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DIY Grocery Bag Easter Basket

DIY Grocery Bag Easter Basket
What to do with all those grocery bags tucked under my sink?! I find that there is something quite endearing about brown kraft grocery bags and the up-cycling piece of my brain has been dancing around ideas for a while. I have been seeing a few variations of woven paper baskets around the web, so weaving and Easter basket from recycled paper bags seem to be a perfect solution! (INSTRUCTIONS FOR GROCERY BAG EASTER BASKET) 1) Using full size paper grocery bag, remove handles (•note some do not come with handles) and cut down center seam. 2) Mark 1.75 inch strips (top to bottom) and trim. 3) Fold each strip lengthwise into thirds. 4) 2 of your strips will create a handle. 5) Weave the bottom of the basket using 6X6 strips. 6) Trim 2 of your strips in half. 7) Fold the loose side strips of your basket to prepare them for weaving in the 3 long strips. 8) On 2 opposite sides of the basket, trim the 2 center strips 3 inches long. Lia Lia is a daily crafter, maker, designer and DIYer. Related:  Boxes, bags, baskets

Hexagonal Stacking Boxes The inspiration for this week’s project comes from the Japanese stacking octagonal box kit shown above. We previously used a similar technique to demonstrate a business card box with traditional elegance. We now present a surreal modern makeover for Japanese papercraft boxes by using (recycling) paperboard packaging. We follow the same basic construction techniques, but simplify it by eliminating the paper coverings and decorations. In their place, we use paperboard from cereal, cracker and cookie packaging. They are great for storage, gift giving, and decorative use. The abstraction created from taking the package out of its context can be wonderfully fun. To get started, download the pattern here (18K pdf). This is an ideal project for a laser cutter, but can also be made by printing out the pattern and tracing or gluing it onto your material to cut with a hobby knife. Each of the pieces is perforated along the folds, which are drawn in blue in the pdf pattern.

House-Shaped Gift Box By Amy Christie I’m so pleased with this little project! I collaborated with Jordan of Polkadot Prints to design a darling house-shaped gift box that is as easy as pie to put together. Simply print off the free template, cut it out and double-side tape it together. Fill it with a few small treats and your gift-giving list is done in a flash! Supplies: -Printable house template -Scissors -X-acto blade -Double-sided tape -Ruler & scoring tool Print the house gift box template. If you prefer, use the X-acto knife to cut out the window panes. With the ruler and scoring tool, score the house template on all the dotted lines. Fold on the newly scored lines. Add a piece of double-sided tape to the small tab. Connect it with the other side of the house, as seen above. Fold the bottom flaps in and use double-sided tape to hold it closed. Add a piece of tape to the backside of the wreath and stick it in place. Fill the box with a few small treats or a small gift. Give to all! P.S. — We love making gifts!

Schoolhouse-Shaped Gift Box Images and text by Amy Christie for Design Mom. The school year is ending and it’s time for last-day-of-school parties, and gifts for teachers, coaches, librarians and school bus drivers. I’m sure this (free!) Remember this house gift box from Christmastime? By the way, Design Mom readers are just the best ever! Let’s get to making these cute things! Supplies: - Printable school house template — download for free: white, red or yellow - Scissors - Cutting blade - Double-sided tape - Ruler & scoring tool Print the school house gift box template. If you desire, use the cutting blade to remove the window panes and around the bell. With the ruler and scoring tool, score the house template on all the dotted lines. Fold on the newly scored lines. Add a piece of double-sided tape to the small tab and connect it with the other side of the house, as seen above. Fold the bottom flaps in and use double-sided tape to hold it closed. Fill the box with a few small treats, a small gift or a thank you note.

DIY Paper Fruit Basket Yes, you may remember our Easter Basket post. It seemed to be a hit, so much so that we had to create a version two with a summer twist. This basket, again made from a recycled, upcycled paper grocery bag, is a bit taller and without the handle, but could be a template for many other versions. Though it is a natural fit for a fruit basket, this upcycled creation could be used in many ways; a gift basket of cookies, a flower basket, a basket to organize your desk. What a perfect use for your paper grocery bags! Lia Lia is a daily crafter, maker, designer and DIYer. Pyramid Gift Box Template This decorative box can be used to give a small gift or just as a decoration. Attached below is the pattern to make the box with complete directions on the sheet. This box was made by putting a sample wallpaper sheet sized to 81/2" x 11" and placed in my printer so that the pattern would print on the back side of the wallpaper. Highlight pattern and print.

Japanese Packaging Templates - Best Used With Card Stock or Color Paper I’m not sure how I discovered this awesome collection of packaging templates but I’m glad I did! Some professor or student at a japanese univeresity was nice enough to share all their packaging templates with the world! These are a few of my favorites and you can see all of them on their website. Every situation is covered! You sell Bon Bons? P.S. stumbleupon

How to Weave Basket Basket weaving hasn’t been so easy with this method: weave around a cardboard frame. Originally, I saw this method in a Japanese craft magazine, I searched around for the template but can’t find it any where locally or online. So, I built it based on my dimension. Material: 1. Download the basket weaving template (consist of triangle, round and square) in pdf format. After tracing the template on the thick cardboard, use a pair of strong and sharp scissors to cut the template out. Brush a layer of tacky glue on the bottom of the basket, press & stick the felt onto it. Repeat the same to adhere the felt to the base. Being to weave over and under around the fingers of the frame. Push the twine into the grooves of the felt that you have just snipped. When begin the second round, you will notice that you are weaving in the reverse side of the first round. Continue weaving and push the twine down to make them closer to each other. Continue until you just over the hole’s level.

Valentine Gift Boxes | Waffle Flower Crafts Basic Box video tutorial can be found here. I just want to share some ideas I had. Stamps: XO CL586, Year Round Sentiment CL582 (Hero Arts); Die: Die-namics Hearts a Plenty (My Favorite Things); Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Love Small Multi Polka Dot (Pebbles in my Pocket); Inks: Rich Cocoa, Ruhba Stalk (Memento) The heart stamp fits well into the die:) I cut off the extras showing behind the hearts after adhering. I am also inspired by the Clean & Simple Card Class Day 7: Plain White. Entered for Hero Arts Monthly Challenge and Moxie Fab Cool Tool Week – The Die Cutting Challenge and CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Highs & Lows.

DIY: Gift Bags Made from Recycled Envelopes By Jessica Jones, How About Orange Find an envelope of any size. (I embellished these by printing a label on the front of them first. You can use my design if you want; these PDFs are set up according to how my printer feeds envelopes through. 1. 2. 3. 4.

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