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?
I thought this pin was perfect — baskets made with folded paper plates!! But I had to add a twist.
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.
Let’s get making!
- paper plates
- food coloring
- double-sided tape
- Q-tips, cotton balls (or paint brushes)
- mixing cups
- string, optional
Mix the water and food coloring together. Use Q-tips, cotton balls or paint brushes to make designs.
Allow the plates to fully dry. Note: If the basket does get wet, the colors could bleed onto whatever is below.
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.
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.
Fold the sliced piece back on itself.
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.
Continue until all the edges are connected. String can be added as embellishment.
Fill with berries, and enjoy!