A Bigger Origami Inspired Easter Basket

Hi Everyone,

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

The Impossible Card for Mothers, Fathers, or Anyone!

Hi Everyone,

This is a fun project to create, and I was inspired by MayMay at MayMayMadeIt.com.  On her Youtube channel, she showed the impossible card in several sizes, but I am showing the 5 1/2″ by 4 1/4″ size.  If you head over to her blog, she credits both Trimcraft and Sam at Mixed Up Craft for her inspiration.  I am also calling it The Impossible Card, as it sounds much more mysterious than the Cut, Twist, Fold and Decorate Three-D Card.

The base of the card centers on an optical illusion trick we have done for a while.  Take an index card, make some cuts in it, twist it around, and it creates what amounts to an optical illusion, where the card itself seems an impossible creation.  The kids have fun figuring it out, and often will get it back to it’s flat beginnings, but I never thought of creating a card out of it!  Thank you for the inspiration, Ladies, here is my version using what I have on hand.

This one is a Birthday version, made with powder pink card stock, sweet soiree paper, Pretty Label Punch and Label Me Pretty paper, and the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.

The Mother’s Day version is made with Calypso Coral card stock, the Petal Garden paper, the Pretty Label Punch, and some retired stamp sets for the sentiments.  (Oh So Succulent and Painted Petals)

Both of these cards also used the Lots of Labels framelits to create the mat and sentiment for the easel section.  I used the largest framelit and lined one straight side up at 2″ on the trimmer, and cut.  The second largest framelit created the sentiment layer, and after lining a flat side of the label on the 1 3/4″ line, I trimmed it off.  The two layers will mat beautifully, and can be glue to the stand up section of the card.  Don’t glue it too close to the fold, as that may prevent it from staying up.

The third card was more of a masculine, Happy Father’s day version.  The base is smoky slate, the paper from A Little Foxy paper pack, the Tailored Label Punch, the Everyday Label Punch and Happy Father’s Day from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  The mat for the sentiment panel is a piece of card stock 4 3/4″ by 2″.  On the top two corners, I measured 3/4″ along the top and side for each of the two corners, then cut the corner off diagonally, cutting from one mark to another on both sides.  The sentiment is 4 1/4″ by 1 3/4″, and the top two corners were angled the same way.

I hope you enjoy this project, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby

All supplies are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.

May May Made it blog post.

May May Made it Youtube video.

Sam at Mixed Up Craft video.