Wow…I don’t know what has come over me lately…but I can’t seem to stop making stuff!
I had so much fun today creating this “Edible Easter Basket”!
I call it my “Frankenstein“ craft…because I combined ideas from several different websites to construct my “creation”.
But even though there were several sources…overall, it’s very easy to put together!
The project that kicked this whole thing off was done by Beth over at BethAPalooza. I just LOVED the idea of “edible” Easter baskets! Not so much because you can EAT them (although that IS a very nice aspect)….but more because you don’t have to STORE them! (Except for maybe a few extra pounds stored on your hips.)
I was looking for something a little bit bigger, however, and these Peeps fit the bill perfectly!
I just taped the four boxes together using clear packing tape. Very strong, and almost completely invisible. Worked great.
For the bottom, I simply used a piece of thin cardboard, cut it to size, sprayed the edges with adhesive, and set the basket on top.
Next I turned to Ellinee for inspiration. I took the cute, braided handle idea off of this tutorial for a Grocery Bag Easter Basket.
I thought it was so unique, I wanted to give it a try. This was definitely the most challenging part of the whole project…but only because there were a few steps involved. It wasn’t hard to do.
- Take one sheet of scrapbook paper (or whatever paper you decided upon.)
- Fold it into 4 sections, and cut into strips.
- Take 2 of the strips and tape them together, end-to-end.
- Now take the long strip and fold it lengthwise in thirds.
- Then fold it one more time, in half.
- Repeat two more times. You need 3 long, thin strips to braid.
- Clip the ends of the 3 pieces together with a clothespin or clip of some sort, and braid.
- When you reach the end, clip that end also. Then attach to the basket/box with more clear tape.
- Feel free to use plenty of tape to make it sturdy. The tape will be covered up by the next step. :-)
I downloaded the template for their darling Paper Ribbon Bows, printed it, cut the pieces out, and traced them onto some coordinating scrapbook paper I had. I easily got 3 bows out of one piece of scrapbook paper.
Then I attached one bow each to 2 sides of the basket and 1 more box on the top of the handle.
The final step of my little “Frankenstein” creation was coming up with something to fill the basket!
I found inspiration for making your own Easter grass at this darling website for PRESCHOOL Teachers of all places!
I guess that’s just proof that I appreciate the SIMPLE things. :-)
All I did for this final step is drag the paper shredder out of my craft closet and fed a few sheets of scrapbook paper through. Since I didn’t really want to “waste” too much of my scrapbook paper on shredding…I first shredded up a few pages of newspaper and stuck that in the bottom, then topped it off with the “good paper” (and a few plastic eggs)….and no one was the wiser! ;-)
An edible Easter Basket….no STORAGE REQUIRED…is today’s…..