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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Late on Wednesday......

I didn't manage to get the blog done before I left for the mini meeting today. I do have a good excuse though. Tessie and I were making Christmas fruit baskets to take to the meeting.

I had an idea for an easy basket and had to try it out....8 times...One for Tessie and one for each of the other witches.

I gathered together some Christmas card stock, my Exacto rotary cutter, glue, scissors, and mini fruit.

I cut strips of the paper anywhere from 1/8 to 3/16" wide. Then I cut a base card stock 1/2" wide and long enough to fit around a woodsie, about the size of a nickle, with a small overlap.
In cut the strips into short pieces to go on the base paper.

I drew lines of glue along the width of the paper and laid the strips on, leaving a bit of the base paper showing through. Then I trimmed the strips flush with the edge of the paper.

I put glue on the edge of the round woodsie and wrapped the paper around it.

Then I took a strip and wrapped it around the bottom outside of the basket and cut it off. I did the same at the top.

How's that for a fast basket? You could add handles on the sides or across the top, but since I was filling the baskets, I didn't bother.
I put a piece of dry floral foam in each basket and glued Styrofoam balls from my stash of fruit colored sprigs from silk flowers.

I filled in any gaps with lycopodium left over from the Christmas tree.

We made 7 to take to the witches. I gave Tessie hers and as she was examining it, I ran for the door.

I managed to get out before she realized I was leaving so I didn't have to take her along.

Anyway, if you want a quick project, this is about as quick as they get.

Have fun making very easy Christmas baskets.

See you tomorrow.


Kathi said...

Great idea! Your basket are so pretty! Thanks for another terrific tutorial. I think I'll make one of these this evening. :D

Debbie said...

Great little baskets Casey. xxx

Lucille said...

Thanks so very much, Casey, for that tutorial. Those little baskets are adorable!

Annie said...

You are so creative and it is always one of my day's highlights to visit your fantastic blog.

Keep up the great work,

elis said...

Thanks for yourkindness in sharing your tips with us.

Puppenstubennostalgie said...

Ohhh.... die Körbe sehen ja nett aus. Vielen Dank für die Idee und die Erklärung.... gefällt mir sehr gut.

Adventsgrüße aus Germany


Kittenz said...

Great idea! I love that you post everyday!! Muchas Gracias!

Make It Small said...

Fabulous little baskets, I need a little helper like Tessie! Gill

Kelly said...

I love your blog and all your mini and craft ideas. Tessie is my favorite. You have me laughing all the time with her antics. LOL The baskets are great. Thanks for a great idea.

Kelly said...

I love the baskets, there are a great idea. As always you had me laughing about Tessie antics. You have a great and interesting blog. Keep up the great work! Thanks.