Sunday, March 7, 2010

Lacy Easter Egg Basket With Ribboned Handle

I literally dreamed up this little basket Friday night and I'm so egg-cited with the final result!  You should be used to my bad puns by now - my husband makes me do it...LOL!  Anyway, I had a dream about giving them to my co-workers, and I was dying to make it when I woke up Saturday morning, but I was out of town at my sister's. Luckily I had my Gypsy with me, so I started designing it on my way home in the car Saturday night.

I love the delicate look created by the overlay and the ribbon-threaded handle.  It's small enough that it only takes a handful of chocolates or other goodies to fill it up, but it's big enough to hold a chocolate bunny or even a small gift, and the reinforcement of the ribbon threaded through the handle and around the body of the basket makes it sturdy enough to hold them!  I've included some rick-rack (not used in mine) in the file to give you some decorating options to make several baskets that look different, or so that you have a less frilly version for the males on your Easter gift list. 

I didn't make a tutorial for this one because it's pretty simple, but here are the basic instructions:
1. Cut, score and fold basket base and overlay.
2. Adhere overlay to base, matching edges and holes in bottom. Attach rick-rack, if desired.
3. Apply adhesive to tabs on basket base and assemble sides, gently curving to follow egg shape.
4. Adhere handle to sides of basket, aligning holes. Beginning at top, center of handle, weave ribbon in and out of holes until you have gone all the way around back to the center (you will need about 28-30"). Tie bow on top.
5.  Use Stickles to "paint" the design as shown.  The colors I used are Yellow, Eucaplyptus, Orange Peel and Star Dust.  I left the flowers unpainted so the pink of the base would show through.

That's it - simple but elegant! If you have any questions at all, you can either leave it in a post below or you can email me.  Please do comment if you download it, and as always, I would love to see photos of yours!

Cartridges: George and Basic Shapes, Easter 2010

Easter Egg Basket File for Design Studio
Easter Egg Basket File for Gypsy

You might also like my Bunny Basket if you missed him!

Cricut Kisses and Crafty Wishes!


Audrey Frelx said...

Oh, Cindy. You've done it again! You are helping me to make children at the Larabida Hospital here very happy for Easter! Now I can give them different ones. When I finish them, I'll send you pics!

Thanks much for sharing!!!

I'll be seeing you!

Craftyanny said...

this is gorgeous Cindy, thanks so much for sharing the file
Anne x

Sparksgal said...

Thanks for sharing Cindy! The basket is too cute. :)

Anonymous said...

Cindy, thank you for sharing this super pretty basket with us.


Anonymous said...

Love it Cindy you never cease to amaze me!!!


mshady said...

Thanks so much for sharing your cutfile. I love your designs.

Michele said...

Cindy, this is adorable!!! I love it! Thank you for the file!

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Elements post on Mar. 07, 2010. Thanks again.

Shelly said...

Thanks for the cut file! Can't wait to try it!

scootin granny said...

This is another cute creation. Now I gotta find that Easter cart

happy2scrap56 said...

So cute, wish I had esater 2010

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on in the Cutting category today [08 Mar 01:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Cher~ said...

Another awesome basket. I love the ribbon through the side and handles. Great idea.


~*~Amy~*~ said...

Very cute - thanks for sharing all your wonderful creations!!!

Susan said...

These are about the cuties basket that I have seen! Just amazing! I really like your work!

Ohhh Snap said...

What an egg-ellent project lol. It's such a good idea to put your name in the file, and makes it really easy for those of us who download it to remember where the heck we got it :). Thanks for sharing!

{B} said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful basket file! I"m anxious to try it for my grandchildren.

Kazzy73 said...

Thankyou for sharing files of your beautiful creations cant wait to make them myself for my family and friends.
Karen x x x x

Pauline said...

I just wanted to share my pictures of the "Bunny Basket" I made for some friends. Check it out:

Thanks for sharing all your ideas with us. I can't wait to make the Egg Basket:)

nikkigirl said...

I just love your easter basket idea. :) I don't have Easter 2010, so I made my own using DS with the cartridges that I did have. :) Hope that's ok. May I post a picture of my creation on my website with a link back to your website?

I check your site thanks for all your work :)

Cindy McVey said...

Nikki, absolutely! I would love to see what you came up with!

lynn said...

love your little basket, cindy! thanks so much!

Our Journey to China said...

Hi Cindy. I have downloaded your beautiful hexagon box cut file for the gypsy, and when I tell the Gypsy to cut, I am immediately returned to the Welcome screen on the Gypsy. I have the two cartridges you used, George and Accent Escentuals and they are installed.

I will tell you I just got my Gypsy today, so who knows what I might have missed.

It was recommended to me on the Gypsy board to contact you here as it might be a problem with the score marks. I am open to any suggestions.

I am hoping to use this as a favor box for a wedding rehearsal dinner in about two weeks, so I can use any help and suggestions you may have.

Thanks in advance.

Cindy McVey said...

China, It's not something you missed. When PC gave us the last update to Gypsy, people started having this problem with files that had score marks that are very small. In the conversion from DS to Gypsy, a lot of my score marks became smaller and were set to zero width, which Gyspsy can't handle, so it sends you back to the welcome screen. I am currently working on the hexagon box to get it fixed. If you are a follower on my blog, you will see a notice anytime I update a file or project, so just sign up to follow and watch for it. I hope to have the hexagon box fixed by tonight. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing! These are ADORABLE!!! Now if I can just figure out how to open the file, I can use your creativity!!!!
I have bookmarked your blog too!
So fun!!!

scrappermomz from

nikkigirl said...

I finally posted a pic of the Easter basket that I made from your design. Thanks for being so crafty. I love it!

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Lifetime crafter, beginning with sewing clothes for my troll dolls when I was 5. Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2000. Wife of almost 30 years to my high school sweetheart and planning on 30 more! Mom to 2 great kids and one awesome new son-in-law. "Mom" to 3 furkids, Pomeranians Roxy and Lulu, and a Calico cat, Sugar aka "Miss Fattypants." Addicted to all things Disney!