wonderful gift for someone.

Becky G said...

Wow! Another great entry! Love your tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!!

So glad you joined us in this weeks challenge at Catch The Bug.

:) Becky G

Dottie said...

Gorgeous~Gorgeous projects.....and how wonderful to share the tutorial. you a very special lady you did a outstanding job as always .
~ God Bless~
Hugs :o)

Gill McCall said...

Grace the blue project is simply stunning and fits my blue challenge perfectly.
THank you for playing along

Kerrie said...

Beautiful basket, and thanks for a wonderful tutorial.

Thanks for sharing your creation with Make It Monday.
Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Grace - this is wonderful! There seems to be no limit to your creativity my friend! I love your tutorial and am going to have to try and create something like this! Love it! Thanks for the inspiration! {{{hugs}}}

Anonymous said...

These are absolutely gorgeous.Stunning work.Thanks for the tutorial too.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion :D
Lisa x

Barbara Bruder said...

What a fabulous project. Your tutorial is great. I am going to try this. Thanks for entering the Art Impressions challenge.

Barbara - Art Impressions DT

Jennipher said...

Grace I saw this on ODBD blog. These are truly wonderful. You are such a gifted stamper and paper-crafter.

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Another marvelous project, Grace!

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Busy here with children and grandson home, summer NR and kitchen redo!!

Summer hugs!

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

Wow! A fantastic gift set! Thank you for the tutorial! Thank you so much for joining us at Sentimental Sundays. If you have not done so already, you may want to hop over to my blog, as I am hosting a no strings attached blog candy with several prizes to win. I apologize if I have already given you this invitation.

Jodie Mackrell said...

fabulous projects! they are darling! thanks for playing this weeks bugaboo challenge at catch the bug!

Shirley said...

Both gifts are just so beautiful and love your tutorial too, Grace! TFS

Esther Asbury said...

Featuring this wonderful post on my "Walk Around Blog-Land" today!

Pamela said...

I'm here from Shore Girl's blog. This is a delightful project. I'm eager to use it to encourage some friends.


Katt Adams said...

Such a beautiful piece! I can't wait to try this one out- thank you so much for sharing an awesome tutorial!

Anonymous said...

I drew this file to be cut with die cutting machines, using Make the Cut software. I was hoping you'd give me permission to post it since I used your dimensions, I think you should get the credit for it. It would be free.

If you can post a reply on this thread:

I'd appreciate it. Plus you can see where I used it! Though yours turned out way better than mine. :)



Shalah said...

Thank you for this! I have a niece and a very good friend both going through some really hard times medically. This will be PERFECT for them. You are wonderful to share this with us!

Nelda said...

Your projects are beautiful! I am going to try to make a bookmark like what you show using MTC and some flowers that I have already designed for the program ( You make everything look so nice! TSM for sharing.