Side Inset Handle Easter Treat Basket

Hi Everyone!

Today’s project is a very cute, side-inset handle, treat basket.  Inspired by a mug cake pouch from last, the recessed sides feature a 1/4″ lip.  To highlight this unique feature, I used contrasting card stock for the handle.

Start with a 6″ by 6″ piece of patterned paper.  With any pattern up, score at 1″, 1 1/4″, 4 3/4″ and 5″.  Turn 90 degrees and score at 2 1/2″ and 3 1/2″.  Fold and burnish the last two score lines, then, with the side of the paper you want to show down, fold back the 1 1/4″ and 4 3/4″ score lines, then fold back out the 1″ and 5″ score lines.

Glue the 1/4″ section to the center, which will leave the 1″ sections on each side sticking out, these are our sides.  Now, cut and notch the 1″ tab in the center of each side.  Place glue on the outside of the tabs, and glue them to the inside of one side, then place glue on the inside of the other side and wrap it to the outside of the first side to finish the basket.

Next, glue each end of the 1″ by 11″ (or longer) to the inset area of the box.  I usually curl the card stock through my fingers first.  Then, glue a 3 1/2″ by 1 3/4″ coordinated patterned paper to the front of the basket, centered top to bottom. and decorate as desired.  I used a punch art lamb and “Easter Blessings” from Taylored Expressions “Simply Stamped-Tulips”)

Oh, and while you can put all kinds of candies and treats or tea or coffee bags, I created a tag-style note pad to tuck into your pocket or purse, and a matching mini-gel pen.  Then pen was actually from Valentine’s day at the Dollar Tree, but I covered the heart decorations with a matching piece of patterned paper.

The punch art lamb, and many punch art animals, have been around for a while.  Just search Pinterest or the Web and you will get tons of ideas!  This lamb was from a 2009 video by Angie Juda at ChicNScratch.  Being a punch hoarder, I found that I had all of the punches she used back then.  So, here are the shapes so you can find what you have that may work.

So I hope you enjoy this project today, and give it a try!

Until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  Smiles, Darby


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