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DIY Craft Tutorial: How to Make a Decorative Door Basket From a Cardboard Box

Donna enjoys using her arts background to create fun craft projects with a special focus on using repurposed or handy household materials.

How to Make a Decorative Door Basket from a Cardboard Box

How to Make a Decorative Door Basket from a Cardboard Box

Door baskets are a great way to add color and cheer to your home, but these baskets can be expensive. This easy tutorial shows you how to make your own using a recycled box and a spool of ribbon. After adding some artificial flowers, this basket is a charming way to decorate your space!

Because this basket is made from cardboard, it is for indoor use only, but can be displayed on the inside of a door, on a tabletop, or on a mantle. This basket can be created using any color combination and used as a decoration for any holiday or celebration.

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Materials

  • A medium-sized cardboard box that opens from the top, like a cereal or cracker box - the size is your choice (you can cut down the height using scissors or a utility knife). Choose a box that is made from chipboard, not corrugated cardboard.
  • A spool of ribbon - your choice of color and design. You probably want ribbon that is between 1/2" to 3/4" wide. I used about 7 yards of ribbon for my basket.
  • Floral foam to fit in your box
  • Paint and painting supplies
  • Twine for hanging
  • An assortment of artificial flowers to fill your basket
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors, ruler, and a pencil
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Instructions

1. Cut off the top of your box. You can also trim down the height of your box using a sharp pair of scissors.

2. If the bottom of your box is not secure, reinforce it using tape or glue. Be sure to reinforce it from inside the box and not on the outside.

3. Paint your box on all sides (including back and bottom) using paint that coordinates with your ribbon. Be careful not to use too much water or to saturate your box which might warp it. Be sure to cover up any design on your box completely. Then let your paint dry.

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4. Next, cut the front of your box into vertical strips. You want to end up with an odd number of strips, each of equal width (see photo). The number and size of your strips will depend on the size of your box. You want your strips to be around the same width as your ribbon, but it does not need to be exact. For instance, my box was 7 inches wide, and my ribbon was 5/8" inch wide. I made each of my strips 3/4" wide, with the strips on each end being just a bit wider.

Use a ruler and pencil to measure and draw your lines. Then cut them with scissors or a utility knife.

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5. Trim your floral foam to fit inside your box. You don't need to fill it completely with foam, but your want some foam in your box for it to keep it shape and to hold your flowers.

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Weaving Your Basket

6. Starting at the back of your box, put down a line of hot glue to glue your ribbon along the bottom edge of your box (see photo).

7. Turn your box on it's side. Continue to glue your ribbon to the bottom edge, but only lay down a line of glue from the back edge to the halfway point on the side of your box.

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8. Bringing your ribbon to the front of your box, move it over your first strip, then under the next strip. Continue this pattern until you've woven your ribbon through all your strips on the front of your box (see photo). Do not use any glue as you weave your ribbon. Keep your ribbon snug to the bottom and straight across your box.

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9. Keeping your ribbon snug and taut, glue your ribbon along the bottom edge of the other side of your box.

10. Move your ribbon to the back of your box. Glue your ribbon in place on a diagonal so that on the further corner, it sits above the first row of ribbon you glued down (see photo above). Avoid any gaps between your rows of ribbon.

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11. Glue your ribbon along the side of your box as you did in Step 7.

12. Working on the front of your box, weave your next row, starting by going under your first strip, and over the next. Continue this pattern across your strips.

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13. Glue your ribbon in place on the side of your box.

14. Repeat Steps 10 and 11 to glue your ribbon across the back and side of your box (see photo).

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15. Repeat Steps 8 to 12 as you weave up your box, alternating your weaving pattern per row. As you weave, push your ribbon snug against the row below and hold it straight across. Pull your ribbon taut without any gaps, but not so tight that it warps the shape of your box.

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16. Continue weaving your box until you get about an inch from the top. At this point, use a sharp object to punch a hole in the middle of the two sides of your box, just above your last row of ribbon. I put my holes toward the back, but they should be in the center of the sides of your box.

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17. Thread your twine through one of your holes and tie a knot to hold it in place inside your box.

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18. Leave a long length of twine (enough to go over your flowers) and thread the other end of your twine through the other hole. Knot it in place. This will create a hanging handle for your basket.

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19. Continue weaving your box until you are about 1/2" or less from the top edge. Be sure to wrap your ribbon on the inside of your twine so that your handle is hanging free. Finish your last wrap of ribbon, cut the end cleanly and glue it in place. Make sure the end of your ribbon is secured.

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20. Starting from the back of your box, wrap and glue down three or four rows of twine (or some other decorative cording) around the top edge of your box. These wraps of twine should hold all your front strips together again. Make sure your have created a firm rim to the top of your basket.

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Filling Your Basket

21. You can use any artificial flowers or decorations you want to fill your basket. I put my tallest items toward the back of my basket.

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22. Then I filled in one side of my basket with one type of flower.

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23. Then I filled in the other side of my basket with another type of flower that was a different size, color, and texture. This only used a few types of flowers, but created diversity and interest in my arrangement.

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