DIY: Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Easy and food safe!

Images and text by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

Peak-of-the-season berries are a favorite during this time of year. Their fresh colors and sweet taste, it’s wonderful! They add a much needed pop of color to a dinner spread or picnic basket.

Plucked from your garden, from a pick-your-own farm, or from the grocery store, they make a sweet and simple gift for friends and neighbors. But what to put them in?

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

I thought this pin was perfect — baskets made with folded paper plates!! But I had to add a twist.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Food-safe food coloring turns plain paper plates into something stylish and fun. Easy patterns, simple lines, it doesn’t take much to make them spectacular. Use them for picnics or cook outs, parties, gifts or every day. And happily, the baskets can be used and reused.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Let’s get making!

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Supplies:
– paper plates
– food coloring
– scissors
– double-sided tape
– pencil
– ruler
– Q-tips, cotton balls (or paint brushes)
– water
– mixing cups
– string, optional

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Mix the water and food coloring together. Use Q-tips, cotton balls or paint brushes to make designs.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Allow the plates to fully dry. Note: If the basket does get wet, the colors could bleed onto whatever is below.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

While they dry, make a template for the basket. With a plain plate, use the same width to measure in from the middle of each side and make a mark. Take the ruler and make the mark into a full line. I used 2.5″ as my measurement.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Notice where the lines intersect to make an ‘L’ shape/pie slice. Cut one of the lines at each junction. It needs to be the same line at each junction. I chose to cut the bottom line of the ‘L’ shape.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Fold the sliced piece back on itself.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Put a piece of double-sided tape on each of the folded pieces. Then bring the folded edge and the straight edge together. Pinch firmly to secure.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Continue until all the edges are connected. String can be added as embellishment.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Fill with berries, and enjoy!