Pretty Paper Basket

By Noreen Doll.

Create a pretty paper basket with a piece of paper and some ribbon or twine.

Crafty Journal - Pretty Paper Basket

I saw these baskets made with fabric, where you could untie the bow and store them flat, and I wondered how it would work with paper.

These baskets can be made in multiple sizes, depending on the size of paper you use.

Crafty Journal - Pretty Paper Basket

And they don’t have to be square. You could just as easily make it rectangular.

Crafty Journal - Pretty Paper Basket

Use them for favors on your party table, or put a large one in the center of the table and fill it with colored balls, large candy canes, or several small gifts or favors.

And if you want to keep it to re-use, just remove the ribbons from the corners and store it flat.

Crafty Journal - Pretty Paper Basket


Paper – Heavier paper or card stock works best.

Ribbon or Twine

Scoring Tool

Paper Punch

How to Make a Pretty Paper Basket.

1. For this basket use a 6 inch square of paper.

Crafty Journal - Pretty Paper Basket
2. Cut 4 pieces of ribbon or twine about 12 inches long each.

3. Score 1 1/2 inch from each edge around the square.

Crafty Journal - Pretty Paper Basket

4. Fold and crease on each score line.

5.  At one corner bring the score lines together so the corner looks like this.

Crafty Journal - Pretty Paper Basket

6. Punch a hole through both sides at the corner.

Crafty Journal - Pretty Paper Basket

7. Put a piece of twine or ribbon through both holes and tie snuggly enough to pull the edges together.

Crafty Journal - Pretty Paper Basket

8. Repeat with the other 3 corners.

Crafty Journal - Pretty Paper Basket

The pretty paper basket is finished and ready to be filled.

Someone thought this would make a perfect nest!

Crafty Journal - Pretty Paper Basket


The center part of this basket using a 6 inch square is 3 inches square and the corners extend about 1 1/2 inch further out in each direction.

If you make a basket from a larger paper square, you may want to increase the height of the edges by scoring at 1 3/4 inches or 2 inches.

The rectangular basket was made with paper that was 6 inches by 9 inches, with sides 1 1/2 inches tall.

Noreen Doll

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  1. Del Marie Riley says:

    Such a cute and clever idea. I wonder if laminating the paper, to make it more durable, would work? Then I could write on it with a dry erase marker if I wanted to. So many possibilities.

  2. I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t laminate these. But they are so quick and easy you can make more whenever you want.

  3. Wow. These are a great idea for a wedding on a budget. Just use linen or artists canvas textured paper and organza ribbons. You could put them at every table with jordan almonds, Hershey kisses, mints, souvenir matchbooks, anything at all in them.

  4. I love this idea! Great way to recycle paper or cards. Thanks for sharing!

  5. oh, this is great and so simple! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays, sharing on fb and twitter!

  6. Very nice!Great idea!!!

  7. This box is so cute! You can even make it with oilskin fabric! Thanks for sharing!

  8. This looks awesome!!!
    Jason & Jamie Koenig

  9. This is so simple and adorable, I love it. I will be using them in my homemade Christmas projects for sure. Thanks for sharing! Roechelle

  10. I love this idea. It’s one of those things that seems obvious now that you’ve shown us how! Stopping by from Marvelous Mondays :)

  11. These baskets look really pretty with paper! I’ve a couple of fabric ones and find them very useful!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!

  12. I really enjoyed your post.

    Fresh Eggs Daily

  13. This looks awesome! Love it! Thanks for sharing tutorial!
    Have a nice week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  14. Thanks so much for sharing at my Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have a great week.

  15. I know exactly the kind of fabric basket you’re talking about and don’t know why I never thought to make it in cardstock! What a cool idea. I might be able to use this at my craft fairs as part of my display to hold items!

  16. What a lovely idea. I can imagine them on a wedding table, full of treats.

  17. super cute idea, great or a wedding or shower!

  18. This idea is so simple and charming. What a sweet little way to save money on favor dishes, or school parties or sweet little surprises. I’ve just gotta tweet and pin this! Have a lovely day!

  19. How cute!! =) You could use fabric and sew the corners too! Thanks for linking up at this week’s Pinterest Power Party! Hope you have a great evening!


  20. These are so cute and I am so glad you shared the great instructions with us at TTF.


  21. Oh my gosh that’s so cute. I think my kids would love to make these for presents.

  22. Loving all things paper as I do these baskets are clever! I especially like the longer version for pens/pencils. Visiting via Strut your stuff link party from where I talk about all things stationery and letter writing.

  23. These are too cute.

  24. What a great idea! I don’t know how many times when I’m entertaining that I try to find bowls for chips or something.

    Thanks for sharing!

  25. That is so simple and sweet. Thanks for the craft!!

  26. Oh these are SO cute and look so easy to make!! Thank you for sharing!

  27. Such an adorable idea! I love it…. You could use it so many ways! Pinning!

  28. How lovely! You’ve got the wheels churning here with ideas of how to use these pretty paper baskets. Thanks for sharing.

  29. What a great craft! I can see so many uses for these. I wanted to thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Party. Your craft has been chosen to be featured in the Top 10 Favorites post that will go live Monday morning. See you at the next party!

  30. Cute Idea & can come in handy to know the easy diy.

  31. These are adorable favor boxes! And great template too. Thanks for sharing!

  32. OMG!! Noreen!! My Mom used to make these out of fabric but these are so CUTE. You are the queen of cute crafts! I’m pinning this because I am SO making these. Linda

  33. So simple and beautiful. I’m featuring this at Terrific Tuesdays.

  34. Hi, Thank you so much … I really do appreciate it…

  35. The little basket with a baby owl is as cute as they come! HAD to pin it! Pinned it on my “Cute!” board. :)

  36. Very nice!!

  37. Noreen… you are featured this week. I love this little “basket”. Best wishes, Linda

  38. I super duper love paper, and I love how this project is so simple and cute! I will definitely be making some of these. Thank you for sharing!

  39. What a pretty little basket!! So simple and creative to use for many purposes. The gang over at My Personal Accent, would like to invite you to link-up this totally terrific post at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party. Share as many of your creative ideas, recipes, and any other family friendly content as you like. We will be pinning every submission we receive. If you have a giveaway or contest you’d like to promote, feel free to post it on our giveaway page. Come on over and show us what you’ve got!

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