Today I have another fun Sizzix die that I want to show you. This is the Basket #2 die by designer Lori Whitlock. I made two versions — one for St. Patrick’s Day and the other for Easter.
The best part is that these baskets are so very easy to make. They’re a perfect family project!
The Basket #2 die is one of the Bigz L dies. That means it is one of the thicker Sizzix dies, so it will run best on your Big Shot (or Big Kick or Vagabond). Cutting is very easy. You need two of the main basket piece and one of the handle. Double-sided cardstock works best — that way you get a great decorative finish inside the basket and outside. One 12×12 sheet of cardstock is needed for each basket (there will be left-over pieces that you can use for card making or other projects). In the cutting process, the die also scores the paper for perfect folding. A premium crease pad is recommended for this die, although it is not absolutely essential. My experience was that without the crease pad, the score lines were pretty faint and somewhat difficult to find — of course that was not an issue once I did use the crease pad.
Assembly of the basket is very easy. You’ll fold each of the main pieces along the score lines. Place 1/4″ Angel Craft tape on the base of one side of the basket, and then adhere it to the other basket piece. Essentially the bottom and the ends of the basket are then a double layer of card stock. This will provide support for even the heavier treats or gifts that you might want to place in the basket. To finish the basket, place a brad through the basket handle, and then through the middle section of one of the sides. Place the brad through the other two side panels of the basket. Once you open the ends of the brad, that side of the basket is secure. You’ll follow the same process for the other side of the basket. It’s that easy! Then you just have to decorate the basket . . . Please see the short video for a look at how to assemble the baskets.
Decoration is very easy. For my St. Patrick’s Day basket, I wanted to use a decorative handle. I put one together easily using some of the components from the Spellbinders Celtic Motifs die set. This die set is beautiful, and made a great handle here. I cut two matching pieces for the ends of the handle, and one center piece. I attached each of these using tiny brads (these are the same color as the brads that I used to assemble the basket). I also added a motif (this time from the Spellbinders Celtic Accents die set) to the side of each basket just below the brad. Here’s what the basket looks like (without the leprechaun and the gold pieces) —
Here’s the finished basket —
The Easter Basket was even easier. I used the handle that is a part of the die set, so there was no extra cutting needed. I simply assembled the basket as described above, and added a ribbon. Here are some pics of the basket without the flowers and jelly bean eggs (how cute are they???) —
Here is the decorated basket. complete with jelly bean eggs —
This basket is so easy and so versatile that it can be used for any holiday or other occasion. It is even a perfect size to hold small gifts, etc. I know that you’ll use it again and again!
Supplies from Cut@Home —
Sizzix Bigz L Basket #2 Die (SKU 659897)
Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)
Sizzix Premium Crease Pad (SKU 655092)
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT1414)
Supplies from my stash — Spellbinders Celtic Motifs (S5-163, discontinued) and Celtic Accents (S5-162, discontinued), brads, assorted cardstock, ribbon
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!