Simple Basket

By Noreen Doll.

This simple basket is easy to make, and has lots of uses.

Simple Basket - Crafty Journal

It can be used for any occasion simply by changing the color of paper used.

The small baskets would be perfect favor baskets, or little nut or candy cups.


The larger baskets could be filled with ornaments, a gift, or become a candy dish.

Simple Basket - Crafty Journal

The simple basket can be decorated elaborately, or with just a single bow.

And if you prefer creased corners instead of the rounded corners on these baskets, that would be very easy to do.

I found this basket idea here, where it was made with leather. But I wondered if it wouldn’t make a great paper basket, also, and was pleased with the results.


Colorful Paper

2 Brads for the Handle




Sharp Pointed Tool

How to Make a Simple Basket.

1. I liked card stock for this basket because it is firmer, but a lighter weight paper could also be used.

Cut a square from your paper.


My small basket started with a 4 inch square of paper, and the finished basket was about 1 1/2 inches square, and 1 3/8 inches high.

The larger basket started with a 6 inch paper square, and the finished basket was 2 1/2 inches square, and 1 3/4 inches high.

2. Cut a handle for the simple basket.  Poke holes in the center of each handle, near both ends.

For the larger basket I used 12 inches long by 5/8 of an inch wide.

For the small basket, the handle is 6 inches by 1/2 inch.

3. For the large basket, lay the ruler from corner to corner on the square and draw a line in from each corner that is 2 1/2 inches long. (For the small basket I made this line 2 inches long.)


I used this square to illustrate where the lines go because the other color was so busy you can’t see the lines very well.

Do this on all 4 corners.

4. With the scissors, cut on the line from the corner toward the center of the square, stopping at the end of the line.


Do NOT cut all the way to the center.

Repeat with the other 3 corners.

5  Gently fold all sides in toward the center, with the fold at the centermost part of the cuts.


If you want sharper corners on your simple basket, crease these folds.

6.  Fold 2 opposite sides of the basket on the inside, and the other two on the outside.

7. Bring one corner over and past the center of the side.


Repeat with the other corner, also overlapping.


Poke a hole (I use an ice pick) through all 3 layers.

Push a brad through the holes in the 3 layers, and through the hole in one end of the handle.


Repeat with the other side of the box, and other end of the handle.

The simple basket is ready to be used, or may be embellished.


I though it would be interesting to try the simple basket with felt, and I liked the result.


I was still able to use brads to attach the handle.



If you do this with kids, an adult should handle the sharp pointed tool.

I used double sided scrapbooking paper for these baskets, and I think it made them too busy. I think they would look better if the reverse side was a plain color, or white.

© Noreen Doll

 Crafty Journal

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  1. Bernadette says:

    très joli!!
    merci beaucoup
    à bientôt

  2. Cute! Love the different paper options you have!

  3. This is a great idea to save for baby showers, etc. Thanks for sharing it at Wake Up Wednesdays!


  5. Lovely baskets! Especially for Easter eggs! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned in our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there!

  6. Stepping in from artsymoma linky. This is really cute. Love it.

  7. This is really cute! My daughter would love making these and they would make such fun baskets to tuck little gifts into for her friends. Pinning!

    Thank you for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday!

  8. So cute! Pinned. It is always a pleasure to have you be a part of our party! Please join us tonight at 7 pm.
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  9. This is really cute! I’m pinning it to my Kids Crafts art board. This is cute for making and gifting items in them too. Thanks for sharing your diy at the party @DearCreatives

  10. Such a cute little basket. I can think of lots of things it could be used for. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  11. This is just adorable! And so simple! I love the idea, and I already have hundreds of uses for these baskets planned out in my head :)

  12. What a great little basket – I love the felt version especially!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!

  13. Happy Sunday! Hope you’re having a FABULOUS weekend–just wanted to swing by and give you a huge “Thank you!” for linking up at Bewitchin Projects last week.

    ~Cathy Mini~

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