Monday, March 3, 2014

Slatted Basket Tutorial

A while ago I saw the cutest paper basket on Pinterest created by Wenche.  (Click HERE to see it... it is really really wonderful!)

Since seeing it, I have been mulling over in my mind a way to simplify it.  The original basket has a separate rim and each slat is individually cut.  My idea was to use just one piece of paper for the basket and rim and also to make the slats in long strips so there is less cutting.   Today I experimented and am happy to say it worked very nicely.

The base can be made with either DSP or cardstock... both work well.   The base of the basket on the left is made with two sided Designer Series Paper so the patterned paper peeks through.  The one on the right is made with solid color cardstock.

Here is how I made them:
1.  Score a 12" X 12" piece of DSP or cardstock at 3/4", 4", 8" and 11-1/4".  Turn paper 90 degrees and repeat.
 2.  Cutting on the score lines, cut away the sections shown.  Trim the tabs just a little on an angle.
 3.  Assemble into a box.  Bend the top flaps down.
 4.  Cut six strips of DSP 1" X 11'.  Score 3-1/2" from each end.  Apply adhesive to the center of three strips and adhere to the bottom of the box spacing them evenly. 
 5.  Adhere the remaining three perpendicular to the first three as shown.
 6. Apply adhesive to top of each strip and adhere them just under the scoreline under the flap.
7.  Repeat on all sides.
8.  Apply adhesive to the underside of the top flaps and secure.  Cut a 1-1/2" X 12" piece of DSP for the handle and attach to the inside of the basket.
9. Optional step:   For a finished look cover the bottom of the basket with a 4" X 4" piece of DSP or cardstock.

I used goodies from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack and the Heartfelt Banner to decorate the handles.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I do appreciate comments so I know that someone is actually reading this!

24 comments:

  1. This is so cute! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial...can't wait to try it.
    Mary Rodgers

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  2. Great basket! I will be making these for my grandkids. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Love the baskets! I'm going to share these in a class I will be doing in a couple of weeks. Thank you for sharing this tutorial!

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  4. I absolutely love this! Good tutorial-easy to copy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  5. Betty - this is absolutely adorable! Love it! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  6. I totally love these slatted baskets and really appreciate the tutorial on how to make Them. Thank you!

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  7. Just adorable!! THANKS so much for sharing 'how to'!

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  8. Errkaywa March 5, 2014

    Love this cute little box Betty. Thanks for the tutorial, these will be great in the classroom.

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  9. Lol, I had to delete my previous comment because I didn't realize my daughter was signed in on my computer. This project is so cute and easy! Your instructions are awesome and so easy to understand. Thank you for taking your time to reconstruct this cute project :o)

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  10. I read it and I loved it!! Thank you so much for sharing. Going to try and case :)

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  11. How absolutely adorable and you made it so easy to understand. Thanks so much.

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  12. I love this basket--doesn't look that hard to make, always appreciate your tutorials. Thanks and as always you are so talented.

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  13. Très joli. Merci beaucoup pour ce tutoriel ;-)

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  14. I love how you used the felt balls to hang--matches nicely!! And with this fun paper!! LOVE IT

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  15. Love these baskets! Thanks for sharing the instructions with us. Can't wait to make some.

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  16. Oh, my…this is absolutely fabulous. Love the baskets. Thanks for your great instructions!! --Doris

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  17. These are so cute! And a great tutorial. Thanks!

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  18. This is great! I can't wait to make one or five!

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  19. These are adorable and definitely a must try. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. These are adorable and definitely a must try. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Love your finished basket, I only hope mine will turn out nearly as good as yours.. :) thanks for instructions..

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  22. Thank you for sharing this adorable basket.

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