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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Last Minute Easy Easter Basket & My First Link Party!


If you still have time between now and Easter to sit down & make a little craft with the kids, here's one you might want to try:

It's so simple! My inspiration came from this little basket I bought last year at World Market.

This basket would be great for holding a few cookies or Easter treats for a hostess gift! Here's what you need to make it: a small box (you can recycle something from your pantry like I did!), a few sheets of felt, craft glue, & a stapler.

I started with an empty Capri Sun box. I measured about 1-3/4" from the bottom, then cut around it with a box cutter.







Then, I cut some green felt & covered the bottom of the box, both inside & out using my craft glue.


Next, I cut two strips of pink felt to make the handle. For this part, I used the stiff felt that comes in a 12" x 18" sheet. (By the way, all felt sheets are 30% off this week at Hobby Lobby). I then glued the two strips together.

While I was letting the glue dry on the handles, I cut the green felt needed to cover the sides of the box. You will need 2 pieces for each side of the box, for a total of 8 pieces. Each piece needs to be the exact length of the side it's covering and twice the height. After you cut the pieces, take your scissors & carefully cut the "blades" by cutting out triangles. Be careful not to go farther than half-way down the height of the felt.


After the green felt pieces are cut, staple each end of the handle to the basket, using a couple staples on each side.




Now it's time to glue on the "grass". Cover the box by sandwiching it between the two pieces of felt that you cut for each side. Don't worry if a little of the glue shows through. It will dry clear later.




The last step is to add a little flower! The original basket has a felt flower, but I decided to make a little ribbon loop flower with a button. There are a million ways to finish it off. That's it, y'all!



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You're All Invited!

And now I'd like to invite you to join my first Share the Bliss Link Party! If you're a blogger, please link up one of your recent posts so other people can get to know you better! And as a way to say thanks for joining in, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on any order from MY ETSY SHOP (now thru April 10th) to all of you who link up or leave a comment! If you've never linked up, here's the basic Link Party Etiquette:

1.) Link to a specific post on your blog with little description of your post.

2.) Please share the love by linking back to me here so other people can join in!

3.) Tell your best blogger friends to link up, too, so I have more than 2 links! (okay, I'd be happy with 2 links for my first time)

I'll plan to leave this open through Friday. Here goes...




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19 comments:

  1. i work at world market, and as soon as i saw your first picture, i thought "hey that looks like the ones at work!" very nice! :)

    i haven't had a new crafty post in a week, but i'll still link up to your party (even though it's been in other parties)! :)

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  2. This is great! I have yet to find an Easter basket for my son and I think this may be my solution! Thanks!

    Happy 1st Linky Party! I'll come back and link up my Kids Travel Felt Mat Tutorial.

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  3. Love this, so fun! I would love for you to come link up over at my blog! I've got prizes :)
    -Jill
    http://womenwhodoitall.blogspot.com

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  5. I'm featuring you :) Make sure to grab the featured button if you want to and thanks for sharing this great tutorial!!
    -Jill

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  6. how green of you to reuse that juice box! those are cute!

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  7. Absolutely adorable easter basket!!!

    love it!
    Thanks for hosting the link party!

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  8. What a cute basket! It looks very fun to make!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another wonderful party!!

    Please stop by next week I am having guest over each day and I would love for you to tell them HI!

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  9. Very cute!! Love the flower! I linked up too! :) Great party idea!

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  10. Soooo CUTE and THRIFTY...thanks for sharing! Happy Easter!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  11. Adorable, what a great way to make something with things you already have on hand. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. LOVE the Easter "basket" ~ Adorable!! Happy Spring and Happy Easter to all! (I'm here from an Aloha Friday link!)

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  13. Wow, I came to comment on your cute basket and found a new party. Exciting! Happy Easter to you - and thanks for hosting.

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  14. That is the cutest little basket....my grandchildren would love it. So cute
    Thanks for sharing

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  15. Thank you for hosting this party. This is my first time here and I am intrigued. I would like to try this myself but haven't worked up the courage yet. What if nobody came? :)
    Pam @ Becolorful

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  16. LOVE this... I was just thinking that I should make an Easter basket for my little one and this idea is perfect!
    We have a friday fun finds party- we'd love it if you'd link up!

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  17. Thanks for sharing how to make such a lovely basket for Easter. This must be fun and I hope my little sister will like it.

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I love hearing from each of you and will do my best to respond! Thanks so much for stopping by. So glad you're here!