With Easter coming up in a couple of weeks, I wanted to put together my annual Easter basket that I make for hubby. This year, I decided to snazzy up a cardboard box to create the basket, and then I filled it with some of his favorite sweets and treats. While he will likely be more excited about the sweets, I am more excited about the basket! I was actually shocked at how nice it ended up looking, and the fact that it came from a cardboard box is literally almost unbelievable when you look at the final product!
Amazing, right? I mean, personally, I would use this as a basket anytime of the year – not just as an Easter basket…in other words, hubby will get the sweets, but I’ll get the basket. 😉 Plus, the materials needed to make this are minimal, and if you ever do any form of crafting it may even be the case that you already have them on hand. However, if you don’t have them on hand, I put the links for any of the materials you may not have in the materials below. Okay, so let’s get to this!
D.I.Y. EASTER BASKET FROM A CARDBOARD BOX
- Glue gun (link here)
- Glue sticks (link here for the sticks that go with the gun linked above)
- Twine/Rope (link here of the one I used, but depending on the size of your box, you may want something thinner)
- An empty cardboard box (this will be your basket, so choose the size accordingly)
- Fabric of your choice (link here of the one I used, but you can use whatever you would like. You could even use an old bed sheet if you would like – it just needs to be a relatively thin fabric)
- Cut the top flaps off of your box.
2. Decide where you would like your fabric to go down to over the sides, and mark it with a marker. Starting at the bottom of one side of the box, squirt a line of glue, and then lay the twine over that line.
3. Continue to do this by squirting glue in a line, and then wrapping the twine around the box again and again creating “rows” of twine until you get to the spot you marked with a marker. Side note: if you need a helper, it turns out cats make super cute ones! 😂
4. Place your fabric so that it reaches to the bottom of the box and hangs over the side. Make sure that the pattern side is face up when you do this (if there are patterns on your fabric), as this is the side that will show on the sides of your basket.
5. Cut the fabric so that it comes just over the top row of twine on each side of the box. Squirt a line of glue along the top row of twine on one side of the box. Tuck the fabric end under and press it into the glue forming a “clean” line of fabric attached to the top row of twine.
6. Repeat this on each side of the box until all four sides have the fabric neatly “tucked in” to the top row of twine by a line of glue.
7. Allow the glue to dry completely.
8. Once the glue is dry, go ahead and fill it with some Easter treats or whatever else you may use it for!
You would never know that came from a cardboard box! Enjoy! 😃