Valentine’s Mini Berry Basket

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So – here is the first of my last minute Valentine’s Day projects. It’s been adapted from Elaine Jackson’s basket at Papercraft Button but I’ve made it a mini version to use the Stampin’ UP! Paper Stacks – in this case the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack.

You will need two pieces of DSP cut to 6 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. With the long side at the top of your Simply Scored Board, score each piece at 2″ and 4 1/4″. With the short side at the top, score the centre 1/3 section 1/8″ from each edge, then join each end of that score line to its corresponding corner as below.

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Cut along these lines to take a small wedge out of each edge of the two pieces – I find this easiest using a pair of long bladed scissors like the Craft and Paper Scissors.. Apply Sticky Strip to the underside of one of these pieces as shown below.

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Stick these two pieces together to form a cross as shown.

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Next cut four strips of DSP measuring 3 1/4″ x 3/8″. With the long side at the top of your Scoreboard, score each piece at 3″. Attach Sticky Strip to each of these tabs and use these to stick the four strips together, then attach the ends of this longer strip together to form a square.

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Centre one side of this square along the top of one side of the main box piece, and staple this at either end. Making sure the remaining three sides are tucked into the square band, attach the other three sides in the same way, starting with the side opposite the one you have just attached. You could also attach this band with sticky strip or liquid glue, but I think the staples make a more authentic, retro looking Berry Box.

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Lastly, cut a strip of DSP measuring 6 1/4″ x 3/8″ and attach it between the band and the flap on opposite sides to form the handle as above – note if you are using liquid glue or sticky strip to attach your band, complete this step BEFORE attaching the band so the ends of the handle are tucked neatly away.

And there you have it – a Mini Berry Box to hold your Valentine’s gifts. I’d love to see your finished baskets – and what you put in them 😉