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Monday, May 25, 2009

Picnic Basket Tutorial and Happy Memorial Day

Thanks for checking back for the tutorial on how I made my picnic basket. Now the original idea was not mine. I found it on Splitcoast under the New Technique Challenge. It was called a Round Top Box and you can find the original template for it on THIS LINK.

Later I saw Julie Buhler make two of these boxes and put them together in this really cute project HERE. I decided to take this a little further to create the picnic basket.

Here is what you will need:

2 8 1/2 x 11 pieces Choc Chip card stock

2 3 x 3 3/8" pieces of Riding Hood Red Cardstock

2 2 1/4 x 3 3/8" pieces of RHR cardstock

1 2 x 12 piece Bella Rose DP Sticky Tape...oops that's Dora speaking. I mean Sticky Strip:) THIS IS A MUST!

Scalloped Edge Punch

Corner Rounder


Do each step twice since we are making 2 boxes and then adhering them together.


This is what the basic components of each box look like (except for the inside of the lid) Let me show you how we get to this point.

Step 1

Print out Template on Chocolate Chip Cardstock and cut out. (Remember to do two) I altered my template at the top because it was too tall for my liking. So I just cut the rounded top down a bit. May sure that both boxes are the same though.

Step 2

At this point you can stamp your box and then make sure you score each line and assemble.

I also cut a small piece of chocolate chip cardstock to place inside my box on the bottom once it was assembled because I knew my cherries would be heavy. I think the piece was about 3 x 1 5/8" give or take.
I recommend doing this to help keep that bottom section intact.

This is what you need to create the "lid" or flaps.

Step 3

Using the Scalloped Edge punch, punch the Bella Rose Dp on both sides. You could use another punch too. Play around a bit:)

Step 4

Cut down the center to create 2 strips. THIS STEP DOES NOT NEED TO BE REPEATED TWICE

Step 5

Using a crimper, crimp both scalloped sections. This is not a step that I recommend skipping or you will have problems later in creating your ruffled edge.

Step 6

Take the 3 x 3 3/8 piece of RHR cardstock and score in 3/4" on the 3" side. This is the section that will get adhered to your box to create the flaps.

Step 7

Next round the outer corners and snip in about 1/8" on each side of the scored end. The amount you snip may need to be adjusted in order to fit in your box. I also ran mine through my cuttlebug for some texture.

Steps 8 and 9

Line the edge of the lid with the sticky tape and begin to wrap your Designer Paper around.. Try to make sure it is even on the outside.

You should end up with very little DP left over when you reach the other side. Make sure to overlap just a bit to make it look ruffled. This is a technique I learned from Jan Tink HERE.
( this picture does not show the tape because I forgot to take a picture originally. You need the tape silly)

Step 10

It should look like this when you are done. That piece at the top is the inside of the lid to hide the rough edges. Adhere that with glue and sticky strip.

Almost done......

Step 11

Put some sticky strip on the back side of the scored flap and insert into the box. This is where you may have to snip a bit off if it doesn't fit. DO A TEST RUN BEFORE REMOVING THE RED FILM FROM THE TAPE:)

Here is a picture of the inside:

You will see that I have these red half circles on the edge. Well, after full assembly I couldn't get those flaps to lay flat. I realized they needed something to temporarily hold them in place. I punched out a 3/4" circle and folded it in half. I then glued in it place and used my 2 way glue pen to add some glue on top of the half circle and let it dry. This allows it to be sticky, but not glue it completely shut. This works. However, I am going to invest in the little magnetic snaps by Basic Gray. I think this project is something that people will hold onto and reuse. So, to me, it's worth the investment.


Punch a handle if you like using a Large Oval Punch for each box and adhere boxes together with the Sticky Strip. Decorate to your liking:)

I hope you enjoyed this VERY LONG tuorial. Let me know how I could improve. I'm not very experienced with doing tutorials so any tips would be great. My picture quality will probably never improve since I'm in a basement with fluorescent lights though.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed day!


Anonymous said...

this is a great tutorial. only thing i might suggest is a pic of the two boxes next to each other to get an idea of what they look like finished with handles. i mean, the end pic is great and i'm sure if i went to the template page i could see where the handles go. did you wrap your handles with ribbon? you probably wrote that and i just missed it. great project!

Liza said...

Brilliant tutorial Nikki, you did a great job. The finished picnic basket looks so cute.

Adnot's Inkpad said...

This basket is just darling, thanks for all the details. Happy stamping Tonda

lisa808 said...

Oh so cute!