DIY: Paper Plate Berry Baskets

May 27, 2013

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!

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chase @ The Smell of Summer May 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

What a fun project! Happy Memorial Day!

Chase Miller
The Smell of Summer – A Boutique Lifestyle Blog

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2 Grace@ Sense and Simplicity May 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

Those are adorable. I can think of a million uses for such sweet little baskets.

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3 Iren May 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm

This post made me just happy:
the beautiful colors and patterns
the simple making of
the yummy berries
and the great idea to put all this things together!
Thanks!
iren

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4 amy c May 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Thank you!

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5 Lucy Mitchell May 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I love when I find a crafty thing that I might actually do, I’m pretty sure this is one of them. Thanks!

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6 Ann Martin May 27, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Such a clever idea! Involves paper AND berries… two of my favorite things. :) Will be sharing on All Things Paper.

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7 Jenna May 27, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Thank you for this post! I think I’m going to make some for my graduation party :)

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8 Amyville May 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I love this post! And I love those shoes!!!– can you share the shoe details?

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9 amy c June 1, 2013 at 6:04 am

Thank you Amyville! I love my red shoes too. Sadly, they are very old Target brand. But someone should tell Target to remake them. I get compliments each time I wear them. :)

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10 Regina May 28, 2013 at 5:58 am

Very fun and cute… and doable! Thinking now of how to incorporate these in an upcoming baby shower. :)

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11 Amy Hackworth May 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Amy Christie, you have done it again! These are sooo fun.

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12 amy c May 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Thank you Amy!! You are so sweet!

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13 Vague May 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm

This looks right up my alley! Painting without worrying about straight lines or over the top details. No hot glue, no sewing and 10 minutes I’m thinking to do the whole lot.

I’m also thinking if I lined the insides with foil, I could even use them as serving dishes for a select view food items. Or disposable containers for brownies, cookies and etc. at a BBQ. Or for quick clean up during our vacation! Hmm…

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14 Laura May 31, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Fabulous tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing.

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15 doro von Hand zu Hand June 6, 2013 at 1:42 am

the plates look awesome! i love the pattern!

I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

♥, doro von Hand zu Hand

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16 Nike KD 5 June 18, 2013 at 3:41 am

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17 Sarah September 27, 2013 at 8:21 am

Love the idea of using food coloring to create beautiful patterns!

Can you please update the Pinterest link? Unfortunately the pin that is link is spam and the images were taken off my site without crediting me.

Here’s my original post and video of the tutorial: http://sarahhearts.com/2011-06-28/paperbaskets/

Thanks!

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18 Sarah October 20, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Thank you SO much for updating the link! xo

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