I created a 2″ by 2″ origami inspired basket about a year ago, and a subscriber recently asked it I could make a larger version. I thought that was a great idea! Here they are:
The basket is pretty basic origami, and the handles were added on for a bit of decoration. I will try to link both this video, and the previous one for the smaller basket, at the end of this post.
Start with patterned paper 8″ by 12″. Score the long side at 2″, 4″, 8″ and 12″. Score the short side at 2″ one each side. Now put in four diagonal score lines with a stylus and a ruler, starting from the outer corner of the center 4″ square, and extend each line to the outer opposite corner of the 2″ square at each corner. I will try to create a template tomorrow and place it below.
Now fold the diagonal score lines by meeting the two score lines that frame each one. Now, fold the end of the paper up at the second score line, pressing it against the diagonal pieces sticking out, and folding the last section into the box. Carefully wrap around the two sides, and tuck those into the box as well. Do the same with the other end. This creates the box.
You will need two 1″ strips of card stock for the handles, and they can be 11″-12″ long, whatever you have that you want to use. The brown basket has the 11″ strips, and the flowered basket has the 12″ strips. Fold each strip in the center and pinch, and then line they back up. Taking a piercing tool or pen, put the point at the center of the center fold to act as a pivot point. Twist two ends apart, until the outer corners are just less than 4″, the width of the box. Holding the strips in place, use glue or sticky tape to adhere the two strips together at the center. Now, glue a decorative ornament to the top and bottom at the center. I used punchies from Pretty Label Punch and Tailored Label Punch for mine, but circles, ovals and rectangles would all look great. Now, glue the ends of the strips to the inside of the box, with the handles on the inside where the outside folds are.
For the finishing touches, add a bow or knot, and dangle a tag. Fill with paper shred and candy. I added “faux” stitching to both the top handle ornament and the tag.
I hope you enjoy this project and give it a try, and until we meet again, may all of your days be blessed. Smiles, Darby